The health-related blogosphere is blowing up!
Sure enough, I won’t be able to escape discussing healthcare reform on this blog. Which I think I’m fine with. Anyhoo, I only caught the last 12 minutes of the speech, but I just finished reading a transcript of the part I missed. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/09/09/obama-health-care-speech_n_281265.html
A few stats from the speech:
- More than 30 million Americans can’t get healthcare coverage.
- The US spends 1.5 times more than any other country on healthcare [and as I mentioned in my last post, have poorer health outcomes].
- $1000 per year of that money goes to pay for stuff for the people who aren’t covered.
- Healthcare represents 1/6 of our economy.
I’m really glad President Obama outlined his plan in order to squelch the ridiculousness that’s been flying around on both sides of the aisle. Basically, no changes for those who are already covered except that you won’t be denied coverage for preexisting conditions. Limits on how much people can be charged out-of-pocket. Tax breaks or exemptions for small businesses and government-sponsored options for those individuals who can’t afford insurance.
My favorite part? “Well the time for bickering is over. The time for games has passed. Now is the season for action.”
I’m interested to see what people will be saying tomorrow. Maybe fewer tears on the local news? One can only hope.