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Re: “Obama, It Hurts

1. Socialize the healthcare system. Paid for by fixed amount per-employee contribution, paid by employers and employees on a 2:1 basis. Cut all the middlemen out of the system. No insurers, no billers, no bill collectors, no staff to manage insurance claims, no for profit anything. Healthcare should be a service, not a profit center. 2. Setup a points system to allow infrequent users to get in and out quickly. A person receives say 6 points each year that expire at year end. 2 points are used to access the "fast" wait lane, 1 point to access the "medium" wait lane, and the "oh my god will I ever get to see a doctor" lane costs no points. Users pick and choose how to use their points. 3. Outlaw direct marketing of medicines to consumers. Outlaw any sample & doctor kickbacks from pharmaceutical companies. 4. Managed medical care has to have limits. Set a maximum limit per person per lifetime in inflation adjusted dollars. One a person's fund is completely used, they need to turn to family and/or charities, regardless of age. 5. Above mentioned care fund can be adjusted downward based on poor eating/exercise habits of the individual. Personal responsibility must be tied into receiving benefits. Focus should be on healthy living and disease prevention rather than disease and pain management. 6. Any person that agrees to use social healthcare forfeits any rights to sue any aspect of the healthcare system. Yes people make mistakes but they also try their best. Don't like it? Then pay your own way at your own negotiated rates. 7. Targeted government sponsored research programs to systematically reduce and eliminate diseases. Medicines developed will be provided at cost rather than for profit. 8 Screen healthcare recipients for legal immigrant status. Critical cases are treated before deported, non-critical cases are just deported.

Posted by Todd on 01/03/2009 at 3:13 PM

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