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Subject: Re: HEALTHCARE RANT! Date: 3/15/2009 9:09 PM
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Single payer, single payer now!

How does that help? All single payer does is provide a different method of rationing. Is Medicare cheaper and better? Does it pay for itself? If it works so well, why not make it available to anyone?

Why not single payer for food, shelter, clothing, transportation? Each of those are also major costs in our lives. If you're not willing to let the government control your consumption those services, why would you let them control your consumption of health care services?

If you make me financially responsible for the broken leg of the teenager next door that does skateboarding stunts, then you should also give me the right to tell him he can't skateboard any more. Rights and responsibilities (including accepting consequences for one's actions) should go hand-in-hand.

IMO, part of the reason we got to where we are today is too many people have deferred the decisions and costs of health care (and pensions) to their employers and the government. More bubbles waiting to burst.

PS: When my kidneys failed at the end of 2007 and I was hospitalized for over a month without insurance, the hospital bill had some interesting options:

-- 75% discount if paid in full within 7 days
-- 50% discount if paid in full within 18 days
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