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Americans spend more on health care because they have more to spend - we are, or were the richest country on the planet with the best health care in the world. Now we/they are going to change all of that.
They are going to create a surge in health care demand while at the same time they are going to "cram down" the costs that they are going to pay doctors and hospitals. This is how you create a shortage, a severe one. But bless their hearts we will all have the same health care, each will be the same, each of us will have the same lousy health care - yes we can make his "change" trouble is no one is going to like it.
Alton I am not that pretentious….I never said “health care cost created our current economical woes.” I do know the Big 3 automakers CEOs blamed the rising cost of health care as the number one reason for their downfall…I heard former CEO of GE Jack Welch ,Google CEO Eric Schmidt, and Warren Buffet say unless we get a handle on the rising cost of health care our economy will never recover…I never mentioned a National Health care system….The public option is not on the table (right now) but this blog was about HEALTH CARE REFORM and the proposals being discussed….Every month employers are putting more of the rising health care costs on their employees…Economists tell us that we cannot sustain 2.5 trillion(and rising) in health care cost every year.
Using your last sentence, we woulf be lead to believe health care cost created our current economical woes. Sure wish the solution to our current economical woes could be as easy as solving the put a cap on health care cost.
I agree that a national healthcare is coming.
Government run healthcare has been a failure everywhere it has been tried. What makes our leaders think they will be able to pull off something that other countries have not been able to. I fully expect the quality of care to decline, the satisfaction with healthcare to decline and the government to slide further and further into debt, probably allowing Social Security to go under due to the inability to fund it and the new healthcare system too. Given a choice, I believe most Americans would rather be guaranteed of having some form of income in their later years than having cheap, pathetic healthcare. I know several people who have lived in the UK and they realize national healthcare is a disaster.