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Since: Oct 08
#1 Oct 8, 2008
I believe we should have a single-payer universal health care system for all Americans with no co-payments, no deductibles, no premiums, and no one excluded from coverage.
Since everyone will have health care coverage, people can choose and see their own doctors for routine care and encourages doctors to practice medicine of the highest quality.
I believe health care should be secure. Americans should no longer have to worry about losing coverage if they lose or change their job. Employers should no longer have to worry about the ever-increasing costs of health care.
Dennis Spisak-Green Party Candidate- US Congress 6th District
#2 Jan 9, 2012
Universal Healthcare is a horrible idea. The federal government is not suited to efficiently administer to the personal lives and well-being of people. To give the Federal Gov't control of your healthcare is to sacrifice another element of liberty to them.
Be careful what you ask for. We would be fools to think that the big hospital corporations and the health insurance companies, drug companies etc. are not political contributors with lobbyists for the federal politicians. They will get filthy rich from it. And...once you let the federal government subsize it - you can't walk away from the debt. Right now, citizens can declare bankruptcy against their medical bills. But not if the federal government gets involved and subsidizes it. You can't declare bankruptcy against taxes or federal subsidies: they are guaranteed. That means you are guaranteed to pay. They take from you forever the same as the IRS (actually, the IRS would probably be the collectors). Who do you think would get rich without fear of loss under such a system? That's right: not the common person, but the big corporations who you now cannot declare bankruptcy against should you get cancer or something that costs you tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of dollars. Once you cannot escape such debt, the government basically owns you and all of your property. Plus...do you want a bankrupted system determining whether to keep spending thousands of dollars a day to treat you or pull the plug and save some $?
Free subsidized healthcare is not a bad thing - but don't fund it at the Federal or State level. Fund it like you fund your local ambulance, polices, fire, and and schools.
You could have a local community hospital funded through tax dollars. Community hospitals could also be interconnected with regional specialist centers if one needed to see a medical specialist for a health problem.
If you don't care about the budget deficit or the economy, then go ahead and be for national healthcare. However, there is a logical way to implement healthcare for everyone at the local level and not have the federal or state government involved, and so that we do not have to run deficits. One could still charge citizens a copay and deductable - this would be called a usage fee.
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