Posts Tagged Healthcare
According to KSL, Senator Orrin Hatch is calling the present health care bill a “potential disaster”. Of course, our present healthcare system is not a potential disaster. There’s nothing potential about it. It’s a full-on disaster for many people.
The couple in this video made too much money to qualify for assistance with their daughter. After losing their home and suffering a bankruptcy due to medical bills, they finally resorted to divorce in order to get the care needed.
I’d say the current healthcare disaster has fully lived up to its potential, Senator Hatch. This is just wrong.
The tax payer funded Congress and Senate switchboard is being illegally used to push ObamaCare. If you call your Congressman or Senator via the Capitol switchboard you will be given a pitch to urge your Congressman to vote for Obama’s health-care plan.
Thank you for calling your Representative and your Senators.
Please urge them to vote yes on health insurance reform. Because the American people can no longer wait for more choices, lower costs, and coverage we can count on.
Try it yourself at 1-800-828-0498 while it lasts.
I tried it myself just to make sure and this is absolutely true.
Here is the audio:
This is not the first time government resources have been used to promote ObamaCare. As we know the administration set up a snitch email, the now defunct, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whether you approve of Obama’s health care plan or not you should be outraged that tax-payer funded resources are being used to push anyone’s political agenda. When you call your Congressman you should not be subjected to any kind of pitch prior to being connected.
Call your Congressman and alert them to put a stop to this, and hold those responsible for this miss-allocation of government resources.
Imagine the outcry if George W Bush tried this?
After some investigating this 800 number may actually be run by liberal lobbying groups duping people into calling that number instead of the regular Capitol switchboard, then they give you the pitch and forward you to the real one.
If this is the case then we need to find out the organization(s) behind this and expose them. It would be interesting to discover the legality of this. What we may need to do is call this number repeatedly because every call costs the 800 number owners money. Just make sure you don’t let the call forward to the switchboard so no tax money will be used. This is what happened after email@example.com was exposed. So many people spammed it that it forced them to take it down.
Posted by in Health Care on August 19, 2009
Finally the idea of not for profit health care cooperatives or co-ops are being discussed in Washington. Once popular during the depression, Co-ops are people pooling their own money to either leverage lower premiums for private insurance or self insuring. This is a pro-consumer and pro-free market approach to health care that if implemented correctly could bring quality health care at the lowest cost.
Groups of people, business’, churches, and organizations could form their own co-ops and the members would vote on boards of directors that will be accountable to its members. After administration and overhead costs all proceeds would go to for paying member’s health care.
This should promote a frenzy of competition among the entire health insurance industry because private insurance companies would fight for the dollars of the co-ops and in many cases compete directly with their not-for-profit counterparts. It will promote competition by forcing doctors, hospitals, and pharmaceutical companies to deal with insurance companies that will demand lower costs from them as they compete for members. The motive to deny or reduce coverage to increase profits will be removed and competition will drive the co-ops and private insurance companies to offer maximum benefits at the lowest cost.
The Obama administration is floating the health care co-op idea but they are talking about massive federal spending to get co-ops off the ground. If co-ops are to work they must be free of undue government interference. Congress can and should enact a framework and provide oversight but they must not be allowed to appoint boards or control them.
The health care cooperative idea will face stiff opposition from the left who prefer a public option and from the right who prefer a pure free market approach. These may be the biggest hurtles to overcome, but I believe it is an idea worth pursuing.
Despite the overwhelming evidence that the Canada’s Health Care System is superior to ours (US), a young man named Tyler (“the nightmare that is Canadian Health Care”) and many like him, continue to repeat unsupported generalizations to the contrary which dishonesty can only be explained by greed and self-interest.
There is little point in crafting an original piece on this subject since the existing and voluminous material is more than sufficient, sound, irrefutable and generally accepted without debate. Hence, I give you one of the many hundreds of such articles reflecting the evidence.
Yes, I know, that headline is going to get a ton of “baloney” responses. Not to mention all the “then go back to Canada” replies from people not interested in really looking at the issue. I’ve heard it all before a million times.
…as someone who has lived under both health care systems for considerable periods of time, it angers me to hear the misinformation and lies that these anti-single payer advocates love to spread about Canada every time the debate about improving American health care arises.
So let’s look at the opinion expressed in the above headline. It’s not just my personal opinion. It’s the opinion of a recent Harvard Medical School study that studied the health care of more than 3000 Canadians and 5000 Americans. It was based on the first-ever health survey carried out jointly by the two nations’ official statistics agencies.
Here are a few paragraphs about the study which was printed in the American Journal of Health in July 2006: