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#1 TheCid

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Posted 21 July 2017 - 10:33 AM

And from what I hear lots of Americans pay outrageous amounts to insurance companies for coverage.  Save that money and raise taxes just a little and everyone could be covered.  Every civilized nation in the world does it except America.  The absence of worry alone will extend life expectancies.

Not just the cost of the insurance, but the co-pays for medicine, physicians, hospital and other types of care.  Even some of the best policies have astronomical co-pays or outright exclusions.



#2 rosebette

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 08:52 PM

So glad to have spent this afternoon protesting Paul Ryan's visit to a prominent New England manufacturer to tout his "tax reform" program, which apparently benefits companies at the expense of health care, food security, and other benefits for the poor, middle, and working class.  Many signs about the callousness of the Republicans on health care.  "TrumpCare" means lack of care.  However, the idea of allowing Obamacare to fail may backfire, as it turns out many formerly uninsured people, who just happen to vote, have benefited from it.


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#3 mr6666

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 05:26 PM

Trump administration ends Affordable Care Act assistance contracts in 18 cities-

 

"President Donald Trump’s administration has ended Affordable Care Act contracts that brought assistance into libraries, businesses and urban neighborhoods in 18 cities, meaning shoppers on the insurance exchanges will have fewer places to turn for help signing up for coverage.

 

Community groups say the move, announced to them by contractors last week, will make it even more difficult to enroll the uninsured and help people already covered re-enroll or shop for a new policy. That’s already a concern because of consumer confusion stemming from the political wrangling in Washington and a shorter enrollment period....

 

http://www.pbs.org/n...acts-18-cities/

 

Trump: 'Let Obamacare fail; it will be a lot easier'

 


"A small elephant is not a rabbit."


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Posted 20 July 2017 - 05:17 PM

Team Trump Used Obamacare Money to Run PR Effort Against It-

 

"The Trump administration has spent taxpayer money meant to encourage enrollment in the Affordable Care Act on a public relations campaign aimed at methodically strangling it.

 

The effort, which involves a multi-pronged social media push as well as video testimonials designed at damaging public opinion of President Obama’s health care law, is far more robust and sustained than has been publicly revealed or realized.

 

The strategy has caught the eye of legal experts and Democrats in Congress, who have asked government agencies to investigate whether the administration has misused funds and engaged in covert propaganda in its efforts to damage and overturn the seven-year-old health care law........

 

http://www.thedailyb...ce=twitter&via=


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"A small elephant is not a rabbit."


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Posted 19 July 2017 - 07:55 PM



"The Congressional Budget Office and related government agencies scored the cost of a single-payer health care system several times since 1991. The General Accounting Office published a report in 1991 noting that "[I]f the US were to shift to a system of universal coverage and a single payer, as in Canada, the savings in administrative costs [10 percent of health spending] would be more than enough to offset the expense of universal coverage."[56]

The CBO scored the cost in 1991, noting that "the population that is currently uninsured could be covered without dramatically increasing national spending on health" and that "all US residents might be covered by health insurance for roughly the current level of spending or even somewhat less, because of savings in administrative costs and lower payment rates for services used by the privately insured."[57].......

 

https://en.wikipedia...s_and_proposals

 

And from what I hear lots of Americans pay outrageous amounts to insurance companies for coverage.  Save that money and raise taxes just a little and everyone could be covered.  Every civilized nation in the world does it except America.  The absence of worry alone will extend life expectancies.


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Posted 19 July 2017 - 04:02 PM

"The Congressional Budget Office and related government agencies scored the cost of a single-payer health care system several times since 1991. The General Accounting Office published a report in 1991 noting that "[I]f the US were to shift to a system of universal coverage and a single payer, as in Canada, the savings in administrative costs [10 percent of health spending] would be more than enough to offset the expense of universal coverage."[56]

The CBO scored the cost in 1991, noting that "the population that is currently uninsured could be covered without dramatically increasing national spending on health" and that "all US residents might be covered by health insurance for roughly the current level of spending or even somewhat less, because of savings in administrative costs and lower payment rates for services used by the privately insured."[57].......

 

https://en.wikipedia...s_and_proposals


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Posted 19 July 2017 - 02:42 PM

Well, to play devil's advocate, I'll state that the US is larger than most countries with single-payer. Also, as Hamradio mentioned, without some kind of adjustment to medical costs, the price tag would be astronomical . And finally, as many studies have shown over the past decade, Americans are generally in poorer health, not just due to lack of healthcare, but lack of exercise, dietary habits, etc.

 

Single payer would be enormously expensive, and it would require a real shift in the way things are done in the US The defense budget would have to go way down, taxation would have to go up a lot for many people, and there would most likely be an overhaul of the entire medical field, from top to bottom. I don't know when or if most Americans would be willing for any of that to happen, let alone the powerful lobbyists.

I searched a little, but could not come up with a good reference for how much it would actually cost for a single-payer system in US.

