Posted by Dr Coles, a resident of another community, on Oct 18, 2007 at 3:37 pm
We MUST get politics out of health care. Kids have health care. The needy already have health care. The U.S. is not a socialist state. The government caused the problem with health care in America by over socializing medicine to the extent it is not completive, and we want to exacerbate the problem? U.S. Capitalism refers to an economic system in which the means of production are all owned and operated for profit, and in which investments, distribution, income, production and pricing of goods and services are determined through the operation of a market economy. It is the right of individuals and groups of individuals acting as "legal persons" or corporations to trade capital goods, labor, land and money (see finance and credit). See Web Link
Posted by Let's get serious about reform, not just grandstand, a resident of Stanford, on Oct 20, 2007 at 1:12 pm
If we really wanted to fix health care INSURANCE, ( everyone gets health care, we are fighting, really, over how to pay for it), we would require everyone to show proof of some minimum amount of catastrophic and preventative health insurance for themselves and any dependents in order to get or renew their driver's license.
To make it even more affordable than it is now, all we would have to do is open up the market across State lines, and not insure for unecessary extras. States can prevent low cost insurances right now by requiring such things as chiropractic to be covered.
Even in California, one of the most expensive States in which to get insurance, we can still buy full family coverage through good HMO for $500/month, individual insurance for $100 for most adults.
The vast majority of uninsured could pay this level of insurance, but many choose not to, because it isn't their priority. But, it would become their priority if it were the only way to get a driver's license.
For the "working poor", those who are too rich for Medicaid/MediCal, once we agree to a real definition of "working poor" ( sorry, $82,000/year for a family of 4 with a 24 and a 23 year old "child" is nowhere near a "working poor" family with "children" in most of the USA, as the SCHIP tried to declare) THEN we can talk about what kind of assistance may be needed to get the truly struggling health insurance.