Wednesday, July 15, 2009

First reaction to the health care proposals

With the passage of the health care bill in the House, more details of the bill have been released. Although the bill appears like an improvement in the short-term, it needs to be analyzed in depth for short-term and long-term results. One thing we know for sure - single-payer health care is a far better option than the Obama 'government-run' health option for a number of reasons. First, single-payer includes everybody right away. In Obama's plan, after 1 trillion dollars get spent over 10 years, 17 million people are still left uninsured. Secondly, the choice to enter the government plan is only for those who do not have health insurance. I will be ineligible, since I already have an employer-based plan. How is that choice? Really, for those who receive health insurance and are unhappy with the current employer-based system, not much will change. (One of the arguments of Michael Moore's movie Sicko is that the current system is not only bad for the uninsured but for those who do have health insurance but get exploited by the insurance companies anyway.)

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