At the time of Hillarycare, I rented a duplex from a friend and co-worker who happened to be morbidly obese and in her early 40s. I remember the debate on euthanasia and rationing then. This friend was totally for it all. Of course what she didn't realize or wish to admit is that she would be the very one not allowed care due to her age and size. She would be one targeted for end of life conversations initiated by the doctors who are then paid for the service. This is not new stuff Obama is trying to force down our throats, and it is just as scary.
Part of the revamping of the whole healthcare business that would actually help would be to allow insurance companies to compete across state lines, which they can't do now due to government control. Competition is what brings prices down, not regulation or government intervention.
When doctors are able to charge not based on medicare tables or contracts and people are allowed to compare-shop their doctors, the fees will go down. It happened in the whole laser eye surgery, the surgery got better and the prices dropped. When insurance is not paying for people's health care and start paying for what we need, ie., medical services, then the cost of the services will go down.
Remember that in the US a man diagnosed with prostate cancer has an 87% chance of survival whereas in Great Britain the same man would only have a 43% chance. Cancer requires medical services not health care. Look at the survival rate of all of the cancers, the US has the highest survival rate there is. Lets talk about what we really need and really want-medical care, medical services not health care.
Just look at the history of when health care came to be. When HMOs came about to offer health care the cost of the services went up and insurance prices went up. But the individual paid just a little which gave a false understanding of the true cost of care. See when a person pays a $10 co-pay the rest is billed to the insurance company. So the insurance company raises premiums due to more usage. They also contract for doctors to accept less. The whole medicare standard fell into place with regard to fees. Then it all gets complicated with gate keepers and what not.
Medicare rations right now by the way. My mom can't have a full female exam except every 3 years if medicare pays for it. That is rationing. If we went back to major medical only for a while I think insurance premiums would drop and more people would be willingly covered. Remember the government controls private health insurance companies already.
And another thing, malpractice attorneys like John Edwards who made his millions suing doctors (why are his clients not rich?). That caused the medical services to go up. Doctors have to spend lots of money on insurance to defend themselves against attorneys like Edwards. Yes there are doctors who make mistakes and should have to pay but then there are real frivolous cases out there too. A litigious society is not a good society for future growth except in the attorney's pocketbook.
Okay I am off this soap box for the evening.