We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Bob Dylan's use of the phrase, "You don't need a weather man to know which way the wind blows" in Subterranean Homesick Blues encouraged the young to make their own decisions, including about drugs, to know what's happening based on changing conditions in order to know about what's coming. It's based on the nautical phrase to know the windward side.
This latest chart of ObamaCare only shows about a third of the complexity of the hurricane and where it is blowing us.
In the garage I still have a copy of the chart for HillaryCare. It was simple, Alice's Wonderland was easier to wend through, compared to this maze, a maze we're doomed to wander in search of care.
I guess it must gnaw away at the Right of America's soul that despite spending double on healthcare versus the poor socilaised countires of the OECD (14% versus 7% of GDP) , America's health outcomes are exactly the same.
SO although "Obamacare" may sound like something terribly un-American it might well save you trillions of $ and result in equal health outcomes. Wow! And don't think the rich in America somehow getter better healthcare. They don't. They get ripped off even more. If I need healthcare here in "poor" New Zealand I consult a family doctor (50NZ$). Hospital care is free. Private specialist consult $200. Don't continue to fall prey to insurance companies folks.
Do you really believe that such a complex regulatory web will reduce costs? A quick look-see gives the impression that an inordinately large amount of money will be going just to maintain that regulatory web.
One reason for the high cost of American medical compared to the rest of the world is that we lead the world in medical innovations. Our pharmaceutical companies and medical equipment companies make their profits in the US- seventeen years until patents expire- and the rest of the world gets the results much more cheaply.Reduce the revenue stream for medical innovations, and medical innovations will be considerably reduced.
If the Obama administration had been SO concerned about reducing medical costs, it would have done something about tort reform. It did not do so, because tort lawyers are big contributors to the Democratic Party. Read what Dr. Howard Dean said. Dean was formerly Governor of Vermont and Chairman of the Democratic Party National Committee. Asked by an audience member why the legislation does nothing to cap medical malpractice class-action lawsuits against doctors and medical institutions (aka "Tort reform"), Dean responded by saying: “The reason tort reform is not in the [health care] bill is because the people who wrote it did not want to take on the trial lawyers in addition to everybody else they were taking on. And that’s the plain and simple truth,”
Dean is a former physician, so he knows about skyrocketing medical malpractice insurance rates, and the role of the trial lawyers in fueling the "defensive medicine" approach among medical personnel who order too many tests and other sometimes unneeded procedures "just to be sure" and to protect themselves against litigation.
Estimates are that tests performed to legally cover the physician, as opposed to tests performed that the physician considers necessary, add ten percent to our medical costs.
There were some piecemeal things the Obama administration could have done to reduce costs. This brobdingnagian bill of two thousand plus pages will do nothing of the sort.
(I do wish people who support socialized healthcare would stop claiming things like it's "free" and at least honestly state that it's "your tax dollars in action". Using the argument that NZ hospitals are "free", is like saying the New Zealand Defence Force is "free".)