What If Government Ran Health Care?

@gewcew23 (8012)
United States
July 13, 2009 3:09pm CST
The people from ReasonTV came up with this short video, but it does get you think about how health care would be like if government ran health care. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPC6CqAFA4E
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@us2owls (1681)
• United States
13 Jul 09
I have witnessed first hand the health care in the UK under the NHS - my husband is British - and let me tell you it is disgusting. Dirty hospitals in the bigger cities - lengthy waiting lists, you name it.
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@gewcew23 (8012)
• United States
13 Jul 09
And yet we in the States want it.
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@jb78000 (15178)
13 Jul 09
it's not amazing but at least nobody has to pay for their medical treatment. there is also private health care and health insurance for those well-off enough to pay for it. my nhs doctor is excellent although i know hospitals are often underfunded and have waiting lists the length of your arm.
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@jb78000 (15178)
13 Jul 09
those arguing against public health care seem to think it'll somehow turn the usa into a socialist nation. of course it won't - it's a sensible thing for a developed nation to have, people lacking health care is pretty bad.
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@spalladino (17927)
• United States
13 Jul 09
No one is trying to turn the United States into a country with only government run health care but there needs to be an alternative available for the millions of Americans who don't have health insurance. This will also force the private insurance companies to be more competitive. I don't see this as any different than state provided automobile insurance or state provided homeowners insurance.
@gewcew23 (8012)
• United States
14 Jul 09
How do you know that? You speak like you believe every thing you are told! What do you think is going to happen to all of those private health insurances when every company know to man kind dumps their expensive private insurance and allow government to take "care" of their employees health care. Help yourself but leave me out!
@Destiny007 (5820)
• United States
14 Jul 09
My health care is through the VA, so I am well aware of what government healthcare is like. I have not seen an actual doctor in several years... it has always been a nurse practitioner. Oh well...
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@Netsbridge (3243)
• United States
13 Jul 09
Hello? What do you think Medicare and Mediaid are? And where were you when the government passed MEHPA?
@jb78000 (15178)
13 Jul 09
insurance. for certain people only, not an nhs. better than nothing but i've also heard that they sometimes will not pay for certain treatments and don't mid-income people or those that are poor but slipped through the net sometimes have real problems paying for medical care?
@spalladino (17927)
• United States
14 Jul 09
Yes, they do jb. There are about 45 million Americans without health insurance right now. The private insurers aren't in the business of making sure their customers get the best possible care either. I've read more than one article about their cost cutting practices...like sending women home the day after mastectomy surgery with drain tubes still in them. If they had to compete maybe they'd provide better service.
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@gewcew23 (8012)
• United States
14 Jul 09
Well I probably was paying for it.
@PrarieStyle (2504)
• United States
13 Jul 09
Oh, no problem... All they have to do is appoint a Health Care Czar to stand at every emergency room. Why not, they control just about everything else... At least for now... We the people are coming after them. March on Washington Sept.10th-12th! http://theglennbeck912project.com/the-2nd-amendment/
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@gewcew23 (8012)
• United States
14 Jul 09
Well if we are going to go down this road then we will need another Obama Czar. Just one more reason to say no thank you.
@gewcew23 (8012)
• United States
14 Jul 09
Yeah but the alternative controls the rule, does not have to turn a profit, and can just raise taxes. That would be like government creating an alternative to Walmart. Govmart could always have lower prices because Govmart would be subsidized by the taxpayer where Walmart has to charge a profit to pay for everything.