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Friday, February 10, 2012

Keep the Government Away from my Health Care

I continue to be amused when I hear that the government needs to keep its hands off our health care, usually related to national health care reform aka Obamacare.  I am sorry to say that the US government and the government of all 50 states are playing an active role in our health care.  Currently, 56% of our health care is paid for by Medicare and Medicaid, not to mention the plethora of regulation that both levels of government subject hospitals and physicians to related to the provision of care.  I recognize that there are some distasteful aspects of health care reform, but, in some cases, our government is attempting to streamline the delivery of health care in an effort to bring improvement to a broken system of payment and regulation.

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