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Consider Jim. Jim has worked in middle management his entire life.  He had the option of paying in to his company’s managed healthcare system, but decided he wanted to keep the money instead and invest it in case he ever needed acute medical treatment.  Unfortunately, on his 40th birthday, Jim decided to buy a red Corvette with that money.  6 months later, Jim went to a doctor to see why he was feeling so awful.  The doctor diagnosed Jim with emphysema, diabetes, and kidney failure.  All three of these conditions are the result of Jim’s lifestyle choices: smoking, poor eating and exercise habits, and excessive drinking.  These conditions are chronic and will require treatment for the rest of Jim’s life including cutting-edge lung and kidney treatments and weekly meetings with a nutritionist, endocrinologist, cardiologist, etc.

Here are the two possible healthcare “worlds” for Jim (he must be "placed" in one of them):

  1. A) Participate in a universal healthcare system, paid for by income taxes, which doesn’t provide Jim with the latest-and-greatest medical technology but does meet basic standards of care.


  1. B) Participate in a pay-for-service system, which allows Jim to pay for whatever treatment he wants and/or can afford but will not treat him unless he pays for the service.
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3.  Participate in a Universal Health Care system that provides the necessary coverage to all: thus, "universal health care"

4.  Participate in a "Government Option" health care offering that offers a basic comprehensive heath care package at an affordable rate negotiated through the Government's ability to trade the large number of participants to the health care providers for the lowest rates.  Then add to that basic package with "plus" policies sold by the health care providers but which also have to be competitive or they will lose out to the basic coverage and Jim's "health savings account" if he doesn't blow it on a car or at the track.

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P.S. The "enhanced coverage for #4 could also come through Jim's employer-provided insurance, which would essentially take up where the Government Option leaves off.  Jim would enjoy enhanced coverage through his employer, and his employer would not have to spend as much, since he/she would only cover that which is above and beyond the Government Option's coverage.

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