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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Bill Clinton comparing Different Health Care Systems: Single Payer Health Insurance vs Public Private




My ideal Health Insurance System as well as Health Care System, is a system that puts the consumers not government in charged of where they get their Health Insurance and Health Care and who they pay for it. That doesn't put monopoly's private and public in charged of where and how people get their Health Insurance. Where you have multiple Health Insurance and Health Care providers, including Non Profits competing with each other. To give consumers Maximum Access to where they get these services. Bringing prices down through competition, if people don't like the Health Insurance or Health Care from one provider, they have the option to go somewhere else. Forcing providers to compete with each and force them to provide the best service possible to have the most customers possible. A Health Care System thats well regulated not over or under regulated, something like a Patients Bill of Rights. In order to prevent Health Insurance and Health Care providers from abusing their patients. Like dumping people when they get sick for example or having lifetime caps. I've basically just laid out the Health Care Systems of France, Germany, Switzerland, Holland and Japan. Not the Health Care Systems of Canada, Britain, Denmark, or Sweden. Which have Single Payer systems that socialists tend to for in America and in other countries. The Obama Administration during the Health Care Reform debate of 2009-10 attempted to move our Health Care System to the the French-German Public-Private Model. And even wanted to put through a Public Option Non Profit Health Insurance provider that would be Self Financed, Self Sufficient and Independent of the Federal Government. This wasn't going to be some new Entitlement Program that would cover the entire country like a Single Payer System. And they got damn close to passing it before they settled for the Affordable Care Act.

My opposition with a Single Payer System is that takes power away from the people who would be consuming the Health Care System and giving it to government. As a liberal I have a big problem with that or any other attempt to take power away from people and give it to government. Yes Canada and Britain's Health Care System costs half of what ours as far as GDP. But in my opinion canadian and brits pay a heavy price for it. They pay less money in exchange for less freedom when it comes to their Health Insurance. I rather pay a little more for Health Insurance, as long as I have the freedom in where I pay it. By the way France which doesn't have a Single Payer System but a Public Private System, spends less of its GDP on their Health Care System them Canada and Britain. If I had a choice in where I was going to live between these three fine countries. And it came down to Health Care Systems, I would take my chances in being able to speak French Fluently and move to France. If America ever moved to the French Model as far as Health Care and we were still paying more for our Health Care then Canada and Britain but a little more, then it would still be a damn good investment for America.

Click on the link of the blog to see a video with Bill Clinton comparing different Health Care Systems