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Harry - while I agree that the NHS that Obama is planning is dreadful, its unfair of you to characterize the UK health system as being communist. The UK has a socialist health system, not a communist one. And there is a difference.
Now, on a different not, I'd like to hear from people in the UK, particularly the guy who came out and slammed me, about this report...
Do you mean me? About how i said there was no debate? Unfortunately i was not aware of this article that was posted a week after i made my original comment.
Perhaos you'd note that nowhere does this report claim we should privatise the NHS, ergo my original point that HC was not a debating point stands. I'd also like to compare the 2% of people who thought the care received by the NHS was unacceptable with 16.7% of Americans who have no healthcare whatsoever, nevermind unacceptable healthcare.
But lets ignore that shall we....
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The Lewin Group, an independent actuarial firm, estimates that under the House version of the bill, as many as 89.5 million workers will simply lose their current employer-provided plan and be forced into government-run insurance.
This is so choice. An "independent actuarial firm"? And you believe this without thinking or knowing more on the subject? No wonder you're a link and run guy. In reality, the "independent" Lewin Group is owned by UnitedHealth Group ... wait for it ... an insurance company.
Generally left unsaid amid all the citations is that the Lewin Group is wholly owned by UnitedHealth Group, one of the nation's largest insurers.
More specifically, the Lewin Group is part of Ingenix, a UnitedHealth subsidiary that was accused by the New York attorney general and the American Medical Association, a physician's group, of helping insurers shift medical expenses to consumers by distributing skewed data. Ingenix supplied its parent company and other insurers with data that allegedly understated the "usual and customary" doctor fees that insurers use to determine how much they will reimburse consumers for out-of-network care.