Updates from Deborah Burger RSS
09:01:43 pm on September 9, 2009 |
Overall, it sounds like little has changed from his original plan, except a couple of additional sops to the Republicans, including tax credits instead of subsidies, and the attack on lawyers (medical malpractice) which is of course one of the myths about health care costs. The tax credits issue seems to me to be a huge concession. How does a one time tax credit help you with the massive costs of premiums, especially with the recent projection that premiums are expected to go up another 94% in the next decade.
08:46:43 pm on September 9, 2009 |
How are you preventing the insurance bureaucrats from getting you the care you need. As our findings showed this week, in California alone, the biggest insurers have denied one fourth of claims the past seven years. Nothing in this plan changes that practice.
08:44:55 pm on September 9, 2009 |
The problem isn’t a public option, it’s the private option. As he outlines the public option, it remains stripped of power to negotiate lower prices, and there is no guarantee to stop the insurance companies from continuing to cherry pick the healthier patients — leaving the public option for the sickest people, and thus probably bankrupting it and then under attack for proving the public option doesn’t work.
08:28:24 pm on September 9, 2009 |
But, of course, we’re not building it from scratch. More than half of Americans are already covered by government paid health care, including Medicare, Medicaid, VA, SCHIP, and the public health system. And guess what, all of those work better than the private system, have better coverage and lower administrative costs.
08:21:01 pm on September 9, 2009 |
And the bill Dingell has repeatedly promoted would expand Medicare. That’s what we need now.
08:11:35 pm on September 9, 2009 |
We hosted a national conference today at which dozens of Massachusetts nurses joined us. The plan they have been talking about looks like it is modeled after the Massachusetts plan which, the nurses relayed from their personal experience, has been a failure — it doesn’t adequately control costs, many remain uninsured, and more and more people are being cut off from coverage.
07:42:41 pm on September 9, 2009 |
On his three basic points, the President says this plan will “provide insurance” to those who don’t have it. But, in fact, it doesn’t. It forces people to buy private insurance — a huge bailout for the insurance industry.