by: Wendell Potter
The Vermont plan, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, will be overseen by a five-person board. It is a Canadian look-alike model.
This is not a new idea for Vermont. In 2006, legislation was passed providing the foundation for health care reform. Each year since then Vermont’s administration and legislature have worked collaboratively to pass additional legislation that clarifies and enhances the 2006 act."
The private insurers have followed suit, and have cleverly twisted it further to their advantage to add even more layers of insurance cost, siphoning off real dollars that could be spent for true medical care.
This is a small fraction of the complexity that has become everyday life
for doctors. The insurers, private or public, the administrations of hospital groups, the bureaucrats assigned to monitor “health care” have become entirely self-serving and self-perpetuating."
It is highly misleading to tell the public that our choice is between continued high numbers of uninsured people or rationing. Our choice is continued high numbers of the uninsured vs. cutting the enormous administrative waste and corporate profit out of our system with a single-payer system that allows us to lower the prices we pay for medical services, drugs and devices to levels paid in other countries."
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They’ll go after the clause that allows parents to cover their children until they are 26, he warned the crowd. They’ll try to pump up the share of premiums for-profit companies can put into overhead instead of patient care. They’ll try to discriminate against the elderly. They’ll push for exemptions and waivers. And they’ll blast reform as a “one-size-fits-all” failure while demanding “greater flexibility to meet the needs of Americans” because this is the kind of simplistic jargon politicians fall for. “It may not surprise you that many lawmakers are not very smart,” Potter says, getting a laugh."