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  •  Even if it's paid for by the government. (1+ / 0-)
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    it's still health insurance.  Someone has to calculate how much money to collect in taxes.  That would be the job of actuaries.  Someone would have to determine rates of payment to providers.  That would be analysts.  Someone would have to process claims.  That would be claims examiners.  Those are insurance functions.  As for it being a fraction of the cost of insurance:  You might want to take a good hard look at Medicare, how it's paid for, and how providers are being reimbursed.  Medicare is the closest analogue in our system to universal health care.  The government hires insurance experts for the actuarial and analytical work, and outsources claim payment to insurance companies.

    "Success is a level of violence where the people feel comfortable about living their daily lives." --George W Bush, May 2, 2007

    by mspicata on Tue Nov 20, 2007 at 05:59:33 PM PST

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