Finally, our health care system is placing an unsustainable burden on taxpayers. When health care costs grow at the rate they have, it puts greater pressure on programs like Medicare and Medicaid. If we do nothing to slow these skyrocketing costs, we will eventually be spending more on Medicare and Medicaid than every other government program combined. Put simply, our health care problem is our deficit problem. Nothing else even comes close. -President Obama Last Night
So let’s have yet another government run program.
It’s only $900 Billion now. It was over a Trillion.
Sure, we can afford it. >:)
And, of course, unlike Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, Medicare Advantage, and The US Post Office this will work efficiently, cost effectively and not go off in the weeds of cost overruns, rationings, or hurt the quality of care.
It will be that miraculous government program that defies all of recorded history!
Well, it helps when you cut $500 million from Medicare as the current plans do.
But don’t worry, no services will be cut. As matter of fact we’ll mandate it.
Despite deep-seated differences among lawmakers, Obama drew a standing ovation when he recounted stories of Americans whose coverage was denied or delayed by their insurers with catastrophic results.
“That is heartbreaking, it is wrong, and no one should me treated that way in the United States of America.”
The fact that this is routine in every country that has Socialized medicine is not worth mentioning is it? 🙂
“As soon as I sign this bill, it will be against the law for insurance companies to drop your coverage when you get sick or water it down when you need it most,” he added.
So he’s going to mandate it that you be covered no matter what. And this won’t drive up the cost of your premium??
Of course, it will. But then he can blame the Insurance companies for doing it.
Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. – Vladimir Lenin (and Saul Alinsky)
Target: Insurance Companies
Freeze it. “The time for debate is over”
Personalize it: Stories of abuses by Insurance companies. Kicking sick people when their down! Boo Hiss!
Polarize it. Government Vs. The Evil Heartless Capitalists
And I , President Obama, will save you from them.
We are from the government and we are here to save you.
Since health care represents one-sixth of our economy, I believe it makes more sense to build on what works and fix what doesn’t, rather than try to build an entirely new system from scratch. And that is precisely what those of you in Congress have tried to do over the past several months.
So he throws Congress under the bus?
Well, since it was his idea and he has been it’s most vocal supporter until this moment I very much doubt it. This is just politics. More smoke for that mirror.
“Instead of honest debate, we have seen scare tactics. Some have dug into unyielding ideological camps that offer no hope of compromise. Too many have used this as an opportunity to score short-term political points, even if it robs the country of our opportunity to solve a long-term challenge. And out of this blizzard of charges and counter-charges, confusion has reigned.”
Compare that with just a few days ago at the AFL-CIO picnic:
“I’ve got a question for all these folks who say, you know, we’re going to pull the plug on Grandma and this is all about illegal immigrants — you’ve heard all the lies,” Obama said. “I’ve got a question for all those folks: What are you going to do? What’s your answer? What’s your solution?
“And you know what? They don’t have one. Their answer is to do nothing.”
That’s your “honest debate”for you.
And what’s confusing about HR3200, it’s only 1,000+ pages of Lawyer speak that not even the Lawyers in Congress can read, what’s confusing about that! 🙂
Well the time for bickering is over. The time for games has passed. Now is the season for action. Now is when we must bring the best ideas of both parties together, and show the American people that we can still do what we were sent here to do. Now is the time to deliver on health care
Are those Best ideas of the Republicans the “they have nothing” ideas.
Just Curious. 🙂
The plan I’m announcing tonight would meet three basic goals:
It will provide more security and stability to those who have health insurance. It will provide insurance to those who don’t. And it will slow the growth of health care costs for our families, our businesses, and our government. It’s a plan that asks everyone to take responsibility for meeting this challenge – not just government and insurance companies, but employers and individuals. And it’s a plan that incorporates ideas from Senators and Congressmen; from Democrats and Republicans – and yes, from some of my opponents in both the primary and general election.
Is that before or after “they have nothing”? and the “party of no”?
Sounds all inclusive, but that’s just sound.
Here are the details that every American needs to know about this plan:
First, if you are among the hundreds of millions of Americans who already have health insurance through your job, Medicare, Medicaid, or the VA, nothing in this plan will require you or your employer to change the coverage or the doctor you have. Let me repeat this: nothing in our plan requires you to change what you have.
Heard this one before?? 🙂
Believe it now?
So he’s going to throw out HR3200 then? because it has been proven time and again that this assertion is false. But I suppose if you tell a lie often enough some people might believe it.
What this plan will do is to make the insurance you have work better for you. Under this plan, it will be against the law for insurance companies to deny you coverage because of a pre-existing condition. As soon as I sign this bill, it will be against the law for insurance companies to drop your coverage when you get sick or water it down when you need it most. They will no longer be able to place some arbitrary cap on the amount of coverage you can receive in a given year or a lifetime. We will place a limit on how much you can be charged for out-of-pocket expenses, because in the United States of America, no one should go broke because they get sick. And insurance companies will be required to cover, with no extra charge, routine checkups and preventive care, like mammograms and colonoscopies – because there’s no reason we shouldn’t be catching diseases like breast cancer and colon cancer before they get worse. That makes sense, it saves money, and it saves lives.
