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Sure it is. Where do we get the money to expand coverage to those who don't have it?

There are three sources -

1.) Reduce overhead in insurance. This is a fine idea except the high overhead policies are the single policies. Most policies are employer group and have fairly low overhead. There is just not enough overhead savings to expand coverage to everyone.

2.) Pay medicare rates for everyone. If we just payed medicare rates for everything we would have enough money, but I don't think we could get something like that passed through the health care lobby. Also, it is pretty much goring health care providers at the expense of others.

3.) Raise the differential between what we pay now through private insurance and what we are taxed.

1.) doesn't cover everything, 2.) is not politically possible and is kind of jerk move. I'd be O.K. with 3.) if they just came out and said it and gave some reasonable expectation of expense, but I think nationalizing insurance is the wrong way to go to fix healthcare.

Wally
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