Actually it sounds like you are describing what we already have with CHIP (children's health insurance program), Medicaid (poor people), and Medicare (old people). The Democrats will not be satisfied until we have a single payer system with total government control. 1/2 isn't good enough for them. A large chunk of rising medical costs is the system trying to compensate for the drain on resources these programs represent. Doctors and hospitals are paid below cost by the government, and "pass the savings" on to those of us who are paying our own bills (and paying for the programs with our taxes).Hullu Hevonen wrote:Why, couldn't the US gov sponsor a cheap state insurance that all people can afford (those that can't afford the standard insurence prize would get it cheaper or free(eg. small children) and that covers all aspect. The medical doctor or who ever in the health care system would not be allowed to charge more then x amount of tests on the insurance cost unless he can personally motivate to a representant of the state incurance that the patient really need it. And under the insurance the doctor would also have to write percriptions to cheaper meds, but he may motivate a more costly option to the patient.
Our system has some major problems to fix. One of the main reasons I oppose the "socialism" fix, is because we are already going broke paying for that 1/2. We can debate how much ebil control the government would exert over our lives, or whether quality would drop. But the inescapable fact is we can't afford this program as the Democrats envision it.