Requiring citizens to spend good money to purchase questionable insurance to participate in a failed healthcare system is harsh and counterproductive.
Kate Michilman is not alone saying: "If there is an upside to the country's healthcare crisis, it is that the problem is hurtling toward a point at which it absolutely cannot be ignored without immediate and disastrous consequences. If there is an upside for me, it is this: returning to those difficult days of poverty and fear in 1969 also means returning to a place where anger inspires activism...."
The Wyden-Bennett Healthy Americans Act is a bad plan being crafted to appease entrenched insurance interests at the expense of citizens who would be forced to purchase insurance and to pay higher costs for care.
In the Wall Street Journal (April 10), Gerald F. Seib presents "A Health-Care Plan That Could Bridge the Divide."
Obstacles abound, of course. Here's a big one: Many Democrats would want to include a so-called "public option" -- that is, a health-insurance plan provided by the government itself -- alongside private insurance plans. Mr. Bennett and other conservatives are dead-set against that, arguing that the government's ability to impose cost controls doubtless would make its plan the cheapest one, sucking consumers away from private insurers and opening the way to universal government health care.
This concern for big contributor's profits over our citizens and our nations fair treatment and well being has reached a volatile point.
Everyone needs health care regardless of their circumstances.
A low cost federally operated VA style National Health Care option needs to be made available that anyone could choose to use.
People happy with their existing systems do not need to change, they can continue paying for and keeping the private system that they like.
For perhaps as many as 100 million people no practical system for health care exists, nor is a usable one being proposed.
Current health plan reform proposals will only add to the bloat that has destroyed the practicability of our current health care system.
Businesses would also benefit if they were allowed to choose between staying with their private system and switching to a new national health care system that would not force them to be involved in any way for the health services their employees receive.
A National Health Care system is needed that will care for everyone who chooses to use it, made available for free, no restrictions, no more insurance needed period.
This can only be accomplished if costs of delivery are lowered.
The Veterans Administration model could deliver healthcare to users, at a fraction of the cost per patient, of existing systems.
The service could be funded by a national sales tax. That way everybody pays for service.
Our financial disaster has demonstrated that expenses recur day after day, for everyone.
People like Kate and her family provide an example that screams that everything we are doing is inadequate, even when like Kate, you think you have a good plan and good insurance coverage.
Expenses continue for the unemployed, or for those who have lost their money through their own misfortunes.
Missteps or frauds caused by financial institutions that citizens trusted to protect their, savings, investments, and retirement accounts have also made it impossible for many people to pay for needed health care.
People among us who are just plain down on their luck or those incapable of caring for themselves also need health care and any proposed solution requiring payment from them is totally unrealistic.
Even people with good incomes are not immune from the pressures of meeting voracious continuing expenses.
It is in everyone's best interests to have a healthy population that enjoys the most comfortable, productive, and happy life possible.
A large population of infectious unhealthy citizens interacting within society is a health threat to all citizens.
Health care is too important to remain in the hands of those protecting special interests profits.
The Veteran’s Administration model, has been providing care for qualified Veterans for years, totally free, including all prescribed treatments and medications, with total transferability between regions, and it has no restrictions for any preconditions.
The VA's proven system could relieve patients of the unsolvable problems that block many from receiving care caused by preconditions, or their inability to afford the financial outlays required.
A VA style system, controlling the problems with access, cost, quality, and malpractice is THE solution for America’s healthcare problems.
The system could be jump started by using bailout money to purchase existing private systems choosing to sell to the National Healthcare System.
Building and staffing this system will provide immediate and perpetual economic stimulus's by employing millions of health care workers.
If funding is raised through a national sales tax on non essential purchases, rather than insurance premiums and co pays, demanded from patients, a giant immediate and perpetual stimulus will be provided to everyone choosing to use National Healthcare.
This would transform family money from budget busting medical funding burdens, into family discretionary income.
“What most Americans fail to realize is that recessions are much easier to weather when citizens are provided guaranteed and affordable health care. Now is the time to push for a single payer system.” Commented marc from Maryland in the NYTimes April 7, 2009 .
National Health System users will never have to pay another insurance premium, medical service co pay fee, or prescription cost.
No more medical bankruptcies, no more uninsured people denied care, no more forced dilemmas between going without food or other necessities in order to pay for needed medications or care.
This is a real stimulus for getting people back into the stores and car dealer ships and improving everyone's health and outlook.
Happy days will be here again.
The Best Care Anywhere
Ten years ago, veterans hospitals were dangerous, dirty, and scandal-ridden. Today, they're producing the highest quality care in the country. Their turnaround points the way toward solving America’s health-care crisis.By Phillip Longman
By 1998, Kizer's shake-up of the VHA's operating system was already earning him management guru status in an era in which management gurus were practically demigods. His story appeared that year in a book titled Straight from the CEO: The World's Top Business Leaders Reveal Ideas That Every Manager Can Use published by Price Waterhouse and Simon & Schuster. Yet the most dramatic transformation of the VHA didn't just involve such trendy, 1990s ideas as downsizing and reengineering.
It also involved an obsession with systematically improving quality and safety that to this day is still largely lacking throughout the rest of the private health-care system.
Menlo Park, CA
Apr 13 2009 - 11:19pm