Comments on: The challenge of health insurance reform Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 By: Phil Fri, 14 Aug 2009 00:36:12 +0000 Just read the article and some of the comments. It’s seems to me that we forget that we are all paying for one anothers’ health issues. If a family goes bankrupt because of overwhelming medical cost, or a person recieves emergency care knowing they can not pay, or a person dies because they didn’t recieve preventive care, we all pay. We pay a price either through higher taxes, higher insurance cost, or the emotional strain of knowing we can not afford or own health care. It seems a universal program would help to, if not completely eleviate some of these issues. And when we talk of losing choices of care, I just don’t see it. Besides, you are already being force to use the service your provider deems needed, and to further your providers power, you can only use doctors they deem worthy of being on there list of of caregivers. So, you really don’t have freedom of choice to begin with, other than finding another health insurance company. I don’t know about the morality of health care, but I do know in a civilized country we take care of one another. I don’t want to live in a nation which would turn a person away from medical service if they broke there arm, just because the injured party could not pay. And it goes even further when you consider many health conscious, well meaning individuals are stricken by illness and disease by no doing of there own. Another option would be to regulate health care cost. I can’t understand how one doctor can charge my insurance $180. for a doctor visit, and another can charge $85. for the exact same visit. There is obiously some unscrupulous behaviors going on here. At least when a mechanic works on my care I know what I will be charge per hour and that I will not be charge the highest amount the machanic think I cab pay.

As stated, this is not an easily solved issue. But, it is solveable. The problem is, as it always is, there will need to be changes made and everyone will not be happy. But, if the overall consiquence is a more civil nation with less coruption and money involved with personal health care. Then the difficulties will be worth while.

Peace and Love……

By: Carol Mon, 10 Aug 2009 15:51:33 +0000 We need more agressive education on preventive health care and eating right, excercise and the like. Healthy living should be rewarded and junk foods taxed.

By: Ron Mon, 01 Jun 2009 08:01:00 +0000 If you think single-payer makes sense, read this article from New Zealand: e.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10575739&pnum=0

“Immigration New Zealand has told one pregnant woman that – despite her financial stability – she would ‘be putting an additional strain on our already short services’, which the department claimed were ;stretched in most areas of the country’.”

The government of New Zealand had to hire my cousin (a newly-minted psychiatrist) on a 6-month contract, because few doctors actually want to work in such an environment.

As screwed up as our health-care system is, single-payer is worse…

By: Jared Balis Tue, 17 Mar 2009 02:59:53 +0000 I understand that healthcare is expensive. I live in Utah and bill 188 just passed. I’m not sure how I feel about the state being involved in healthcare reform. I wonder how it will be paid for.

Jared Balis
Utah NetCare Specialist

By: Liz Fri, 06 Mar 2009 12:49:22 +0000 Dear Sir:

We use to be middle class now we’re a members of the working poor, here’s why. Our co-pay for 18 yes 18 is all we get for a 90 day supply from Carenot which is what we are required to use is $177.32, my husband’s company pays $413.75. This is for Imitrex Spray, I find it hard to believe that those 20 mg actually cost $591.09. I have to pay extra for shipping and handling.

That $177.32 is about what I bring home in a week from one of my jobs. My husband works nights so we don’t have to have a babysitter, like a lot of people. I remember when I didn’t have to work because my husband made enough money to pay the bills, now the bills are just to much.

I can’t remeber the last time we went out to eat, bought new clothes, we’ve don’t go anywhere on vacation. We just work to pay the bills. We live in Michigan, I wish Jenny would come home to the block and work for her living.

By: Brian Choi Tue, 03 Mar 2009 19:17:42 +0000 We’re all going about this wrong way. Health care cost is increasing so let’s find a way to pay for it? Lower the cost!!! Our hospitals and big pharmaceuticals are charging 5~20 times of other countries. Are our doctors and drugs that much better? Is that why we are the sickest country in the world?

Pharmaceuticals always argue that their drugs are expensive because they’re spending into research. Into what? Boner pills like Viagra, hair loss drugs, and cosmetics is what they’re mostly investing. Drugs that can make money. All the life threatening illness are being researched mostly by private foundations.
Everybody’s mad at the insurance companies. I’m sure they’re part of it but the root of the problem is the hospitals and pharmaceuticals.

When my wife was pregnant, our doctor… who also happened to be the director at the hospital was suggesting amniocentesis. It’s a test to find out if the baby has any genetic disorder before they’re born. But what she did not mention was that the test itself has small possibility to cause the disorder. When I asked her about it, that’s when she admitted it and said she “forgot” to mention. Thank goodness I researched it before we went in. I can’t accuse all doctors but many of them have become low life salesmen to sell procedures. Reform must happen at the hospitals first.

By: ForFreedom Tue, 03 Mar 2009 13:01:53 +0000 It’s immoral to force Peter to support Paul, regardless of Paul’s need and regardless of Peter’s ability. Support of universal health care is using the government to steal from Peter for Paul’s benefit. This “problem” is government created, and the solution is for the government to get out of health care and leave it to the free market. Consider, when the government wasn’t involved doctors made house calls. Support for universal health care is immoral – anyone supporting this should be ashamed of themselves (as they are asking to take money from others for their own benefit rather than taking care of themselves). Charity would do a better job of taking care of the poor. We’ve too much of the attitude that government should take care of us.

By: Jose Mon, 02 Mar 2009 21:34:19 +0000 I’m 30 years old and live in IL. I have no health insuranceand don’t need any. I live a pretty frugal life and hopefully will continue to be healthy. Thank God.

Barack Obama should have started small and went with a strictly childrens universal healthcare plan. I’ll support that but not this bureaucratic, special interest charged junk.

Universal Healthcare is not neccesary in America. Higher accessability and fairness and accountability should be the priorities that the feds should focus on. If they did a better job of taking care of those things then healthcare would be alot cheaper.

By: Nexus Sun, 01 Mar 2009 00:10:29 +0000 I’ve got a suggestion – introduce universal health care and eliminate the health insurance rip off and the multiple layers profit taking at the expense of the person needing the final service. That is why health costs are so high in the US and many people cannot not get access to the most basic health services. I have grown up in several countries that have universal health care – it may not be perfect but anyone can access services and if you do want to pay for additional services you do have a choice.

By: Chris Sat, 28 Feb 2009 23:14:05 +0000 I think the problem is so basic that most people aren’t seeing it. As long as medical care is only concerned with profit then those deemed unprofitable will suffer. Namely those who typically need the help the most, unless they somehow happen to be lucky enough to be well off. Profit isn’t concerned with making people healthy, although that is a side benefit since it is a medical industry, but as soon as you become an inconvenience to that profit margin then you are kicked to the curb. How do you produce a competitive industry that is concerned with profit, and yet tell it to be open, fair, and do whatever it takes to help their patients. I don’t think it can be done. Unless the medical industry is over hauled to be a benefit to its people without regard to profit then there will always be losers.