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[–] YourDumbWhat 1 point 43 points (+44|-1) ago 

Not so long as insurance agencies can continue to buy politicians.

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[–] Bindlestiff 0 points 18 points (+18|-0) ago 

it's not just insurance agencies. drug companies and the AMA are the majority of the problem. the AMA tries to keep the number of med students low to keep the demand for care high.drug companies buy patents and jack up prices. if insurance companies could buy drugs for pennies on the dollar from india, they'd do it. and if insurance companies could get cheaper doctors, they'd do that too.

and then you've got the countries obesity problem and an aging population, which is another discussion entirely.

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[–] hypercat ago 

One of the largest costs is insurance. People sue too much so doctors have to get insanely high insurance policies to cover which bumps the cost of care. There are very few limits on how much you can sue a hospital as well. So if they botched a minor surgery you could sue for 8 million because your feelings got hurt.

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[–] whynotanon1 1 point 2 points (+3|-1) ago 

You're right but single payer has sever benefits. It cuts out the insurance middleman and his profit line. See how healthcare stocks are ever increasing? It also simplies the system which is cost savings for doctors and consumers. I don't think a single payer system would be best run by government.

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[–] sniper98g 2 points 0 points (+2|-2) ago 

True, but with single payer you have the ultimate diversification pool. With that comes massive bargaining power.

If the single payer system says a drug is priced too high and the drug company needs to lower it they do, because the alternative is that the one massive health care system won't pay for it and they literally make nothing.

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[–] poodog ago 

Just starting kneecapping the grandkids of lobbyists.