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State your support for Health Care Reform

State your support for Health Care Reform

With conversation about health care reform swirling all around us… how are we supposed to keep up with it all? How and where can we voice our support?

A good place to start is HealthReform.gov, where you can Share Your Story and Ideas and State Your Support, as I just did.

For those who still mutter “bah humbug” when speaking of health care reform, know this:

* More than 80% of the uninsured are in working families.

* In the current economic crisis, even people with insurance are forgoing needed medical care, including prescription medications and doctor visits, because of inability to pay copayments and deductibles.

* People with insurance also report difficulty accessing care when they live in areas with high uninsurance rates, and physicians in these regions believe that they cannot make medical decisions in the best interest of their patients.

Not only do we all suffer the financial consequences of the uninsured and the underinsured, we quite possibly pay with our own health, when medical services and the number of physicians in our neighborhoods decline. 

This is not a crisis created only in the hearts and minds of the “bleeding hearts.” It is not a democrat thing. This is not a problem only for illegals within our shores. This is no longer simply the plight of small percentage of our population. Like it or not, this has become a problem for all of us, and it’s going to take the involvement of all of us to get to a better place. The cost of inaction is too great.

“Health care reform is no longer just a moral imperative, it is a fiscal imperative. If we want to create jobs and rebuild our economy, then we must address the crushing cost of health care this year, in this Administration.”

- President Barack Obama, White House Forum on Health Reform, 3/5/09

 

* Source:HealthReform.gov

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7:18AM PST on Nov 24, 2009

I think by making simple decisions to buy or not buy, consumers have changed entire industries — banking, travel, cell phones. A little pressure from consumers typically produces a lot of innovation that shifts products, competition, prices, quality, choices, and ultimately value. The problem with personal and corporate health insurance is that it has been built around providers, insurers, the government, employers — and not around consumers. We've ended up with spiralling costs and few consumer choices, primarily because many of the regulations and mindsets governing health care have inhibited the kind of broad-scale consumer innovation that's happened in other industries.

1:24PM PDT on Apr 27, 2009

I think if you are United States Citizen you should be able to go to any hospital in the land and ask for help without being afraid of not getting it because you don't have Insurance.
Yet people that come from other countries that have been here for a minute can free everything they want without worring about the money.
I have a friend that her mother who is from Cuba can't speak one bit of English never worked a day in the United States and she is now getting her second (2) liver and the tax payers are picking up the bill.
When I and my family came to the United States as Americans and I became ill with my appendix and we went to the publc hospital and my mother went to the office for help with the bill they told her they were sorry but we had to figure out a way to pay for my surgery. My mother went to a loan shark to get the money and it took her years and years to pay the bill off and mind you my father worked for the United States Government in the Panama, Canal Zone helping to build the Canal Locks. We were looked at as though we were garbage because we were not Cuban.

6:04PM PDT on Apr 26, 2009

Two main arguments in favor of single-payer healthcare:

THE MORAL ETHICAL ARGUMENT

Health insurance companies make their profit by denying health care to sick people. That is immoral and unethical.

THE ECONOMIC ARGUMENT

Our current system of for-profit corporate health insurance has created an unbearable economic burden on the nation. There are over 1500 separate health insurance companies operating under different sets of rules creating a 30 % administrative overhead-- Medicare overhead is only 2%.

By converting to a single payer system, we immediately save 300 billion dollars in administrative overhead.

As a nation, we are now paying twice what other countries pay for healthcare, yet we do not have universal health coverage in the US. 50 million Americans have no healthcare coverage and 87 million Americans were without health insurance at some point in the past 2 years. Almost half the bankruptcies currently filed in the US are due to medical bills.

Despite the costs we pay, the United States ranks LAST on a list of 19 industrialized nations in preventable deaths, and 29th of 37 in infant mortality. The World Health Organization ranks the US at 72nd for healthcare accessibility and efficiency. We can no longer maintain the status quo for the ways we currently provide and pay for health care.

ASK your Senators to support S 703, The American Health Security Act.

ASK your Representative to support HR 676, The United States National Health Insuranc

6:52PM PDT on Apr 24, 2009

Instead of putting the cost of health care reform on the people, the health insurance providers AND pharma companys should be re-evaluated and newly regulated. DId you know that an uninsured person pays 60-75% more for a medical procedure then someone who is insured? The healthcare providers are held hostage by the health insurers. My uninsured outpatient surgert would cost $5000. My insured surgery cost my insurer just $1500 after I pay my $1000 deductable. My medication at Walgreens cost $30 with my copay-but just $4.00 at Walmart with none. See, Walmart charges you the lesser of the 2 costs. Health INsurance premiums are also based on a shared risk. More people older-sicker-and there are now cures out there for things that never exsisted before. There you go-this is where to start. I think that all of us would be surprised at the results.

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