Re: Ryan vs Senior Citizens
posted at 8/22/2012 7:16 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Ryan vs Senior Citizens
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Ryan vs Senior Citizens : So, if I read you correctly, Medicare, having failed under the weight of government mangling, your solution is for more government. Do I have this correctly? This is the liberal battle cry: Our approach has failed, so we need more of it! This translates into more restrictions, higher taxes, less choice. I admit that it is impossible to rip the band-aid off Medicare and completely privatize it, but we need to move in that direction, returning both control and responsibility to the individual.
Posted by skeeter20[/QUOTE]
No..my solution is not more government. It's better..more efficient government. Sorry, but I don't think for profit, privatization of medicare will work. I think there should be drastic changes but there are certain things like defense, education and healthcare that I think are not best served by privatizing.
If you read my post..you would have seen that I advocated for bringing healthcare costs down overall as a way to control medicare. A for profit private model will not bring costs down for the patient because their goal will always be profits. The shareholders will always want more.
In my community, a local hospital was recently taken over by a private, for profit company. The result? Patients get approached by the billing department as they lay in a hospital bed recovering from surgeries or heart attacks...even the ones who have insurance coverage!Local doctors are leaving this hospital in droves because they don't like the policies which consist of "selling' tests and services that may not even be needed. How does that bring costs down?
No doubt medicare needs to be addressed..but privatization is simply not the answer to everything.