Allen L. Roland 8/21/09
With 41% of Americans strongly disapproving President Obama's performance ( Rasmussen Poll ) it's apparent that Americans are developing a growing case of buyers remorse. The Afghanistan build up, Wall Street Bail Out versus Main Street and Single pay health reform are three issues which leave many Americans feeling betrayed, unlistened to and remorseful about Obama:
Wikipedia defines Buyer's remorse as an emotional condition whereby a person feels remorse or regret after a purchase.
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday, August 16, shows that 32% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-one percent (41%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of - 9. ( This is a drastic shift in sentiment over the past two months )
Buyer's remorse can also be the term given to the feeling a person often gets after making a large investment or emotional commitment to change ~ as millions of Americans felt in 2008. Although excited at the time of victory with the election of Obama on a platform of promised change ~ many people, including myself, are now feel Buyers Remorse in that nothing has apparently really changed.
The military Industrial complex is still in firm control and it's business as usual as far as Congress being out of touch with the people's desires and far more responsive to special interest groups.
Nowhere is this more evident than in Healthcare reform. The Obama administration has refused to consider Single pay and is now dropping broad hints that they may even back away from the Public Option.
HR 676 provides for Universal healthcare coverage for those of us who want it. HR 676 is only 30 pages long and it takes about 10 minutes to read.
Here are some of the main features of HR676:
Pg 4 - your social security number will not be used for identification - each patient will have his or her unique number.
- this coverage is optional, not mandatory. In order to receive coverage one needs to fill out a brief application form not to exceed 2 pages and these application forms will be available at the doctor's office.
Pg 6 - portability - coverage is available nationwide.
- there are no deductibles, co-payments or cost-sharing.
Pg 7 - for-profit providers deciding to convert to non-profit status shall be compensated during a 15 year period (to ease the transition).
Pg 9 - Patients shall have freedom of choice in choosing their physicians, clinicians, hospitals and in-patient facilities.
- the sale of health insurance for additional benefits not covered in the Act will still be allowed to continue (this gives insurance companies an opportunity to be creative because not only is cosmetic surgery not covered, many complementary modalities are also not covered)
Pg 12- this covers the different payment options for providers including fee-for-service and salaried positions.
Pg 14- great news for providers - interest shall be paid to providers who are not reimbursed within 30 days.
Pg 17- Non-institutional care will be encouraged - every effort will be made to provide long-term care in a home or community setting (as opposed to nursing homes).
- mental health services will be covered.
Pg 18- generic medications will be encouraged but the use of brand names and off-formulary medications will be allowed. Clinicians and patients may petition their regional director to add more pharmaceuticals.
Pg 19- this explains how our healthcare will be funded. This includes a personal tax increase in the top 5% of earners.
Pg 24- what about all the clerical workers in the insurance industries who could lose their jobs as a result of this healthcare reform? The provisions listed on page 24 provides a generous compensation called employment transition benefits that are equal to the last 12 months salary but are not to exceed $100,000.00 per year.
Pg 25- electronic medical records. Patients have a right to keep any of their medical records separate from their electronic medical record. There are privacy and confidentiality issues here - however, there are some patients who will welcome some crucial info being on an electronic record. Take for example, a drug allergy. If someone gets rushed to a hospital and is injured or too sick to remember their allergies, they might want to have that on record - it could make a difference between life and death. On the other hand, if you feel uneasy having any of your medical information on an electronic record, you can keep all of it off of the electronic record. Wouldn't it be nice for all of us to have this freedom of choice?
Pg 26- there is a provision for board oversight, and one of their responsibilities will be to ensure that there are adequate staffing levels.
Here is a four minute Video of a Dennis Kucinich HealthCare briefing in Washington, DC which fully explains the merits and necessity for HR 676. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWXRwrYa4oU
Over 60% of physicians favor single payer healthcare for a very good reason...
Friday, August 21, 2009WE’RE MAD AS HELL!
Here is what they have to say:
"We're mad as hell because our health care system is run by people who profit from illness" says Dr. Paul Hochfeld, lead Mad As Hell Doctor and producer of the documentary '
"The public option is a trap." Hochfeld continues. "It sounds very reasonable, but the problem with it, no matter what the final bill looks like, is that it will continue to allow private medical insurance companies to dictate America's public health policies. And that's just plain wrong."
The rest of the story is HERE.
So,I decided to check out HR 676. First, it has only 30 pages, a definite improvement over the 1017 pages of HR 3200. Next, the contents are laid out in an orderly and logical fashion and include how it will be funded.
Everyone is covered, period. You will fill out a form and then get a card. You will be able to go to any doctor anywhere in the country. Doctors and medical facilities will remain privately owned but must be nonprofit and cannot be investor owned. All necessary medical procedures are covered, including eye care and dental care. There are no deductibles and no co-pays. Anything not covered by the universal plan can be offered in coverage by a private insurance company which would be things like plastic surgery.
There would be an operating budget that would be divided to cover actual medical costs and then capital improvement costs to ensure a high level of health care delivery. Physicians will be offered payment options to best suit their needs.
Long term care needs will be provided for and it is calling for what should have been part of Medicare long ago; to focus on providing coverage for in-home care or community based care as opposed to institutional care.
The only thing I would criticize in this bill is in the prescription drug provisions. I have personally had a problem with the issue I’m about to discuss in regard to my private insurance (when I had it) as I’m sure others have had. There have also been comments about the same problem with public health entities like Medicare.
The problem is the formularies used that lean heavily toward generics. While this works fine in most cases, there are certain people, certain drugs and certain conditions that require this plan to be flexible enough to make medically necessary exceptions for patient safety and well-being. These include thyroid conditions, seizure disorders and heart conditions. I think I’ll send an email to one of the bill’s co sponors about this issue.
A downloadable version of this bill can be found HERE and I promise you, you don’t need a law degree or a medical degree to read it.
And when you have doctors backing it, well, I’ll give the last word to another of the Mad As Hell Docs:
"People need to understand what single-payer is--and isn't," says Dr. Mike Huntington, a radiologist from Corvallis, Oregon and fellow Mad As Hell Doctor. "It isn't Socialism, any more than police and fire are Socialism. And it doesn't require any more money. Simply put, single-payer is a way to take current premium payments that go to a thousand different private insurance companies, and redirect them into a single, public fund that insures everyone. That's all it is. But when we do this, lots of wonderful things happen, not the least of which is to save Americans 500 billion dollars a year starting day one. That's billion - with a 'b.' America needs this information. That's why we're taking the tour."
To find out when they’ll be in a city near you, go HERE.
David- 1 hour ago - 1payer.net