what is your opinion of health care delivery in the United States? is it adequate? how can health care delivery be improved in the United States? consider private and public health delivery options.
We may not have the best system in the world but it is certainly better than some. And I guess the answer to this question is in the eyes of the beholder. For those people who don't have any insurance or access to healthcare in any form because of pre-existing health conditions, the President's PCIP has been a God send for those folks. For people who have always had access to something, some may complain about their doctor or insurance plan or insurance company. The reason this issue has never been adequately addressed is b/c it is a huge issue that has no easy answers. When someone suggests a single payer system, someone else cried foul and Socialist. The system we have now is one that is only good for those who either work and have insurance through an employer or those who can afford the ridiculously expensive (and increasing once or twice every year) premiums. The system we have now allows insurance companies to increase their rates as much as they want and as often as they want. Most state's insurance commissioners have no legal control over health insurance rates. (contact your State's DOI / Department of Insurance and ask). And what we find happening now is that employers, in an effort to save on their own cost, are either creating and buying plans where the employees contribute more toward their premiums or many have stopped offering any insurance at all. In a lot of states, like Texas, if you are a person with a pre-existing health condition, you can't even buy an individual policy. Your resource of last resort is the TX High Risk Pool. If you are unemployed, one can rarely afford the premiums as they are based on the people who are in the Pool and they all have pre-existing health conditions. The President's PCIP have at least helped many around the country who may have grave diseases. The haves love downing anything that might help the have nots. If the SCOTUS repeals the entire health reform bill, which I don't think it will, it will otherwise hurt the people on this plan as well as the dependents who are now allowed to remain on their parent's group plan (at their expense) until they turn age 26. Why would this need to be repealed? Why would SCOTUS repeal the mandate that insurance companies write a policy for children under 19 regardless of pre-existing health conditions? Why would SCOTUS repeal the mandate that would require that insurance companies write a policy for adults regardless of pre-existing health conditions starting in 2014? This helps people. Doctors like to talk about how unfair things are but oftentimes doctors are a part of the problem. Their so called usual and customary charges are often tantamount to rape. Not to mention the thousands who rip off the government when it comes to Medicare and Medicaid payments. Pharmaceutical companies are also a part of the problem. Ambulance companies in a lot of states have no one who controls what they charge and they also get to decide if they will even accept any insurance plan. There are many players in the medical/healthcare game that I haven't even mentioned like re-pricers. In recent years, several niche markets and careers have been created off the backs of the average citizen who would just like to have access to quality healthcare. I have read many pars to the President's plan and I haven't seen anything in it that says the government will be choosing anyone's medical provider. Healthcare in the US is way too complicated. Can anyone even understand their insurance plan? What about an EOB? It's as complicated as the tax code. And why? Follow the money. It's not to benefit the consumer. Everyone wants to be paid adequately for the work they do but I will go out on a limb and say that most US medical providers ie doctors, therapists, etc would not stay in the medical field if they had to work for modest salaries like the medical providers in Europe and other parts of the world. We live in an environment of greed and deception so the US will never in my lifetime fix the healthcare problem. Conservatives would rather see the poor people just die b/c they want all social service programs to be eliminated. Old folks will just die because they would like to see Medicare done away with too. The easy answer would be to socialize it like the education system but that won't happen so we'll likely continue to have what we've always had and expect a different result. Hmmmm...seems like that's the definition of insanity! Instead of fixating on the President's healthcare reform, let's focus on why the Congress and over half of the State's legislatures are passing laws that allow for the prodding and probing of women's bodies at their expense and for their purposes whatever those are. Why are women's rights being taken away everyday in this country as it relates to women's healthcare? Why is that happening? That's a more important issue than criticizing anyone who is trying to make healthcare affordable and accessible to everyone and not just the elite and wealthy in the US. To the person who asked this question, pick your battles. AND READ! Every Thing! And when you finish reading, start asking questions so you can make the best and most informed decision that you can.
Kings and Queens and Head of States come to this country from around the world. It is the best system. Real Tort reform (capping these ridiculously high awards by trial lawyers making only them rich) will bring costs plummeting. Something the left is adamantly opposed to since the Democrats are in the lawyers back pocket.
There has already been tort reform and a cap on such awards--a very low cap, too. Let's hope some doctor doesn't put you into a coma some day and you have to rely on the ridiculously low award you receive for their screw up--you'd never be able to live on it. You should really check such bogus claims before making them. The cap anyone can get suing a hospital or other such facility is $250K. And your initial statement is not correct either; there's a great deal of research that says different. The quality of US healthcare lags behind every industrialized nation in the western world.
Did you read my post? I didn't address tort reform nor was that the initial question asked. Yes; I'm aware that there was tort reform in Texas thanks to the Texas Republican Governor and Legislature. That happened 2 - 3 legislative sessions ago. I wasn't suggesting that anyone sue anyone. My initial statement is about as true as anything you've said here. Did you read it? I said that it isn't the best but that it is better than "some". I didn't say it was better than most or the best or anything of the like. There are many articles, studies and documentaries that show, with some accuracy, where the US stands when you compare the healthcare system to other industrialized nations. If you read my opinion about the healthcare system in the US (which is what the person asked for) you will notice, if you read it, I am not touting the greatness of the healthcare system in the US. Again, IT IS NOT THE BEST BUT IT IS BETTER THAN SOME. You should go back and read this post b/c you obviously didn't read it. I have answered the initial question of what was my opinion of the healthcare system in the US. I didn't even talk about tort reform. READ! what I wrote and comment on that. Don't read into what you think I said. READ what I actually said.
Tell me, folks, do you actually approve of Obama care considering the fact that it rations medical care and selects who will get the least effective treatments?
This has occurred before in the Third Reich. It was Hitler's infamous "Action T4." Like all other "final solution" programs, it rationed medical care to only the very healthiest.
Do you Obama worshippers finally see what is wrong with your rationing of health care to only the very top Democrat power elite? Rest assured, you hoi polloui do not qualify.
Heil Obama! Sieg! Heil!
THE SKY IS FALLING THE SKY IS FALLING!!! I don't approve of much of anything coming out of Washington since we had that two-bit actor in office who set us up for ruin with his deregulation BS. I swear since that day every shyster cockroach came running out of the woodwork to steal their share, so if you want the crap to stop, you can stop your own first and besides, having to share the world wide web with you is embarrassing when you go round trying to make others believe this type of crap.
There is a lot of talk about Obama's Health Care Reform. I still don't understand it. One part says this another part says that and none of it is coherent.
All I know is that my health care premiums shot out the roof and now I pay twice as much for insulin as ever before.
Part of the problem about most thing sis people spouting off about stuff they don't really understand but talking about it anyway. What do you mean about rationing out healthcare? What part of the Act says that? I could say it's being rationed out now b/c so many don't have access to decent affordable healthcare of any kind. It's rationed out pretty effectively to the rich who can afford it and the poor who are on welfare. Those of us in the middle might have a job that offers health insurance but we often can't use it b/c of high deductibles and out of pocket expenses before the plan ever pays a dime. So whose rationing what? Part of this plan requires people to take some responsibility for themselves. If there's no individual mandate, some people will never buy insurance b/c they'd rather have cars or clothes or drugs or whatever. But when they race in to the emergency room, my tax dollars end up paying for some if not all of their care b/c they decided health insurance wasn't important. I'm a part of the working poor and cannot afford to take care of those who can take care of themselves. I'm all for helping the poor, infirmed and kids. But sorry ass people who can afford to buy health insurance but don't want to? I don't want to pay for you.