re: #94 brookly red
I think there are some who would prefer to see a better way of paying for things without going to a full blown government run healthcare system like Britain has.
I personally am in favor of the government acting as a clearinghouse for processing payment and the government acting as a reinsurer for the private insurance industry with additional regulation to eliminate the abuses in the current system.
One of the biggest costs for doctors is wading through all the paperwork required for each individual provider. If the industry would standardize and perhaps come together to decide on a single interface for doctors, that would go a long way toward reducing costs. If the damn cell phone industry can standardize on a single power plug, why can’t the insurance industry standardize on a single set of paperwork to be used for all claims.
Regulation would require that everyone get covered, regardless of pre-existing condition and that there is no recision allowed.
Elimination of the monopoly protections currently given to insurance companies and perhaps some degree of cooperation between states to widen the pool of potential insured would also be a positive step forward.
The industry would be required to cover everything up to a certain level and then would be required to purchase reinsurance with the feds covering losses above that point.