- November 6, 2011 at 6:14 am #62868
The federal and state governments, through Medicare and Medicaid, collectively cover approximately 90 million Americans.
Approximately 46 million Americans are uninsured. I know that number is debatable, so let’s knock it down to an even 30 million, which is probably a little more accurate.
Approximately 25 million Americans are underinsured.
That’s a total of 135 million Americans, or 44% of the entire population, for whom the health insurance industry (scam) has failed.
The fact that 135 million Americans have effectively been relegated to fend for themselves is proof of the fact that the market has failed.
Those are certainly astounding numbers, but they don’t even begin to account for the tens of millions of Americans that do have coverage but have to deal with either sky-high premiums, outrageous co-pays, exorbitant deductibles, and low expense caps, among other issues.
In short, I don’t believe health care should be a commodity for businesses to profit from. It’s a fundamentally flawed system and there’s just too much of a conflict of interest. Ideally we would have a single-payer system here, but sadly it’s not going to happen since the insurance lobby cannot be defeated. At the very least we should have a public option, and hopefully this bill passes and eventually evolves into such.November 6, 2011 at 7:11 am #272089
nope , its just more lib bs to pass socialism!!!November 6, 2011 at 7:16 am #272090
If people are uninsured or underinsured it is their responsibility to get a better insurance plan, not anybody elses. They are the ones who have failed, not the free market. Who says everybody *wants* health insurance anyway?November 6, 2011 at 8:15 am #272091
No, the free market wouldn’t cost you $ 50 bucks for a couple of aspirin.November 6, 2011 at 9:01 am #272092
No. get a blogNovember 6, 2011 at 9:15 am #272093
Try the financial sector…November 6, 2011 at 9:26 am #272094
You list all the regulatory agencies involved in health care and blame the free market.
This uninsured person decided to not purchase health insurance because the insurance companies and the government agencies involved are unethical. Don’t you realize paying these people to be involved only increases the cost of a service provided to me by ONE doctor. I simply decided to just pay him and leave all the middle men out
The result is health care I can afford..November 6, 2011 at 9:55 am #272095
We haven’t had a true free market in regards to health care for years. It is the government’s current level of involvement that have caused the problems the system does have. The free market is always better than government coercion. Have you ever known government to run anything well or efficiently? Me neither.November 6, 2011 at 10:35 am #272096
No, there is no evidence anywhere in the world that shows the free market has ever failed. There is however plenty of evidence pointing to the failure of Government ran health care or government controlled anything for that matter.November 6, 2011 at 10:58 am #272097
Do you know what free market means? There is not a free market in the health sector. That’s why there’s a push to allow to sell across state lines. Because currently there’s a monopoly (i.e. not a free market). If they were able to sell across state lines, competition WOULD bring down costs.
And I always love the idea that there shouldn’t be a profit from health care. Well, what’s next? Do you have an issue with grocery stores, restaurants, and farmers making a profit? I mean, people need food to survive. Isn’t that shameful too?November 6, 2011 at 11:46 am #272098
It is has been entirely successful from a capitalists view. Those with money have made money. Supply and demand. The market has driven the costs through the roof and now a good portion of the population have health but as a luxury.
The costs should actually be tripled if people aren’t going to support health care reform. For those who vote against it, I support a 300% increase in insurance premiums and health care fees.
Supply and demand. if you need it, you’ll pay. And then I’ll know what stocks to buy in the next few years.November 6, 2011 at 12:18 pm #272099
Insurance companies make 3% profit on every dollar. For you dems that means for every dollar they spend they get .03 cents back. Not a good profit margin if you ask me.
Insurance companies are in business to make money. If they didn’t do their job there’d be no insurance and NO ONE would have health care.
If insurance companies are so evil why are you celebrating the fact that Obama is going to give them 40 million new paying customers? If they’re so evil why do you want them to go away and put millions in the insurance industry out of work?November 6, 2011 at 1:10 pm #272100
No, there are 12 million without health insurance that WANT it. Spreading a proven lie doesn’t make it trueNovember 6, 2011 at 2:04 pm #272101
Premiums are going to soar to new dazzlingly heights if this health care reform bill fails. Insurers being opportunistic feeders will taken advantage of a failed health care reform bill and get their predatory blood boiling to take even greater profits. It’s called Social Darwinism.November 6, 2011 at 2:04 pm #272102
We don’t have free markets in the United States when it comes to health insurance so your argument is dead on arrival straight away. Health insurance is very heavily regulated and controlled.
Also, a big part of the problem in this country in so far as healtcare costs are concerned is that we have TOO MUCH health insurance. People don’t spend responsibly when someone else is footing the bill and that drives up cost for everyone.
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