That is why I am not a Feminist - because I am not a Misogynist.
That is why I am not a Feminist - because I am not a Misogynist.
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Even in the Utopia of socialized medicine that every Marxist in the US longs for dentists do their own thing.
Conservatives like to say that consumers need to have "skin in the game" in order to reduce healthcare costs i.e. higher deductibles. Otherwise they won't shop around for the cheapest healthcare services. Professor Krugman completely blows this idiotic argument out of the water by comparing medical costs to dental costs:
"For many years conservatives have insisted that the problem with health costs is that we don’t treat health care like an ordinary consumer good; people have insurance, which means that they don’t have “skin in the game” that gives them an incentive to watch costs. So what we need is “consumer-driven” health care, in which insurers no longer pay for routine expenses like visits to the doctor’s office, and in which everyone shops around for the best deals....
As it turns out, many fewer people have dental insurance than have general medical insurance; even where there is insurance, it typically leaves a lot of skin in the game. But dental costs have risen just as fast as overall health spending, and it may be that the reduced role of insurers actually raises those costs."
You (and I) have a lot more "skin in the game" when we go to the dentist versus when we go to the doctor. Many people don't have dental insurance and for those who do (e.g. me, PPKFP), it really sucks (i.e. it covers nothing).
According to the #Ignoramuses , because I have a lot more "skin in the game", I would shop around more for the best deal. Guess what I did and there were no good deals to be had. My root canal cost about $3K and my insurance covered about $500 of that. Dental costs are rising just as fast as medical costs despite people having toothaches like me having more "skin in the game."
Why is this?
Have you heard of a cartel? That is what dentistry is: a cartel protected by the republican #Ignoramuses . It shouldn't surprise you that the idiotic dentist who shot and killed Cecil the Lion was a big Mitt Romney supporter. The supply of dentists is carefully regulated by the ADA (just like the supply of doctors is carefully regulated by the AMA), and they have completely prohibited dental hygienists from operating independently of dentists (http://goo.gl/f5pgD8).
The whole raison d'etre of the republican party (pardon my French) is to protect the interests of the Wealthy and Extreme Wealthy by allowing them to form cartels and oligopolies and monopolies to maximize their market power. Then of course they bust unions and consumer organizations to minimize the market power of workers and consumers. Why are the #Ignoramuses doing this? Sheldon Adelson and this idiotic Lion Killer are giving Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney millions of reasons why.
The only entity with the market power to face down the Medical-Industrial Complex (which includes the ADA) is our Democratically Elected Government.
Professor Krugman quotes the Washington Post piece on why dentists are so darn rich (http://goo.gl/f5pgD8):
'In the rest of medicine, insurers have an important function in limiting costs and promoting quality. The market power of Medicare and major national insurance companies allows them to insist on better rates for their customers when they negotiate with doctors and hospitals.
“There’s been less presence from all kinds of insurance payers in the dental sector,” explained Andy Snyder, who is in charge of oral health at the nonpartisan National Academy for State Health Policy. “Medicare does not cover routine dental services, and private dental coverage is far less common than private medical coverage. So, the dental industry has faced less of the cost containment and quality improvement pressures that the rest of the health care sector’s experienced over the last couple of decades.”
So it is pretty obvious that having "skin in the game" does nothing to control costs. Then why is "skin in the game" such a rallying cry for the #Ignoramii ? Well to put it bluntly, having more skin in the game meant that I had to pay more out of pocket for my root canal (which is fine because I can afford it). The problem is that Paul Ryan and the republicans want the kid with leukemia to have more "skin in the game" so that Medicaid pays less. If Medicaid pays less, then that leaves more money around to give back to the dentists in the form of extreme tax cuts for the Wealthy so that they can go on more hunting safaris to Africa.
(Note that patients in the UK and Canada and basically every other wealthy country in the world have no "skin in the game", and yet healthcare costs in these countries with Universal Healthcare is half that of the U.S. where we tend to have much more "skin in the game.")
But apparently there is no amount of evidence that will convince Steven this isn't all some vast conspiracy.
So, you know, there's that.
So you kindly give people who pay taxes $100 back.
And you kindly give people who don't pay taxes $100 - which was probably borrowed.
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