Here we go again, the lawsuits are the problem.
And I'm sure some insurance-industry "think tank" has got the stats to prove it.
People here seem to like insurance companies they have no control over better than the gov't they elect. That just doesn't make sense. Or maybe it does.
TimV's onto something. If you're against "Universal Health Care," maybe you should tell us whether you have any health insurance now and, if so, how much you're actually paying for it (compared to your employer's premium).
Because "all politics is local." If you've got healthcare now and you're not carrying the bulk of the cost of it yourself, why would you want to change? That's just like a "free" government program, ain't it?
Maybe you just don't want everybody else to have the same freebie you have. But I'd bet you wouldn't feel that way if you got laid off. And that's the point.
Here's the "Change" we voted for last November: just as employers had unfair leverage over employees before ERISA was passed in 1974 to guarantee that your retirement fund was "yours" and not some "gift" from your employer, these days people are indentured to their jobs by health insurance and "pre-existing conditions." (I know a divorce lawyer who's had to advise women to consider staying in bad marriages to keep the health insurance.
) That s#!t's gonna change. Whether it's all public, or a mandate among "qualified" choices, or some other design, universal healthcare is coming.
I'll even concede that, in order to get to a universal program, there ought to be some "qualified review" of malpractice claims before they can be brought to suit. But (a long time ago) I worked in a plaintiff's office and saw some malpractice claims that would outrage anybody
-- and some of them didn't result in enough economic "damage" (like failure to even read a mammography report in the elderly) that they were even worth filing suit. (That, BTW, is where the contingent fee system protects the market, maybe too much so.) So the idea of limiting damages to, in effect, protect the ability of incompetent professionals to purchase insurance, is simply crazy -- and absolutely wrong.