3 August 2009

More $s for world's dearest healthcare system?

Talk of new taxes to pay for healthcare reform reveals that the current approach is wrongheaded. Not that I'm generally against taxes, which are progressive--especially, if targeted at the wealthy--and are needed in our current plutocracy. But the move ignores the fact that we already pay more for healthcare than any country in the world. More needs to be done to contain costs, and the best way to do this is to get rid of private insurance, which merely adds costs (and tremendous hassle and headache) without adding any value whatsoever. Even more importantly, we need to develop fixed rates for every procedure. The absurd notion that the government is going to somehow give us more while we pay ever increasing sums out to the government's corporate sponsors is laughable--or would be laughable, if it weren't happening to we, the people.

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