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  1. 1) A true capitalist society would not protect insurance companies from other insurance companies just because they are based in another state.

    2) A patient, even in this f**ked up system we have is still free to shop around for the best doctors or the best prices.

    3) The best way to "balance the scales" would be for government to get out of the way, stop protecting insurance companies' rates, and let people make their own choices. An insurance company who routinely screws over their customers wouldn't last long before an honest competitor took their market share, especially in this age of online reviews and accessible information.

    4) Price controls won't work because if prices are artificially held down, the quality of the product will erode.

    Ok, you're not buying my premise that the helpless consumer needs gov't protection. And yet healthcare costs continue to rise faster than inflation. If government is really to blame for everything that's wrong with healthcare, I guess the best we can hope for is a new shade of lipstick. I better go get my free-ish colonoscopy before it's too late.

  2. We don't prey on the sick, we help them.

    Fuck You!

    Yeah "prey" was a bad word choice. And I didn't mean it personally. i'm just saying that sick and injured people are easy targets. And in a capitalist society that spells trouble. I think a competent government should be able to balance the scales and make healthcare affordable. If that requires some form of price control so be it.

    i have nothing against you making yours. I'm sure you worked hard to get where you are. But I have no doubt the entity that pays you is taking full advantage of the fact that people in enough pain will agree to pay practically anything for relief.

    I'll support anyone with the guts, brains and authority to dismantle the works and do it right.. But if you're just putting a new shade of lipstick on the pig GTFO.

  3. The government caused the out of whack fee schedules favoring hospitals over private practice. The government caused the lack of competition for providers and centers by the CON program. The government limits the competition for insurance through state border laws. The government causes costs to rise through repetitive paperwork. The government caused insurance to be tied to employment through price fixing in the manufacturing sector. The government keeps costs from falling by not allowing direct access to a PT, OT, ST, NP or PA.

    I didn't know that government has screwed up healthcare on so many levels. I understand why you don't believe socialized medicine can ever work here. But I don't believe a marketplace that preys on the sick can be left to uncontrolled market forces. Maybe i'm too cynical, but I think insurance companies exacerbate the problem.

    I'm old enough to remember when employer-based group health insurance was a good thing. It was affordable and offered families quality care. What happened? The scope of those policies are just a shell of what they were. Employers don't want any part of health insurance anymore. You can argue that they never should have, and you're probably right. But it used to work.

  4. FDRs idiotic salary control on manufacturing is how insurance got tied to employment to begin with. If you weren't allowed to pay a higher salary, you would have to offer attractive bennie packages.

    I'm in a profession that is in demand. Freeze our salaries and you will see us offered less hours and more vacation. What do you think that does to the demand when the supply is limited like that? I'm just a PT, imagine what doctors will be able to negotiate. Only gonna pay me 100K a year? fine, I'll see you 2 days a week. Now we have crisis...


    Doesn't the fact that doctors can demand any salary they want make you think they have a little too much power? I'm saying that mentality is pervasive in medicine and healthcare. And if the government doesn't put its foot down, costs will continue to escalate far ahead of inflation. Insurance companies dgaf about costs. They just pass them on or try to wiggle out of paying. Nobody is watching out for the consumer. And there will be no affordable care until government holds up a stop sign.

  5. LOL @ "make sense". His logic dictates that we also socialize food, housing & clothing because those are also all "services we need" and yet not everyone can pay for the same quality.

    Thanks for extending my logic. Not what I said or meant, but you know that. Nice try. I meant that medicine is the one area where prices cannot be reasonably contained with out artificial measures. That much has to be obvious by now.

  6. sigh....

    Medicare fee schedules says prices are already fixed guys, that's been part of the problem. So frustrating.

    Can anyone come up with a successful example of government price fixing? I mean, we have to be talking about our salaries too right?

    sigh... medicare fee schedules are just a tool to keep costs from escalating. That's really not part of the problem. The problem is most doctors don't want to see medicare patients. I bet you can guess why.

    I can't honestly give you an example of successful price fixing. But I've never been in a more helpless negotiating position than when my daughter needed her appendix removed either.

    Salaries yes. Drug price collusion yes. Endless, exorbitant and unnecessary testing yes. Fraudulent billing yes. The list goes on and on. But if you think medicine is no different than any other marketplace, maybe the poor should just tough it out.

  7. I had high hopes that Trump was going to do this right, dunno why, I guess because I felt it was time we had an asshole for president. Now that I see he has everything figured out within a matter of weeks, I'm shaking my head. Aint happening. The problem isn't really about who is going to pay what for healthcare.

    The problem is that healthcare costs are OBSCENE. They are obscene because conventional market factors like fair competition and supply vs. demand don't apply. You can't get quotes on your bursting appendix. Your wife can't stand in line on Black Friday to get her pap smeared. And yet healthcare is a basic human (social) need. The real issue is...How much capitalism can we allow in a service that all of us need, but only some can pay for?

    The government has all the actuarial numbers it needs to parse medical costs out fairly. But the healthcare industry is just a big money-grab. I hoped Trump was serious about stripping out the fraud and profiteering because that's the only way it will ever be affordable. But it's going to take more than a few months and a lot more brains than any group of politicians can muster.

    It's gonna take seriously considered price-fixing. Good old fashioned socialism that takes the fun out of everything. And it's gonna take people with enough brains to figure out how to protect the consumer without stunting medical research. It's a tall task. Too much for Obama, Trump, Ryan or anybody with a magic wand.

  8. First let me say that I've been there. I know what you're doing and why you're doing it. But, seriously, just live a little. Make a deposit and start having some fun. You obviously have skills, but you are driving yourself nutso over pennies. You should be grinding sitngos til your eyes bleed. Then you'll have a little something to show for it.

  9. With a knuckleball pitcher like Wakefield, I always thought a small-market team could get a pitcher like that and let him start every third game or so.

    He's not throwing the ball hard enough to make his arm sore. If you cannot afford five quality starters, why not two or three and then Wakefield, and let him start every third game? I don't know, maybe it would have worn him out even though he's not throwing hard.

    Chisox fans over 50 remember Wilbur Wood's magical years in the early 70's. Averaged 45 starts over 5 years, going 106-89, starting both ends of DH's, etc.

  10. dumped - 3

    got dumped - 3

    currently in one hope it goes well

    i must say the 1s i got dumped in were the more serious 1s...at least to me lol :(

    Would seem to be universal

    dude that happened to me once. It was bad. I was in a bad relationship with a chick for over a year, who had a ton of issues. It seemed like weekly on again off again stuff. During the off times, I went man-whoring and wound up in 2 other semi-relationships. Semi meaning I didnt want a relationship, they did. I quit answering their calls one day. Turns out those 2 were friends and showed up at my apartment while the original gf was there. Pounding on my door and yelling shit, making a scene. I finally went out and tried to settle shit down but then they figured out the other chick was there and went ballistic. I went back in and locked the door. They left but came back later that night and taped condoms and notes all over my truck. Toilet paper, shaving cream, big sign on the windshield saying man whore. That was pretty much the end of that relationship...but ironically I married one of the other chicks....and Im still with her 20 years later. Cool starry bra?

    Best game on the scoreboard, cool boxscore bra

  11. In a huge sample of the country wouldnt guys historically be doing more dumping than getting dumped? I have been a super shitty bf in the past and managed not to get dumped. I have even tried to get her to dump me first and it still didnt work. Most women are pushovers.

    I figured this would run about 50/50. But so far only 3 of us have taken it more times than we dished it out. Very interesting.


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