ugh people are writing too much... let me just say this. i think health care needs to be reformed. but goverment takeover is not the rite option. like i said earlier if they cant run medicare and medicaid why are we giving them the power to run everyones healthcare. also i dont want any goverment a**h**** telling people who lives and dies.
Fred, all socialist programs by the American government have failed because they distorted them into a capitalist venture.
Medicare had been distorted due to legislative reforms which turned the whole purpose of Medicare on its head. 2003, the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act extended coverage over prescription drugs, but basically allowed drug companies to sky rocket the costs of the drugs. More costs per drug, and more people capable of getting it. Essentially a transfer of wealth from the government to a private company. Not the purpose of government.
This act in turn affected Medicaid negativly as well.
Social Security was ruined by Raegan when he allowed companies to dip into Social Security funds and keep the balance on credit. A common practice during his time was buying a company, then stripping all the Social Security benefits the company had generated, then letting it die. Raegonomics taken to the capitalist extreme. This also destroyed small businesses that Republicans say they try to help, because larger companies would have access to greater capital to "re-invest" in more jobs. Which they didn't. Big surprise. What they actually did was buy smaller companies, then do said stripping of benefits, then kill it. So instead
It's because of Raegonomics that the economy is in the state it is in the first place, due to mass deregulation of the financial industry and the favoring of big business. Which was the cause of the economic depression in the 30's.
And you have to realize, the government does not decide who lives or dies. That was Republican slander designed to generate resistance to health care reform. In actuality, it would provide end-of-life counselling. Basically, explain the whole process that would be done to keep the person alive, how they could expect to live, and then ask them if they wanted to go through with it. It all comes down to the patient.
What's more likely to happen in this current system is the doctor deciding whether the patient lives or dies. And while that might seem like a better choice, its really not. The Hippocratic Oath is not something doctors have to be held up to. If the doctor believes it would be more profitable to pull the plug on somebody, chances are that they would do it, regardless of oath.
And if you don't want a "government a**h**** telling people who lives and dies" ask them to stop funding the military.