“Anyone would be upset, but yet we limit audit insurance damages... for this same reason, everyone wants affordable auto insurance, but less sympathy for doctors... Doctors today on average make what an accountant makes. We are driving them away...”
“As a side note, we really need to lose the red and blue glasses if we truely want to fix things... I am not a proponent of one way or the other. Both can work, but the horrible mess we are in is currently created by Legal arogance and political exchange.”
“DanBest you are simply wrong. An adverage doctor pays some $1,750 a month in medical malpractice. Thats a mortgage of a good sized home. If they get 1-2 claims against them over a 5 year period, whether or not there is any pay-out that amount can double. It would drive them out of business. So that is who is helping you. So now you show up with Chest pain. It just so happens you ate too much at the fair and likely have indigestion. However no doctor today will stop there. They will administer cardiac enzymes, an X-Ray, and an EEG test just in case... Then if they are really cautious they may check you into observation for 23 hours just to be sure you are close if they are wrong. So when you presented to the doctor he was 75% sure it was indigestion. In the old days he would have sent you home. Total real cost $180. However today, the risk adverse protocol comes at a cost of $1,450. I've witnessed it, and experienced it!!!”
“Cigars and Candy!!! that is all the Democrats are selling. It is window dressing. Granted the Republicans did nothing, but when forced to do something the Democrats did a horrible job. But lets not blame just this bunch lets go all the way back to 1965 when Medicare was begun.
We buy things because we see quality for a reasonable price. Those who can offer low prices or high quality or a mix become winners because that is what is bought. That is market economics. However beginning with Medicare 1965, Anti-kickback 1972, Stark Law 1992, 2002, 2008; Congress has continued to break that equation. They have removed doctors compensation from being attached to cost or quality (until very recently). They continue to distance patients consideration of costs, but forcing insurance to cover this and that. So is it any wonder that we now have waste imbedded in healthcare processes, and we get less from our doctors. The law is the main culpret in creating the wasted cost. We need to start over focused on adding incentives for patients and doctors to work together for better quality care!!!”
I work in healthcare. I am disappointed with all politicians. I firmly believe there is no real solution desired. Only the thirst to capture and maintain power. There are 100's of way to make healthcare more effective, yet none of these were discussed because of the Legal hubris in Washington. Even if Wahsington could get along politically, they do not have the skills required to solve the problems. And despite who talks more to doctors, they neve will have the skill. The Lawyers that run congress are rule setters with a role comparable to referees. They make sure the game is fair. But they are terrible coaches, because coaches have to take risks, manage people, process and technique.
However, we live in a time where if Congress were NBA referees they would be trying to fire all the coaches and replace them with the best refs. It doesn't matter what the rules are you are going to end up with a crappy game. Where you are left or right that is just what has happened. So they let us simple people fight over which ref is a worse coach, while they run away with the power and the piggy bank. LETS FIRE THEM ALL and find plummers, construction workers, nurses and the like to send to washington. WE THE PEOPLE NEED NEW MANAGEMENT!”
davecarlson on Apr 12, 2010 at 18:38:43
“U did not lose me, UR post is great and we need new mgt, send all the bums home”
DanBest on Apr 12, 2010 at 16:47:55
“You lost me at "wake up". I have to be conscious to read.”
“When are we all going to wake up and realize that Politicians are all motivated only by re-election. They are all selling us a different flavor or cigars and candy. And we the public much like Pinocchio are being led away to the carnival without thought of the consequences or recognition that they are spending our future for the bells and whistles of today!!!”
