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Studies show that at one period in time in February of 1992 37 million Americans were without health care coverage However this study only included all people currently without insurance that being their basis for believing that those people could not obtain health care of some sort A more accurate figure to go on is 8 million Americans who are without health care capability for three reasons 1 The study included people who were in between insurance plans but would soon be included on one 2 The study also included people whom have the ability and availibity to obtain insurance coverage but have decided consciencely to defer that right 3 The study included people who play the Pity role and use the emergency rooms without coverage or paying which contributes to Cost Shifting The United States health care industry is the best and most effective in the world to date the price we must endure for this type of quality and service is not being arbitrarily billed by the privately run insurance companies but by the federal government itselfSo what is Cost shifting Cost Shifting is the process by which privately owned hospitals are able to make up for the profit lost from government run programs such as Medicare and Medicaid by passing their lost profit margin from insufficient bills onto the private insurance companies So why then does cost shifting need to be stopped Obviously this lost profit that the hospitals claim to the insurance company is being passed onto the consumer Although the health care industry itself operates at a dominating level compared to its counterparts in other countries the federal government through poor management and even poorer budgeting is the party responsible for the hard to get insurance and lofty health care pricesPresident Clintons plan was to totally rework the leading health care industry in the world He called for total coverage of the people through governmentally regulated insurance companies in regional
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