QUOTE(Jeff Bruisers @ Feb 4 2010, 12:58 PM)
Funny how when you change a few words it all still makes sense.
And don't tell me what a small percentage of healthcare costs are caused by malpractice insurance. It's the very idea that it wasn't even on the table.
To his credit Obama later said he would consider it, but at that point it was moot.
Oh yeah, and don't think I'm defending the Republicans.
They too can lick Carl's mic.
The health care industry is a one and one half trillion dollar business per annum. "Torts" (lawsuits, litigation) come to a little less than 30 billion dollars a year costs.
In other words, one half of one percent. Line up a hundred pennies and cut the last one in half and chuck half of the halved penny away and tell me how much it cost you.
This is a specious, absurdist argument put forth by the same people that scream about how litigious American society has become, but who never fail to utilize said system when they feel like suing (to wit, Rick Santorum and wife suing a chiropractor after Ricky spent years attacking "friviolous lawsuits").
As Screeg pointed out, this is a well-organized and very powerful, wealthy lobby that stands to lose everything is "Medicare for all" or a public option sees the light of day and will fight to the death to prevent such things.