So where are the companies going to get the money to cover all these new mandates??
This just raises the cost, not lowers it.
It’s not like the government, who can just print money anytime it wants. 🙂
That’s what Americans who have health insurance can expect from this plan – more security and stability.
Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.
Now, if you’re one of the tens of millions of Americans who don’t currently have health insurance, the second part of this plan will finally offer you quality, affordable choices. If you lose your job or change your job, you will be able to get coverage. If you strike out on your own and start a small business, you will be able to get coverage. We will do this by creating a new insurance exchange – a marketplace where individuals and small businesses will be able to shop for health insurance at competitive prices. Insurance companies will have an incentive to participate in this exchange because it lets them compete for millions of new customers. As one big group, these customers will have greater leverage to bargain with the insurance companies for better prices and quality coverage. This is how large companies and government employees get affordable insurance. It’s how everyone in this Congress gets affordable insurance. And it’s time to give every American the same opportunity that we’ve given ourselves.
The Congress’s Health plan is funded by the Taxpayers. It has no limitations.
And that’s why the amendment to force Congress and Federal employees onto this new plan was defeated by vote in Congress.
For those individuals and small businesses who still cannot afford the lower-priced insurance available in the exchange, we will provide tax credits, the size of which will be based on your need. And all insurance companies that want access to this new marketplace will have to abide by the consumer protections I already mentioned.
So, they can decide to not access it? Even though it’s mandated?
This exchange will take effect in four years, which will give us time to do it right.
You mean after the 2012 Election?
And the collection of massive amounts of cash to pay for the intial stages of it.
And if this is such a major, emergency why wait 4 years?
What happens to grandma and her pre-existing conditions until then?
In the meantime, for those Americans who can’t get insurance today because they have pre-existing medical conditions, we will immediately offer low-cost coverage that will protect you against financial ruin if you become seriously ill. This was a good idea when Senator John McCain proposed it in the campaign, it’s a good idea now, and we should embrace it.
McCain’s proposal called for providing federal assistance to state-based high risk pools. Not Federal risk pools themselves. Oh well, the truth is hardly the issue here.
In 2008 during the campaign, Obama called McCain’s health plan “radical”.
This would be the idea that the Democrats once Mocked right?
DNC chairman Howard Dean. “As usual, McCain was short on details, but where he did outline a plan for the future he relied on recycled Bush proposals and flawed ideas have done nothing to reduce the ranks of the uninsured or help America’s working families find quality, affordable health care.” (CBSNEWS)
But now they want to kiss an make up?
“And you know what? They don’t have one. Their answer is to do nothing.”
Now, even if we provide these affordable options, there may be those – particularly the young and healthy – who still want to take the risk and go without coverage. There may still be companies that refuse to do right by their workers. The problem is, such irresponsible behavior costs all the rest of us money. If there are affordable options and people still don’t sign up for health insurance, it means we pay for those people’s expensive emergency room visits. If some businesses don’t provide workers health care, it forces the rest of us to pick up the tab when their workers get sick, and gives those businesses an unfair advantage over their competitors. And unless everybody does their part, many of the insurance reforms we seek – especially requiring insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions – just can’t be achieved.
Your New expanded “marketplace” of Choices are to have NO CHOICE whatsoever.
We are paternalistic and we know whats best for you.
That’s why under my plan, individuals will be required to carry basic health insurance – just as most states require you to carry auto insurance. Likewise, businesses will be required to either offer their workers health care, or chip in to help cover the cost of their workers. There will be a hardship waiver for those individuals who still cannot afford coverage, and 95% of all small businesses, because of their size and narrow profit margin, would be exempt from these requirements.
Mandatory, but with waivers? So is this a definition of mandatory that has not previously existed? Or just more doublethink.
And if 95% of small businesses are to be exempt does that mean they don’t have to offer it, or take from your “marketplace”? And what of the IRS fines in HR3200 on businesses that don’t have “acceptable” plans?
More Smoke? 🙂
After all, he just said several paragraphs ago:
“If some businesses don’t provide workers health care, it forces the rest of us to pick up the tab when their workers get sick, and gives those businesses an unfair advantage over their competitors.”
So if “some” don’t provide it’s “unfair” but 95% of small business will exempt. Individuals will be required to have coverage unless they have a “hardship” in which case the “marketplace” that you don’t have to participate in, but if you do, you will have to abide by the governments rules which they will make law even if you don’t participate you will still abide by, and that will cover them.
And we still will not cover Illegal Aliens.
And their cost to the system is just ignored.
Does your head hurt yet?
But we cannot have large businesses and individuals who can afford coverage game the system by avoiding responsibility to themselves or their employees. Improving our health care system only works if everybody does their part.
It takes a Village.