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  •  I understand but unfortunately that's not (2+ / 0-)
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    nyceve, Pris from LA

    what that table/graph is showing.  I appreciate your dedication and passion on this subject.  It's important and I truly believe that we'll be confronting this problem in the head-on fashion in the next year.  I'm not as convinced about any one solution yet so it's good to read diaries from someone who is.

    •  I would be interested in your take on (1+ / 0-)
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      Pris from LA

      the different solutions to healthcare financing.  As I see it, the single-payer model is a clear winner, but perhaps you have an insight that would be valuable!

      •  Can't say I've got many solutions. I work (6+ / 0-)

        in healthcare, there are many opinions out there.  People who work with the underserved in community health centers (like me) tend to favor single-payer, private practice or specialty docs tend to want to revamp the whole but in no way favor medicare for all.  They tend to have TONS of issues with medicare that I don't see.  

        Politically, I think it's a landmine for Dems.  I don't know if we have a choice but to walk through it.  I've heard lots of creative ideas for "fixing" it but none seem to have the broad application that single payer does.  Like I said, I'm listening right now.  

        •  good for you, a few thoughts (6+ / 0-)

          60% of doctors support single-payer, and the number is rising (Medicare is a rather poor substitute for a well-designed single-payer system, hence the complaints, although I know docs who love it).
          The landmine may be deeper than the Dems perceive: if we pass "something which is better than doing nothing", and it fails, leadership control is passed back to the Republicans in the next few election cycles.  If we start negotiations with something that is flawed, it is unlikely that it's going to get any better.  My position is, start with single-payer for the financing end of things, negotiate from there.

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