Saturday, February 23, 2013 12:51:34 PM
@MeGrendel: Going out to dine in a restaurant is worlds apart from getting an appendectomy, as you know. So far as your comparison between medical care and eating holds up, I'll say this: I have no problem whatsoever in the government using some of my tax dollars to pay for food in cases where it`s medically necessary (e.g., for infants and children who are malnourished or at risk of being so).
Saturday, February 23, 2013 12:49:59 PM
@Cajun: Thanks for providing the information on unnecessary government regulations. When you raised the issue in your first post, I thought you were going to list items where the government was unnecessarily stepping in to protect the patient. Yet your first two bullet points don't address that at all; rather, you are citing sweetheart legislation that was passed at the behest of the million-dollar health care lobbying industry, the first to boost hospital profits, the second to boost medical insurance company profits.
So I`m in total agreement with you on this. Both are unnecessary regulations that could and should be abolished by moving to single-payer nationalized healthcare.
As far as your third and fourth bullet points, in both cases you appear to be suggesting that new government regulations would be helpful rather than identifying existing regulations that are unnecessary.
Saturday, February 23, 2013 8:00:44 AM
-Malpractice reform: Malpractice law, generally speaking, does promote quality care. But, as OldOllie and Crakr mentioned, in this case far too often it's a way of lawyers to squeeze money out of patients and doctors alike. Some states have implemented the English rule plus "early offer" laws that either discourage opportunistic litigation or encourages such to be settled quickly respectively.
Saturday, February 23, 2013 7:38:11 AM
continued from the second point:
You may say these are what the exchanges are for. Sounds great except when the state sets them up they have some costly strings attached which I wouldn't mind discussing. -Tax credit for employee provided plans: Honestly our tax code practically needs to be wiped clean. Nevertheless our third party payer system encourages hospitals to overcharge. Eliminate this and consumers can brutally punish and crush (financially speaking) insurers who overcharge and/or shirk their responsibilities to the sick/injured.