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Originally posted by jam321
reply to post by marg6043
I think what you said
But I got my hopes low when it comes to him as we know that the present administration that happens to be Republican has not done anything so far in 8 years to alleviate the problem.
could go back and forth all day. This is what the mods are talking about. Keep it between Obama's and McCain's plan and lets leave it at that. Not being mean just don't want other people attacking you for comments like this.
Originally posted by jam321
Obama's plan is also a might.
It might lower cost and premiums.
It might cost more than he anticipates.
It might force other companies to lower their wages and let government pick up the health care.
Finally, there is the issue of the uninsured. Obviously, the lack of universal coverage is a serious problem. But let's not confuse a lack of health insurance with a lack of health care. Single payer advocates point to the uninsured and damn the whole system. It would be more appropriate to conclude that the U.S. health care works very well for most Americans - but that reforms are still needed.
-Obama's Plan to Cover Uninsured Americans: Obama will make available a new NATIONAL HEALTH PLAN to all Americans, including the self-employed and small businesses, to buy affordable health coverage that is similar to the plan available to members of Congress. The Obama plan will have the following features:
-Guaranteed eligibility. No American will be turned away from any insurance plan because of illness or pre-existing conditions.
-Comprehensive benefits. The benefit package will be similar to that offered through Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP), the PLAN members of Congress have. The plan will cover all essential medical services, including preventive, maternity and mental health care.
-Affordable premiums, co-pays and deductibles.
-Subsidies. Individuals and families who do not qualify for Medicaid or SCHIP but still need financial assistance will receive an income-related federal subsidy to buy into the new public plan or purchase a private health care plan.
-Simplified paperwork and reined in health costs.
-Easy enrollment. The new public plan will be simple to enroll in and provide ready access to coverage.
-Portability and choice. Participants in the new public plan and the National Health Insurance Exchange (see below) will be able to move from job to job without changing or jeopardizing their health care coverage.
-Quality and efficiency. [B]Participating insurance companies in the new public program will be required to report data to ensure that standards for quality, health information technology and administration are being met.
-National Health Insurance Exchange: The Obama plan will create a National Health Insurance Exchange to help individuals who wish to purchase a PRIVATE INSURANCE PLAN. The Exchange will act as a watchdog group and help reform the private insurance market by creating rules and standards for participating insurance plans to ensure fairness and to make individual coverage more affordable and accessible. Insurers would have to issue every applicant a policy, and charge fair and stable premiums that will not depend upon health status. The Exchange will require that all the PLANS offered are at least as generous as the new public PLAN and have the same standards for quality and efficiency. The Exchange would evaluate plans and make the differences among the plans, including cost of services, public.
Originally posted by Bunch
-There is no reason why and elderly person should decide what pills they can afford and what they can't, or worst yet if they have to decide between groceries of meds.
-There is no reason why parents specially single parents should take a chance on their sons and daughters health because they are afraid of the medical bill.
- The is no reason why a person that has been laid off from work and their family should be exposed to outstanding medical bills once they loose their jobs.
With that I agree.
As an example of the extremely high U.S. drug prices, consider the cholesterol drug Lipitor, one of the best selling drugs in the world. At CVS.com, a leading U.S. pharmacy, Lipitor (40mg/90 tablets) costs $361.99. At Drugstore.com, another U.S. pharmacy, the same drug costs $335.97. While in Canada at CanadianOnlineRx.com pharmacy, the cost is $215.46, and in India at licensed pharmacy InternationalDrugMart.com, the identical generic drug costs $120.94 (Source: All costs in US$,19 May 2008, from the respective pharmacy websites
Originally posted by Alora
My point is this: I have yet to see a candidate address the issue of tax payers providing excellent coverage for those who can't afford to purchase their own plans, while we pay for ca-ca coverage for ourselves. American health care is so very broken that I don't see any real plan to heal it.
Subsidies. Individuals and families who do not qualify for Medicaid or SCHIP but still need financial assistance will receive an income-related federal subsidy to buy into the new public plan or purchase a private health care plan.
Originally posted by Cyberbian
reply to post by Bunch
Wait until you get out of the military and have your first visit to a VA facility. You will never wish to see one again, I promise you.