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  •  Question: Why Medicare-like and not just Medicare (4+ / 0-)
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    for all? Medicare is proven, popular, sustainable, familiar, works smoothly, and has low administration costs. Congress should offer Medicare Early, instead of reinventing the wheel in a public insurance system that will be hard to explain and layered in complexity to satisfy all in congress. What do you think, Gov. Dean?

    ...their struggles for access, the clever things they say, the trappings of their wealth, the techniques by which they have monetized their power. ThomasFrank

    by mrobinson on Thu Jul 09, 2009 at 09:55:12 AM PDT

    •  fee-for-service issues (0+ / 0-)

      and underpayment of primary care physicians is my understanding, like the New Yorker article about the Texas town, which charged Medicare 40% more than other towns.

      Since the specific Medicare payment system does need fixing, "Medicare-like" just means Medicare but with some much-needed reforms.

      (I'd love to see Gov. Dean's answer to your question, though.)

      "At the end of the day, the public plan wins the game." Sen. Ben Nelson

      by ferg on Thu Jul 09, 2009 at 10:08:30 AM PDT

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