 

Below is a Washington Post editorial in which they cite one estimate that it would cost $32 Trillion over 10 years.  While that may be true, what about offsets with revenue from people covered, physicians, hospitals, employers, etc.?

/www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/single-payer-health-care-would-have-an-astonishingly-high-price-tag/2017/06/18/9c70dae6-52d2-11e7-be25-3a519335381c_story.html?utm_term=.4e481c2db085

 

One aspect is that the federal government already provides substantial medical coverage for employees, military and dependents, military retirees and dependents, VA, USPHS, and many others.  Not to mention that provided by state and local governments and school systems.

 

I still believe the answer is a truly bi-partisan commission to do an 18-24 month study with all stakeholders involved.



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Posted 19 July 2017 - 01:25 PM

Trump says Single Payer will bankrupt America.  How is that so when much poorer countries can afford it?  Maybe when you put it on top of the wall the military budget and slashes to taxes for the billionaires, but really ...?

 

Well, to play devil's advocate, I'll state that the US is larger than most countries with single-payer. Also, as Hamradio mentioned, without some kind of adjustment to medical costs, the price tag would be astronomical . And finally, as many studies have shown over the past decade, Americans are generally in poorer health, not just due to lack of healthcare, but lack of exercise, dietary habits, etc.

 

Single payer would be enormously expensive, and it would require a real shift in the way things are done in the US The defense budget would have to go way down, taxation would have to go up a lot for many people, and there would most likely be an overhaul of the entire medical field, from top to bottom. I don't know when or if most Americans would be willing for any of that to happen, let alone the powerful lobbyists.



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Posted 19 July 2017 - 01:04 PM

Trump says Single Payer will bankrupt America.  How is that so when much poorer countries can afford it?  Maybe when you put it on top of the wall the military budget and slashes to taxes for the billionaires, but really ...?


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Posted 19 July 2017 - 12:17 PM

Fair enough.   But with regards to the mandate;   so what should happen if someone that decides to NOT have health insurance,  has medical issues they cannot afford to pay for on a fee-for-service basis?   Should they get treatment?    

 

If YES,   isn't that unfair to all those that do pay into the system?     Isn't a no mandate policy just a supporting deadbeat policy?    I can see a wavier for the mandate if one maintains 200K in cash in an escrow account,  but if there is NO mandate, then those without insurance should receive NO treatments.      The GOP being the party of the capitalist should agree with this.      Why should privately owned hospitals be FORCED by law to treat those that have no insurance or ability to pay.   THAT is socialism and much more socialist IMO than a mandate.

 

If a person can afford insurance and decide not to, the cost should come out of pocket.  What about people that don't believe in modern medicine (religious beliefs - herbal treatment, etc)

 

For sake of argument, if I decide not to have insurance, the hospital has the right to turn me away - I'm willing to sign such a waiver relieving them of legal responsibility.  I will not live my final years on breathing machines, countless drugs - will let nature take its course.  This is MY choice.

 

The other problem is people in the VERY LOW INCOME bracket are penalized by the mandate. They can least afford it.  There are and have been free medical clinics for the poor, such clinics need to check their monthly income to insure well off  people that can afford medical care don't cheat the system.

 

The government is still not addressing the high cost of medical treatment, drugs - this is the root of the evil.  The hospital bill shouldn't be $1,000 for a band aid.  



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Posted 19 July 2017 - 11:50 AM

My stance was and still is to fix ACA not replace. I've stated repeatedly it has both good and bad qualities. My main gripe is the mandate, right to choose doctors / insurance or not and the burden on small business to provide coverage for employees.  Many has closed because of it.

 

Repealing ACA now will be disastrous.

 

Fair enough.   But with regards to the mandate;   so what should happen if someone that decides to NOT have health insurance,  has medical issues they cannot afford to pay for on a fee-for-service basis?   Should they get treatment?    

 

If YES,   isn't that unfair to all those that do pay into the system?     Isn't a no mandate policy just a supporting deadbeat policy?    I can see a wavier for the mandate if one maintains 200K in cash in an escrow account,  but if there is NO mandate, then those without insurance should receive NO treatments.      The GOP being the party of the capitalist should agree with this.      Why should privately owned hospitals be FORCED by law to treat those that have no insurance or ability to pay.   THAT is socialism and much more socialist IMO than a mandate.



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Posted 19 July 2017 - 08:28 AM

He is probably using the coverage he earned by his military service.



Or maybe he's got the coverage from the insurance of his millionaire wife.

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Posted 19 July 2017 - 08:24 AM

I hafta fault donny here a tad...even though I doan wanna. :D

 

he just oughta give up wasting his time trying to show a schtootz GOP how to fight like men. they love being schtootzes more. murkowski and collins are dam lucky he hasn't tweet-blasted them for their rino-ism.

 

here's what I would do in donny's shoes. call in the democrats and say to 'em....

 

"alright, we're gonna work with you foul-ups on repairing obamacare but I have but one single condition...

you're not, any of ya!, to publically comment on this in any political way whatsoever except to compliment the GOP for their bipartisanship. in other words, fellas, no BS!

