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Obama vs. McCain on health care

Sen. Barack Obama’s attack on health insurance reforms proposed by Sen. John McCain shows that Obama’s not for real change in health insurance.

Obama wants more government-sponsored health insurance schemes, like
the VA health care system, Medicare and the unaffordable Medicaid scheme
that’s bankrupting the states and the Feds.

Obama wants to keep employers involved in the insurance markets,
even though they limit consumer choice, increase costs for consumers
and make their workers buy expensive policies they don’t want nor need.

Obama wants the tax laws to favor large employers who pay part of
their workers’ health care bills while discriminating against
individuals who have to use after-tax dollars to buy health insurance,
making individual policies less price competitive for the same kinds of
policies that large employers buy.

Obama’s clearly listening to the lobbyists from the American Medical
Assn., American Hospital Assn. and large employers who want no change
in health care insurance markets. He’s not listening to people who
don’t want socialized, government-funded and mandated health insurance.
He’s listening to unions and government workers who want power, not to
consumers who want affordable health insurance.

McCain’s plan is pretty irrelevant because it won’t be enacted if he’s elected with a Congress controlled by Democrats.

But he’s on the right track even though he has some crazy ideas about high risk pools for the truly uninsured.

McCain and Palin are having a tough time articulating their
principles and goals for the health insurance markets, showing they
generally don’t know what they’re talking about and don’t really care
about health insurance reform.

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Pre-existing conditions are one of the primary ways that insurance companies keep their premiums arbitrarily high, drop your coverage or sky rocket your rates if someone on your plan gets sick, and prevent you from shopping around for better rates. As a small business owner, I can tell you that this is literally killing our ability to keep coverage.
What I like about Obama’s plan is that he cuts the legs out from under insurance companies, simply by adding a law that prevents them from using pre-existing conditions. This doesn’t cost the tax payers a dime!!!

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obama’s health plan will be paying for the care of twelve to twenty million illegal aliens that are not working and will over tax the system. try to make an appointment for an ingrown toenail then. how will we afford it? tax the fecal sample right out of you, thats how,and no matter what he says you can’t pay for a program like that without taxing the middle guy.

john s.
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Im curently debating on who to vote for in the up coming election.
Visit http://mccain2008obama.blogspot.com/ and share your opinion!

Mag K
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charles
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If you really think the Obama McCain health plan is real read this FackCheck on both the
Obama AND McCain Health Plans!
http://strategicthought-charles77.blogspot.com/2008/10/obama-mccain-health-care-plans-fact.h
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PISSED
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PISSED

Mr. McCain plans to give tax credit to people who buy their own insurance.
HOW CAN THAT HAPPEN?
PEOPLE DON’T HAVE THE MONEY TO BUY INSURANCE WITH – IN THE FIRST PLACE
IF PEOPLE HAD THE MONEY TO BUY IT – & PAY THEIR MORTGAGE – THEY WON’T NEED YOUR FREAKIN TAX CREDIT
PEOPLE ARE UNEMPLOYED.
STOP THE FREAKIN BULLSHIT MR. MCCAIN

Nick
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Nick

There is probably some combination of the plans that would work best, hopefully these will naturally develop over time. We certainly aren’t going to solve all the issues in one presidential term!
Other than the obvious argument that the government has challenges in many of their public services programs, I’d wonder about the following:
-I have to assume that the reimbursement levels/ fee schedules are drastically lower than that of other payers; how will that play out in various ways?
-Will the government be able to develop (or willing to fund) the type of product innovations necessary to improve care/decrease costs?

Realistic
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Realistic

The government does a pretty good job of collecting money and disbursing it. The VA, Medicare, and Medicaid are relatively well run and, more importantly, more efficient without an extra layer of private sector bureaucracy that some studies suggest cost Americans about $200B a year. The federal government works better when it is run by people who genuinely believe that government can be well run as opposed to those who merely want to demonstrate that it doesn’t. Recent history testifies to that. If we want to solve this problem, we need to leave our bumper sticker preconceptions at the gate,… Read more »

Sleep Aid
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Being just 18 years old, in college and not having to worry about healthcare, I couldn’t imagine life without it. It truely is a shame that in America, the wealthiest nation in the world there are people who are not getting the healthcare they deserve.

Jodi
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Jodi

I believe that government tends to mess things up rather than improve them. I do think that the healthcare system is a mess, but a free market will fix that. Not the government trying to take over the mess. All we have to do is look at the current stockmarket numbers. Clearly they should stay out of the healthcare industry!