Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 83 Astral Silver 280 SL
Location: Planet Houston
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RE: Health care
Theoritically, it would not "cost" the government anything. People would not get it for free, they would just continue to pay premiums, but now they would go to a single government-chartered health monopoly, along the lines of the old ATT corporation, and payment of premiums would be mandated and adjusted for income, like the current SSI. Think of the cost savings - the bueracracies of all the Insurance companies, of Medicaid, or Medicare, eliminated and rolled into a single company, eliminating billions in redundancies - but the real payback comes in more competitive cost structures for our businesses, which are currently shackled by incredibly high healthcare costs, costs which companines in China, Japan and Europe do not have to bear because healtcare now becomes a governmental function. It is our lack of an efficient national healtcare system that currently causes American products to be more expensive compared to Canada and Europe, and one can easily see the results in the numbers - their economies are growing and the value of their currencyy is rising while ours stagnants and declines. It is simply a more efficient way to provide healthcare. It also means healthier people, which means a productive society. We are the only advanced society that says that good health is a privalege of wealth, while every other advanced society says there is a minimum level of healthcare that all citizens should be able to enjoy.
Another huge cost savings is acheived in pharmacuticals- in Canada, the Canadian healthcare system buys the drugs from the drug companies and resells them to its insured, creating one huge customer instead of millions of small ones, a huge customer that can demand better prices in bulk.
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