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ObamaCare: Worse Than Doing Nothing? » The Greanville Post —Vol. VII- 2013

October 12th, 2013 (02:18 pm)


No, I don't think it's worse than doing nothing. Nothing is worse than doing nothing. Other than that, I agree with most of this.

ObamaCare: Worse Than Doing Nothing? » The Greanville Post —Vol. VII- 2013

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Posted by: Xiphias Gladius (xiphias)
Posted at: October 12th, 2013 11:14 pm (UTC)

The fact that we currently have a system that has all the cost controls of socialism with all the protections of laissez-faire capitalism -- actually, FEWER cost controls than socialism -- means that ANYTHING is better. We currently have approximately the worst possible medical delivery system that could reasonably be expected to be called a medical delivery system.

Pure socialism would be cheaper than what we have now. Pure capitalism would expand access more than what we have now. So ANY plausible change is going to be an improvement.

That said, I understand the guy's argument: while we can see a path from "now" to "slightly-better, i.e. Obamacare" -- there's no path from "Obamacare" to "actually good."

Posted by: Au Contrarienne™ (yardlong)
Posted at: October 12th, 2013 11:26 pm (UTC)

I agree. Done right, which to my mind means first getting rid of the middleman and then regulating prices, we could have a considerably less expensive system. No health insurance is a key ingredient of reform. Each household paying for its own care would bring prices down faster than anything, but my preference is a single-payer system. I see that Obama/Obamacare opposers believe the ACA to be a step toward "socialism" and universal health care. I don't see that, or how such a leap could be made, but I would certainly like it to happen.

Posted by: Xiphias Gladius (xiphias)
Posted at: October 12th, 2013 11:35 pm (UTC)

It's amusing that the "step toward socialism" thing is considered as both a reason for AND against it. But, yeah, it's unlikely to actually be one.

Yeah. Insurance is exactly the wrong model for health care, and it's what Obamacare is based on.

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