stockingfull wrote:Mike, the flaw in your doomsday logic is that preventative care actually does prevent acute illness, not just defer it.
For example, if somebody with a respiratory condition, like chronic allergies, can avoid serial hospitalizations for acute pneumonias by getting immunotherapy, then dies 45 yrs later from a heart attack, there surely have been net savings from the preventative care. The repeated acute episodes are avoided, not merely deferred. There are thousands of conditions like that.
It's pretty basic, it's what made the HMO barons VERY rich, and it's time to extend those efficiencies to everybody. The whole population will be healthier, and it will be much cheaper per capita to attain that.
OMG, If preventive care lowers costs then why have HMO premiums risen so much ?
The big picture says otherwise. If people live longer as a result of preventive care, then it is certain that they will incur more cost to the system. It's a matter of economics and inevitability.
If you want preventive care, fine. But be honest about what you are doing.
You are nationalizing, socializing, communizing and marxianizing 16% of the economy.
Sell it honestly so the people can decide. You are selling this as affordable health care. It will be no more affordable. It will be more widely available but the quality and service will be compromised. If you told the people what it really costs and made them pay their fair share as, for example, defined by the progressive tax code. They would still balk at it's price. If you make business pay for it, as they do now, but extend benefits to those who are not currently covered, you will destroy the competitiveness of big business in a global market and possible destroy most small employers.
Where is the transparency that the Obama administration promised us?
Say what it is.....communism.