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View Diary: Can Obama find a path for his grand bargain? (113 comments)

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  •  I bet I'd pay on a sliding scale to buy in early (0+ / 0-)

    It would probably cost less than private insurance and build it up as well. The fact is, we'll all have to pay more sometime. But if it can compete head to head against private insurance, and use it's (gasp) free market purchasing power to get deals on volume everything the way it should, prices across the board will come down. The obscene charge master prices of one Tylenol costing the price of a bottle would go away right quick if private insurers had to compete directly against Medicare on a level playing field.

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