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Friday, November 11. 2016
McArdle: Repeal Would Be Even Worse Than Obamacare
A good Repub plan would be to turn it into something entirely different. For starters, an interstate marketplace with all sorts of medical insurances offered.
Posted by The Barrister in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 16:50 | Comments (16) | Trackbacks (0)
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A good Republican plan would be to the federal government out of health insurance and anything else that isn't a strict definition of interstate commerce.
When are The People going to recognize the difference between Health Insurance and Healthcare. They are not the same! One is the Act and the other is the Payment System...........
The ACA does not promise the care side of the system , it only suggests a payment scheme. Prior to the fiasco one could buy any number of inexpensive high deductible plans. Now you get only Expensive High Deductible plans. What a deal.
With Obama's inauguration came a halt on opening 8 new medical schools here in the USA. If our government really wanted people to have healthcare then they would have created ways for these schools and more to successfully open more programs for medical/nursing students.
ama: With Obama's inauguration came a halt on opening 8 new medical schools here in the USA.
35 new medical schools, residency programs in 2015
As Obamacare Looms, New Medical Schools Open To Address Doctor Shortage
Step One. Rewrite rules to help Obamacare die on its own.
Step Two. Put out replacement.
The easiest way to do this is to no longer require certain elements in a healthcare plan. Any plan is acceptable. Insurance companies can make all kinds of plans and offer them for sale.
Get rid of the stupid 'sexual discrimination' rule, which forced companies to charge the same for men & women.
Either change the rule that a full-time employee works 30 hours a week, or exempt ALL businesses from the law (as Obama did for some).
There are probably a zillion rules in there that you could just eliminate altogether to make it less burdensome for people.
The tax for not having a plan could be reduced to $0 or maybe $1.
MissT, here's another fix. Congress exempted itself, and other "powerful" interests. That, of course, is always a key crookedness "tell".
So, require Congress to live by what it forces others to live with. It would be illegal - a crime - for Congress or US government employees to be outside the healthcare system required of ordinary citizens. Anyone could sue for treble damages to enforce this "what is sauce for the taxpayer is sauce for the Congresscritters" law.
jaybird: So, require Congress to live by what it forces others to live with.
Congressional workers do buy their healthcare insurance on the ObamaCare exchanges.
Here's a good replacement plan.
Much waste is from emergency - room visits by uninsured people in cities.
Medical schools give admission favors to students from rural areas, and very large admission advantage for "affirmative action".
Our military pays tuition for medical students in the servies on condition that they serve a set number of years in DoD.
Some minimal level of medical care and access should be made available to citizens.
The Government sets up "doc-in-a-box" offices in neighborhoods of cities with high uninsured areas, and in rural counties without doctors.
Upon medical school admission favoritism, rural students agree to serve for a salary in a rural clinic for 6 years, and affirmative action admittees agree to serve for a salary in the city clinics (just like the military) for 6 years. Patient visits are "free", but at a cost to taxpayers which is much less than crooked health-system-destroying "obamacare" with its complicated overhead, and at much lower cost than use of hospital emergency rooms for routine care.
Oh, and no $100,000 sex change surgery on the taxpayers.
As Oliver Wendell Holmes put it in sterner days in the famous Buck v. Bell involuntary sterilization case, "three generations of imbeciles is enough". So free contraception is OK, because it voluntarily improves the gene pool and saves the thereby unconceived children from horribly unwanted, brutal lives.
jaybird: Some minimal level of medical care and access should be made available to citizens.
Most Democrats would support such a plan. ObamaCare is essentially a Republican plan that was proposed because it was thought it would get bipartisan support.
Funny thing about that. It's like that time Obama put up a consensus nominee for the Supreme Court (Merrick Garland) expecting a reasonable effort from Congress. Many Republican governors wouldn't even expand Medicaid, as provided under ObamaCare, for their poorest residents. Just one more thing that's broken.
Things fall to pieces in my face
Broken hands on broken ploughs
Broken treaties broken vows
Broken pipes broken tools
People bending broken rules
Hound dog howling bullfrog croaking
Everything is broken. ♪♫
I wil venture to make this prediction. If Obamacare is not repealed, and next year, Trump will be a one-term president, and any congresscritter within reach of the electorate will discover term limits via the ballot box.
She's a Democrat who explains economics to innumerate Democrats, but voted for Obama twice, and is at heart a socialist
I won't waste time reading her anymore.
The problem with the government setting up "affordable" clinics is these things never work. It would actually be brilliant by comparison to suggest that the government convert all of the Obama care users to the VA health care system. Why not? It's already set up. It is fully staffed and ready to go. It's the top of the line government health care. Why not?
The government should get out of the business of providing health care. They not only do not do it well they do it terribly badly. It is always more expensive, less available and the costs are always borne by the same taxpayers. What is worse this problem spills over into everyone's health care in that it becomes more expensive, less available and poorer quality. This then becomes a vicious cycle to get the government to fix those things that magically were screwed up by the last fix.
Sweetpea - brilliant ! It might even get better care for veterans, because they are so poorly regarded by liberals now. The drop-in, uninsured-neighborhood "doc-in-a-boxes" would also be available for office visits for vets, who now have to wait until they die to get an appointment. I like your idea A LOT. (sorry for yelling, but it is an exiting idea)
The Drs. could still be staffed from rural and "affirmative action" special"admission favoritism, plus those med students taht have public-funded scholarships (like DoD-funded med students) who put in 2 years of service for each year of med school funding.
Both HMOs and Obamacare were established to enable massive skimming of Federal Reserve Notes from the unsuspecting public. These massive systems allow huge amounts of money to change hands while appearing to help Joe Cool in his hometown.
exactly right- topdown scams are always for the "in crowd slushfund crooks.
Remember the ~$1 Billion software obamacare software contact to a company (Epic?) which gave ~$40 million for the obamas, IIRC who'se "saleswoman" was Michelle obama's roommate?