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Old 09-02-2009, 05:59 PM   #766
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Big speech: Obama wants control of health debate - Yahoo! News

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WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama will deliver a major prime-time health care address to Congress next week, opening an urgent autumn push to gain control of the debate that has been slipping from his grasp under withering Republican-led attacks.

Scheduling of the speech next Wednesday night, just a day after lawmakers return from their August recess, underscores the determination of the White House to confront critics of Obama's overhaul proposals and to buck up supporters who have been thrown on the defensive. Allies have been urging the president to be more specific about his plans and to take a greater role in the debate, and aides have signaled he will do that in the address to a joint session of Congress in the House chamber.
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I heard on NPR today that he's very likely to throw the "public option" under the bus next week.

I personally think that's a vital component to balanced health care reform, but I guess he wants to pass something and feels it won't make it out of Congress with a public option attached. The insurance companies will be very happy. . .this is the kind of "reform" they wanted.
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You aren't listening then.

Reform I've talked about completely removes 3rd party payers for all but catastrophic care. Making healthcare insurance just like all other types of insurance you buy and HOPE YOU NEVER HAVE TO USE.

Crazy I know.
I've actually come around to agreeing, at least partially with this idea.

Is there any kind of organized alternative bill being sponsored by the Repubs or is it just a lot of naysaying?
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I've actually come around to agreeing, at least partially with this idea.
What makes utterly no sense to me about this idea is the arbitrary "catastrophic care" designation. First of all, what's catastrophic? Are we going to have death panels deciding that? Is an accident that leaves you in a coma going to result in catastrophic care while you are in the ICU for 3 months but then the multi-million dollar coverage ceases when you're shipped off to some form of rehab for the better part of a decade or maybe the rest of your life?

Second, that doesn't in any way address people who have chronic, very expensive healthcare needs that are not catastrophic. What do you about somebody who has, for example, a genetic disorder (I use this one because I have on) which can be managed effectively over the course of a lifetime, but at a cost? Juvenile diabetes?

I actually find this entire debate to be astounding, and actually chalk it up to being one of those things that I will never, ever understand about American culture. And I've actually lived in the US as opposed to most of the rest of the world, but there you have it anyway.
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Great post.

In all honesty the reason we haven't had a reform in healthcare is laziness, status quo, and the strength of insurance company lobbists.

And now that we finally have a "debate" occuring we get "socialists", comparing healthcare to boob jobs, and big business brother is good. Seriously folks? You're tea bagging with these types of arguments?

Where is the real debate? It's embarassing.
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I've actually come around to agreeing, at least partially with this idea.

Is there any kind of organized alternative bill being sponsored by the Repubs or is it just a lot of naysaying?
Good question, I'm sure for now they're quite content to allow the Democrats to bicker amongst themselves. Next year they will have to craft some type of alternative. People do want reform, but not at the cost of larger government, larger debt, less personal liberty and ultimately lower quality care.
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People do want reform, but not at the cost of larger government, larger debt, less personal liberty and ultimately lower quality care.
Yeah, sure seems like they're telling the CNN Pollsters that they won't tolerate a public option:

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Now thinking specifically about the health insurance plans available to most Americans, would you favor or oppose creating a public health insurance option administered by the federal government that would compete with plans offered by private health insurance companies?

Favor - 55%
Oppose - 41%
No opinion - 4%
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Nope, the Americans simply won't tolerate a public option!
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What do you about somebody who has, for example, a genetic disorder (I use this one because I have on) which can be managed effectively over the course of a lifetime, but at a cost? Juvenile diabetes?


you go back to school and better yourself so you can make more money. simple.
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A debate in the US on something completely domestic like healthcare would, obviously, not normally make the news here, but this one is, always articles of the “WTF?!?” variety. Amazing that the US of all countries does not have such a system already, staggering that there’s such a large opposition to it, and then of course the utterly bizarre, lunatic level arguments being raised against it and about Obama for pushing for it. A lot of charges against systems like ours (or the UK) are right, it’s definitely not perfect, but f*ck, Obama would have better luck tomorrow pushing an across the board gun ban alongside a Bible burning day in the US than anyone here would have in ditching our Medicare system.
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Good question, I'm sure for now they're quite content to allow the Democrats to bicker amongst themselves. Next year they will have to craft some type of alternative. People do want reform, but not at the cost of larger government, larger debt, less personal liberty and ultimately lower quality care.
Our government is not larger because of our subsidized health care.

Prior to the economic meltdown, the government has been balancing the books and generating surpluses for years and paying down the debt as a result.

How is there less personal liberty? We have our choice of doctors, are free to see whom we choose, can go to any hospital that we like. And our level of care is excellent.

Again, is our system perfect? By no means, and there are problems. But the same can be said for any system in the world.
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and then of course the utterly bizarre, lunatic level arguments being raised against it and about Obama for pushing for it.

most of which are purely political, since the GOP has absolutely nothing to offer on this other than opposition with the intention of harming Obama politically. granted, he's done a poor job, but the idiocy of things like "death panels" simply don't belong in any sort of adult-level discussion.

we're fine with torture, but GOD FORBID a poor person has health insurance.
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larger debt

the bill on Obama's plan is actually a bit cheaper than the Iraq debacle.

and Republicans have absolutely no credibility whatsoever when it comes to debt.

remember, "deficits don't matter."
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What makes utterly no sense to me about this idea is the arbitrary "catastrophic care" designation. First of all, what's catastrophic?
Basically anything over your deductible. you pay for flu shots, you pay for stitches when you slice your thumb and should you suffer a heart attack or some other catastrophic illness you would pay up to your deductible. Like other insurance lower deductible = higher premiums. health insurance prevents what fire insurance does... total loss.
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Are we going to have death panels deciding that? Is an accident that leaves you in a coma going to result in catastrophic care while you are in the ICU for 3 months but then the multi-million dollar coverage ceases when you're shipped off to some form of rehab for the better part of a decade or maybe the rest of your life?
The responsible person would have short and long term disability insurance.
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Second, that doesn't in any way address people who have chronic, very expensive healthcare needs that are not catastrophic. What do you about somebody who has, for example, a genetic disorder (I use this one because I have on) which can be managed effectively over the course of a lifetime, but at a cost? Juvenile diabetes?
I should think premiums would be adjusted (within restrictions), up or down, according to health and age. Again, just like car insurance being higher for young males than other segments of the population.
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I actually find this entire debate to be astounding, and actually chalk it up to being one of those things that I will never, ever understand about American culture. And I've actually lived in the US as opposed to most of the rest of the world, but there you have it anyway.
I feel the same way about curling.
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INDY you're truly living in a bubble with those ideas
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