Pete Stark’s opinion on Health Reform

23 Mar

Pete Stark’s My Word column in the Bay Area News Group outlines the benefits of the health reform.

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3 Responses to “Pete Stark’s opinion on Health Reform”

  1. Paul Knight March 26, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

    Representative Stark has hit the nail squarely on the head. It is unfortunate for Americans that we pay so much for health care and get such poor results as compared to other industrialized nations including Canada. I wish we could go farther and simply make Medicare the health insurance system for everybody. That way everybody would be covered, and the managerial overhead of the system would be very small (approximately 2%) compared with the market-based system where over 20% of the costs are not used for health care. Markets are good for exchanging money for what people want, but they are very poor at providing for people’s needs, such as health care.

    One important observation I made is that none of the Canadians I meet who live in this country would give up their Canadian citizenship. They know that if they become ill, they can return to Canada. They will not be faced with financial ruin because of illness which happens to far too many Americans.

  2. MikeTeeVee March 29, 2012 at 10:44 am #

    What’s so bizarre about the health insurance debate is that the basic idea started at a conservative think tank and was promoted by Republicans. Meanwhile, Medicare is constitutional and very popular.

    If the ACA is overturned, we’re back to three basic choices:

    1. The uninsured are subsidized by the insured, but get substandard treatment (like before).

    2. The uninsured are left to die in the gutter.

    3. Medicare is made available for everybody, either as an option for those without insurance, or as single-payer.

  3. Poppie April 3, 2012 at 10:43 am #

    I’m thinking that there is a fourth possibility if ACA is overturned.

    I can’t believe that parents of seriously ill and uninsured children will quietly watch their children die or become more ill without strong reactions. Nothing is more motivating for action than one’s children.

    We may see a much more chaotic future overall if parents undertake extreme and dramatic action to make the change that is needed.

    I don’t think judges and politicians are up to the task of dealing with angry bereaved parents.

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