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Maybe We Really Can’t All Just Get Along

chicaree Wrote: Nov 18, 2012 2:05 PM
Taking over the medical industry??? What is wrong with a rule that insurance companies must pay 80% of their fee rates they bring in for the medical care of the people they insure!. That surely will be helpful to bring medical cost down for families. the leading cause of the bankruptcies in this country is medical costs. A Harvard study has found that 62% of bankruptcies in this country is due to medical costs. Harvard is a well respected university.
FA Wrote: Nov 18, 2012 6:22 PM
The fact that 62% of bankruptcies are caused by medical costs has nothing to do with Obamacare one way or another. And there is nothing that Obamacare will do to bring down costs to us, the patients. One possible outcome is a drastic reduction in the number of doctors. A guaranteed outcome is a gigantic loss of privacy, in that the government will eventually have access to everyone's medical data, will gain access to your personal bank accounts as well. At first, some people will be able to keep their private policies, but the costs continue to rise, and eventually, we'll end up with one gigantic mess run by the highly inefficient government. And if you don't like the response they give you, to whom will you complain then?
FA Wrote: Nov 18, 2012 6:24 PM
We are all in the process of losing our rights to our own bodies, which is interesting, since it flies in the face of the legal basis for Roe v. Wade.
FA Wrote: Nov 18, 2012 6:25 PM
Those in favor of Obamacare don't actually know what it will mean. They only know what they want it to mean, and they will be disappointed, especially after 10 years, when all the money is gone.
DocA Wrote: Nov 18, 2012 5:00 PM
One of the things wrong with this is that it only leaves 20% to pay for salaries, overhead, advertising, and all the other expenses incurred by a major company such as legal fees, regulatory compliance and taxes. In other words, they wouldn't be making 20% profits, they would be making a very small percentage of that if they make any profit at all.
AliveInHim Wrote: Nov 18, 2012 4:09 PM
Getting the G-D Government out of medicine will ensure the lowest rates possible. Nobody who needs care is denied it, and insurance companies should have the freedom to contract with whomever they wish, according to the dictates of their own business aims.

One wonders if you're as incensed over Starbucks making the profit it does as you are over a doctor who has every reasonable right to expect that he be compensated according to what the market will bear (as opposed to what some third-party know-nothing considers 'fair')
for his years of education, internship and just plain hard work.
Righty3 Wrote: Nov 18, 2012 2:32 PM
Apple, Google and plenty of other large companies routinely achieve profit margins in the 25-30% range, but you want to tell one sector that they're not allowed to earn over 20%?

Who are you to tell a private, legally operated company and its shareholders what it's pricing model should be or how much money they are allowed to make? If you don't like the price of healthcare, you think you're just entitled to tell everyone in the system how much they can charge for their labor?

Talk about Marxism...
MudontheTires Wrote: Nov 18, 2012 2:09 PM
"Harvard is a well respected university."

Well respected by who? A bunch of ivory tower academics who have no clue about the real world?

During the Los Angeles riots of 1992, Rodney King famously asked, “Can’t we all just get along?” The answer should be an easy and unequivocal “yes,” but it seems less and less likely these days.

King was speaking in term of race, but the same could be said of political ideology. Liberals, conservatives and every other point on the political spectrum used to co-exist fairly easily (with the exception of left-wing anarchists who don’t get along with anyone). But these days détente has given way to anger and open hostility.

Some, not all, people have become less civil to those...