Tdog I told you before, here in Maine they allowed across state line insurance companies and our rates went up. We need to look to Canada where they spend half of what we do and have better health indicators then we do. Z is correct it will bankrupt the country. For profit health care is a scam....they will always give you extra tests, drugs, proceedures and hospitals are always at capacity. It is in there interest to overdiagnose...and the insurance companies have an interest to deny coverage. You can't fix these problems with more completion....it will only make it worse.
I didn't say that competition for insurance was the only answer. I believe that free market competition for all services works better than the government picking which side wins. Can you buy your car insurance from any insurance company and do you shop for the best price ? Same for homeowners insurance ? Why not healthcare insurance too ?
BTW, 'healthcare' is not the same thing as 'healthcare insurance'. I think the two get completely intertwined and confused by the talking heads in the media and the political class. We should concentrate on bringing the cost of 'healthcare' down and then deal with how to provide cheaper, better 'healthcare insurance' for those who can't afford it. I think we all agree on this
Obamacare addresses the latter but not the former and that's why it needs to be repealed and replaced by something smarter and better and, yes, Romney/Ryan have some ideas on this.
The Obamacare law was legislated by only one political side forcing its will in Congress by arm twisting and deal making in order to get support and, therefore, doesn't have a single idea (tort reform, free market insurance, etc) from the other side. It's simply a shitty law as a result. If Obama is re-elected you'll get the full implementation of the law over the next several years. That in and of itself is a reason to vote the other side IMO.
What does Canada's healthcare system do to keep costs down ? I'm interested but don't know. Thanks.