“We now face an opportunity — and an obligation — to turn the page on the failed politics of yesterday's health care debates… My plan
begins by covering every American. If you already have health insurance, the only thing that will change for you under this plan is the amount of
money you will spend on premiums. That will be less. If you are one of the 45 million Americans who don't have health insurance, you will have it
after this plan becomes law. No one will be turned away because of a preexisting condition or illness.”
— Barack Obama, Speech in Iowa City, IA, May 29, 200
Let's analyze this.
first point. He says that his plan begins by covering every American. Then he says that if you already have insurance...wait a minute if you already
have insurance then[ b]his plan doesn't cover all Americans.
Second point- he says that if you already have insurance that you will spend less on premiums.
Reduce Health Care Costs
Obama’s plan will bring down the cost of health care and reduce a typical family’s premiums by as much as $2,500 per year.
Where did he get this figure.
For instance, the mailer says Obama's plan will save the average family $2,500 per year. That estimate comes from several Harvard professors
who examined the plan at the Obama campaign's request.
No where on his site do I see a promise or guarantee that premiums will be reduced. As you can see it doesn't say you will save $2500 on premiums, it
says it will reduce the cost of health care AND
premiums by $2500. Leaves you wondering how much goes to reduce cost of health care and how
much goes to reduce the premiums.
Most important point- If you are one of the 45 million Americans who don't have health insurance, SAY WHAT
....we went from covering all
Americans ( about 300 million) to 45 million.
Let's see. About 84% of Americans have insurance and 16% don't Obama calls it universal coverage but it only covers 45 or 50 million Americans
without health care. He still plans to keep Medicaid and SCHIP.
Expansion Of Medicaid and SCHIP: Obama will expand eligibility for the Medicaid and SCHIP programs and ensure that these programs continue to
serve their critical safety net function.
Look I am all for covering every child in the United States and would be willing to pay the taxes for the children. But I see no reason why my taxes
should subsidize other people health care and I am left paying my own bill with no help. This is a plan where only a few will benefit. Similar to
other government programs that subsidize rent, subsidize utilities, and welfare in general.
I think the government would be better off finding ways to reduce health care cost which relates to the high cost of premiums. If they did this
premiums would be cheaper so more people can afford health care plans.
Before you start bashing McCain's plan in here
Indeed, perhaps the most significant reason Americans are drowning in health care debt may shock you: Americans are getting far too much
unnecessary care. Of our total $2.3 trillion health care bill last year, a whopping $500 billion to $700 billion was spent on treatments, tests, and
hospitalizations that did nothing to improve our health.
, I will say this. His plan is a subsidize freebie also and it sucks. The difference is that
Obama calls his universal coverage for every American when it really isn't. I am not bashing Obama in any way. Most of this comes from his own
I just don't believe his plan is good for America because it comes at the expense of the American taxpayers. If you think otherwise, state your
reason and let's have a healthy debate. If you just plan to smear Obama or McCain, there are many other threads to do that. Although I don't agree
with either plan I still think they deserve respect for at least attempting to address the issue.