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America Needs Healthcare, Not Health Insurance


Health & Wellness  (tags: americans, affordable, children, cancer, death, diet, disease, drugs, environment, healthcare, humans, illness, medicine, prevention, protection, society, treatment )

Kit
- 964 days ago - alternet.org
Ironically, the Roberts Court could actually be the instrument that leads us toward something approaching a rational, affordable healthcare provision.



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Stephanie Hungerford (11)
Saturday March 31, 2012, 2:25 pm
this is a well written article which points out the problem with requiring insurance. we all need healthcare to varying degrees at some point in our lives. i personally know the consequences of not having access to healthcare do to a lack of money and insurance.
 

Jason S. (57)
Saturday March 31, 2012, 3:09 pm
Good Posting, Thanks
 

Betsy Bee (1046)
Saturday March 31, 2012, 3:11 pm
America needs health care, single payer health care, no substitutions allowed. Meanwhile, we must work with the insurance companies.
 

Kit B. (276)
Saturday March 31, 2012, 4:46 pm

Or we can have so many insurance companies that rates drop and cost of care will also decrease.
 

Terry King (109)
Saturday March 31, 2012, 5:37 pm
If the Republicans, aided by the right leaning SCOTUS, hurt enough people, maybe we will actually get health care and I can retire before I die!
 

. (2)
Saturday March 31, 2012, 11:46 pm
Yep, you got that right!
 

paul m. (93)
Sunday April 1, 2012, 12:30 am

Should be free care for all..but greed gets in the way....so, no money ,no care..
 

Ilene Matthews (3)
Sunday April 1, 2012, 8:28 am
Insurance companies do not hesitate to jack up prices beyond affordability, deny coverage to the most needy, and line the pockets of politicians so that they remain on top of the world. All this they do for profits. What we need is a health insurance policy that is focused on providing health care to all Americans, not pulling in a profit to the detriment of the poor and unlucky.
 

Lauren Kozen (163)
Sunday April 1, 2012, 11:40 am
Thanks for posting Kit. I do agree.
 

Dave C. (223)
Sunday April 1, 2012, 12:30 pm
agreed....
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 1, 2012, 12:37 pm
true
 

Charles Wasserman (17)
Sunday April 1, 2012, 1:09 pm
Comprehensive tort reform capping punitive damages at $250,000 will lower malpractice insurance premiums, keeping more doctors in practice and lower the costs to the consumer.
It will also eliminate the need for additional testing performed solely for the purpose of legal protection.
Better healthcare at lower costs will be the result.
 

Kathy Javens (104)
Sunday April 1, 2012, 2:13 pm
very interesting story, Kit. i think there should be universal healthcare. There should be equal care for all.
 

Fred Krohn (34)
Sunday April 1, 2012, 2:27 pm
America needs to reform the tort system to shut down the libtard-induced threat of fraudulent and frivolous malpractise suits, so doctors' insurance rates can be brought back down and medical costs will return to being affordable. Forget PPACA and fix the original system!
 

Charles Wasserman (17)
Sunday April 1, 2012, 5:51 pm
Kathy,
How do you propose healthcare for all fets paid for?
NOT out of my tax money!!
 

michael hall (42)
Sunday April 1, 2012, 6:14 pm
single payer health care for all of us...
 

Charles Wasserman (17)
Sunday April 1, 2012, 6:29 pm
Michael,
I'm not paying for your healthcare with my money!
I have always had to provide for myself and my family.
I have always had to pay for my educational expenses.
What the hell is wrong with you people, not being able to do the same.
 

Ra Sc (8)
Sunday April 1, 2012, 7:51 pm
For profit health insurance is inherently a bad idea and should not be allowed. However, the Affordable Care Act still helps many people and improves the health care system of our country. It makes more people be covered, and it helps to decrease health care costs. It's not the change we need, but it's probably the best change we can get for a while. Striking down an improvement is still very bad.
 

Charles Wasserman (17)
Sunday April 1, 2012, 8:44 pm
Ra,
You are missing the constitutional aspect of the equation.
Forcing any individual to perform any act against his will is a form of involuntary servitude.
That is a violation of the thirteenth amendment.
I also agree with Justice Kennedy in that approving this mandate changes the relationship between government and our individual liberties in a fundamental manner.
 

Billie C. (2)
Sunday April 1, 2012, 10:08 pm
once the feds can force you to buy something we are in major trouble. they can force through laws to makes us buy any other product good or evil. forget our freedoms they will be gone.
if we are going to provide health care then use medicare and set up single payer. keep the feds from ordering us to buy things and keep the insurance companies from doing as they please while we are forced to buy their garbage. obamacare does nothing to stop people from going bankrupt when they get sick. insurance still won't pay 100%. all it does is give them all the money they can ever want without them giving up but a few crumbs.
 

Anne S. (25)
Monday April 2, 2012, 1:43 am
Great article. Great Idea. However, DON'T HOLD YOUR BREATH.....

If anyone thinks the Republicans who want to trash medicare now, will approve a medicare buy-in, you're unfortunately misinformed. There is big MONEY in BIG PHARMA that would go away with a buy-in. Don't discount the BIG MONEY in the HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANIES. After all, they make a GREAT PROFIT ON OUR MISERY & DEATH.
 

Julia R. (292)
Monday April 2, 2012, 1:57 am
Giving the people the option to buy into medicare is a good solution as it would solve the individual mandate question as well as bring down the costs of insurance premiums as the private insurance companies would indeed have to become more competitive by reducing their rates! “Public health insurance entities such as Medicare do not evaluate risk because they are universal. Therefore, they save the major cost associated with private health insurance. A Medicare buy-in would also have the added benefit of getting us closer to a single-payer system, which is a far more rational way to control healthcare costs.
 

JL A. (272)
Monday April 2, 2012, 9:00 am
The title says it all.........
 

Judy Apelis (0)
Monday April 2, 2012, 9:45 am
Thank you!
 

Samantha Richardson (5)
Tuesday April 3, 2012, 8:35 pm
Australia has nation-wide healthcare that works just fine, I don't understand why its such a hard concept for Americans to grasp. It means that the poor can access the same health services and as a society, we aren't burdened by our health costs.

You should get on board, USA. I bet it will help you out a lot!
 

Patricia H. (454)
Wednesday April 4, 2012, 5:46 am
thanks for sharing
 

Stephanie Hungerford (11)
Wednesday April 4, 2012, 8:34 am
I would like it everyone could buy into medicare. But also the government needs to pay doctors more that accept medicare or there will be no doctors that accept medicare.
 

Jennifer C. (169)
Thursday April 5, 2012, 5:21 pm
Thanks for sharing.
 

Azle B. (17)
Saturday May 19, 2012, 7:26 am
The insurance company is a poor choice for paying medical expenses. Insurance company payments encourage excessive self medication and excessive surgery. They also over pay hospital bills by refuseing to look at the paddin of the bills and pay a lump sum to the AHospital or clinic. They result in a large number of hypochondriacs living in the Hospital beds which could be available for the needy.
 

Betsy Bee (1046)
Saturday May 19, 2012, 9:03 am
Charles W, you are a selfish dummy with an ego that makes you wear blinders. Your ego must hide from truth.
 
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