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  •  Don't we have this already (0+ / 0-)

    with Medicare Part C, where the government pays the insurance company a specified amount and your Medicare is handled by the insurance company?
    If I remember correctly, cuts to this program are what the republicans were using as a tool to criticize the ACA because part of the means of paying for it was to reduce the amount that the government paid to insurance companies.  And if Part C doesn't is not that efficient now, what makes them think that making it even further encompassing and giving private insurance more control make it more efficient? IMO it would just increase the opportunity for insurance companies to screw more consumers, retirees,  for profit.
    The only way to attempt to make anything like this affordable is to require all health insurance companies to be not-for-profit to ensure that 100% of premiums are used to pay benefits.  IMO that's the real reason this is a non-starter because the corporatist republicans (and some democrats) in Congress will never allow that to happen.

    Mr. Boehner, where are the jobs?

    by Tx LIberal on Thu Dec 15, 2011 at 10:22:58 AM PST

    •  They think if old people have to pay directly... (1+ / 0-)
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      .....and have a limit to how much money they'll be able to pay, they'll use less health care.

      It's rationing, basically.

      The revolution will not be privatized.

      by Bush Bites on Thu Dec 15, 2011 at 04:42:43 PM PST

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