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President Obama: Yes, We Can... Pay for Healthcare

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President Barack Obama said Saturday he had found more than 300 billion dollars that could help his government make health care available to all Americans.

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Blue B (855)
Saturday June 13, 2009, 7:23 pm
US President Barack Obama said Saturday he had found more than 300 billion dollars that could help his government make health care available to all Americans.

The announcement means that the president’s health care reform project, estimated to cost around one trillion dollars, would be almost fully financed.

“And I have made a firm commitment that health care reform will not add to the federal deficit over the next decade,” Obama said in his weekly radio address.

He said that to keep this commitment, his administration had already identified how to pay for the 635-billion-dollar down payment on reform detailed in the budget proposal submitted to Congress earlier this year.

“So today, I am announcing an additional 313 billion dollars in savings that will rein in unnecessary spending, and increase efficiency and the quality of care - savings that will ensure that we have nearly 950 billion dollars set aside to offset the cost of health care reform over the next ten years,” the president pointed out.

The president noted the amount included over 300 billion dollars that will be saved through changes like reducing Medicare overpayments to private insurers, and rooting out waste in the Medicare and Medicaid health programs that serve the elderly and the poor, respectively.

The president wants Congress to approve his health care reform proposals by the end of the year in order to fulfill one his key campaign promises — providing health care to the 46 million Americans, some 15 percent of the population, who currently don’t have any medical coverage.

But he also wants to reduce the budget deficit by half by 2013.

Obama acknowledged that health care reform will require additional costs in the short term in order to reduce spending in the long-term.

In his address, Obama noted that Medicare and Medicaid pose one of the greatest threats to the US federal deficit, and could leave the country “with a mountain of debt” that future generations would not be able to pay.

“We cannot continue down this path,” he noted. “I do not accept a future where Americans forego health care because they can’t pay for it, and more and more families go without coverage at all.”

This video was published to YouTube on June 13, 2009.

Blue B (855)
Saturday June 13, 2009, 7:29 pm
What our President is proposing to cut will occur over a ten year period.

The current cost of health-care in the USA is two Trillion per year.

Universal Coverage encourages disease-prevention and early care preventing disease complication and management

Early care can be done in an ambulatory (out of hospital) setting a lot cheaper.

Universal coverage will discourage emergency-room care for non-emergencies issues.

Universal coverage will eliminate delayed care which is expensive.

Eliminating redundancies - over-treatment, under-treatment and inappropriate treatment should shave a big chunk of money - really big! As per a Rand study this forms 60% of current care.

Karen S (106)
Saturday June 13, 2009, 7:47 pm
Health care reform could be a wonderful idea for many Americans. The cautionary note would be that sometimes after a decent healthcare program is established, politics starts to get in the way. You end up with an overloaded system like we have in Canada with underserviced areas and under paid doctors and healthcare practicioners who end up relocating to countries who will pay them what they're worth. I do not live in a remote area in Canada and I have been established in my community for 10 years but I cannot find a family doctor who is taking new clients. I currently have to use a walk-on clinic outside my community. The services they offer me are limited because of the doctor shortage.

Blue B (855)
Saturday June 13, 2009, 7:49 pm
Karen, that's what happened in the U.K. when the Con$ervative$ took over and tried to "fix" the socialized medicine plan ...

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Saturday June 13, 2009, 7:51 pm

** 2.6 Million New Jobs,
** $317 Billion in Business Revenue,
** $100 Billion in Wages, and
** $44 Billion New Tax Revenues

The press release is here:

Here’s the study:

It’s clear that single-payer is the solution, not only in terms of providing quality care for all, but also economically!

Blue B (855)
Saturday June 13, 2009, 9:34 pm
Send your MEDICAL BILLS to Congress!!!

President Obama last week indicated that, in order to keep insurance companies "honest" and reduce costs, we must provide Americans with the option of a public health insurance plan.

Now it's time to convince Congress; and the strongest proof that our current health care system is broken is probably sitting on your kitchen table - your medical bills.

What are you spending on health care? Generate your own medical bill online, and send
it to Congress:

Today, the Senate is working on a plan for health care reform. The public health insurance option needs to be a part of it because it does three things:

* Lowers costs for individuals and families by competing side-by-side with private insurance plans
* Sets high standards for quality and accessibility that other plans will strive to meet
* Gives Americans more choice in their coverage by offering an affordable alternative to over-priced plans

Congress needs to understand what we're paying for health care. Use our tool to generate a medical bill and send it to your Senators:

After 80 years, we finally have the solution to this health care crisis in our sights. Thanks for joining us in our summer-long sprint to the finish line.

