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Jul 30, 2010

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vanskaamper

It's beyond unfortunate that instead of restoring and enhancing market forces and increasing choices, Change(TM) is taking us in the opposite direction.

David

I don't agree with Vanskaamper as most all the health care provisions of "Obama Care" (I assume noted as "Change") have yet to even start. The issues noted then must be due to other economic pressures on families, like the constant food prices increases we see, and other costs that seem to be increasing as well as the real unemployment that is not addressed in jobless figuars.

vanskaamper

Yes, that's exactly what I meant by Change(TM), and irrespective of the timeline for implementation, the direction it's going to take us is away from market forces, incentives, and choice.

David

I agree with you Vanskaamper. But you assumtion doesn't reflect the trend now & recent past...

vanskaamper

I'm not sure exactly what your reply meant, David. If what you're saying is that the yet to be fully implemented bureaucracy, regulations and controls of Change(TM) aren't responsible for the trend mentioned in the article, then I'd absolutely agree.

My point was that when people are paying their own health care costs (whether entirely out of pocket or just deductibles), those people make conscious choices about what they want to consume, and whether or not it's worth the price. This story proves that (as if we needed more proof). The more the federal government controls product, pricing, and availability, the less choice, the less self-determination we as individuals will have, and the more insulated the system becomes from market forces that should be providing incentives for innovation, efficiency and cost containment. Individual choice will be replaced by blunt force, one size fits all, blanket policies issued by regulators, and government imposed rationing.

The sad fact is that it's already existing government regulatory controls that are a major contributing factor in rising health care costs (see Massachusetts and Oregon for the effects of state controlled systems).

My contention is that we'd be far better off with real reform that enabled (instead discouraged or eliminated) individual choice, product variation, etc...because it works.

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