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  •  You are absolutely right about that (8+ / 0-)

    yeah, the number of people without either private insurance or public coverage will indeed skyrocket this year, as unemployment rates rapidly rise.

    And yeah, Obama is going to have to take action very quickly.  As far as the politics go, the rapid rise in the uninsured will probably make the politics of passing real reform easier than it otherwise would have been.

    That said, and I say this as someone who is not covered in the current system:  once a bill get passed, it's still going to take time to put up the new system.  I've been without insurance for more than three years now.  I expect that I may well be without it for another couple of years too, once you allow for the time it takes to organize a major new program like national health insurance or something similar.

    So we have a couple more years to worry about.  For now, slowing the further collapse of private health insurance will be essential in order to make sure that people have continued access to medical care until the new system is actually taking patients.

    "If another country builds a better car, we buy it. If they make a better wine, we drink it. If they have better healthcare . . . what's our problem? "

    by mbayrob on Tue Dec 09, 2008 at 08:51:50 PM PST

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    •  I hate to say this (16+ / 0-)

      but the collaspe of private health insurance in this country could be a good thing. Then HR 676 would be passed as the only alternative. In the long run, I think HR 676 will eventually come to pass. However, I think Obama will try to keep the insurance companies in the game, it will fail, as it has failed in Massachusetts, and then we can have a single payer system.  

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      by number nine dream on Tue Dec 09, 2008 at 11:04:39 PM PST

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      •  Not before they throw a lot of money at it. (5+ / 0-)

        The problem with healthcare in America is that it costs twice as much per capita as anywhere else.

        That's why people are losing their coverage at work (and why businesses are struggling to maintain coverage for existing and retired workers), it's why people cannot afford their own coverage (and why so many with coverage are far under-covered), and it's why the States cannot afford to insure all those who do not otherwise have coverage.

        None of the plans on the table ultimately do anything other than spend more money on the problem.  And if they spend enough money, they can have everyone covered.  But it won't solve all those other problems and it will be expensive as hell.

        •  Uh (9+ / 0-)

          But most of that increased per capita cost in the U.S. is directly tied to private insurance, via profit and the overhead insurance companies spend to prevent care from happening (which creates lots of jobs for accountants and drives down the number of actual health care workers).

          Universal health care would probably throw less money at the problem, not more, and result in a better system (especially when the feds are authorized to negotiate drug prices).

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