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Considering how they manage our budgets, handle our debt, educate our children, maintain our infrastructure, handle foreign affairs, protect our borders, manage social security, manage medicaid and protect us from fire, flood and crime?

27 Thoughts on Do you want government running your health-care?
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    Bigass
    December 1, 2011 at 2:13 am

    No way Jose’

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    Well Duh!
    December 1, 2011 at 2:36 am

    Since they can offer me no history of success or proof they will run it efficiently, I would say no. It’s a bad investment.

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    Filli
    December 1, 2011 at 3:35 am

    no way. Obama is stupid

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    Shovel Ready
    December 1, 2011 at 3:41 am

    In a word, no.

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    I , a happy Bolshevik
    December 1, 2011 at 4:16 am

    After decades of neoliberal “deregulation” and privatization, State intervention occupies again the center of the stage, starting from the unprecedented capital injections, interest rate cuts, bail outs and State intervention nationalizations in 2007-2008 in the US and Britain and then extended in one country after another all over the world.

    There is no a return to the post-war Keynesianism nor a revival of the Welfare State in the developed capitalist countries ; the State does not “expand” but destroys public services (hospitals, education, etc) by privatizing them and accumulates deficits and public debt to secure resources to bail out the bankers and other capitalists. In fact, there is a strengthening of the role of the capitalist State as the “savior of last resort” of capitalism in bankruptcy. The success of its regulatory intervention in the economy is more than doubtful. “The market may be bust but so is the state”, wrote Philip Stephens in Financial Times (6/4/09).

    Capitalist nationalizations, “the negation of capitalism within the capitalist system itself”, are an extreme action to rescue capital from bankruptcy. Within the framework of the actual social regime, nationalization puts the charge of the crisis on the shoulders of the working people through the increase of the public debt, unemployment, inflation etc. From the other side, it’s an objective manifestation of the process of preparation and transition to the collective property of the producers under the control and management of the direct producers themselves.

    We are very happy!

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    Flobberdobber
    December 1, 2011 at 4:24 am

    i take it you are on about America here?

    i live in England and believe me the NHS is a blessing; it’s great to not have to pay (im 16 and have never had to pay for the docotors but my friend injured herself in france and paying was a faff)

    barack obama rocks!

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    Jay
    December 1, 2011 at 4:58 am

    Congress doesn’t mind having the government run theirs.
    Neither does the military.

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    ndnqt1966
    December 1, 2011 at 5:25 am

    Absolutely not! The government tends to screw up just about everything it runs….

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    bells3011
    December 1, 2011 at 6:20 am

    Yep.

    Its not working very well the way that it is now…believe me.

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    Joliet Jake
    December 1, 2011 at 6:50 am

    Look at medicare, medicaid and ss, people can see how they mucked those up. I do not want our government doing any thing more. They can not manage a 2 ring circus.

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    tribeca_belle
    December 1, 2011 at 7:19 am

    Ask the people on Medicare. Many people would like the option of being able to buy into Medicare.

    In any case, President Obama is not proposing that the government run the health care system but I think a single-payer plan would be better than the proposal to continue letting the health insurance companies essentially run the health care system in this country.

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    Onlooker
    December 1, 2011 at 7:45 am

    Government runs the military, the courts, the airways, the interstate highways, keeps our water clean, keeps our food safe, gives our currency credibility — it does a lot of things good. Not only that, government holds only 20% of the national debt — the rest is held by big companies and individuals. Not only that, government records are far more transparent than those of big business — that’s why even when we hear of government fraud, it’s never in amounts like the $ 50 billion Bernie Madoff stole or the economy-bruising incompetence of GM, AIG, and the big banks. Sure, I’m all for government running my health care.

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    Liz
    December 1, 2011 at 8:34 am

    I live in Canada and the government does run our health care. I think it works great. My Grandma was American and lived in the USA and I could never understand how it works. She had insurance and she was very sick. She would go to the hospital until the insurance ran out. Even though she was still sick they would send her home until insurance would cover her going back again. In Canada if you’re sick you go to the hospital and you don’t worry about how you will pay for it. We take care of our sick. If you have money and want better health care than what is covered (things like private rooms and so on) there is an option to pay for the additional health care insurance but everyone should at least get basic care.

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    kerfitz
    December 1, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Hey Jay… Believe me, the Military does mind. If at all possible they would rather see a civilian than a Corpsman anyday.

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    Doc
    December 1, 2011 at 8:59 am

    They already do! I’m retired military. I stuck with the job, being paid less than competitive wages on the promise that I and my family would receive “Free” health care for the rest of our lives. I need a hearing aid, the best they will do is an annual hearing test. Need a new kidney. They say that I don’t qualify.