 

you do that and we are all friends again! :D 

 

if the answers no then get the hell outta here!"

 

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Posted 19 July 2017 - 08:12 AM

 

 

45]David Corn‏Verified account @DavidCornDC
Well, at least John McCain doesn't have to rush back. He can take good care of himself & enjoy his government-provided health insurance.

 

He is probably using the coverage he earned by his military service.



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Posted 19 July 2017 - 04:26 AM


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Well, at least John McCain doesn't have to rush back. He can take good care of himself & enjoy his government-provided health insurance.

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Posted 18 July 2017 - 11:42 PM

Right on, TomJH, but we know his supporters will stand by him no matter what. They don't want to admit they may have made a mistake, even if it costs them healthcare, a cleaner environment, etc.  They see an outsider who wants to shake things up and the press and establishment are against him.  I just saw a poll on TV where like 25-30% of Trump voters don't even believe there was a meeting with Donny Junior and the Russian lawyer et al even though both Donny Jr. and Sr. admitted it.  Every poll, interviews with Trump supporters on TV, some of our fellow posters here, shows this to be sadly true.  

 

My stance was and still is to fix ACA not replace. I've stated repeatedly it has both good and bad qualities. My main gripe is the mandate, right to choose doctors / insurance or not and the burden on small business to provide coverage for employees.  Many has closed because of it.

 

Repealing ACA now will be disastrous.



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Posted 18 July 2017 - 11:22 PM

and when the aca is on the verge of obvious destruction months from now the democrats will come crawling to trump...

not because they want to but because their constuents will have finally woken up and realized that it was always donny's game from the beginning.

donny would rather not wait BUT IF THEY INSIST...okay. :)

Actually, the Resistance to repeal/replace included many Trump supporters, who some three years later, have realized its benefits to them, and don't that taken away.

Trump LOST big-time here. He has done nothing to help it along, choosing to be at a tournament on the last crucial days here. Where is the "Great Negotiator?" Not twisting arms or wooing recalcitrant GOP senators, but basically tweeting about the tournament. NO LEADERSHIP WHATSOEVER from your so called "leader". He has realized how hard his new position is, is showing no aptitude for it nor willingness to learn. He is temperamentally unsuited for it, and between bouts of boredom and rage, is wishing he was elsewhere. And for once, the large majority of Americans agree with this.

Yes Donald, YOU OWN THIS LOSS!
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Posted 18 July 2017 - 10:16 PM

Big O--1

 

Donny MAGA--0

Loser.


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Curse Sir Walter Raleigh, he was such a stupid get.


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Posted 18 July 2017 - 08:53 PM

Right on, TomJH, but we know his supporters will stand by him no matter what. They don't want to admit they may have made a mistake, even if it costs them healthcare, a cleaner environment, etc.  They see an outsider who wants to shake things up and the press and establishment are against him.  I just saw a poll on TV where like 25-30% of Trump voters don't even believe there was a meeting with Donny Junior and the Russian lawyer et al even though both Donny Jr. and Sr. admitted it.  Every poll, interviews with Trump supporters on TV, some of our fellow posters here, shows this to be sadly true.  


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Posted 18 July 2017 - 08:23 PM

"Let Obamacare fail, it will be a lot easier. And I think we're probably in that position where we'll just let Obamacare fail. We're not going to own it. I'm not going to own it. I can tell you the Republicans are not going to own it. We'll let Obamacare fail and then the Democrats are going to come to us."

 

With those words Donald (The Buck Doesn't Stop Here) Trump has shown his true colours once again.

 

To allow Obamacare to fail means that even more people won't be able to afford the increasing premiums. It means people will suffer, people will die.

 

But let it be on the Democrats' heads! Let them own it! - that is Trump's political obsession, to hell with the fact that it is his responsibility as President is to preserve, or replace, improve the nation's health care system.

 

Just so long as Trump (who went to a golf course for two days while Mitch O'Connell was trying to get the votes for TrumpCare in the Senate) doesn't get the blame for it (he hopes) - that's his priority.

 

Not only is the statement from a President, any President, to allow a nation's health care system to self destruct (for, he hopes, his own political gain) a reprehensible dereliction of duty but it is immoral. You do not sit back, do nothing and let citizens of your nation suffer and die.

 

Trump supporters did not elect this man to see him stand by and allow health care to die when divisions within his own party, which rules both the House and Senate, fail to come up with a solution.

 

It does not look like Republicans will get enough votes next week to just repeal ObamaCare so Trump will probably not get his way. But once again he revealed his true character for all to see, and it was ugly (this coming, ironically, from the President who had complained that the House health bill had been "mean").

 

How many times do Trump followers, so blind in their loyalty to him, have to see the obvious before even they start to realize the truth -

 

Donald Trump needs you politically but, as a man, he doesn't give a damn about you or your suffering. He couldn't have spelled it out more clearly than in his statement today about letting ObamaCare die.


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