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  •  policy should come first, absolutely (0+ / 0-)

    but you have to bring people along, and it doesn't happen immediately. Look, as you well know, even on this board there isn't a consensus about providing single-payer healthcare, much less in the population at large. As I'm sure you well know, when people who have insurance are asked, a large majority say they are satisfied with their current coverage. That's a hard group to get to go along with you even when you have the right policy.

    And that's not even counting the fierce, entrenched interests fighting for the opposite of what you want.

    And then let's talk about costs, which I know are a big issue for you. How do you reduce costs? Just going to a single payer system is not going to do it alone. In 2007, the US surpassed spending $7,000 for every man, woman and child in the country. That's spending, again. How can that be absorbed into a single payer system? I'm all for tax funded healthcare, but that kind of tax burden would spark a real revolt.

    It's just a very complex situation and it's not going to change overnight, and while radical change is needed, I am of the opinion that a radical approach to change without having everyone, or at least a good majority, on board is only going to backfire. I won't say it would make it worse, because I'm not sure that's possible.

    One of the sort of 'unofficial' rules of medical care is that it generally takes as long to get over a problem as it did to get it. Acute illnesses tend to resolve quickly, but long standing problems, when they do get better, tend to do so slowly and incrementally.

    We didn't get into this mess overnight, and to the extent that we can get out of it, it's not going to happen overnight either.

    Civil marriage is a civil right.

    by stitchmd on Thu Mar 06, 2008 at 01:52:14 PM PST

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