Healthcare Questions for the President?

Later this afternoon, the White House will be holding a conference call with bloggers on the topic of healthcare. Barack Obama, as well as some of his senior advisors, will be on the call. If I get called on, what should I ask the President on the topic of healthcare?

Tags: Barack Obama, Healthcare (all tags)



Re: Healthcare Questions for the President?

Ask him why both he and David Cutler have lied in regards to illegal aliens being covered.

by TheLonewackoBlog 2009-07-20 12:54PM | 0 recs
You mean they WILL cover illegal aliens

well, good, cause that's what universal healthcare does.

by DTOzone 2009-07-20 01:49PM | 0 recs
Why the bigotry?

That's all your question, and source, amounts to.

Twice while on long-term stays in England, I required healthcare.

The wait -- even for this American -- a couple days.

The price? About $20, for what would have been thousands of dollars of healthcare in the U.S.

There are serious health public health and common sense reasons for covering all residents. For one instance, legal or illegal residents with untreated communicable diseases endanger the entire population.

It's not only humane to offer healthcare to everyone who lives and works in America, it protects our citizens.

But the above poster would apparently rather cuddle up with bigotry and racism than common sense and humanitarianism.

by judybrowni 2009-07-20 01:54PM | 0 recs
Re: Why the bigotry?

Ignoring your sleazy attempt to claim "bigotry", the U.S. isn't sending millions of citizens to England because we can't take care of them. And, Mexico will help even more of their citizens move to the U.S., eventually swamping the system. Instead of, for instance, realizing that supporting UHC at the same time as supporting enforcing our laws, you attempt to hide your incredibly childlike policy ideas behind a smear.

by TheLonewackoBlog 2009-07-20 05:35PM | 0 recs
Read the bill

and not some stupid website.

For instance, if you had read the bill and discussion of it around here, you'd know that the House bill covers 97% of Americans, not 100%, leaving 9 million of the 45 million out.

In fact, according the the Census Bureau, there are only about 36 million uninsured Americans.

45 million - 35 million = 9 million.

by DTOzone 2009-07-20 05:53PM | 0 recs
Re: Why the bigotry?

I have no idea whether you are a bigot or not, but you are ignorant of what is driving healthcare costs. The crisis is systemic, including  monopoly rents by health insurance companies which lack competition, a lack of rational use of healthcare services, pricing which is not based on negotiation but instead artificially raised due to private sector efforts to block import of inexpensive drugs amongst other factors. Even the boogieman of claiming that it is about lawsuits is inaccurate. In the states in which there are caps, the increase is still occurring at several times the rate of inflation:

I do not have a link but I do remember that California for example's total cost of immigrants is 10 bil a year. That's only with healthcare as a subset of that number. Healthcare cost amounts to 15 percent of GDP. That's roughly  2.4 tril a year, which is expected to increase to 20 percent of GDP in the next decade alone.

Ca represents approximately around probably 3 mil of the illegal immigrant population. You do the math about what this means when we realize there are 11 mil illegals total in the country for what that number combined can be extrapolated (using your common sense if you have any) regarding the cost of 2.4 tril.  As a percentage, as I said,w e could eliminate all illegals today, and it would remain the same in terms of trajectory. We have an aging population that has not ever worked to address the fundamental systemic problems. In fact, this is the first time in 15 years that anyone is even trying, and in 1993 it was already in near crisis mode. The rest of the advanced world dealt with this issue in decades ago. Thus, they see despite also having immingrant populations costs that are 2/3s ours such as in France.  

Here's a generally good link.

Here's one to the common right wing boogieman of law suits as well since I imagine you also buy into other red herrings thrown out by fellow wingers:

""And according to the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy, Medicare spending in Texas rose 24 percent in the three years after the state capped malpractice awards. In Dallas, it went up 27 percent during the same period, 2003 to 2006."


""It's still early," he said of the Texas spending climate in the wake of liability caps. "Defensive medicine practices are learned early in a doctor's career. It takes awhile to change that."

A team at the University of Alabama looked into this last year. Their survey of studies related to malpractice insurance, defensive medicine and consumer health insurance premiums looked at 27 states with limits on non-economic damages, including Texas.

No savings

Their conclusion - "Tort reforms have not led to health care cost savings for consumers" - was published in the December issue of Health Sciences Review.

"It's had a really small effect, or else it doesn't seem to change defensive medicine," said Michael Morrisey, a professor of health economics and health insurance and the director of the university's Lister Hill Center for Health Policy." dws/bus/columnists/jlanders/stories/DN-L anders_21bus.State.Edition1.9be351.html

This is all to say- if we did everything the right wants us to do- we would still be screwed because the right is nothing but smoke and mirrors. We are facing a situation that involves market failure.

by bruh3 2009-07-20 06:38PM | 0 recs
Re: Healthcare Questions for the President?

