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    How about where they turned originally?  Insurance evolved from mutual benefit societies, voluntary cost-sharing organizations that arose from people joining together with other people.  As far as I know, that isn't ILLEGAL in this country.  I've actually read an ad from a Christian group that does something similar to this, providing "not-insurance" but "assistance" for "members" of a community.  They insist that members be living a lifestyle congruent with their moral principles, of course, which cuts out a lot of risks . . . but not a lot of others, most particularly farming as a profession which is one of the biggest lifestyle risks you can indulge.

    Cutting the profiteers off at the knees might give some other options room to grow.  But there would be tradeoffs, and one of them will indubitably be the sense of entitlement that an adversarial relationship has spawned, where people feel it their RIGHT to DEMAND every possible treatment for every illness, no matter how expensive or how futile (because after all, they already paid through the nose for their coverage from a company they know is an Enemy).

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