Here are 13 problems with the current health care bills (with my personal thoughts)

My thoughts on Michael Moore's diary:

1. No cost controls on insurance companies. The coming sharp increases in premiums, deductibles, co-pays, co-insurance, etc. will quickly outpace any projected protections from caps on out-of-pocket costs.

WTF

2. Insurance companies will continue to be able to use marketing techniques to cherry-pick healthier, less costly enrollees.

WTF

3. No restrictions on insurance denials of care that insurers don't want to pay for. In case you missed it, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee uncovered data on the California Department of Managed Care website recently that found six of the biggest California insurers rejected, on annual average, more than one-fifth of all claims every year since 2002.

WTF

4. No challenge to insurance company monopolies, especially in the top 94 metropolitan areas, where one or two companies dominate, severely limiting choice and competition.

WTF

5. A massive government bailout for the insurance industry through the combination of the individual mandate requiring everyone not covered to buy insurance, public subsidies which go for buying insurance, no regulation on what insurers can charge, and no restrictions on their ability to decide what claims to pay.

WTF

6. No controls on drug prices. The White House deal with Big Pharma, which won bipartisan approval in the Senate Finance Committee, opposes the use of government leverage to negotiate real cost controls on inflated drug prices.

WTF

7. No single standard of care. Our multi-tiered system remains with access to care still determined by ability to pay.

WTF

8. Tax on comprehensive insurance plans. That will encourage employers to reduce benefits, shift more costs to employees, promote proliferation of bare-bones, high-deductible plans, and lead to more self-rationing of care and medical bankruptcies.

WTF

9. Not universal. Some people will remain uncovered, including those exempted, and undocumented workers, denying them treatment, exposing everyone to communicable diseases and inflating health care costs.

WTF

10. No definition of covered benefits.

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11. No protection for our public safety net. Public hospitals and clinics will continue to be under-funded and a dumping ground for those the private system doesn't want. Public monies going to hospitals serving low-income communities will be shifted to subsidies for private insurance.

WTF

12. Long delay in implementation. Many reforms don't go into effect until 2013.

WTFWTF

13. Nothing changes in basic structure of the system; health care remains a privilege, not a right.

WTFWTFWTFWTFWTF

We may be slow learners, but the rest of the industrial world has figured it out: Universal, single-payer or national health care systems. That's the reason why all those other countries cover everyone, have better patient outcomes, cause no one to declare bankruptcy or lose their homes because of medical bills, and spend less than half per capita on health care than we do.

We could do it too, by reducing the starting age for Medicare from 65 to 0. There's still time to act.

Call on your Congress member to support the vote coming up on the House floor on the Anthony Weiner amendment to protect, expand and improve Medicare for All. Senators have the same opportunity in a vote on Senate bill 703, being offered as a floor amendment by Senator Bernie Sanders.

Democrats must also ensure that whatever bill passes includes a provision enabling states to set up their own single-payer systems. These votes are the true litmus tests of the Democrats' commitment to guaranteeing health care for all, and finally solving our health care crisis.



Truly dumbfounding! I do not know what to say other then WTF! Is anyone else really mad about this?

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Comment by Wesley on September 30, 2009 at 12:32am
I have the solution.... Get Walmart into the health insurance and pharmaceutical business. They can offer full family coverage for 75 bucks a month.

Capitalism at its finest... Just let them threaten to do something like that and the health insurance and Big Pharma companies will reverse their present stance and put all their power and money behind a single-payer public option.
Comment by Reggie on September 30, 2009 at 11:02pm
Call on our Congress member? Don't you know how Democracy works? We need to get angry and gather in a mob and threaten and intimidate! That is how America works these days.
Comment by Serzon on January 20, 2012 at 2:51pm

In holland people found out that some health insurences cover the cost for somekind of christian company that can " CURE" you from being guy! Can you believe that??!!

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