It's not enough to help, you must punish success and prudence too
Posted by aogMonday, 14 October 2013 at 13:13
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Other people are starting to notice that not only does POR-care raise insurance rates, it also negatively affects coverage with regard to deductibles.
My question for anyone who support POR-care is, why is it necessary to control how I spend my health care insurance premiums? How does that benefit anyone except the power grubbing appartchiks that populate the State? Given how few additional uninsured will now get insurance, what is the putative point of POR-care? Is it just because the State can’t tolerate success by others and must destroy it?
Finally, can any one help me understand all the people who deeply distrust the government and politicians yet consistently support giving them ever more control over our lives? “Yeah, those guys are corrupt, childish, selfish, and out of touch — let’s have them control our health care too!”. How can that seem like a reasonable thing to so many people?
Thursday, 17 October 2013 at 14:52|
On Canada and Japan: I believe you are focusing on the exceptions, anecdotal evidence that is not the rule.
But for your sake let’s take the worst case scenario, and assume the bribes are the rule. Did you check how much your Japanese friends are spending at the end of the day with their health care, compared to you? I understand the moral harassing associated to bribes, but looking only for the economic side of this situation, you look to ridicule them for doing what you already do: pay the doctor.
Now, taking aside you’ve not chosen a good example (MRI research was not developed only by Americans), you miss my point. I will try to make it clear with two questions:
1) Physics reasearch in the US is, overall, the best one in the world. Can you explain how it happened without a private “Physics Care System”? (Change Physics for Chemistry, Biology, or any other area of science, if you will).
2) Is the money of an American different from the money of a non-American? Where is this economic model you use to justify that all the money of Americans, channeled to profits of Health related industry, is worth, whiule all the money people outside the US pay those same companies is not? You will also need to justify why all the American companies are operating in most of the rest of the world, if the money thei receive there is that worthless.
I see you some relation with your health care system being private, and expensive, and you having very good technology. I jsut don’t believe you thought that through.
Try to think out of the box and adapt your argument to another market. For example, we here in Brazil pay a lot more for cars than you in US (independent of them being produced here or not). There are many reasons for that, but if I went for your logic, we should have the Best Cars Ever because our private car industry is so expensive and we pay so much. Strangely, it just ain’t so…
|Robert M Mitchell Jr.
Thursday, 17 October 2013 at 19:42|
Ah, no, I pay the doctor a lot less, because I pay the doctor. Note that the wiki on Japanese Health care talked about that. “but utilization rates are much higher”. Yes, “free” runs out quickly, but expected changes even quicker. I pay the doctor once a year, and they “gift” the doctor seven or eight times.……
1) Ah, that happened with a “Private Physics Care System”, which is, of course, the lack of a system. We do not have a national Physics program, and we have done just fine, in fact, as you point out, we are the best in the world.……
2) I’m not sure what you are saying here. I think you are saying that American Medical companies make money off of foreigners as well, and so medical advancement would continue. But, alas, one of the big reasons “foreigners” pay so much less for medicine is because they make vigorous use of “Generic Drugs, etc.”. Generic drugs, of course, are no longer under patent protections and can be made by any manufacturer, and while profit will product, it will not, as a rule, go to the ones who developed it any longer. So the Americans, once again, are the ones footing the development bill (for we are impatient, and will not spend lives waiting out the Patent.…..).
3) Ah, no. Our system is expensive because it is not Private, having been ravaged by Government manipulation of the Insurance Industry (By tax-breaks and regulations) and Government regulation of Hospitals (Which, by law, must help people without any assurance of payment. Guess who makes up the difference?). Why would I think giving the Government more direct control of something they don’t understand would make things cheaper, without the rationing that always comes with Government control of prices? Why would I want to see Hospitals suffering, and People dying, because a Government that couldn’t handle the distribution of a fungible like Gas was put in charge of an intangible like “Health Care”?