Well, sure, but when you begin the discussion with how Relion is an example of how we are the problem by, and I'll definitely be diplomatic here, not buying a product "like" Relion, then it is incumbent upon you to clearly demonstrate why your position is devoid of philosophical/ethical/ideological/political/ other problems if feel like these points are to be made in a different thread. I don't think you did that, especially given Mike's points.
The bottom line is this, if we are to divorce ourselves completely from the insurance option which is really one of the few limited options we are left with if we, as the healthcare consumer, are to accept responsibility for the problem, then there has to be a viable and equivalent option for us to turn to.
There simply isn't at this time. While going for the most inexpensive option, like Relion products, helps our own pocketbook, what it effectively does is force us to turn back the clock 20 years on advances in Diabetes care. I mean, IF, I could get something like an Omnipod for 1/10 the price, or even 1/2 the price without insurance, I'm all over it.
Unfortunately, our market share is simply too small to support R&D on Diabetes management if we were simply it leave it all to market forces. If we left it to market forces, Relion would all we be left with and I have no faith in the likes of Wal-Mart to have my best interest in mind any more than I have faith in insurance companies.
If I have to go to insurance, I'm comforted by the notion that while many others are subsidizing my choice, they are at least choosing to do so as I am choosing to subsidize their choices by purchasing insurance.
So, really, it's just a crap ton of IF's.
If if were a fifth, we'd all be drunk.