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Posted: Monday, October 8, 2012 7:36 pm

To the editor:

There is a lot of talk about the high cost of health care as a result of the bill passed by Congress. Unfortunately it is real. But several things could happen to eliminate that horrendously high cost. Opponents talk about the unconstitutional aspect of the bill, as we are required by law to buy health insurance, which is sold by for-profit organizations who stand to make a sizeable profit based on the government’s order. To many of us the government forcing purchase of non-government for-profit health insurance just don‘t seem right, and darn expensive. Now, if the government says sign up for health care and a single payer government plan will handle it, at cost, no profit involved, it makes more sense. So how to do it? The makeup of the U.S. Supreme Court can change, and if the new courts view forced individual purchase of high-cost for-profit health insurance as unconstitutional, that portion could get nullified. And what would be the alternative? The U.S. Public Health Service has been in existence more than 60 years, providing health care for certain minorities, and has staff doctors, nurses, hospitals, and support staff to provide what this nation needs, and that is low-cost health care. And they have been doing a great job of it. The court could simply order expansion of the U.S. Public Health Service, and provide universal coverage, at cost, in a single payer system, eliminating the trillion dollar deficits currently building. And thus save the country.

Michael A. Carson

Wasilla

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2 comments:

  • truthBtold posted at 6:09 pm on Thu, Oct 11, 2012.

    truthBtold Posts: 151

    While noble in idea, your plan has some big obstacles.
    I have worked in the Federal System - the military is very much like the PHS. All the good dr's leave as soon as possible because there is so much bureacracy (the patients are often protected from seeing it by the dedicated physicians / physician extenders), that providing good care become exhausting and everyone burns out.

    Were you aware that it takes most physicians 12-15 years after high-school to get their education / training completed and start actually earning any income? That entire time in training they are acruing more and more debt. Medicare/Medicaid payments to providers do not come anywhere close to paying the bills - office rent, employee salaries, malpractice.... If everyone is on Medicare/Medicaid, or something similar as Obamacare establishes, most physicians will have to close their doors.

    Pure and simple, you have to offer physicians a reasonable compensation in exchange for 12-15 years of 100+ hour weeks to get their education / training and cover the extensive debt, or there will be no one going into medicine It is already happening as med school enrollments are down and quality of applicants are way down. Do you want A or D students as your doctor? And Then we will have the 1 year waits to see a physician that the VA, Canada, Britian, and most socialized systems create. Is that really what you want?

     
  • posted at 10:08 am on Wed, Oct 10, 2012.

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    I agree, Michael. Universal Health could have accomplished several ways, but the Obamacare was the wrong route. Expansion of Medicare/Mediaid would have been so much easier and less costly. By extending the Medicare/Medicaid tax(you get taxed on ly your 1st $106,000)to unlimited would increase the money put into this plan by leaps and bounds. Obamacare is going to hurt the people who need it the most, poor people working for companies with less than 49 employees. They will still be on their own and forced to pay a $750 fine if they don't have insurance.

     

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