President Obama Discusses Healthcare Reform

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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.

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3 Responses to “President Obama Discusses Healthcare Reform”

  1. Jane Says:

    Who was that d-hole who booed? He didn’t catch the thing about the bickering.

  2. Jessica Harrison Says:

    Well done on the blogosphere business…I’m so foreign to this it’s laughable. But I did listen to some of Obama’s speech via NPR on my way to a meeting after a particularly brutal day of work. I found myself nodding in agreement as he spoke to the realities faced by countless folks in this country and even was on board through his explanation of the new laws proposed, saying insurance companies cannot deny coverage for preexisting or worsening conditions. I can get on board with that.
    Where my blood started to boil (and, admittedly, it was near boiling point already. See previously mentioned brutal day…) was when he made the statement that there is consideration of required purchasing of health insurance. Worse, he compared the proposed requirement of carrying health insurance to most states’ requirement that drivers carry auto insurance.
    Now, I haven’t been a fan of the proposed requirement of purchasing health insurance, nor am I a fan of the fine that would come with not purchasing. But comparing the RIGHT of health care and access to it with auto insurance?!! Driving is something not everyone chooses or wants to do or needs to do. Requiring insurance for people who choose to engage in that risky business makes sense to me. But MANDATING the purchase of health insurance and then FINING people if they don’t buy it is vastly different, in my mind.
    I believe all people deserve equal access to health CARE, not health INSURANCE, no more than what they need and no less. I’m not convinced by Obama’s plan.
    It’s possible that tonight I was just looking for something tangible to be mad at and need a little more clarity on the issue, but I’m not ready to give up on the possibility of a more socialist health care system.

  3. Samantha Says:

    Oh you know I want to comment about this – but unfortunately am running out to a meeting. Just wanted to pass this link along to you because I thought it was interesting http://bit.ly/ubM2l. Looks like Epic might finally have some real competition.

    Love that you have the blog going and am looking forward to reading more!

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