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pressure boiling....

Not ten minutes into coverage of the health care debate, and I already want to reach through the TV and throttle one of the bloated ticks sucking the blood of the body politic.

Already this dickhead is saying the real problem with health care, and the only thing that needs to be done, is torte reform. That's it - stop suing and everything else will automatically be wonderful! It's all caused by this deadbeats, see - who are making fraudulent law suits, and driving up cost of medicine for everyone. So much so, that that's why the insurance companies routinely drop their most ill members, that's why 50 million people don't have any insurance, that's why cost per-person in America is higher than any other modern nation, that's why access is lower than any other modern nation, that's why ....

man, my blood is boiling. My admiration for the folks who are sitting there, in person, listening to this bloviating idiot without throttling his fat neck until his face turns purple while screaming, "Here's tort reform up your ASS MOTHERFUCKER!"

'cuz I don't know that I couldn't resist.


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Feb. 25th, 2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
Sure, more needs to be done, but tort reform is *crucial* to getting affordable healthcare here. Do you have any idea what our doctors have to pay for malpractice insurance? There's a reason why they charge $150-200 for an office visit.
Feb. 25th, 2010 04:32 pm (UTC)
I"m not saying it's not important, or that it shouldn't be done - but to suggest that that's all? Buffoonery. Worse - buffoonery that will result in human suffering.
Feb. 25th, 2010 04:38 pm (UTC)
I'm not watching the debate, but I wouldn't be surprised if, like many politicians, they're saying "it's the only thing that needs to be done" just to emphasise how important it is that it GETS done. I'd be surprised if they do ANYTHING at this point, and *if* all we get out of it is tort reform, hey, that'd still be identifiable progress with a minimal opportunity for government fuckuppery.

I'm in the "single payer or bust" camp, basically thinking that without single payer, whatever healthcare reforms they DO enact is just going to be a giant clusterfuck of failure.
Feb. 25th, 2010 05:37 pm (UTC)
tort reform will only bring down costs 2%
really. Check out Texas - got tort reform years ago and still costs keep spiraling. Anyone who has looked at malpractice costs knows that a large part of awards is to pay for future medical care caused by actual malpractice.

Giving top company employees bonuses of a million or more, spending $27M on 'company retreats' instead of patient care, those are things that keep costs going up, not the small percentage of costs caused by malpractice insurance.

Universal, single payer would go a long way in reducing malpractice costs across the board.

like you, I'm seeing my blood pressure rise to dangerous levels listening to the Republicans' crap. I've worked to support myself since I was 17 - and never had the luxury of working for a company that offered any kind of health insurance. By the time we could afford to purchase a policy for me in my mid-30's, I already had pre-existing conditions (back problems, PID that almost killed me when I was 18, osteoarthritis caused by genetic predisposition and years of working physically demanding jobs) that meant that no insurance company in New Mexico would cover me.

I am sick of it all. the last time we tried to get me a policy a few years ago, I was told by the agent I should just give up and hope I didn't get seriously ill until I was eligible for Medicare.
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