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Drugs at a pharmacy are a known quantity. How long a procedure takes will vary patient to patient with many variables in play. For instance, my lady is going for her second try at breast reconstruction after her second bout with cancer. This time it's going to take two doctors. Now should that cost the same? Is her case exactly like all the others ever done? Not so simple, is it?
Did you know that Medicare denies claims at twice the rate of private insurers? And that more and more hospitals and doctors are not accepting it anymore?
Eric, you are wrong on treaties.
Lock, your claim that insurance companies have no incentive to reduce costs because of a profit motive makes zero sense. Controlling costs is a main component of achieving a profit.
Making all procedures one price also makes no sense as there are different problems associated with all procedures and varying costs for many things around the country including rent.
So much for those costly hammers and toilets being the sole property of the military.
I also said that if the federal government can take over healthcare or the insurance market for it by some misguided understanding of the general welfare clause, that it can take over anything and everything which is a central component of fascism. Not what our Founders gave us. And because they feared they gave too much power to the federal government, they demanded the Bill of Rights and tenth amendment be ratified. The tenth severely limited the power of the Federal government. Or at least it was suppose to.
The Patriot Act is another conduit to that power and Obama signed an even more virulent one than Bush. I believe both were and are unconstutional and we are seeing the results as we speak with illegal spying, leaks and other mischief and malfeasance of a police state. Obama was the one for bigger government not Trump. Remains to be seen on corporations but Obama empowered big pharma through the ACA and too big to fail got bigger under his adminstration.
And my letter did too address costs as I have here. But you are mistaken that government can control costs. They only appear to do that by rationing. Competition controls costs and so does the profit motive. If it didn't you would still be paying $7,000 for a plasma TV and sky high prices for computers.
The point of expensive toilets seats and hammers is not reserved only for the military. There are no incentives for government to control costs. Why it's a big lie that Medicare has lower administration costs. They get away with that lie by cost shifting from the differences in accounting methods mentioned in my letter. For instance, there is a cost component to collecting premiums that is incurred by the insurance companies. There is a cost component to collecting taxes but that is incurred by the treasury Dept not Medicare. Private companies depreciate buildings and other assets. Government does not. The SEC requires all publicly traded companies, for which most insurance companies are, to get an outside audit by one of the Big Three accounting firms. That cost is incurred by the insurance company. The government on the other hand does an interagency audit for which the agency doing the audit incurs the cost. Complete opposite of the private sector. Just a few examples.
I never said that universal healthcare leads to fascism. But that all fascist countries have universal healthcare. It's a big conduit to centralized power our Founders warned us about. Not all countries that have power abuse it. But they can only abuse it when having that power. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. The point of the constitution of to not concentrate that power in the first place, not hope they won't abuse it. History is replete with plenty of examples of abuse.
Rand Paul has been pushing for individual to be able to join larger pools for purchasing power which will reduce premiums. He is also advocating to get rid of the mandates for preexisting conditions and other mandates which are pushing up premiums. Allow the individual to purchase insurance that they need and can afford, not what the government thinks they need. The Republicans just yesterday talked about creating risk pools for those with preexisting conditions in the manner the state of Maine is doing with success.
Forcing us to buy female birth control coverage as a male or as an elderly woman is one example of stupid mandates. Forcing insurance companies to do the unfunded welfare work of the government by making them take those with preexisting conditions is a major driver of healthcare premiums and renders it no longer insurance in the real sense of the word.
Lock, where do the countries of the European Union, akin to our states, get their money? Where will the federal government get their money? As stated in my letter, borrowing endlessly from the Chinese or monetizing the debt is unsustainable.
Where in the constitution does it mention healthcare as a Federal function or more importantly, prohibit it to the states? Again the Tenth rules here.
Buying across state lines fits neatly into the original meaning of the commerce clause. Which is to say, even and uniform commerce. So the feds rules would prevail.
The ACA is killing competition instead of enhancing it as promised by Obama and others. Another reason to get them out!
Yes, they could ban everyone's food. Don't think that was the impetus for the commerce clause by our Founders.
Getting back to marijuana, if the feds can make pot illegal based on the commerce clause, then they can make the food on your table illegal and starve you to death. Before you laugh, you may want to ask a former Soviet citizen that question as I have, whether that could happen here when indeed it did happen there!
Again, the whole point of the constitution, put another way from above, is to never give them power in the first place, not hope they won't abuse that power. History is replete with plenty of examples of abuse.
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