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Hawaii had a state health plan and it flopped. Colossal fail. People that had coverage dropped it until they got sick.
Massachusetts has a state health plan, but it is bankrupting both the state and the citizens that aren't subsidized by the state, and the state has begun selecting groups of residents to cut benefits. First, I believe, were legal immigrants.
These states are microcosms of the nation, the only difference being that the federal government can borrow money to temporarily float its red ink. Sooner or later, though, the system consumes so much and the debt becomes so great that it is not sustainable. On a forum where people are self described credit junkies and experts this should be a simple concept. The only way this works is with borrowed money, and then it only lasts so long.
There are parts of the health reform law that are attractive, but there are trade offs; consequences, if you will. Take the pre-existing conditions requirement. OK, so now someone with AIDS can get coverage for the same price as someone that is healthy, except now instead of the healthy person paying $200 a month they are paying $350. That's a great deal for the person with AIDS, but a terrible deal for the healthy person that paid $200 before the law went into effect. Maybe now the healthy people will drop their coverage and opt to pay the fine to Uncle Sam instead, and since the AIDS guy still needs care his insurance goes up to $1600 a month (less healthy people buying in, why should they? Just get insurance when they get sick.).
Of course, many of us recognize this for what it is; an attempt to sink the private health industry once and for all so single-payer can be implemented.
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.