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A Free Market Brings Down Health Costs

showell Wrote: Jun 14, 2012 9:51 AM
Most of what Jeff Jacoby is saying is a bunch of poppycock. It's not based on economic reality. While I think getting the government out and letting free market loose in health care is a good thing, it's going to do very little to lower costs. Health care costs are high because treating someone with a chronic disease is expensive. Take Care clinics and the like can go a long way in reducing the costs for preventive care and some ambulatory care, but we already have those operating in the marketplace. We're getting sicker, older and fatter as a nation and treating the old, sick and obese and the diseases that result from those is not going to be done on the cheap, no matter who takes over.
inkling_revival Wrote: Jun 14, 2012 11:46 AM
Health care costs are rising because of

(1) Defensive medicine, which is a symptom of over-regulation of insurers.
(2) Unrealistic price controls embedded in Medicare and Medicaid, which force providers to raise prices on fee-for-service clients.
(3) Medical fraud, another symptom of over-regulation.

The solution is to replace Medicare and Medicaid with voucher systems, and to remove all restrictions on insurers. At the same time, we should remove tax shelters for employer health programs, making health insurance an affordable, private purchase rather than an employment benefit.
fortruth47 Wrote: Jun 14, 2012 10:09 AM
Insurance is not why health care cost rises. Health care is basically a monoply especially so in drugs.
What is the best way to make sure that Americans with chronic medical conditions -- those most likely to need costly or frequent health care -- can afford the insurance they need to meet their bills? The conventional answer, reflected in Mitt Romney's 2006 health-care reform law in Massachusetts and the federal overhaul signed by Barack Obama in 2010, contains these ingredients:

(1) Require everyone to have health insurance, with subsidized plans for low-income citizens. (2) Compel insurers to accept anybody who applies for coverage and to charge roughly the same premium for everyone, regardless of health status. (3)...