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Affordable, improved health care is possible.  There are scores of first world countries with working universal health care, better overall  health statistics then we have, and economies that work.  We could do it right, and I hope that we choose to do it right.  The ObamaCare plan may not complete the job, but it has helped, and is a fulfilled promise to attack this growing problem.  Killing the preexisting conditions exclusion clauses is a great start.

The health care insurance industry, especially when seen in relation to the American litigation industry - even the programs run by extraordinarily conscientious companies- is the enemy of true health care reform and the root cause of skyrocketing health care costs. 

I'm an independent voter.  I'll cast my independent votes for Democrats until Republicans actually take on Health Care reform as an agenda item.  By that I mean, making it happen, not lying to us all and trying very hard to stop health care reform because their RNC masters are hopelessly lost in the pockets of the industries most concerned with maintaining the status quo.

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birdsedge
Mar. 17th, 2012 09:58 pm (UTC)
I so hope America gets health care sorted out. I worry for a lot of my American friends who just can't afford insurance.It's such an appalling stituation for the people of a country that would consider itself a world leader in so many things.

Britain's health care system is being criminally eroded by our current government, but at least (for now) we still have one.
wswears
Mar. 18th, 2012 06:50 am (UTC)
Criminal Erosion
I have to say, the Brit and Canadian systems are cited most often as proof of failure by critics of American national health care. My impression though, is that your system is being broken up as a failure by people who have no valid reason to complain. I'm sure that there is a profit motive in there someplace. People don't generally break down working systems unless they can see a profit to be made in the action.

birdsedge
Mar. 18th, 2012 10:07 am (UTC)
Re: Criminal Erosion
Make no mistake we still have a working system. I don't know about Canada (though my Canadian frends seem well pleased with their system) but I would say that even criminally eroded, what we have is still 100% better than the USA.

Our government is trying to drve us towards what the USA has - i.e. more private healthcare for people who can afford it to queue-jump and have access to more expensive treatment. It'#s not a good direction to travel in. For the moment there is still a safety net in place.

This is what some of our senor health-care officials fear. http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/letters/ios-letters-medics-launch-national-campaign-7576235.html
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