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Christango -- Yes I agree that BernieCare does not specifically outlaw private insurance. However, the terms of the law make it virtually impossible for a private insurer to exist because as the terms of the proposed law state, everyone pays into BernieCare...individuals and employers. If you want to set up a private practice for doing such things as cosmetic surgery not covered under BernieCare, yes you can do that. There are potentially many customers appealing to one's vanity. But if you want to set up a private practice for all the same things covered under BernieCare, it does not excuse you from making payments into Bernie Care.
No one, not Bernie or anyone else is touting the idea that a private practice can co-exist side by side BernieCare. It is not economically feasible. BernieCare closes all the loopholes that allow private practices to exist in places like Canada. It could theoretically be done, but it would only cater to the super rich who could in fact afford the costs. It would not be affordable to the average American...maybe only the top 1 percent or less or those rich enough to retain fulltime private doctors.
Finally I am not engaging in a dishonest debate. What I said is the consensus of all politicians and healthcare providers. Single Payer means single payer after the four year transition period. Anyone who believes that BernieCare can co-exist with their employer provided health care plan or any plan offered in the Affordable Care Act website is woefully misinformed.
You have been on this website for a short period. I have engaged you on a few items, but now I think I am done. I enjoy discussions with informed members, and we disagree a lot on issues. I have wondered about your motives since you came on, and I have given you the benefit of the doubt. You can continue engaging with others, but I will not get caught up in a trivial pursuit.