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John Stichweh

The observation that employers should get out of the HealthCare Business is a fair one. The follow-on questions is "With what should we as a society replace this system?"
Should we move to a consumer paid, free-market system? Should we move towards social medicine where these costs become the responsibility of the state?
Would be interested in your thoughts regarding the un-intended consequences involved in the move of the US economy to a new system. Specifically, what would be the impact of this transition on innovation in medicine?

Bob G

Great question, John. I don't have the full answer yet and continue to learn and think in this space.

Here's the directions I'm thinking so far, which revolve around building a more market-oriented solution:

- Consumers of healthcare need to have more direct responsibility for directly covering small to medium costs. They need the personal incentive to choose generics over brand name drugs, for example.

- I believe a pooled, government program is needed for high/catastrophic costs. This isn't capitalism, but is the mark of an enlightened society. Of course, it should be need based - versus "free for everyone"

- The government should focus on building a proper market. Today, each health insurance policy is different from state to state because of a range of special interests. The Federal government should set a common standard, and let insurance companies compete more freely.

I don't have the full thesis ready yet, but it's a start! Thanks for your comment.



Because they have fallen for the lies and half trthus of the right.It surprises me that so many Americans seem not to be aware about Obama’s healthcare plans [a]. During the election, he campaigned for these changes stating that he felt it was unfair to have a system where insurance companies try to escape paying claims and was elected to bring in changes [b].First of all, too many people do not know that Obama wants to make insurance more available to all. His system is similar to that which works in Holland, Taiwan [c] and Switzerland. It works there and private healthcare companies provide most the insurance to the people there.FACT the USA spends more on healthcare PER PERSON than any other nation on the planet [d].FACT – insurance companies admit that they push up costs, buy politicians and do not pay out for many claims when they should [e].FACT the US has higher death rates for kids aged under five than western European countries with universal health coverage [f].That means that a dead American four year old would have had a better chance of life if they were born in Canada, France, the Netherlands, Cuba, Switzerland, Germany, Japan etc, all of which have universal health coverage. And no western European nation with universal healthcare has moved away from it. And the sad thing is, that the insurance companies have spent loads of money to fight these reforms [g] and loads of politicians are taking the thirty pieces of silver from them to fight the reforms, rather than fight for the health of the American people.Remember, I back my facts up with evidence. Those who say they are wrong tend not to. If they are wrong, e-mail me with proof and let me know.

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