    So, because this is one of the BIG promises to get kid to enlist (along with the “free” education — which is next on the list of “change”), what lie will they tell these kids when they can get the same basic health care coverage without signing up?

    *note to the Canadians and English*

    When your governments start paying the full price for our medicines, your systems will collapse. Soon, very soon, you will see. Good luck with that.

    Lastly, when you consider that our current financial situation is due largely in part to Clinton’s call for “more affordable housing” for the poor. What do you think the end result will be in attempting to make health care “more affordable” for the poor?

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    Dawson Lives
    December 1, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Obama has clearly stated that if you have health insurance, you can keep it. His plan is more intended for the millions who don’t and Americans are completely supportive of it. Better to have government controlled health care, than none at all.

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    Blue Eyed Devil
    December 1, 2011 at 10:08 am

    I am against Big government but I must ask you …….would it really be worse than Big Insurance Companies that refuse to pay and drop you when you get sick? Or HMO’s that are inefficient?

    Its not like our health care system is functional…..MD’s have become nothing more than drug pushers for BIG Pharma and care very little about their patients……its all about money. Why cure people? They make more money from us being sick……..some of the crap for drugs they give us have more severe side effects than what we are actually suffering from. I don’t see how it could get any worse!

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    Ted J
    December 1, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Sure, it might make things affordable.

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    LizE
    December 1, 2011 at 11:17 am

    To who ever says that the military doesn’t mind the gov’t running their health care. Well we don’t get a choice and honestly I HATE gov’t health care. You can’t just get what you need done, you have to get it approved by your PCM. They hold your fate so if they decide it’s not necessary while another doctor thinks it is, you’re screwed. Been there, done that. The doctors don’t give a rats a** about you. All they care about is getting you in and out, and you don’t even get to choose a doctor, one is assigned to you.

    Had a neck sprain once and they told me the soonest they could get me in was over a week. I didn’t know if was a neck sprain at the time, but what if it had been worse?

    So, no, I do not want the gov’t running my health care. They complicate the system too much and prevent people from getting the treatment that they deserve.

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    The Patriot
    December 1, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    First of all, Obama is not going to bring in universal healthcare. He wants to make insurance more available to all.

    Second, of course universal health-cover sucks. That is why we in Western Europe have it. We think, hmm, our healthcare system sucks. I know, lets keep it. I guess that is the same with Japan and Canada as well.

    FACT – the USA spends more on healthcare PER PERSON than any other nation on the planet.

    FACT – the US has higher death rates for kids aged under five than western European countries with universal health coverage.

    That means that a dead American four year old would have had a better chance of life if they were born in Canada, France, Cuba, Germany, Japan etc, all of which have universal health coverage.

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    em
    December 1, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    to be perfectly honest, i dont think its your governments job to protect you from fires and floods.
    Theres not much you can do about those.

    But to your question: Yes.
    Im Australian and our health care system (government run) is fantastic. If i need to, i can go to hospital and get treatment regardless of my financial situation. The sick should have the right to be healed.

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    Kevin
    December 1, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    No not at all. I don’t want the government telling me what treatments I can or cannot receive. The government will just screw up health care when they control it. I wish more people would realize the government cannot solve all the problems they face, the feds will only make them worse.

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    Chewy
    December 1, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    I believe you are directing your questions to US citizens.

    I live in the UK but was resident in the US for around in year so have seen both systems and I much prefer the UK system.

    If I am ill I can see my local doctor within 24 hours and if I need an operation will get it without having to worry about payment. Fortunately I have only had to use it once but when I did I got great service.

    In the US it is very confusing and you have to worry about paying and the level of service you get is extremely variable.

    Of course it has to be paid for but from what I have read on this page and other places the US charges more per person than other Western countries and people get worse service.

    In a public heath care system you get economies of scale. This brings down the cost for everyone.

    The US is a great country in many ways and I admire it but not in this area.

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    sl63128
    December 1, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    The Government can’t run to the bathroom without screwing that up. Look at the soon to be bankrupt medicare system.
    NASA spends billions to get into space 3 or 4 times a year and Mr. Ruttan (sp) got there with about 1.4 million.
    The Dept of the Interior spends roughly $ 370 million studying volcanoes that will probably erupt anyway.
    The Department of Education has guaranteed all American children a substandard liberal education. So that about sums up my idea of the government running our health care system.

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    Daisy
    December 1, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    So our government is a total failure and should be dismantled immediately.

    Who is running our health care now??

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    krollohare2
    December 1, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    No. The government’s a mess. The bigger it gets the more inefficient it gets. Its incapable of running itself much less an entire national health care organization.

    As usual we’re being sold a bill of goods.

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    walker
    December 1, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    no,i can make my own choices

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