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Apres moi... 
21st-Dec-2009 02:46 am
Well, it looks like the medical care bill is a done deal, buying the votes of senators who had held out. Now for the aftermath: a health care plan administered by people who have no problem denying claims, since they can't be taken to court for not living up to their contracts.

Think I'm exaggerating? Check out the denial of claims rates for Medicare, the other government program. Note that the report conveniently allows you to compare them to some private insurers, whose rates are generally lower (they, after all, can be sued by disgruntled policyholders).
21st-Dec-2009 12:10 pm (UTC)
23rd-Dec-2009 03:52 am (UTC)
I've only payed intermittent attention to this whole debate (because I'm Canadian, and therefor not directly implicated in the events or the outcome), but I've gathered that the proposals call for the public option to be administered by a branch of the federal executive wing, under the direction of an appointed head; am I right?

It's interesting, because up hereabouts, its primarily the jurisdiction of the provinces (with additional funding from the federal gov't), and their elected representatives. Due to the Parliamentary model, the various institutions of federal and provincial government are the direct responsibility of elected ministers. That both tends to keep people on their toes, and keep even the uppermost levels of bureaucracy relatively local and accessible.
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