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  •  It is sad (7+ / 0-)

    that the American people are still having to deal with this health care nightmare and many of us knew or were worried that the health insurance companies might find a way around the laws and keep screwing with people, it is what they do, and why so many of us wanted single payer.  

    Why or why did they not do a pilot program before rolling out the whole program at once.  A pilot program would have helped tease out problems.  

    "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolution­ary act. " George Orwell

    by zaka1 on Sun Nov 10, 2013 at 03:54:16 PM PST

    •  That would be like pulling off a band-aid (1+ / 0-)
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      a millimeter at a time.  The only way the ACA stood a chance of working was a delicate balance of costs and funding, tax hikes and federal subsidies.  The ACA was the only way to make changes to the system with the least amount of disruption.  Disruption on the scale of changing to a single-payer plan would have been much worse than what's going on now.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Sun Nov 10, 2013 at 08:55:23 PM PST

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      •  I (0+ / 0-)

        understand your point.  Your right, it would have been a big disruption in the fact that it would have been a new tax on a population that was in the middle of a financial crisis.  But, many of us with pre-existing conditions were already placed into a financial crisis especially if we had a serious condition, as well as, the uninsured.

        But, the money people were spending for insurance companies to insure them was probably more expensive than a tax.  I think we should have had the option of either paying into a single payer system or staying with the health insurance companies.  But Americans were not given a choice, but forced into another system that is dysfunctional because the insurance companies were dysfunctional and the very problem with healthcare from the get go.  They should have not been the only ones included in the planning of a health care system for the population.  It should have included a lot of other intake and done in a progressive way instead of throwing the people to the wolfs again.

        In the 1980s most of us were fully insured without deductions from our paychecks and most of our medical bills were taken care of.  This began to change as the insurance agencies began cutting services and charging more.  From there it has been downhill all the way.  And now they will continue to do what they have always done for profit.

        "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolution­ary act. " George Orwell

        by zaka1 on Mon Nov 11, 2013 at 02:22:59 AM PST

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    •  This should read. . . (0+ / 0-)

      "why oh why did they not do a pilot program . . ."  I'm always good with the typos.

      "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolution­ary act. " George Orwell

      by zaka1 on Mon Nov 11, 2013 at 02:24:41 AM PST

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      •  They Did Do A Pilot Program - In Massachusetts (0+ / 0-)

        It was signed into law when Romney (gag) was governor. I live in Massachusetts and most people have coverage. My private insurance health care premiums (through my employer) are affordable, though I make too much money to qualify for a subsidy. Health insurance premiums in MA. have stayed relatively stable for the past several years.  If Massachusetts can do it, so can the rest of the country.

        •  That wasn't really (0+ / 0-)

          a pilot program for the rest of the country.  If your over fifty and have had a pre-existing your going to end up paying your way to the poor house.  I still think the ACA is a total insurance company give away and is still healthcare according to our caste system in America where the majority on Medicaid will still suffer.

          "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolution­ary act. " George Orwell

          by zaka1 on Thu Nov 14, 2013 at 07:55:53 PM PST

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