As we all know now the healthcare bill is now the law of the land (although I bet the Supreme Court will strike it down because of the unfair burden is places upon the states) however, what bothers the hell out of me is that we could have obtained 100% coverage for all Americans without having to write thousands of pages of bull**** (there should be a law against such ridiculous long written bills. writing so many pages is done on purpose to hide things).
First, the government could have capped mal-practice awards at $250,000. This would have lowered mal-practice insurance premiums which doctors have to pay.
Second, why does the left oppose allowing insurance companies to operate across state lines? If I own a health insurance company in New York I can only sell health insurance in that state. This has had the effect of severely limiting competition and removing this barrier would have allowed lower prices. Sounds like a victory for a few large companies to price fix (so much for the left being the party of anti-big business)...
I dont understand why these 2 simple reforms were not attempted. It wouldn't have cost the government or the tax payer a dime and in fact the result would have been the decrease in healthcare costs.
Instead, now you are REQUIRED to purchase insurance by 2014 and failure to do so is a crime. We now have entered an age where the government can force you to purchase a product from government or the few insurance companies which operate in the states.
Finally, look at the concessions the administration had to lend to certain congressmen. These back room deals and unnecessarily long bill which NO ONE PERSON has read is simply outrageous.
My own conclusion is the left NEEDS to control us for some anal sadistic reason. We could have had 100% coverage and the only people who would have lost out were the goddamn lawyers who make millions off of mal-practice law suits. Instead of millions per case theyd be making (if they take 25%) at most $62,500 per case (how terrible!).