Comments on: Senator: Is there enough money on planet to subsidize healthcare? Tracking U.S. politics Wed, 16 Nov 2016 03:39:51 +0000 hourly 1 By: Mike Wed, 28 Oct 2009 17:16:03 +0000 Let the compassion come from the people, not the government. I agree people need a good quality of life, but not from the government. We have a huge demand a low supply of medical staff. Flood the supply side and the prices will fall. Lets reduce the time it takes to become a Doctor, allow tax breaks for seeing patients for less than the normal cost of a visit, but why would we allow the government to create a “Public Option”? Isnt this the same government that has a broken system called the Post Office, cant seem to make money with Fannie and Freddie, the same government that robbed social security for pet projects?

They are acting like salesmen in Washington. We have the president telling us how a smart grid will create over 10,000 jobs, and at the same time, save us lots of money? This is no different. The same old “We will fix this, we promise. We are different”? Then once we give in, we end up with “Well.. Now you got us, so you better like what we give you.”.

And furthermore, this whole “State Opt Out” thing is a scam. Its like TARP, once you opt in, you will not be getting out (well unless they let you that is). And dont forget, their are strings attached, well more like a metal chain in this case. Republicans and Democrats can agree on one thing, we need better and cheaper healthcare. Lets get better or cheaper healthcare, but why would we allow the government to do this? This isnt compassion or tearing down the “Big Insurance” companies or even “Leveling the playing field”, its far from it.

At this point, the wisest thing to do is wait in my opinion. Let us see if he can truly save the economy, reduce the debt, fix our energy usage and reduce unemployment before we take the leap into a public option. Please understand, my opposition is not to reform, it is the lack of experience of those who wish to bring it.

By: DAVID Wed, 28 Oct 2009 08:37:44 +0000 Now the FEDS want to get into the insurance biz; Now all they will be is another bunch of BOOKIES hopeing you will suddendly die while you have paid a tax– called a premium. When you do not use it; Who benefits. Because some will be making the decision on weather they will pay out or not. In the IMMORTAL WORDS of bugs bunny ” What a maroon”

By: dvm Tue, 27 Oct 2009 19:52:11 +0000 Health insurance is so expensive because healthcare is so expensive. There are a multitude of factors contributing to the ever rising medical inflation costs that cause premiums to rise. An aging population, advances in medical technology, shortages in pay from Medicare/Medicaid being passed onto the private sector, the threat of malpractice lawsuits that lead to unneccessary testing, price gouging from the medical community, no transparency with pricing and the American lifestyle that causes such a burden on the system. Insurance companies turn on average a 4% to 6% profit margin on a block of health insurance business. That’s far less than many other industries. The only way to reduce health insurance premiums, make it affordadable and attainable for everyone without pre-existing condigtion limitations or underwriting qualifications is to address the factors causing healthcare costs to rise so rampantly. Each of these factors must be addressed individually and strategies must be put in place to reverse the rising costs. This takes time and careful consideration with limited gov’t and political involvement. It’s comical hearing politicians accuse insurance companies and doctors/hospitals of being inefficient, greedy for profit waste mongers. Medicare is defrauded billions of dollars a year by bogus companies that buy a list of individuals information on Medicare and file claims for services that were never received. Medicare pays a claim within 15 days like a slot machine without ever verifying that the claim was legitimate before paying it. I was reading where a gentleman on Medicare received an explanation of benefits showing Medicare had paid for two prosthetic arms for several thousand dollars. The guy has both arms he was born with!! The gov’t simply does not have the resources to chase down all of these fraudulent crooks. However, it’s their own policies that make it so easy to be defrauded and their answer is to simply pay less to providers? Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security are going broke. Address the issues that are causing healthcare costs to rise, put in action a way to reverse them and you have reform. The gov’t cannot reform healthcare.

By: glenview dan Tue, 27 Oct 2009 13:04:39 +0000 Since when is it compassionate to give away someone elses property? The U.S. is broke we are running massive deficits. I keeps seeing the argument that if we can afford (fill in the blank-ie.War in Iraq or TARP)
then we can afford health care. We can not afford either. We are on an unsustainable path toward financial destruction. Please understand that when you run deficits funded by bonds, future generations pay for your current spending. Why should our children have to pay for our current spending? How anyone can be so irresponsible and reckless as to look at your children and ask them to pay your bills. This type of inter-generational abuse is banned in many countries. The CBO is controlled by the party that has the majority in congress, they cooked the books to make it appear as though the health care bills are deficit neutral. The various bills are built on one false premise after the next. Even the state opt out provisions are ridiculous.
Any state that opts out is going to see a massive transfer of wealth out of their state to the participating states.

