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  •  not "awful" by (0+ / 0-)

    any stretch of the imagination compared to the mess we have now.

    Minimum standards.. of course!
    Taking on all applicants.. yes.. it would fail otherwise.

    One of the things I liked about the Dutch system is that since all basic care is covered, the private insurers can use competition, by lowering costs for the mandated basic package, to draw clients in and (hopefully) sell them optional coverage.

    I'll be the first to admit private insurers are sleazebags on the whole.  It seems to me a system like the Dutch one, however, turns them into participants in keeping their clients healthy.  It is to their advantage to have healthy clients, after all, since they cannot simply dump unhealthy people or raise their premiums until the person drops it.

    "Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others." - G. Marx

    by Skeptical Bastard on Mon May 11, 2009 at 10:17:30 AM PDT

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