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For all the people concerned about the deficit, and who also want the government to "keep their hands off Medicare," I have a modest proposal.

There is a saying, "Too Stupid to Live."  I suggest we put this into practice.  Each person eligible for Medicare is required to answer a single question, "Who is the primary administrator of Medicare?  (a) The Government (b) The Insurance Industry"

Those who answer (a) remain eligible for Medicare.  Those who answer (b) lose Medicare access.

Think of all the money we'll save...

Originally posted to California Condor on Fri Aug 07, 2009 at 12:41 PM PDT.

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  •  on a more subtle level: (1+ / 0-)
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    cville townie

    There may be many people who don't realize that Medicare is socialized medicine.  In other words, stupid people.

    But there are others on Medicare who have grasped a subtle reality.  Right now, there is NO constituency (other than the people themselves) which directly benefits from universal access to health care for young adults and middle aged people.  There are no institutions who have a vested interest in providing care to healthy adults.  The health insurance companies make money by denying coverage.  The health care providers are more oriented to providing care to the elderly and to a lesser extent children.  Working-age adults don't need as many prescriptions or as many surgical procedures, but it takes just as much time and effort to treat a healthy person who may not need profitable surgery or drugs.  Regardless of how "ObamaCare" turns out, it is going to create some sort of institution which has an interest in maximizing working-age adults' access to care.  And that does mean more competition for finite resources--- and in some cases medicare-age seniors will lose out.

    •  With respect -- WRONG. (0+ / 0-)

      The key to healthcare reform is putting more healthy (i.e., generally younger) people in the pool. They're the only ones whose costs are (on average) less than their premiums.

      The big hurdle is that lots of young and middle-aged people would rather stay out of healthcare, because . . . of course, their costs are (on average) less than their premiums.

      "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

      by HeyMikey on Fri Aug 07, 2009 at 01:30:59 PM PDT

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