Duengeon master wrote:I will only accept government healthcare if I am not REQUIRED to be in it. And if I am not in it I shouldn't have to pay for it either.
True universal care couldn't work that way, everyone has to pay for it or it won't work. Going back to that PBS show I beleive there was three main points that made it work to some degree.
- Mandatory involvement by everyone including patients, doctors and the hospitals.
- They reduced administration costs significantly.
- Fixed prices for treatment, drugs, procedures,equipment etc.
I think instead of going that route we really need tort and insurance reform. There's lots of people out there willing to pay for it as long as the costs are reasonable. It's already been mentioned by a few people in this thread that they had insurance but had to drop it. I know when I got out of high school the premium on the BC&BS plan I had was less than $100. It wasn't exactly cheap but attainable. That was back in 1990. As I understand it now that same plane is like $500 which of course is not something someone coming out of HS can afford EVEN if they could get on it.