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Kathy-Ellen Kups is the breast cancer blogger for Everydayhealth.com.

The Current System Can't Be Tweaked

It is an insult to the American people to insinuate that the current health-care system only needs a few tweaks to rein in escalating costs. I favor free market capitalism, but it has not worked with health care. Private, for-profit insurance companies have not found a way to affect change to meet the growing demands for health care in the nation. They have not been able to create an inclusive system for all Americans and they have had the time and means to do it. We have not seen any innovation on their part that warrants their burgeoning profits.

Medicare and Medicaid have been waylaid by out-of-control prescription costs and a doughnut hole that has become a black hole. Only talk of reform that threatened to substantially impact the bottom line motivated the drug industry to react to the health-care crises.

The only way to reduce costs in the current system is through sweeping reform. The kind of reform that comes from eliminating the middleman and increasing buying power. Do we really need private for profit insurance companies as a conduit to health care for Americans? Wouldn't citizens as a unit be able to negotiate better pricing from drug companies? Perhaps it seems reasonable to consider a one-payer public health plan as a more effective way to cut costs over the current system.

By Kathy-Ellen Kups  |  July 21, 2009; 11:06 PM ET  | Category:  Health costs , Prescriptions Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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How can anyone discuss reform without accepting that a one payer system must be the first step? The debate is so poisoned by self interest that this cannot even be raised and yet no other steps will permit affordable universal coverage.

Posted by: QBee1 | July 25, 2009 3:15 PM
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