SOBF wrote: There are places in the country where insurance is much cheaper than here in ME. Comparing ME to most any other state is not apples to apples.This is true, and it's kind of what I meant by the system being broken. The current patchwork of state regs is such a colossal clusterfuck. Unfortunately, I doubt the current iteration of health care reform will be able to completely un-fuck things.
SOBF wrote: Shouldn't we get the fraud in medicare and medicaid under control before we start another over haul.I've never seen any compelling evidence that fraud in medicare/medicaid is any worse that it is in private insurance (A quick google search turns up http://www.gwumc.edu/sphhs/departments/ ... 4F2163.pdf, which seems to indicate that Medicare/Medicaid fraud is more prevalent than fraud in private insurance). I'd say the fraud argument is a red herring. Ok, how about cost? If you look at the rate of cost increase (per person) since 1970 for both Medicare and private insurance you see that the rate of increase in Medicare is actually about 33% lower than the rate of increase for private insurance.
How about the fact that BO took Tort reform off the table. If your serious about reducing cost this needs to addressed.
The health insurance industry (note: this is distinct from the health care industry) is a parasite on the American economy, and it's driving us bankrupt.
-Daniel Patrick Moynihan