achilles wrote:Well, the incompetence of ObamaCare in it's conception, entirely done by Democrats, is so colossal, even Democrats are abandoning it.
Yeah, but all this "free market solution" and "exchanges" began with Romneycare. The reason we can't go to single payer system (aka: "socialized medicine") is due to a lot of entrenched interests and the political bombshell of being called "a socialist".
Something has to change. Being entirely dependent on your employer for health care give your company and / or manager/boss entirely too much control over your life ("if you don't ask 'how hight?' when I say jump, I'll fire you or marginalize you out of the company, and your family will lose its healthcare").
I've lived through "socialized medicine" in the US Army and through my university days when I visited the college clinic for mono. Clinics have their share of problems, but many of those problems aren't solved by having a personal physician--and having to resort to the emergency room for everything because it can't turn you away makes the free clinic look like paradise. I've also experienced the banal horrors of the public hospitals in China (watching people carrying their unconscious family members from room to room and me hauling my daughter around, bleeding on my arm, because the doctor has no nurses to assist him).
However, the care was effective, if not very beautiful--at least no worse (just more impersonal) than what my personal physician provides (ps. my "personal physician" has at least 300 other patients...).
Something has to change. And accusing people of being "socialists" or "communists" when they even hint at changing the system isn't working. Hospitals need to change their billing practices, insurance companies need to change their business model, a ton of stuff needs to change, and nobody wants to change it.