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Subject: Re: Health Care: We're missing the big picture, Date: 7/11/2007 1:20 PM
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<<<Most people don't buy a big screen TV every single month.>>>

<<But they do make their SUV payment every single month.>>

I don't.


Nor do I, but you cannot deny that SUV's, despite the higher gasoline prices are still the most popular class of vehicle in the USA.

http://www.carlist.com/autonews/2005/autonews_202.html

But that is slowly changing.

<<And they do buy a bunch of their favorite tunes every month.>>

I don't.


Again, not everyone does, but lots and lots of people do, including some of those that choose not to have health insurance.

<<And they do go out to dinner quite a few times every month. etc.>>

Not "quite a few", but 4 or 5 I admit -- and it's more like lunch rather than dinner.


Restaurant meals take a record level of the "food dollar" in the USA. And this level has been increasing for probably 15 years or so.

So since the first person to respond to your claims doesn't fit into them, think how many other people there are out there who don't fit into them either. Exactly where are you getting your statistics on this one?

http://www.cspinet.org/reports/dineat2.html
http://www.libraries.psu.edu/business/industryguides/restaurants.htm
http://goliath.ecnext.com/coms2/gi_0199-4279511/Restaurant-industry-facts-Restaurant-Industry.html
http://goliath.ecnext.com/coms2/summary_0199-3521027_ITM

....and even their SUV would be paid off at some point.

Isn't that usually when the lease or loan starts for the new SUV (or other vehicle) :-)))

Healthcare insurance just keeps on keeping on -- and increasing and increasing and increasing....

That's true, and that is the essence of the problem. I am not convinced that single payer will reduce the growth, sure it might cut out the insurance company profits (15% or so), and sure it might increase efficiency somewhat, but I don't quite see how it will reduce the growth.

Here's my new hero:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-moore/exclusive-huffpost-live-c_b_55659.html

One day we will have universal healthcare -- paid for through taxes, up front, so that no one ever gets a bill from a doctor or a hospital. Someday. Someday we will wake up and realize that the PEOPLE are far more important than the insurance companies. Someday. Maybe a lot sooner than would please you --- It's coming.

I think I agree that it will happen someday, likely someday soon. If it's done right, it might even please me...
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