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Readers Forum: Let's stop counting on charity to pay medical bills By Rose Ann DeMoro Guest Commentary Updated: 01/02/2009 05:05:10 PM PST THE MOST heartbreaking e-mail alert that crossed... Read More

  1. by   truern
    Quote from Elvish
    Please remember in the course of this debate to not attack other members personally. I am seeing a bit of it here and wish it were not so. I happen to have strong opinions about this topic as much as anyone, so I understand the passions. But please, no attacking one another.
    Whew!! Thank you! As much as I love a good "debate" this was hardly one.
  2. by   patrick1rn
    Your right, forget about charity, it is a bad idea. Lets have the government take care of everything.
  3. by   Koyaanisqatsi-RN
    Quote from patrick1rn
    Your right, forget about charity, it is a bad idea. Lets have the government take care of everything.
    Who said anything about that?
  4. by   Katie82
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    It's immoral to continue to subsidize insurers. Mandates to purchase insurance are wrong because they've failed to control costs and expand coverage every time they've been tried. How much longer will we allow the pain and suffering and death from preventable illness continue when we know there is a solution?[/quote]

    Who do you think is going to be doing all the work for Universal Healthcare? The Federal Government is not going to get into the business of being healthcare provider. They don't do it now, CMMS is primarily a policy-making agency for Medicare/Medicaid. The actual hands-on administration is done through outsourcing, like with BCBS. They will do the same for universal healthcare, and will turn to the organizations who are doing the work now. The profits won't be as high, but no one at these insurance companies will starve.
  5. by   herring_RN
    Quote from Katie82
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    It's immoral to continue to subsidize insurers. Mandates to purchase insurance are wrong because they've failed to control costs and expand coverage every time they've been tried. How much longer will we allow the pain and suffering and death from preventable illness continue when we know there is a solution?
    Who do you think is going to be doing all the work for Universal Healthcare? The Federal Government is not going to get into the business of being healthcare provider. They don't do it now, CMMS is primarily a policy-making agency for Medicare/Medicaid. The actual hands-on administration is done through outsourcing, like with BCBS. They will do the same for universal healthcare, and will turn to the organizations who are doing the work now. The profits won't be as high, but no one at these insurance companies will starve.
    Maybe some of them will retrain in health professions. Some may become nurses.
    Last edit by herring_RN on Jan 11, '09

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