Dr. L. Toni Lewis
SEIU Healthcare

Medicare for All (Single-Payer) Reform Would Be Major Stimulus for Economy 2.6 Million New Jobs,$317 Billion in Business Revenue
First-of-Its Kind Study: Medicare for All (Single-Payer) Reform Would Be Major Stimulus for Economy 2.6 Million New Jobs,$317 Billion in Business Revenue, $100 Billion in Wages

Blue B (855)
Monday June 15, 2009, 7:00 pm
High Cost of Healthcare Puts U.S. at Bottom in Overall Quality Among Industrialized Countries

Blue B (855)
Thursday June 18, 2009, 1:28 pm
Republican Gra$$ley and the other crook$ and liar$# aren't happy unle$$ they can line their wallet$ with money that belong$ to the Americna taxpayer$ ... perhaps Gra$$ley and the RepubliCON$ "on the take" should offer to work in the Congre$$ "for free" $ince they are all paid el$ewhere (by BIG PHARMA, in$urance companie$, etc.)

Follow the Money on Health Care Reform "Right now we are the only nation on earth that barters human life for money." -- Geri Jenkins, RN, co-president of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee in her testimony Wednesday, in the one Congressional hearing at which single payer has been on the table

Medicare for All (Single-Payer) Reform Would Be Major Stimulus for Economy 2.6 Million New Jobs,$317 Billion in Business Revenue

First-of-Its Kind Study: Medicare for All (Single-Payer) Reform Would Be Major Stimulus for Economy 2.6 Million New Jobs,$317 Billion in Business Revenue, $100 Billion in Wages

Public Plan's Critics Deem It Too Affordable, Too High-Quality
Critics say that if a public plan is allowed to pay doctors and hospitals at levels comparable to Medicare's, which are substantially below commercial insurance rates, it could set premiums so low it would quickly consume the market.Why don't they get it?

Single Payer: Bold, Affordable, Humane
If you believe that every American has the right to quality, affordable health care, then the only affordable means to achieve that goal is through a properly financed, single-payer national health insurance program.

Blue B (855)
Thursday June 18, 2009, 1:28 pm
Hilarious! Remember on April Fool's Day (really), when the Republicans rolled out their “budget alternative” to Obama? It had no numbers in it, no actual budget – but it did have a nifty bubble chart of all the things they were promising to do. It was ridiculed endlessly, as it deserved. Now they try exactly the same thing with health care – affirming for everyone that THEY HAVE NO PLAN FOR HEALTH CARE, and aren’t really interested in helping to pass one. Great work, guys


[BarbinMD] Remember, it was less than three months ago, to much fanfare, that House Republicans rolled out the "Republican Road To Recovery," their alternative budget to counter President Obama's proposals ... the only thing missing from it was numbers, although it did come with really cool charts . . .


House Republicans presented a four-page outline of their health care reform plan Wednesday but said they didn’t know yet how much it would cost, how they would pay for it and how many of the nearly 50 million Americans without insurance would be covered by it. . . .

GOP releases healthcare plan; actual plan not included . . .

Blue B (855)
Thursday June 25, 2009, 8:13 am
Senate Report Finds Insurers Wrongfully Charged Consumers Billions
24 Jun 2009 Health insurers have forced consumers to pay billions
of dollars in medical bills that the insurers themselves should
have paid, according to a report released today by the staff of
the Senate Commerce Committee. The report was part of a multi-pronged
assault on the credibility of private insurers by Commerce Committee
Chairman John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.). It came at a time when
Rockefeller, President Obama and others are seeking to offer a
public alternative to private health plans as part of broad health
reform legislation. Health insurers are doing everything they
can to block the public option.

Public Health Plan Could Save Money Faster: Policy Group
A nationwide health insurance exchange that includes a Medicare-like government option could save $1.8 trillion more than if only private plans are offered, a prominent private U.S. health policy group said on Wednesday.

Blue B (855)
Saturday June 27, 2009, 8:24 am
Write to the President, every day:

Click Here For Contacting Congress State by State.

Look up your members of Congress and call them now:

Blue B (855)
Saturday June 27, 2009, 11:00 am

What Did You Sacrifice To Afford Healthcare ?
As a person who was born on the UKs National Health Service,who has been a lifelong recipient of the service,and now works within it,I see that the right wing of the USA, are telling lies about healthcare.Most Americans are going without ..something

Blue B (855)
Monday June 29, 2009, 7:57 pm
A polite way of saying that Mitch McConnell lied about wait times for surgery in a Canadian hospital.

Blue B (855)
Monday June 29, 2009, 8:23 pm
Consumer Reports Debunks Right-Wing Health Care Myths

Blue B (855)
Monday June 29, 2009, 8:34 pm
Avedon Carol had another good post on health care yesterday:

Baucus Regrets Not Including Single-Payer in the Health Care Mix

He conceded that it was a mistake to rule out a fully government-run health system, or a "single-payer plan," not because he supports it but because doing so alienated a large, vocal constituency and left Mr. Obama's proposal of a public health plan to compete with private insurers as the most liberal position.

