Comments on: Is a public health insurance option essential? Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 By: Tom Tue, 06 Oct 2009 19:57:23 +0000 We all know that some countries have coverage for all and they do not have a Government run public option.

I’d like to see us start with removing the barriers that are in place to competition. We keep using Medicare as an example of a program that could be modeled on. Why then do we not let insurance companies compete on a national level and get rid of the state boundaries. Medicare does not face these restricitions and we should begin to adopt that for all insurance.

Next lets set caps on pain and suffering. Run away jury awards have done nothing but drive up rates and force some physicians to leave areas where malpractice insurance is too high.

Thank you

By: LVehko Mon, 05 Oct 2009 00:26:56 +0000 Requiring Americans to purchase health insurance is not the same thing as vehicle accident insurance, where you can elect not to drive and therefore not have to buy the insurance. Forcing people to buy health insurance would amount to requiring payment for U.S. citizenship, and could be challenged on constitutional grounds. The only way to get truly universal health coverage for everyone in the U.S. is to offer a free (public) health care option. I don’t understand why health insurance is being touted as the ‘cure’ for the health care crisis in this country — people need health CARE, not health INSURANCE. I, personally, would be happy to pay higher taxes if I got a free non-profit health care system in exchange.

By: eh35 Wed, 02 Sep 2009 10:45:06 +0000 Doctor or no better. My specialist was/is a drug pusher. One of many who works for the phamacial companies and not for your best interest. From the beginning I told my specialist the problem I had and she still wanted me to use a prescription drug that the insurance paid $148.00 for and I paid $40.00. Not a lot of money for some, but two meals too me. I was filled with rage when I read the details of the medication. Turn out it was a new none tropical drug for the scalp the pharmacial company was having the specialist to push on patients. (The pharmacist told me it was new)I went back to this specialist without an appointment two days after getting the medication and asked to speak with the doctor. She took 30 minutes to see me. Which was odd because it only took her half that the first visit and there were no other visitors present. The first thing I asked her was “Why didn’t you listen to me when I gave my complaint?” Then I told her I did not appricate how unimportaintly I was treated. Also, that I was tried of running into doctors who treated the patients like cash flow and not as human beings. She apologized to me and actually looked at me directly while we talked. She wasn’t looking at a note pad or writing down a prescription. I told her I need an antibotic. (I don’t like taking them) After a second examation she still saw nothing on my scalp other then and old head injury I got almost a year ago. I had scalp ploblems since that injury. As before, I told her I was going insane from itching and I was not leaving without a FREE treatment with the antibotic. She told me I had to have an infection for one and she can get the other now. I told her while pointing and touching behind my left ear lobe at a swollen spot, “This is an infection.” I remain claim while she look through and probe my whole head again. After she finished she apologized again and wrote me a new prscription. NOW I am finally, finally happy. She even called me this past friday to ask how I was doing. I haven’t had a doctor do that since I left from back home in Arkansas. I know there or good doctors out there that look out for us, but they few and far apart. They are a small part of a big problem.And directly link to the big ones now. Doctor or being made to be puppets to the Health insurances and the big untouchable REAL socialist drug companies.

By: eliza holmes Wed, 02 Sep 2009 09:37:30 +0000 I have private healthcare that is rising my cost again for the third time in 7 years and it was already high when I first got it through my job. I can’t even afford to take my kids nor myself to a primary doctor which is $25.00 a visit through UnitedHealthcare, much less a specialist who is 45.00 dollars a visit. In the past I received medicaid because I only made below $20,000 a year while going to school with my girl who where under 5 years old back in the early 90’s. They are young adults with the same insurance problem while going to school and work. It’s harder for them because they don’t have kid’s of their own. The system make it easier for teen mothers and single mothers to get help while making it harder for my daughters to make ends meet. Why is the insurance company allowed to raise our premuim when ever they want and drop us at any given date even after paying for years. I’ve worked in nursing for nearly 18 years and know the greed of the hospital, insurance, doctor and pharmactical companies. They DO NOT look out for us. You my not realize it, but you already have a socialist Healthcare system in place. And their paying for those fear factor commericals your seeing on TV everyday. Why else does it seems like Obama is still running a campaign that should have ended November 4th. Come on everyone. Get over the angry. Obama is in office.Okay. And before listening to another Hannity, Rush, and Beck, find out what their motives for telling you what’s what. Find out if it’s true. You already know they hate Obama from the beginning and that’s okay under a normal debate. We are talking about the issue of REAL peoples health. And as I last recall, you only get one body to take care of, so get the facts and stop this hating.

