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  •  Agree that this is the way to go (15+ / 0-)

    Having a fallback public "medicare" type program for people lets those who like their insurance keep it, but otherwise endorses the advantages of single payer.  

    •  Many (most?) Physicians won't take Medicaid (0+ / 0-)

      Will the same thing happen to this insurance? Can Congress mandate that Doctors have to take it like they do with hospitals? It's a condition of being licensed?

      •  Many, maybe, but not most. (0+ / 0-)

        "Many" is in the eye of the beholder; I would venture that most doctors do take Medicaid. Of the many physicians I know, all accept it (I know, I know: anecdotal). They basically see it as pro bono work.

        Believe it or not, most doctors didn't get into medicine to be rich. There are easier ways to get richer faster than spending eight rigorous years in training after college to make low-to-mid six-figure salaries beginning in your early 30s. People who are in it for the money become bankers.

        Being a doctor is like being a teacher, except you get paid (much) better. But the idealism is there, too.

        That said, I don't see why Congress couldn't mandate that. Especially if the public system really became a de facto single-payer system, it would be in doctors' interests to accept it -- where else would they get their patients? There aren't enough hyperrich people to occupy all the doctors in the country.

      •  Medicaid ≠ Medicare. Totally different. An (3+ / 0-)
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        Odysseus, davewill, msleonard

        the government didn't stiff the doctors (and other providers) they would accept it.

        You can't require people to work for less than it costs them.

        We are in a time where it is risky NOT to change. Barack Obama 7-30-08

        by samddobermann on Wed Nov 12, 2008 at 01:40:07 PM PST

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