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Who is going to pay for Obama-PelosiCare?

Medicare is projected to go bankrupt by 2017
Medicaid is projected to go bankrupt by 2020
Who will pay THEN?
If we add another government run option, who is paying for it?

Shouldn't we incorporate some free market ideas? Please tell me WHY any of these would NOT work
■Let families and businesses buy health insurance across state lines.
■Allow individuals, small businesses, and trade associations to pool together and acquire health insurance at lower prices, the same way large corporations and labor unions do.
■Give states the tools to create their own innovative reforms that lower health care costs.
■End junk lawsuits that contribute to higher health care costs by increasing the number of tests and procedures that physicians sometimes order not because they think it's good medicine, but because they are afraid of being sued.

Is it simply because people think a public option = free? Explain?


Asked by grlygrlz2 at 11:32 AM on Oct. 31, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • I agree with you except, at least here in Cali, there are already small business "pools" to help reduce ins costs. We had them at the ins co I worked for.

    Every year, w/o fail, when premiums went up and members called complaining we were told it was due to rx costs. I have read that Big Pharma is second in profits only to big oil and they spend much more on marketing than r&d. That is something that needs to be addressed and Obama making deals with Pharma to help pay for this is not the answer.

    I agree with tort reform but want it set up so that people who are truly wronged and end up dead or with debilitating issues caused by malpractice get fair compensation.


    Answer by Friday at 11:43 AM on Oct. 31, 2009

  • I am not saying they are the ONLY solution, I am suggesting incorporating SOME free market ideals and practices into an ACTUAL reform program.

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 11:33 AM on Oct. 31, 2009

  • Lol, grly, china won't give us any more monetl either.

    Answer by lovinangels at 11:44 AM on Oct. 31, 2009

  • We've been over this a thousand times. The things you listed wont bring real cost contol. How many insurance companies do you think their are? There is a major monopoly over the industry and your "solutions" aren't going to put insurance within reach for working Americans who are just scraping by.


    Answer by SRiveroC at 11:55 AM on Oct. 31, 2009

  • The things you listed wont bring real cost contol.

    Who says? Who says if incorporated with some of the Obama Care ideals, there couldn't be a REAL reform plan?


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 12:03 PM on Oct. 31, 2009

  • When you say cost control, are you saying it is OK to offset the cost onto OTHER people/businesses (public option) to make it more affordable for others?

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 12:05 PM on Oct. 31, 2009

  • SRivero: maybe you should follow your bashing with one of your "solutions"... don't have any? then don't discourage people who want to make it better rather than just shoot down ideas.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:05 PM on Oct. 31, 2009

  • "Who will pay THEN? If we add another government run option, who is paying for it?"

    It's pretty obvious who will pay for it. Taxes will go up significantly for Americans across the board. We will need to increase taxes just to pay for an aging population that are living longer. With Obama's plan to expand Medicaid comes more taxes, with the fact that Pelosicare will need tons of oversight committees and regulatory boards will mean an increase of taxes. Then you add subsidies.....

    The middle class that isn't covered by Medicaid or subsidized will see the largest increases in taxes and expenses. 


    Answer by mancosmomma at 12:11 PM on Oct. 31, 2009

  • Obviously we all will. Just think, this will be one more thing to fail, therfore keeping us broke and under governments thumb for ages.

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 12:29 PM on Oct. 31, 2009

  • It's interesting that when it is suggested that compromise is suggested by the people that are fundamentally against the government control of health care, it still isn't enough for some of the more liberal women on here. Some of them just expect us to roll over and let the Obama administration run amok, as they assumed that we all did during Bush's eight years in office. Just because you believe it doesn't make it so.

    I am still firmly against government involvement in the finished product of health care reform. However, I do think it's smart to make both parties compromise, I just hope it isn't to the detriment of the American Tax Payer (like it all too often is).


    Answer by Anonymous at 12:32 PM on Oct. 31, 2009