By: Pamela Tue, 01 Sep 2009 22:20:47 +0000 As a registered nurse who has practiced within the Oncology specialty, I can only add that outpatient chemotherapy will be “gone with the wind” and that even the simplest 5 minute chemo infusions will have to be administered in the hospital. The patient will have to undergo the hospital admission process in addition to the travel time to the hospital and the additional time expediture that the patient will have to endure. Many cancer patients are fatigued from their disease.Requiring that they travel to the hospital for their treatments when they could have had their therapy administered across the hallway from the exam room is couterproductive. How will this avenue of treatment save the system any money at all? I think we will only see more deficits and fewer staff.

By: Chris Sat, 22 Aug 2009 20:45:58 +0000 All the proposals being thrown around do not go to far. In my opinion healthcare should not be a for profit enterprise, it should not be a drain or a money sinkhole either, but people making fat cash off the current healthcare system while people are going bankrupt from needing operations or other services at the same time is not a pretty picture.

By: Sergey Fri, 21 Aug 2009 13:48:30 +0000 1. Utopia.
We know that current health care doesn’t work. (It is no.1 in price while number 37 in overall ranking).
So people decide to come up with something new. Old health care system must compete or die.

2. Facts

a. Every single procedure must be approved by doctor and insurer. After every visit doctor sends papers to insurer seeking approval. Serious procedures must be pre-approved.

b. Current insurance only work while you are employed. If you lose your job while sick you ultimately end-up paying out of your packet. That may reason why medical cost bankrupt families. People losing insurance while they need it most and go bankrupt.

c. Individuals pay 1.5-3 times more than than insurance companies for the same service.

d. States/boards/insurers mandate minimum charges for medical procedures.

By: ERic Thu, 20 Aug 2009 14:34:12 +0000 Healthcare is a supply and demand issue.

Costs will remain high while demand surpasses supply.

To increase supply of health care we need to:
1. Create multiple competing Master Healthcare Indexes so medical devices and software can communicate seamlessly. Today its complete tower of babel. HL7 is almost worthless.

2. Stop worshiping doctors. Most medical procedures can be done by people with two year degrees. We should make at least three competing Medical Procedure Certification authorities for regulating how these new medical procedure specialists are injected into the healthcare industry. AMA has had a monopoly long enough.

3. Reduce monopoly on patents for all new drugs. Encourage pharma to become more efficient and not focus purely on the next 50 dollar pill.


By: Don Wed, 19 Aug 2009 22:54:26 +0000 I think it’s critical for insurance companies to pay some of the highest health care costs in the world. That is what smart insurance companies do. I also think that old people are a burden to the insurance system and should not be insured once they start making claims. Only people who do not need insurance should be insured. The average person without insurance should borrow heavily to pay for their medical bills and then simply declare bankruptcy.

See, our objective is to send thousand of soldiers to die for no good reason in distant countries. Because we like having dead people. It’s wonderful when parents are proud when they send their children to die for oil. To think we would actually use public funds for free health care is truly American. As soon as our kids our born, there isn’t really any point waiting for them to grow up. Kill them off right away. Save the state the expense of education and health care. Children and indeed all people are a liability. The world is kind of overpopulated.

So I personally believe that we shouldn’t have any kind of public health care. It was a dumb idea from the start. When people get sick, they should sell their organs. When people are hungry, they should eat their kids. That’s what it means to be a great nation. Public health care can’t work. Look at all those other people around the world with public health care. Their economies are falling apart. Meanwhile the United States is a total economic juggernaut. Shock and awe. Look at us. We smart. They dumb.

By: henryyoung Wed, 19 Aug 2009 19:31:39 +0000 Why can’t just those why pay taxes get health benefits…how b’out that Obama and the rest of the health care reform starters??? NO seriously, this I could be in favor of, but not just letting any old person that comes to America, even the illegal’s to get health care and our taxes go up the roof???? No, sure, I will cont. to fight this…