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  •  But he does make a really good point... (3+ / 0-)

    ... later in that same article:

    The paranoia and conspiracy-mongering is truly bizarre coming from the same crowd that loudly blasted President Obama for not including a single-payer system in his healthcare reform legislation. Single-payer, naturally, would be run by the federal government and so a government agency would have access to our medical histories and decide whether we could receive certain forms of medical treatment. Every sexually transmitted disease, every erectile dysfunction prescription and every colon X-ray would be gathered and processed by the government, and since the program would be financed via our tax returns, the IRS would provide an investigative and potentially punitive aspect to it. If you don’t pay your taxes, you’re punished for it. In fact, I remember how we laughed at paranoid Republicans who insisted that the IRS would toss people in jail for not abiding the individual mandate.

    Looking through the bent backed tulips, To see how the other half lives, Looking through a glass onion - John Lennon and Paul McCartney

    by Hey338Too on Tue Jul 30, 2013 at 01:11:26 PM PDT

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    •  The private health care providers can and (8+ / 0-)

      currently do use this information against people to deny or restrict health care. The only way to stop or prevent it is effective government controls.

      I would hope that there would be whistle blowers in the system to tell us when the system is being abused.

      If there was universal health care provided by taxation you certainly would be punished for not paying your taxes. Right now parts of ObamaCare and Medicaid/Medicare for the poor and aged have premiums that are paid for by the state from taxes.

      In some countries with universal health care, individual mandates will be deducted from tax payments so in effect you will be punished by the IRS if you don't pay them.

      The bizarro is coming from Cesca in this article.

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