So much for "Free Market"....this will be the beginning of the end with government control of the Healthcare Industry.
With all due respect..........."beginning of the end"
Constant price increases that far outrun the cost of living?
Maximization, regardless of the patients needs, for share holders?
Hundreds of millions spent on lobbying, advertising?
As we've seen with Bush's 'hands-off' attitude of the financial industry, "free market"
shouldn't mean "free to rape & pillage."
I am a firm advocate of a free enterprise system, in most cases, provided that sufficient controls/regulations are in place to safeguard the average American. I can't imagine anyone here that would think a monopoly, or Ponzi scheme like Madoffs, should be legal....even if they fall under the term "free enterprise."
Where I believe the rush to maximize profits are not appropriate, is when it comes at the detriment to the health concerns of Americans.
The changes that I think we need are:
1. I believe it would benefit this nation if all health insurance companies were made non-profits. But, in the absence of that I would propose a public (or even a co-op) alternative.
2. Guaranteed portability between jobs (or even while unemployed).
3. Cannot be denied, or forced to pay higher premiums, for pre-existing conditions or making a claim.
4. No lifetime maximums.
5. Pharmaceuticals from other nations, that can pass quality tests, be allowed to compete with U.S. drug makers.
6. Outlaw drug advertising on television.
7. Doctors and surgeons be put on salaries (like the Mayo Clinic now does).
8. Eliminate all drug/medical/insurance lobbying.
9. Reduce the time period before a drug can become a generic.
10. Come up with some type of equitable, and reasonable, standards for malpractice awards.
And yes, I know there will be those who will cry that I'm some kind of Socialist.
I don't see it that way at all.
I just believe that as the greatest nation this planet has ever seen, we ought to be able to ensure that our fellow citizens have affordable health insurance.