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  1. SeattleSam

    You make the assumption that “policymakers” are primarily interested in cost saving . If cost savings result in them having less control over everyone, that’s too big a price to pay. If I know precisely what we should all have for dinner and I’m not paying for it, why would it matter if I choose a more expensive restaurant?

  2. Todd Mason

    As the KHN piece opines, if only it were as simple as getting Mississippians health insurance and getting them to the doctor and the gym.

  3. 1775Concord

    Abysmalcare should never have been passed in the first place. Many Democratic Senators and Congressmen who voted for the bill did so in direct opposition to the will of the people they were elected to represent…instead going along with the Democratic mob. For instance, in Colorado 62% of the electorate polled was against the bill, yet Senators Bennet and Udall ignored their constituents and voted in favor of it.
    If “waste fraud and abuse,” buzzwords re. how some of this bill was to be paid for, 1) why wasn’t that matter taken care of anyway, but 2) it apparently isn’t/couldn’t be taken care of.
    Obama could have reduced healthcare spending markedly by 1) tort reform, to reduce doctors’ overhead and, more significantly, reduce defensive medicine expenses, and 2) (and Obama did just the opposite) allow doctor-owned hospitals, which are much more efficient than the administrator top-heavy, mistake-covering, hospitals run by non-medical CEOs and their controlling organizations of corporate run medicine. I have other suggestions, but these are good openers.
    This article does well to point out the disparities in populations used, but overlooked in writing in the Dartmouth, and other, articles.
    The absurdity of proposing that electronic medical records would significantly reduce spending was another fallacy promoted by Obama.
    And Obama already fails to pay doctors a reasonable wage for their services…Medicare reimburses doctors at such a low rate that 30% cannot even afford to see any Medicare patients (or Medicaid), many others limit the number seen. Medicaid is worse…and that is the rate at which doctors will be paid under Abysmalcare.

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