By: JerryG Mon, 26 Oct 2009 20:41:23 +0000 I am tired of the constant bashing of Republicans and Dems, of Liberals and Conservatives, of Pro-Life and Pro-Choice. Stop pointing fingers of blame, already! I do not believe health care is a RIGHT but it certainly is the right thing to do and the compassionate thing to do. Is guaranteed health care in the Bill of Rights?

I lost a close relative to liver failure when they were just 52. They had no health care and so, was allowed to die. But a liver would not have helped because it was due to alcohol. If health care would have provided a new liver, it would have been destroyed like the first, most likely. That is a tough situation. Sometimes bad decisions result in tough consequences. What should have happened?

Ultimately, we want to help but is there really enough money to help everyone? Maybe we don’t eat right or exercise…after all, isn’t our country plagued with obesity? Maybe health care should start there?

And isn’t the legal profession, who helps people make millions on bogus malpractice lawsuits, a little responsible? And aren’t our represntative mostly lawyers? SHouldn’t there be legal reform so this stops escalating? That could be why insurance costs skyrocket. Couldn’t they do that NOW, without healthcare reform and see how that helps? Are the lawyers attacking the doctors? I don’t know.

By: csodak Mon, 26 Oct 2009 15:37:52 +0000 Senator: Is there enough money on planet to subsidize healthcare?

Senator: Would there be enough money if we cut inneficiencies out of the medical industry by say 50%; create an efficient medical information data reservoir to quarry to accurately access costs vs allowing doctors, hospitals, drug and insurance companies to utilize fragmented information to distort the truth; would it help to pay if withdrew our troops from Europe, Iraq and Iran?


By: Michael Mon, 26 Oct 2009 08:33:14 +0000 What needs to be MANDATED is calisthenics. It would cost next to nothing to do and National Health would increase by the day if ALL would comply. Get off your TV watching hides and do something America.

By: B Trask Sun, 25 Oct 2009 20:28:13 +0000 Some times I think… let the Reid, Pelosi, Schumer, Dodd, Snow and Frank have their way, spend money we don’t have and conscript you, me and future generations to pay for their folly. Then watch as the Tea Baggers rise up and throw them out of office. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think the Republicans are much different than the Dems… the IMF, WorldBankers, Global Corporations and the G20 have made a deal with the devil… the goal being to wipe out the middle class. Just watch what happens when congress and our new sharp young inexperienced president keep usurping the will of the people.

By: Worked 40 years Sun, 25 Oct 2009 17:51:56 +0000 Our nation can not thrive until its people are healthy. Today the people are sick from years of stress with no let up. Most of us haven’t had a vacation in years. It costs too much to travel or take time off. We live too close to the edge. I have never bought a new car in my life. I have had 3 vacations in my life, 1 to visit national parks and 2 to visit relatives inside the U.S. I will never get to see other nations, so I visit them with my computer. I live within my means except for health care, which is half my budget and has been for over a decade. Health care premiums and costs are killing me. We can’t opt out because my husband is going for heart surgery next week and we are glad we’re covered right now because it means we can keep our house. We are both 60 and it’s been a hard, unrewarding life here in America. We are both technical workers, in communications and computers. Our jobs were sent to India or elsewhere, with no thought to the welfare of our own nation.

We will not get better as a country until we quit spending trillions on banking investments and commodities theft from other nations in the form of endless wars for profit. We will not get well until we go back to natural farming instead of letting Dow Chemical design our crops. We will not get well until we reject processed foods in our grocery stores and go back to healthy eating.

It would go a long way toward ending the nightmare of national illness if the Obama Adm. would jettison the jerks at the FDA and get some professionals in there.

We the workers have been squeezed far too long, the rich have killed the goose that laid their golden egg. The people are angry and the anger is making them more sick. There are no jobs. There are no investments going into America. Even the windmills going in to green energy projects are made overseas.

There is a time and a place for everything and right now it’s time to take care of the injured American Workers and help them heal and become healthy. We need nationalized health care to do that because we are too broke to afford anything else. If that means quitting the wars for profit? OH WELL. G.E. and Haliburton will have to wait. Killing off all the Americans and importing more slaves simply is unAmerican, although we realize that means nothing to monsters without souls.

By: Observero0 Sun, 25 Oct 2009 01:08:29 +0000 It’s real easy to give away other people’s earnings. Folks that want to support a cause (e.g., health care/health care insurance): please send your money to the gov’t program of your choice. I’m sure they won’t refuse it. Just don’t force your neighbor to give their earnings to your cause.

Elected officials: VOTE NO to REQUIRED HEALTH CARE INSURANCE & NO TO NEW TAXES/FEES. We are NOT your piggy bank. We will vote you out if you don’t listen.