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How do we stop spiraling health care costs???

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March 24, 2010 – Comments (4) | RELATED TICKERS: UNH , AET , WLP

If you ask me, the bill that was just passed isn't going to cut the mustard. (by the way, anyone got a background on cutting mustard? trying to figure out how that makes sense...)

Anyway, yay to healthcare reform, right? I mean, I'm pretty much on board with making sure that more people have access to good, timely healthcare. After all, giving people that option -- rather than forcing them to sit on illnesses until they have to check themselves into an ER once the sickness gets out of control -- will actually in itself help contain costs.

I guess I was just under the crazy misapprehension that the new healthcare legislation would do more to contain the rapidly climbing costs of healthcare. As a country we trump pretty much everyone else when it comes to healthcare dollars spent, yet our outcomes are far from impressive compared to the rest of the world. 

What do we do? Cross our fingers and hope that this contentious debacle helps bust open a wider dialogue that will eventually lead to some truly cost-containing legislation?

Matt

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#1) On March 24, 2010 at 4:37 PM, lemoneater (81.73) wrote:

Mustard doesn't just refer to spicy yellow goo used to anoint hamburgers, but to an herb which grows like a weed. (I assume if somebody "cannot cut the mustard." He keeps having it take over his garden.) Some people are very fond of mustard greens, but I have to say it is an acquired taste. They are supposed to be full of vitamins.

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#2) On March 24, 2010 at 7:33 PM, devoish (98.37) wrote:

Most know I am supporter of healthcare reform, but not neccessarily this reform. I do not agree with the idea that: I'm pretty much on board with making sure that more people have access to good, timely healthcare. After all, giving people that option -- rather than forcing them to sit on illnesses until they have to check themselves into an ER once the sickness gets out of control -- will actually in itself help contain costs. It seems on the surface to make sense, but I think more likely it will result in better health for the dollars spent, not less dollars spent, which is a gain in and of itself.

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#3) On March 24, 2010 at 7:40 PM, ChrisGraley (29.80) wrote:

I agree with your above point  devoish, but it would have been implemented better if they would have simply submitted a bill for free or supplemented preventative care instead. And a whole lot cheaper.

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#4) On March 24, 2010 at 7:43 PM, starbucks4ever (97.62) wrote:

Destroy all HMOs. It's so obvious that I don't understand how anyone can even ask this question.

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