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  •  When I moved back to NY last summer from WA (2+ / 0-)
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    I had no idea insurance was so much more expensive here. When I lived there my insurance was pretty inexpensive, but then I had one of the lower end plans that had preventive plus catastrophic with not much in-between and didn't use it much, so I'll never know. But I don't recall reading about many health insurance horror stories in WA, which doesn't have a reputation for being a state where the little guy gets screwed, compared to say WI or MI these days. In any case, that's moot for me now, and I have to deal with expensive individual insurance here with the consolation that if I really need it, it'll be there for me according that what I've been told.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 07:06:43 PM PST

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    •  Sounds like a testimonial for standardization at (3+ / 0-)
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      the national level.

      There can be no protection locally if we're content to ignore the fact that there are no controls globally.

      by oldpotsmuggler on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 08:27:25 PM PST

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      •  Costs will never be the same nationwide (3+ / 0-)
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        for various reasons, but neither are average incomes, so I suppose that some standardization in terms of average percentage share of income is called for. I have to believe that there's still massive room for lowering premiums, lowering overall health care costs, improving health care AND keeping the health care field a fairly well-paying one so we can attract top talent.

        Part of this has to do with getting people to take better care of each other and making healthy food and lifestyles more easily available and affordable, part with cutting out the huge waste in health care and insurance and improving health care standards, and part in averaging things out nationally in one huge risk pool. It can be done on a practical level. It's the politics that's tough.

        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 08:33:46 PM PST

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