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I was a fan of the Edwards plan, because it brought people into the Medicare system voluntarily.  Which smashed a lot of the arguments that government involvement in healthcare means that we are slipping into  becoming the Soviet Union.

Information assymetry is what drives health care inflation. Which is what is limiting access for most working Americans. Limiting that would reduce healthcare costs, but much less so than government run insurance.

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sat Aug 30th, 2008 at 06:17:21 PM EST
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A deliberate policy of fucking over the little people drives health care inflation.

Information isn't relevant, because it's not a proper market, it's an oligopoly with huge and very aggressive players who aren't subject to oversight or useful regulation.

The insurance companies are in the annual dividends business, not the health care business. Their only interest in health care is when it distracts from profits.

And while it's been a singularly American tragedy so far, we have our own proponents of exactly the same scam in the UK, who are pushing 'patient choice' as a substitute for high quality free primary care.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sat Aug 30th, 2008 at 07:56:14 PM EST
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