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JEFF4i 08-22-2009 01:28 AM reform...
Okay, here's the deal. Many amongst us feel that most law should be to the sovereign to the states. So why let the Fed say, "Okay, we want to states to go at this healthcare thing. Work up whatever works best for you, and we will say...give you some of the stimulus money for it. Within limits."

Now don't pick apart my statement, because this is just an ideal situation and seeing if many would be down for it.

Why am I saying this?

I need to find the source in that aweful archives of my local paper, but in New Mexico, about 76% of medical bills are picked up by the government. Funny thing is, they'd actually save money, proven, under a single payer or public option system. These systems are also wildly popular here with people wanting them, yes there are those against them, but the majority want it. So what if the fed said, use it, we'll toss a few bucks your way initially and if you make a good system, you pay us back. If you make a bad system, your funding gets cut until it's fixed?

Just saying, here in N.M. with our illegal immigrant, socioeconomic, and other issues, wouldn't this make sense? Win-win right? State sovereignty as well as making a more public system that works better.

MACH1 08-22-2009 02:27 AM

Re: reform...
Crap! Is what I say.

One thing that needs to be done and it would solve 90% of the problem. Dissolve the interstate trade ban on insurance companies. turn them loose to compete all over the country and watch the premiums drop like a rock.

Godfather 08-22-2009 09:28 AM

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And take the shackles off of HSAs so they can be a real competitor to insurance. That will force insurers to become a lot more honest and efficient if they want to survive.

lamberts-lost-tooth 08-22-2009 10:00 AM

Re: reform...
...Or better yet....anyone who wants public taxes to pay their insurance should be demanded to quit smoking...quit banned from any high risk activity...and must drop down to a government mandated "healthy" weight.

Hey...If they want the government to be responsible for their insureance...then they should be responsible for their health maintenance!!!

This whole healthcare debate just smells too much like class warfare...the "have-nots" being told that all their problems are the fault of some "elusive" upper class, with no thought of personal responsibility.

Yes...I do think there should be insurance reform (namely getting it away from an employment based program)...but until the government can show me an example of a program, under their control, that isnt SCREWED UP...then they need to keep their hands off and their noses out of my healthcare.

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