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The Right is in Heathcare Denial

slo1
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11/14/2013 4:02:47 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
The federal healthcare website debacle has reinvigorated the national healthcare debate to new levels.

That debate, however, has become more of an opportunity to to spew party propaganda rather than become a true debate of healthcare reform.

Ultimately conservatives argue how important free market concepts are to maintaining adequate care at a cheaper cost while in reality they do not support a free unfettered health care market.

This undisclosed admission of supporting government regulation causes the medical care debate to move in a direction which is completely unproductive because the arguments used are at odds with this core belief that has not been questioned for decades. It becomes a head scratcher to determine what exactly is the right fighting for other than the status quo.

In 1986 the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act, signed by Ronald Reagan, requires hospitals to provide emergency medical treatment to patients regardless of their citizenship, legal status, or ability to pay.

There are not many companies that are forced to provide a product or service to people whenever anyone needs it. The right wants to ignore this fact. They also want to ignore the fact that by having this requirement they force hospitals to become finance companies.

What finance company do you know, other than a hospital,is required to lend you money without any background check or evaluation of risk to even be able to price your risk accurately.

Can't think of any? I can't.

Now someone may point out that there are many other inefficiencies in the system than unpaid hospital bills, and that maybe true. I would ask that person who makes that point a simple question, "how exactly can we have an honest discussion to uncover and best solve for a problem when you will not even honestly admit you believe that every person who steps on US land has a right to some sort of medical care?"

In other terms lets first baseline on exactly what level of care are we guaranteeing citizens and non-citizen. Since the current base line guarantees emergency medical care, let's talk about that for a moment.

Imagine that everyone who could not afford a car could walk into a dealership and would have to be given one and the dealership would be required to finance the loan to the individual. Keep in mind the individuals has certain protections and fundamentally does not have to pay off that loan or can change the terms of it to pay it off at a slower rate as is allowed by the current bankruptcy laws.

Do you not think such a government regulation would not have everlasting impact in the automobile market?

Our health care market has become sick due to regulation such as the EMT&ALA and competition in the group insurance market that took out the individual consumer decision out of the process of selecting and paying for services.

It needs to be fixed. We can't fix it because the right has still not admitted they support a minimum standard of medical services for all Americans and peoples on our shore. Until that is declared we will not be able to have the discussion on where the inefficiencies of this government mandate should reside. Until that is declared the burden of the current mandate will reside on hospitals who are forced to be finance companies. Obamacare does not fix the fundamental problems.

Ultimately since the right is still in denial with their hidden support for the current government mandate of providing emergency care for everyone, they risk being excluded from the solution, as we have already seen in their involvement with Obamacare. They risk a single payer system which is financed and executed soley by the government. This in turn risks introducing other inefficiencies such as rationing or lowering the standard of care.

Slo1111

PS. If you are a libertarian and don't believe the 1986 law should not be a gov mandate, then more power to you. You at least have a consistent viewpoint. However once again you are in a minority as that law has been around for some time. Good luck.
DanT
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11/14/2013 5:12:12 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 11/14/2013 4:53:30 PM, henryajevans wrote:
The right is living in a dreamworld where they think America can continue without following the rest of the industrialised world.

America leads, we don't follow. Obama is even starting to realize that Obamacare is a flop; he was already compelled to apologized for its failure earlier this week.
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henryajevans
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11/14/2013 5:14:51 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Obamacare is a pathetic concession in the face of demand for universal health care. America drags its feet and pulls Europe back with it.
themohawkninja
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11/14/2013 5:41:32 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 11/14/2013 5:14:51 PM, henryajevans wrote:
Obamacare is a pathetic concession in the face of demand for universal health care. America drags its feet and pulls Europe back with it.

No, the way it was implemented is a flop.

And Health and Human services screwed everyone.
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