You're right. 100%. Especially on the computerized databases... Fully in accord here. Although I'd sooner trust the govt with my records than a company (even tho I'd prefer it if neither had them).
But how does the Doc bailing on an unfavorable HMO help the patient? The only result is that the patients who have the bailed-on HMO can't see that doctor anymore. All HMO's suck. It's just degrees of suckage that's in question.
How does ensuring the health of lower income families not stimulate the economy? I don't speak here as a member of those who need health insurance, I'm as close to an impartial observer as you're going to get. I have a PPO, my insurance is great, but not everyone is lucky enough to have the chance to stay in school for as long as I and earn those nice benefits.
You want people to spend money, invest, have confidence in the finanical system... how do they do that if every last penny goes to the hospital bill? You can extend the unemployment benefits, cut taxes, put rebates on green home improvements... It's all pocket change to the hospital bill for a single broken leg or worse, a stint in the ICU. Maybe two years of chemo, radiation, hospital stays, surgery, doctor visits, and diagnostics to get rid of a tumor.
EDIT: Don't get me wrong. We agree that idiotic crap needs to be cut from the stimulus bill. We just don't agree on what constitutes idiotic crap.