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  •  I think the conversation needs to be out in the (2+ / 0-)
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    ethers as something for people to think about.  I think that when the Republicans point to people's healthcare bills having gone up, we need to point to how to reduce it instead of just claiming it would have gone up even more without the ACA.  I don't think people think in terms of how bad it could have been when they are holding a bill increase.  They need to hear how to reduce the bill they hold in their hands.

    1. What does it mean? 2. And then what?

    by alwaysquestion on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 08:36:13 AM PDT

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    •  Good point! You did say "conversation" and that... (2+ / 0-)
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      ... is right on. I went full bore at the election implications.

      I have discussed health care, health care reform and health insurance reform in some depth with a knowledgable and well-positioned doctor/administrator in a successful medical complex. He says the fee-for-service model will soon be an artifact and pay-for-results medicine is the future. The paradigm will change fast.

      The promise for me lies in ... More emphasis on preventive health care. Access to clinic facilities rather than costly hospital ER's. Training more family practitioners and incenting their practices ... those have great promise to reform the delivery of medical services, reduce costs and improve quality of life.

      The doctors - of whom there are many - who chose to devote longer medical educations to the most lucrative specialties resist reform, but they'll be fine. We need them. Their paradigm, however, shouldn't get to determine the rest of health care delivery.

      (I'm thinking most corporations and almost all highly-compensated specialist doctors are Republicans.)

      2014 is HERE. Build up the Senate. Win back the House : 17 seats. Plus!

      by TRPChicago on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 09:04:22 AM PDT

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      •  Definitely agree on going preventive (0+ / 0-)

        medicine.  We still need to work on bringing down the smoking rate and obesity is a problem to work on as well as the amount of sugar consumed by the average person, overweight or not.  

         I had a neighbor that had four kids.  She rarely took her kids to a regular doctor visit; just the needed visit for the school demands.  She used the ER late a night for her kids to get healthcare.  If she had viable access to a regular doctor, our costs would go down and her kids would be better off.  So you are right on the mark with that one.

        1. What does it mean? 2. And then what?

        by alwaysquestion on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 09:38:59 AM PDT

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