8 comments on “Healthcare Reform Misconceptions

  1. All good points Mark. My main concern with the US system of healthcare is how it is tied to one's employer, a situation that leaves our most vulnerable (the sick, the young, the unemployed) in a terrible situation. That's the major thing that I like about Obama's healthcare reform package: health insurance can be purchased like car insurance. (And yes I know that I'm describing the much-villified "single-payer system" that's ended up not even making it into the bill.) I don't think his reform package is perfect. Honestly I'm not even sure if it will be good enough. But something has got to change in our system. Perhaps this bill shouldn't pass but at least it's getting people talking about solutions for it again.

  2. I found this post informative, but I still don’t know what to do. Also, seeing as how the hospital is full of people who went into crazy debt to go get advanced degrees and training for jobs which save lives and insurance companies are businessmen who seem to care a great deal more about profits than actual health care … I’m okay that hospitals make more profit than insurance companies.

    I just wish there was more reward for making healthy choices and more personal responsibility for making terrible health choices … I know’s all kinds of complex socio-economic issues at play, but aren’t we all educated enough to realize smoking kills and you can’t live on hamburgers?

  3. I guess I fail to see how it's tied to your employer. You can purchase individual insurance that covers a family of 4 with a $1,000 deductible for $400 per month. Some people pay that much through their employer for a worse plan.I also fail to see how this leaves the sick and the young in a terrible situation. Sick people have jobs as do the parents of young children. The news likes to quote that ~46 million people are without insurance. That's also very misleading. About 20% of that is transitional (their new employer has a 6-month waiting period) and an even larger portion have incomes over $70K, meaning they choose not to purchase it. Typically, these are younger adults (20s – 30s). The best estimates I've seen, that account for these facts, have the number at about 16 million….

  4. Finally, the single-payer option. The problems with this option are that: 1. It's not single payer. It's about 150 million taxpayers paying. 2. Ask anybody on VA benefits how they like their plan. Almost to a person they will tell you it's a mess. The VA plan is exactly what we'd get with a single-payer plan. It's horrendous.Think about this. Why would the politicians write themselves an exclusion saying they wouldn't have to be covered under this if it's such a great plan?I agree the something needs to be done, but again, the problem isn't who's paying, it's how much they're paying. Wasting time on discussion of who pays for the care diverts attention from the real issues.

  5. 50 Million people in the U.S. do not have insurance (Obama's Number)Of that, 10 Million are illegal aliens, 15 million qualify for medicare or medicaid but have failed to do the paper work, 15 million are qualify for an employer's plan but choose not to take insurance. That leaves 10 million, who are left to fend for themselves. So my question is With a U.S. population of over 300 million, why are we totally changing our healthcare system for just over 3% of the population.

  6. I am a nurse as well as working at Boeing. What people REALLY don't get, is that we already provide health care for everyone. We provide it at the emergency rooms.This is the most inefficient, expensive, ineffective way to deliver health care.People without health insurance or illegal immigrants go to the emergency room to get the healthcare, because they know they cannot be refused care. You pay this cost in your taxes and your insurance premiums.

  7. @Rebecca: Great point. Especially since, with a government plan, we'll change nothing. Those who can't pay their bills now must be subsidized. Those who can't pay their bills will continue to be subsidized, except through their government insurance. And we'll spend over $1 trillion to change nothing.

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