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Thanks for the post. It was such an astonishing article. The US health care market is even more regulated than it being under-regulated. For instance, is that families in one state are usually not allowed to buy their health insurance from companies located in other states? Furthermore are the mandates that states inflict on insurance companies, such as coverage of the costs of normal birth deliveries. How can you expect the average person to pay for expensive procedures out of pocket? They might have forgotten the power of a free market.

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Many USCs have the same risks buying houses.US laws are to protect the interests of USCs.You are unreasonable and arrogant to believe that your dissatisfaction with them should influence US lawmakers.It is quite positive that our retrogression may be removed soon.This has happened in past too, but after 6 months the retro. was removed from our category and it may happen again.

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Are we as Americans now going to allow the government to dictate our lifestyles?
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Politics is about Interest Groups. Sometimes it's easy to see where we're going, and sometimes not. Health Care is such an issue. In the long run, which you seem to focus on a lot, such a plan as we favor is possible. But we won't get there in a straight path, however much we'd like that.

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The most important needed reform is an increase the fraction of total medical costs that come from out-of pocket expenses in the form of large deductibles and significant co-payments. Out-of-pocket spending accounts for only about 12% of total American spending on healthcare, whereas the share of out-of –pocket spending is over 30% in Switzerland, a country considered to have one of the better health delivery systems. Partly because of this major difference, health care takes 11% of Swiss GDP compared to the much higher American percentage. As far as I can discover, nothing in the new bill really tries to raise the out-of-pocket share, and some changes would reduce it even further. These include tax credits for individuals and families that earn up to 400% of the federal poverty level (up to about $90,000 for a family of four) that enable them to get coverage through newly created Insurance Exchanges.

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It all comes down to economics, I suppose, and how business in different countries try to fight their relative cultural baggage, in order to boost productivity, increase political stability, reduce wages, and increase efficiency.

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