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Cuckoo Medicine

haferba Wrote: Oct 17, 2012 11:10 PM
I don't feel like I have a choice now with private enterprise. My employer only has one plan. I can't switch providers. If they deny me or provide mediocre service, it's too bad for me, I'm stuck.
Spikeygrrl Wrote: Oct 19, 2012 1:59 AM
haferba: Of course you can switch providers. You'd just have to pay the one YOU choose out of your own pocket. (Oh the horror, the horror!)
haferba Wrote: Nov 03, 2012 12:19 AM
I somehow doubt many will feel a competive free market exists when one is forced to choose between a plan that costs out-of-pocket to the consumer approx $2400 to $3000 a year or another that costs $12000 to $16000 a year. And that's the point, isn't it? Purchasing healthcare is not like purchasing cereal, and finding workable solutions to the costs of healthcare demand we acknowledge that the market for healthcare is anything but a fair, free market.
haferba Wrote: Nov 03, 2012 12:19 AM
I somehow doubt many will feel a competive free market exists when one is forced to choose between a plan that costs out-of-pocket to the consumer approx $2400 to $3000 a year or another that costs $12000 to $16000 a year. And that's the point, isn't it? Purchasing healthcare is not like purchasing cereal, and finding workable solutions to the costs of healthcare demand we acknowledge that the market for healthcare is anything but a fair, free market.

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