If your health care plan can't get through Congress now, would you come back with a smaller and more incremental plan this fall?

by esconded 2009-07-20 01:02PM | 0 recs

Does the White House support including provisions in the health care bill advancing LGBT equality in health care, such as the House version has been reported to include? Will the White House demand these provisions be included in the final bill?

by mcc 2009-07-20 01:14PM | 0 recs
Re: Healthcare Questions for the President?

What has been the progress with negotiations with the house blue dogs and their attempt to water down the bill?

Will we be able to rely on them at any point in this process...

by LordMike 2009-07-20 01:49PM | 0 recs
Re: Healthcare Questions for the President?

Why is single payer off the table? Why do we need ANY Republican votes?

by antiHyde 2009-07-20 01:59PM | 0 recs
Re: Healthcare Questions for the President?

Why are the subsidies not for higher brackets upto 100k rather than where it is? Starting  a phase out after 100k. Or, why is it not specific to regions- ie, it cost more to live in NYC than say small town USA. Why do they not legislate to reflect differentials in costs based on location?

by bruh3 2009-07-20 02:05PM | 0 recs
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I can answer that one... cost... it's purely a measure of cost...

by LordMike 2009-07-20 02:25PM | 0 recs
Re: Healthcare Questions for the President?

why couldn't they create a cost differential that reflects cost of living based on location- for example a lower base overall, but shift according to location to a higher amount based on location, say if its a small country down start the decrease at 50k, but if it is a big city, go up to 100k. I understand your point about cost, but right now, it really does seem that a certain income bracket whetehr it is healthcare or education always gets killed with these sorts of bills. Just enough money to have them take a lot taxes, but not enough to have tax advantages or take advantage of those for lower brackets. It sucks.

by bruh3 2009-07-20 02:31PM | 0 recs
Re: Healthcare Questions for the President?

Why has Medicare-for-all not being considered, even though we have an existing infrastructure that is proven efficient, when all it would require is perhaps a small tax hike in the amount that is already taken out? It doesn't mean that the private insurance companies have to go away, but it would provide a "public-option" while also perhaps addressing the solvency issue.

by SocialDem 2009-07-20 02:13PM | 0 recs
Re: Healthcare Questions for the President?

Ask him whether the 2013 date could be pushed back.

by slinkerwink 2009-07-20 02:29PM | 0 recs
Re: Healthcare Questions for the President?

back or up?

by bruh3 2009-07-20 02:31PM | 0 recs
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up--otherwise we could have the Romney Administration (if Obama is a one-termer) kill it.

by esconded 2009-07-20 02:57PM | 0 recs
Re: Healthcare Questions for the President?

I think a reasonable time schedule is to be expected. I don't know if 2013 is that date, but certainly it is not going to happen in a year or 2 even if they do move up the date.

by bruh3 2009-07-20 03:03PM | 0 recs
I asked someone about this

friend of mine who works for Frank Pallone in NJ who I used to use as a source when I worked for ABC...the reason has to do with keeping it deficit neutral...the earliest they could get it up and running and not have it add to the deficit is Jan 1, 2013. The earliest they believe they could get it up and running would be 18 months after enactment, so July 1, 2011 (bill enaction is estimated to be Jan 1, 2010), but the cost to run the public option for that year and a half would add to the deficit.

The reason it needed to be deficit neutral, other than getting Blue Dog votes, is because if it wasn't deficit neutral, it could not be passed by reconciliation in the Senate, so it's to keep that option open...also, it could be subject to a point of order in the Senate because it spends on a deficit, but my friend tells me he's not sure about that since he works on the House interesting to investigate.

Whether Obama is a one termer or not, the public option will still be launched while he's still President since he wouldn't leave office until 20 days after the public option is launched.

I asked this because I thought it was interesting that they would enact it AFTER a reelection campaign...wouldn't they want to run on it?

by DTOzone 2009-07-20 04:33PM | 0 recs
Re: Healthcare Questions for the President?

Ask him why he believes there is such controversy and animosity towards single payer? Since it is something that will clearly help curb costs and help to cover everyone, why are so many in congress set against it?

by nikkid 2009-07-21 06:13AM | 0 recs
Re: Healthcare Questions for the President?

another question I would seems one argument on behalf of drs to help curb costs is to control lawsuits and the fact that they have to over insure themselves and over prescribe tests - why are democrats against curbing lawsuits, putting limits on them in order to help control these costs?

by nikkid 2009-07-21 06:15AM | 0 recs
Re: Healthcare Questions for the President?

Sorry - one last question. In the primary, he sold us on the fact that the whole could be paid for by taxing the rich (over $250,000/year) and cutting costs through technology. Was that a myth?

by nikkid 2009-07-21 06:17AM | 0 recs
That's still the plan

the whole thing will be paid for by taxing the rich and cutting costs...the problem is Democrats in Congress who don't want to tax the rich.

by DTOzone 2009-07-21 08:45AM | 0 recs


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