I haven’t done too much research into Obama’s health care plan, but it is obvious to just about everyone that many people have strong opinions about it. Most of us can agree that something needs to be done, it just seems that we can’t agree about what should be done.
How Socialized healthcare has worked out for Canada
This video takes a look at the process that Canadians go through in order to get basic healthcare. If you don’t have time to watch the video, basically two guys document their journey to get health care for a minor injury. They encounter hours and hours of waiting, a tremendously inefficient process, and ultimately government workers suggesting that they try the “private” healthcare alternative. I would love it if any Canadian readers can confirm or deny what they see in the video.
Assuming what it mentioned in the video is true, it is a little frightening to think that we might be headed towards a system like that.
10 myths of healthcare reform
CBS news had an article that sought to dispel 10 of the most common myths about the health care reform bill from both the republicans and democrats. As with all of this stuff you need to take it with a grain of salt, everyone seems to have their own angle on healthcare reform. These are the 10 myths and an abbreviated explanation of each (you can read the whole thing in the original article)…
1. The House Health Care Bill Mandates or Encourages Euthanasia
There is nothing in any health care reform bill before Congress that would require people to “decide how they wish to die.” Conservative talking points from activists and legislators, however, would suggest otherwise.
2. Americans Will Lose Their Private Insurance
The legislation in both the House and the Senate, however, would actually prohibit many people with employer-based insurance from switching to the public option, even if they wanted to.
3. You Will Be Able to Keep Your Plan
On the flip side, Mr. Obama has made a strong commitment to let people keep the plans they have. “Here’s a guarantee that I’ve made,” the president said at the AARP tele-town hall conference. “If you have health insurance that you like, then you will be able to keep that insurance.”
4. The Blue Dogs Are Primarily Interested in Cutting Government Costs in Health Care Reform
5. The Health Care Legislation Mandates Taxpayer Dollars Pay for Abortions
Mr. Obama told CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric in July that “I’m pro-choice, but I think we also have the tradition in this town, historically, of not financing abortions as part of government-funded health care.”
6. Health Care Reform Will Be Paid For
“Health insurance reform cannot add to our deficit over the next decade, and I mean it,” Mr. Obama has said on numerous occasions. In a setback for Mr. Obama, however, the CBO subsequently said that creating such a commission would produce only about $2 billion in savings over 10 years — a relatively small figure for a reform plan expected to cost around $1 trillion.
7. Cuts to Medicare?
Republicans have blasted Democrats for planning cuts to Medicare, a program that benefits millions of seniors. President Obama has insisted that there will be no reductions to benefits. Technically, Republicans are right that health care reform plans include cuts to Medicare’s projected budget; however, Mr. Obama has given specific examples of how cuts can be made by rooting out waste from the program.
8. Americans Don’t Want a Government-Run Health Care Plan
A CBS/ New York Times poll from late July shows that, even though doubts have grown in recent months about Mr. Obama’s health care proposals, 66 percent of Americans still want the government to provide a health insurance plan like Medicare to compete with private health insurers.
Americans will not face “rationing” in health care any more than they do now. While a public plan would not be able to cover all procedures, private insurance plans do not either.
10. A Health Care Bill Will Bring Quick Changes
“Most of these changes would be phased in over several years,” he said. “So it’s not as if you’re going to wake up tomorrow and suddenly the health care system is all changed completely. We are going to phase this in, in an intelligent, deliberate way.”
Understanding the health care problems to find the solution
As I spent a couple hours wading through all the information out there, I must say it is VERY difficult to find anything that is even remotely unbiased. It seems every article you read, or video you watch has a spin on it and most of them are extreme. To make things more difficult, the whole healthcare crisis is so complicated that is really is difficult to see what’s really going on.
Personally, I tend to lean towards the side of minimizing government involvement, but I also realize that we have a mess on our hands. It’s affecting patients who need health care, businesses who can’t afford to provide insurance for their employees, insurance companies trying to make a profit, and doctors who want to give their patients the best possible care.
Your thoughts? Do you think the proposed health care reform plans will fix the problems?