Socialised medicine? Already happening.

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by pseudobrit, Aug 3, 2004.

  1. pseudobrit macrumors 68040

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    Just not for everyone:


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    So the only reason more people aren't without health insurance is because enough of them fell into abject poverty to qualify for Medicaid. I'll love to see how the current administration and anti-omni-healthcare types turn this into upbeat analysis. "Just lose your job or get permanently disabled and you'll get your free healthcare!"

    Those from the middle class all the way to the edge of the poverty line who work and have families are getting dumped on.

    They're forced into ignoring health issues until they become so severe that they must go the ER, after which, if they're not dead, they'll have to go bankrupt to keep the hospital from suing them for the bill they can't afford.

    How does this situation benefit society?
     
  2. zimv20 macrumors 601

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    is it free, though? i'm insured through a gov't program, and i pay out the nose.

    from the article:
    a thousand bucks? please -- my premiums are $4800/year, plus what i pay out of pocket for visits, medication, etc.

    how about running a balanced budget instead? the markets will correct and i'll have a nice portfolio again.
     
  3. skunk macrumors G4

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    What's that?
     
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    something found in an unbelievable tale which begins with, "once upon a time..."
     
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    It's free if you're below the poverty line or disabled.

    If you are a productive member of society whose employer doesn't offer insurance or are self-employed and can't afford/find coverage, there's nothing for you.

    I imagine your plan is state mandated, no?
     
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    i'm not sure what you mean.
     
  8. pseudobrit thread starter macrumors 68040

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    The state is required to cover you for a fee, no? As in, it's not a federal programme.
     
  9. zimv20 macrumors 601

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    correct. it's a state of Illnois program designed to provide coverage for the otherwise uninsurable. it's serviced by BC/BS, which, ironically enough, refused me for coverage when i applied under an individual plan.
     
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    So in essence, the state doesn't cover you, they're merely forcing BC/BS to cover you and providing the guarantees that any shortfall in the scheme would be covered by the state. So it's a no risk plan for BCBS. It simply benefits the insurer, and encourages them to migrate more people onto the plan.

    I had a feeling it was contracted out. I bet they're making a fortune; sounds like an insurance company's wet dream (no risk, all profit, overhead handled by the state).

    How do these insurance companies get around HIPAA (one of the most useful laws Clinton ever signed)? That should keep them from DQ'ing you for pre-existing, right?
     
  11. zimv20 macrumors 601

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    yes

    on that part, i don't know

    i'm not familiar w/ that law. i joined the program in 2000, so it's likely the law was passed by then. i'll have to look into it.
     
  12. pseudobrit thread starter macrumors 68040

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    It was passed in '97. I had an insurer that tried to bark up the pre-existing tree with me to deny a massive hospital bill. I sent them a nastygram via certified mail with proof of prior insurance and told them where to go.

    They paid the bill.

    It simply states that if you had coverage in the past 90 days, even if you have a pre-existing, a new insurer cannot deny you coverage for it. There may be loopholes for insurance companies though.
     
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    What I found out the hard way:

    In order to get health insurance or coverage for life and death emergencies you must have be irresponsible and have a child you can't take care of.

    Sorry, that is the biological clock getting angry.

    I had emergency surgery 2 years ago w/o any health insurance and couldn't get state or county help because I don't have a child :roll: what does having a child have to do with my need to eat and have a roof over my head? I need those things even w/o a child.

    Somedays I get sick of seeing people with 7 children they can't afford when I can't have one.

    Is it just me or is there something wrong with this picture?
     
  14. skunk macrumors G4

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    A bit of both, I imagine! ;)
     
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    You are right, as usually :p
     
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    Health care costs are ridiculous. My family has BC/BS, however my mom's employer gives every employee the best coverage money can buy. It costs her about $100/month for all three of us. As long as I'm under 25 and a full-time student, I'm covered.

    But, so many people aren't so lucky. I wish I had the answer, but I don't. Socialized medicine scares me. Once the politicians own your health, they own your life. Plus, since the gov't doesn't actually have any money except for that they steal from us, we all still pay for health care.

    I think the real question is, is health care a privilage or a right???
     

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