A Critical analysis of Obama's Health Care 'Plan' - Terrifying
by secretsquirrel, Fri Feb 22, 2008 at 02:32:50 PM EST
I've been looking at Obama's platform on health care issues and I am quite bluntly, extremely dissapointed that others have not too.
Here are some things I think that we all should be considering.
"Require that all children have health insurance; pay for it by rolling back President Bush's tax cuts for households earning over $250,000; aims for universal coverage." (note, he 'aims' for universal coverage - by 2012 - when he is leaving office.)
In the meantime, this is what he says he will do.. not much..
Require employers to provide insurance or contribute to the cost. Exempt smallest businesses. Reimburse employers for catastrophic health costs. Provide subsidies for low-income people. Create purchasing pool with choice of competing private plans and one public plan like Medicare. Expand Medicaid, State Children's Health Insurance Program.
"The main disagreement with John [Edwards] and I is John believes that we have to have mandatory insurance for everyone in order to have universal health care. My belief is that most families want health care but they can't afford it. And so my emphasis is on driving down the costs, taking on the insurance companies, making sure that they are limited in the ability to extract profits and deny coverage -- that we make sure the drug companies have to do what's right by their patients instead of simply hoarding their profits. If we do those things then I believe that we can drive down the costs for families. In fact, we've got very conservative, credible estimates that say we can save families that do have health insurance about a thousand dollars a year, and we can also make sure that we provide coverage for everybody else." (But, they make no promises HOW MUCH IT WILL COST, many states have high risk pools, but coverage in them is often thousands of dollars a month. And often these plans do not provide drug coverage. Drugs can cost some people huge amounts of money.)
According to a number of recent studies, MEDICAL COSTS are the highest, and FASTEST RISING cause of bankruptcy in the US. Obama makes a number of good suggestions on how he might help address some of those costs, for example, he proposes to make purchasing prescription drugs from overseas legal.
"And we do provide mandatory health care for children."
But that is not enough. People are dying FROM THE STRESS..
Suicides in the 40-60 age group are way up, and I would say that the fear of medical costs and becoming a burden on ones family is one of the reasons.
You can read more about Obama's healthcare inadequacies in this paper
"Quality Affordable Health Care for All by the End of Barack Obama's First Term in Office"
NO NO NO... This won't do...