They really are more stupid than words can convey. I mean, I realize Baucus was more interested in killing single-payer than in getting even a half-decent healthcare bill passed, but, seriously, how old do you have to be to understand haggling? And how could you fail to get the optics in this? (Except that, of course, they didn't dare bring up single-payer, or people would have had to talk about it, and people would have been defending it in public, and then they'd have to explain why they weren't getting it. And I'm not sure Yglesias is right that a single-payer plan couldn't possibly have passed. That public discussion might have made more people aware that their own legislators were standing directly in the way of their own healthcare. There has to be a point at which legislators begin to have nightmares about their heads ending up on pikes.) We really are led by morons.

Blue B (855)
Thursday July 2, 2009, 10:36 am
Health Care Reform : New HELP Bill Covers 97 Percent Of Americans, Costs $600 Billion
So health care reform WITH a public option would cost $400 billion less than reform WITHOUT a public option. Seems pretty clear which way we should go.

Update...The incoming president of the American Medical Association, Dr. J. James Rohack, said his organization now supports a public plan, after initially indicating its opposition. The AMA supports an “American model” that includes both “a private system and a public system, working together,” he said.

Blue B (855)
Thursday July 2, 2009, 5:51 pm
Republican Senator Jim DeMint Inadvertently Concedes That Public Health Insurance Option Won’t Take Over The Market

Blue B (855)
Thursday July 16, 2009, 10:58 pm
AMA backs House heathcare bill.What is so hard about using some logic here????

47 million un insured
20 million under insured
fast food companies and insurance companies making profits hand over fist. Bushes tax cuts for the rich still in effect

Subtract 10 million poor/indigent/mentally ill, etc, who are uninsured and will have to get free care = 37 mill un-insured who can pay.
18.5 million can pay $50/mo = 925,000,000
18.5 mill can pay $100 = $1,850,000,000
20 mill under insured will switch and can pay $100 = 2,000,000,000
That is a grand total of $47,750,000,000


That does'nt count the millions who'll switch from private companies if they can pay $100 or 200 per month and have their entire family covered even with pre-existing conditions.

I've also been advocating a 1penny tax on the fastfoods, foods/beverages w/ high fructose cs, and every bottle/glass of alchohol, but in thinking about it more, we should have a 1 penny federal sales tax on EVERY purchase. I can hear the opponents shouting about making the poor poorer, but my statement is 1 cent on each purchase NOT on every dollar or hundred dollars. From candy bars to fruit to big screen tv's to your house. 1 cent on everything. I'm willing to pay $50.01 for my full tank of gas if I can get affordable health care. How about y'all?

Blue B (855)
Saturday July 18, 2009, 10:33 am
Amendment to Grant States Right to Implement Single Payer Passes Committee TodayToday witnessed the landmark passage of the States Single Payer Amendment which would remove federal barriers to implementation of a single payer health care system at the state level.

President Obama: Congress Must "Seize This Opportunity" On Health Care (VIDEO)

"This is what the debate in Congress is all about: whether we'll keep talking and tinkering and letting this problem fester as more families and businesses go under and more Americans lose their coverage," Obama said Saturday in his weekly radio address

Blue B (855)
Tuesday July 21, 2009, 12:44 pm
NOTHING SECRET ABOUT IT.... The Huffington Post's Sam Stein obtained a copy of a private RNC memo, detailing the party's strategy for defeating President Obama's health care reform campaign. As Stein noted, "While documents like these commonly are passed around behind the scenes by like-minded partisans on both sides of the aisle they usually don't make their way into the public."

That's true. What I found interesting about the memo, though, was just how few surprises there were. The Republican strategy against health care reform is entirely transparent. It's like watching a football team that doesn't bother huddling to call a play in advance, but instead just tells the other team exactly what they're about to do.

Reading over the 12-page RNC memo, we learn that there are key phrases Republicans are supposed to use ...

Obama's plan for health care is deemed an "experiment" and a "risk" that could bankrupt the country and dangerously change the doctor-patient relationship.

... while trying to slow the reform process down so they can kill legislation ...

"The Republican National Committee will engage in every activity we can to slow down this mad rush while promoting sensible alternatives that address health care costs and preserve quality," the memo affirmatively declares.

... while resisting the very idea of reform itself.

As for a Republican alternative to the president's agenda, the RNC memo doesn't offer much in the way of details, save to make the argument that the status quo isn't as bad as it is being painted.

In other words, Republicans are saying the same things in private that they're saying in public -- and they're effectively daring the majority to overcome their opposition.

Blue B (855)
Sunday August 16, 2009, 2:21 pm
The brutal truth about America's healthcare vs Stephen Hawking, who said, "I wouldn't be here today if it were not for the NHS. I have received a large amount of high-quality treatment without which I would not have survived.." And a student who suddenly found himself unable to move and had to be supported by his wife would not have been able to get that sort of care in the United States at all, let alone be kept alive and allowed the time to think that made it possible for him to become *the* Stephen Hawking.
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