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what is your opinion of health care delivery in the United States? is it adequate? how can health care delivery be improved in the United States? consider private and public health delivery options. ...

I'm quite happy with my medical care. I have the best doctor I've ever had in my life. But I'm luckier than most. A LOT of people in America have NO health care at all. I didn't until I got my disability with medicaid. One of the biggest causes of death in America, and one they don't like to talk about, is simple poverty. People die every day because they have no access to health care at all. I don't know what the solution is, but the situation as it is is shameful.

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Dr. Kelly

Bonestructure, the solution arrived in 1790 and has been working brilliantly ever since: copayments.  The first medical insurance in America covered Revolutionary War veterans.  Virtually everyone in America was covered or could get coverage. 

 

"Washington General Insurance" remained in business until 1929.  "Wagi" as people called it was simply unavailable as of the Wall Street crash.  Wagi covered 2/3 of the American people, at surprisingly low cost: 1% of one's annual income, and a 45% copay for all services and covered prescriptions. 

 

In WWII, Kaiser Shipbuilding re-introduced medical insurance with Kaiser Permanente.  At first it was avaliable only to Kaiser Shipbuilding employees, but the program was so successful and practical that they began working as a regular insurance company.  They are still in business.

 

Group Health Cooperative was modeled directly after KP.  GHC maintains its own clinics, hospitals, and is the primary HMO in the Pacific Northwest.  Owing to the abuses of "Obamacare" they have been absorbed almost entirely into KP.  Of course, Obama's policy has been ruinous on independent businesses and independent providers, making life much worse for everyone.

 

Blue Cross and myriad others provide reasonable costs for care, but they are in serious trouble now that they must charge 25% more for the same coverage due to government micromanagement and in many cases outright bribery.

 

The problem is that Obama's poorly considered healthcare package is so complex and fraught with abuse that it has ended cost-effective health care for ordinary citizens.  If you can decipher that ridiculous mishmash of doubletalk and vaguery, then you are a better man than I am.

 
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Rocmike why do all of your aliases go to questions and answers that are weeks and months old? You would think a fake doctor would have something better to do. Ap-Ladydarko does the same thing. Could it be?

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