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Why the rush on Health Care Reform? “Families are being Clobbered”

Why the rush on Health Care Reform? “Families are being Clobbered”

When it comes to health care reform, the consequences of inaction are almost unimaginable. 

The United States spends more on health care than other countries, and costs to families are rising three times faster than wages that have stagnated, partly due to health care costs borne by employers. We keep hearing it because it is true — the status quo is unsustainable.

In a televised press conference, when asked why he felt it necessary to rush and to impose a deadline for health care reform, President Obama replied, “I am rushed because I get letters every day from families who are being clobbered by health care costs. In a country like ours, that’s not right. If you don’t set deadlines in this town, nothing gets done.”

When it comes to fears of the rising deficit, the president assured Americans that he will not sign a bill that adds to the deficit and that cost savings included in the bills will actually help to lower the deficit. He also said that he would not sign a bill that would be paid for on the backs on middle class families, or does not slow the growth of health care costs in the long run.

The basic idea, he said, is that in this country, if you want health care, you should be able to get affordable health care. Without a single-payer system, he believes that 97-98 percent of the population would be covered under the bills currently working their way through congress. Also included are protections from the insurance industry practice of canceling the insurance of policy holders who get sick and exclusions for pre-existing conditions.

Like the rest of us, the President is also frustrated with partisan politics and the drive for political gain over the need for crafting the best possible health care reform bills. “It’s not about me. I have great health insurance and so does every member of congress… The American people need some relief.”

Congress has much work to do. It may not get done by the August recess as originally planned, but the President is still looking toward passage of a meaningful health care reform bill this year.

The American people do need relief. Despite the bad economy, the cost of doing nothing will be greater in the long run. We’ve already put this off for far too long. Maybe this will be the year that we begin to heal.

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7:51PM PDT on Oct 14, 2009

I have no idea where those characters came from it should have read Page 19 of the committee’s "plain English text says: "The Secretary and/or states would do the following …..

Sorry about that.

7:45PM PDT on Oct 14, 2009

Roberta C. your a brave sole. I am amazed that knowing what we now know that anyone is still arguing for this attempt at wealth re-distribution ah I mean health care reform. I quit posting to this as it became obvious that the only argument for Insurance reform (I guess if it has a different name it sounds better?) is that any one against it must be a sub par person. Stating facts seem not to count for much.

You hang in there Roberta as there may be those undecided people that need to be aware of the facts reading this. They should be told the truth as we know they will not get it from the Lame Stream Media.

By any chance have you had been able to read any of the newest Bill? Page19 of the committee’s “plain English” text says: “The Secretary and/or states would do the following: ... Enable customers to enroll in health care plans in local hospitals, schools, Departments of Motor Vehicles, local Social Security offices, and other offices designated by the state.”

What is happening to our great country????????

8:26AM PDT on Sep 10, 2009

No, Ray, by "we" I mean the people who voted.

Again, you attack the person not the facts. And please, stop lumping me with the Republican party.

If you want to make changes, you start a grass roots movement to elect a canadate you approve of. Hence, my comment on voting for the positions and proposals of the PERSON, not the party.

I do wish the people on this site would do more research into socialism. Health care reform that is being forced on us is all part of what is necessary to turn us into a socialized nation. Instead, you choose to attack persons to focus away from the truth of what is really going on. Slight of hand. I have no interest in health insurance (financial). I have children who are disabled; and work as a volunteer with medically fragile children; hence 7 years of schooling on the subject of health care. I own my own business, have employees and provide health insurance. so I do have a "dog in this fight" but not at all n the way you are picturing me. It is not your business how I make my money; but you have repeatedly baited me.
check out this site on the USPS, which is different from most federal agencies http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/consumerawareness/a/uspsabout.htm answers why it can make money.

3:22PM PDT on Sep 9, 2009

Roy, after reading through these posts, I have come to the conclusion that maybe it's a waster of time for you to try to debate with certain people (Roberta). They tend to make statements and then use opposing facts to "prove" their point. It's better to spend time on someone capable of a logical thought. In that vein, I have heard that their new idea of reform (and it looks like they are all hot on this idea) is to force us all to buy insurance and then fine us up to $3800 a year if you don't buy it, not offering us anything in return. Now it's time to take some real action, but I am not sure of how. I live in a state where every last one of our representatives is a totally regressive idiot (I have letters from them to prove it) so emails and letters will do no good. What else, lacking this, can we do that will actually make a difference? I would like a reply as this is starting to look really ugly.

6:01AM PDT on Sep 8, 2009

And by "we" do you mean the health insurance company you work for or the voices in your head?

4:48AM PDT on Sep 8, 2009

Support Obama! No way, I voted for the issues, not the party. Repubs are as bad as the dems on spending, which, I repeat, is why we threw the bums out.

8:56AM PDT on Sep 7, 2009

No, some specialists repeat tests because they can then bill for them. They have done it with me numerous times. Eliminating such unnecessary tests is one way to lower costs a little bit. We need at least a public option to lower health costs significantly, perhaps by 20%.

And Roberta, with the comments you post, nobody in their right mind would believe you had anything to do with getting Obama or any Democratic congressman elected, so don't start claiming you "through the bums out (repubs)".

3:35AM PDT on Sep 6, 2009

The only time a specialist would repeat a test is when the results (films) are not clear. Any Dr who repeatedly asks for tsts to be repeated will be banded from receiving funds for those tests if insurance companies are paying. I have had Dr have to repeat tests, and they have to be very clear WHY they are, both to me and the insurance companies; so that just will nto fly.
Tests, studies adn results are evolving all the time; one reason why we have such high health care costs which is often overlooked. it is not bad medicine; we are just learning every day.
And to say that BO is NOT acting aggressively with HEALTH CARE! That is stupid; he tried to get it passed before anyone read the bill.
NOONE has said we agreed with Bush's spending, that is why we through the bum's out (repubs) BUT; here are the facts:
¡áPresident Bush expanded the federal budget by a historic $700 billion through 2008. President Obama would add another $1 trillion.¡áPresident Bush began a string of expensive finan¡©cial bailouts. President Obama is accelerating that course.¡áPresident Bush increased federal education spending 58 percent faster than inflation. Presi¡©dent Obama would double it.¡áPresident Bush became the first President to spend 3 percent of GDP on federal antipoverty programs. President Obama HAS ALREADY INCREASED this spending by 20 percent. These numbers INCLUDE the wars. This is from the Washington POST.

9:44PM PDT on Sep 5, 2009

EDIT: trillion

9:43PM PDT on Sep 5, 2009

Jeffie W-As usual, your numbers are nonsense.The "war on Terror" has cost, by some estimates, over a billion dollars. that was bush's watch.



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