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Putting brakes on runaway health care costs
Date: 2007/07/30 19:05 By: ohiomd Status: User  
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Obama and the other presidential candidates all are walking a fine line to please as many voters as possible, which means no good solid solutions will be proposed.
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Re:Putting brakes on runaway health care costs
Date: 2007/07/30 19:07 By: utcom Status: User  
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The focus should be on disease prevention and healthier lifestyles. How can we acheive that?
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Re:Putting brakes on runaway health care costs
Date: 2007/07/31 21:19 By: wlw Status: User  
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Yes I agree that should be the emphasis but it requires behavioral changes. So which of Obama's policies address that?
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Re:Putting brakes on runaway health care costs
Date: 2007/07/31 21:22 By: toledo Status: User  
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It looks like he will provide financial incentives for certain preventive medicine initiatives. But, will it be enough money to prove attractive to schools, employers, etc?
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Re:Putting brakes on runaway health care costs
Date: 2007/08/02 01:39 By: utcom Status: User  
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That will require alot of money! Negating any savings that the plan does in other areas.
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Re:Putting brakes on runaway health care costs
Date: 2007/08/02 04:23 By: tenderhooks Status: User  
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OK, so Giuliani wants to make everyone buy private health insurance and remove even employer coverage - and he'll give a $15,000 tax deduction per family. Is he crazy?

First, if it's going to cost $15,000 a year for a family to have health insurance a hell of a lot more people are going to be uninsured. Even saving $5000 in taxes isn't going to allow that.

How many countries without a single-payer model have affordable health care systems? The US experiments in dominantly private pay sure seem to be resounding failures. It seems like Giuliani and Romney are falling over each other in their rush to reduce access to healthcare in this country.

Oh and how much will it cost? Obama's and Edwards' plans are each expected to cost under $100 billion (assuming the tax cuts aren't extended), but the Giuliani plan would cost, let's see: 70 million families x $5000 per family less in tax revenue / year = $350 billion.

What? That can't be right. $350 billion without guaranteeing 100% coverage - is that number right?
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