“Do you ever just wonder if you are wrong. Seren actually nailed it. There is no greater accountability than individual accountability. There is no greater power than individual power. There is no justice unless individuals are willing to promote and accept it. Freedom is only acheivable and maintainable when individuals control themselves. There is no book of law or religion big enough to create a safe world if individuals are not willing to maintain personal integrity. Everything wrong in society today began with individual choices. "Social" justice, unrest, anarchy are all only reflective of the sum of individual choices. If you are constantly looking to others to create justice you will never succeed. Influence is only had when principles are demonstrated in an individuals life. Power can be taken for law or government, but it can never create justice!!!”
thomasjo on Mar 16, 2010 at 09:09:01
“I think you're absolutely right. There's no way to create a safe world, so lets stop trying. Lets get rid of any laws that inhibit in any way individuals having absolute control over themselves. No laws against murder, rape, assault, theft securities fraud....Let's stop contributing common funds towards highways, interstates, water treatment, food inspection, rural electrification, any and all social services, police, firefighters, public support of the arts, national, state and local parks, etc, etc....I hope, for your sake, that you're the biggest, strongest, fastest and best-armed in your idyllic world.
Guess what: The world is (thankfully) more complex than you, Glenn and Rush think it ought to be. I'm more than happy to contribute some of my income to help my less fortunate or able countrymen, and I'm happy to use governmental infrastructure to do it. Go ahead and get your guns and be all deliriously Darwinist. We would be well rid of you.”
“I totally disagree. They are on different waves, but lets be fair to Glenn. His is as much of an idealist. He just happens to believe more in individual power to create social justice. On the other hand Mr. Willis believes in governmental, and community power in creating edicts for the masses. Beck does have a point in the risks of this approach. Glenn is actually closer to James Madison and Thomas Jefferson. In their writtings they fully recognized the risk of allowing a few people to govern themselves. John Adams noted that democracy is only possible as much as the individual is willing to govern their own moral behavior. Churches should be focused on that indivudual morality which can result in social justice, not a morality that forces social standards that all muxt follow.”
ewilder on Mar 16, 2010 at 07:49:53
“Beck believes America ought to be a dog-eat-dog everyman-for-himself society, where the powerful get to punish the poor simply as a means of entertainment - and he has said so ("the lions should eat the weak" etc.). This cannot lead to a better society and is certainly not derived from the Christian gospel nor any legitimate theological interpretation of it.”
robertdaniel on Mar 16, 2010 at 07:41:03
“Thomas Jefferson? Your friends in Texas are going to cut him out of their childrens' textbooks. He supported heresy: separation of church and state! Kill him.”
“I find it funny... On the one side you have Glenn who fully believes in the individuals ability to control their future and by controling their future they influence government for their better and society is the best... Then on the other side you have the Liberal ideology that notes that social standards of good practice should be set at the top because individuals have not real power unless they form bodies and create top down edicts of social behavior that we should all accept for the sake of the better world. Problem is that both have weaknesses which require the balance of the other to be successful... I agree with Glenn that individual moral will is greater than a top down moral will. However, if that were followed to the letter then how do you set acceptable social behavior at a level high enough to allow the most opportunity to the most people. There needs to be advocates for the under-represented. However on the liberal side, if you try to do what I believe Beck was referring to, in saying we should all vote on acceptable social behavior and make it law, then you do open yourself up to despots and dictators who take advantage of the idealistic and preech what they want to hear... We actually need both sides.... Keep on keeping on to both of you!!!”
Tom Wilson on Mar 18, 2010 at 19:30:03
“I don't know what liberal ideology you've been reading. True liberalism is the middle ground stance, individuals make choices free of government control, but only if their actions effect no-one but themselves, if it effect others then the government steps in to introduce legislation. Top-down government is not liberalism, it's just liberal governments are just relatively more central than Conservative (that capital is intended) governments.”
RubyLou on Mar 16, 2010 at 17:11:39
“So, Beck et al should promote same-sex marriage and be fine with legal abortion, right? After all, government should stay out of legislating social behavior. ;-)
I do not think that government utilizing our shared capital (aka taxes) to help PEOPLE is legislating any morality. It is simply making certain that we don't end up with larger numbers of needy families. As it is, we pay for corporations and their welfare far, far, FAR more. How is this a superior morality?”
ZappaRules on Mar 16, 2010 at 09:05:33
“daninMissouri "...the Liberal ideology that notes that social standards of good practice should be set at the top because individuals have not real power unless they form bodies and create top down edicts of social behavior that we should all accept for the sake of the better world. ..."