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  •  I was thinking of going to France... (0+ / 0-)

    ...but it looks like some one already turned up the heat there. :-O

    I'm curious about how the uninsurance rate influences the public discussion about medicare. If you are a thirty-something who has been limping for months because you can't afford to see a doctor and get a prescription for some med problem, then all the debate about Medicare A-D is just a lot of alphabet soup.

    It seems to me that respect and concern for the health of the elderly starts with respect and concern for human beings in general. If policy is crafted so it's only about the elderly, only the elderly will end up caring about it. Sure in theory everyone is supposed to be elderly someday, but if your access to health care makes you suspect that you will probably die before 50 - and in fact public policy seems to be about the hope that superfluous people will just die off - again, it's hard to take a longterm view.

    This is all just a long way of saying I hope the debate over Med Part D moves us toward universal health care.

    •  Google Medicare for All (2+ / 0-)
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      breakingranks, jvondeling

      That's a movement growing out of precisely your sentiments.  I espouse it my book for a lot of good reasons.

      It's not perfect by any means, but 98% of the revenues go to health care (2% for administration) compared to 70% in private insurance (30% for profits, admin, advertising).  

      It's also a very popular program--it consitently polls in the stratosphere.

      The Mcare for All movement argues that we should gradually move toward universal coverage by lowering the age limit.

      •  Medicare for All (0+ / 0-)

        Another reason to like this idea is that prosecution for medicaid/medicare fraud has real teeth. In the "market" world, consumers have trouble bringing and sustaining lawsuits because the corporate legal teams easily wear down private lawyers and then grab a summary judgment the minute the lawyer gives up. Judges seem to be unaware of the larger patterns/strategies and treat every patient with a complaint as if they were an equal litigant who could afford infinite legal services to deal with all the corporate lawyer tricks.

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