hhmmmmm... I think that comment could be an entire thread on its own. Do we have a RIGHT to the benefits that insurance provides?
I think the real issue is posting massive profits, not the fact that people pay what they are assessed at. there is an inherent profit margin built into each persons premium, and in a business like health insurance, I would consider that unethical. Protecting an individuals health and life should not be a topic on which profit should be made. It should be profit neutral, and if there is a posted profit at the end of the year, it goes back to all those wonderful people who paid and didn't get sick.
Obamacare is not even close to what Brits and Canadians have. Obama care is a big give away to the health insurance companies. They get millions of new obligatory customers, prices stay high, and millions still remain un- or underinsured.
True health care reform necessitates the demise of health insurance as we know it. The only way to bring the U.S. up to the standards of Western Europe is through universal coverage for all.
The increased taxes to cover the health care are more than made up in the higher take home pay (no more deductions for health care, and the portion of our compensation that had gone to health care can now go to higher wages); improved health; and longer life.
True health reform also requires longer vacations, shorter work days, greater control over one's working conditions, full maternity and paternity coverage, and subsidies for childcare.
I couldn't agree more. We all got sold down the river with this watered down hand out to the insurance companies piece of legislation. The idea of health care for profit only is absurd. Hospitals and doctors get in the business of helping people and providing mercy because they want to provide that service to people. Insurance companies get in the business of health insurance to get inbetween the patients and doctors to profit vastly off of that relationship. When an insurance company can deny a medical procedure that is recommended by a doctor, we don't have much of a medical system at all.