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How does socialized medicine work if you keep your private insurance?

Does the government control the hospitals and dictate the pricing of things? Then your private insurance company, Aetna, etc. pays according to this? Then, is there an option to just get insurance from the government, similar to what Medicare is now? This sounds like a radical change to me . Sounds like quality goes down too!

Asked By: Ask&Answer2009 - 8/9/2009
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Basically what the democrats are doing is pretending to let you keep your private insurance when actually their goal is to push the insurance companies out of business and get you on the single payer government plan as Obama himself even said is the goal here... More
Answered By: Freedom4 - 8/10/2009
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You don't seem to understand the bill, dear. No one is offering socialized medicine. The government doesn't control hospitals or pricing. Pricing is controlled by the hospital administrators and HMO's. You should really read the bill instead of freaking out about issues not included or suggested.
Answered By: bash - 8/9/2009
 
You got it!!!!
Answered By: mountaindew25 - 8/9/2009
 
http://www.lc.org/index.cfm?PID=19319 Once you leave your private insurance, you are not allowed private insurance again! Eventually, private insurance will cease to exist...
Answered By: Mr. Bean for Prez! - 8/9/2009
 
The better question is, if you are allowed to keep your present plan [according Dr. Obama], why have a government plan to begin with? Obamacare is simply another "share the wealth" plan Obama has been implementing for everything since He got in office. Want to save money and lives? Ban tobacco products! The... More
Answered By: robzuc97 - 8/9/2009
 
If you have insurance and you keep it you will be unaffected. But if you are struggling and have no insurance you will given the option to buy into the government plan and the cost will be based on what you can afford. How hard is that to get?
Answered By: Drixnot - 8/9/2009
 
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