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The President’s Health Care Plan

It is hard to see how the health care plan the President released this week changes anything.

There is nothing new in it save a health insurance rate regulatory board that is an awkward political proposal at best. What powers would it really have and how would it operate in conjunction with the states already
charged with insurance company oversight are just two of the first questions it does not answer.

Fundamentally, what good would insurance rate regulation do if the President’s plan has only tepid cost containment built into it in the first place?

There are not the votes in the House right now to pass this new proposal—or the Senate bill. There are not likely even the votes in the Senate under a 51-vote rule for the President’s new plan.

That could change if the President scores a game changer on Thursday at Blair House that finally moves the polls from the 40% approval rating Democrats have had on health care to something over 50%.

But there is nothing in the White House health care proposal that was released this morning that will do that. If the President thinks he can do it alone on the back of his “communication skills” then all the adulation on the part of his supporters, like his Nobel Peace Prize, has gone to his head.

If Obama wants to score a real game changer on Thursday, when the Republicans call for starting over on health care, I will suggest, the President ought to say, “Deal.” Then call on the Republicans to join he and the Democratic leadership in 60 days of intensive negotiations to get a bipartisan deal. That would really put the Republicans on the spot—and Democrats as well.

If what both sides want is bipartisan health care reform then what they should be agreeing to do is achieve that in a time certain with no preconditions on the table.

Then let’s see who comes to the table in good faith.

The outcome of that exercise, successful or not, would give us a real issue to take to the polls in November.

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boobah
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boobah

I dont see how this bill can even be passed, it is clearly unconsitutional. No where in the consitution does it even hint that a national healthcare is right. Even if this bill is passed, someone will be smart enough to bring it before the supreme court to challenge it, to where that person shall win the case and national healthcare will be gone. This bill will no good for the people it will push the waiting lines by months, the quality of medical attention is going to sharply decrease. We as a nation already have some sort of national… Read more »

JayH
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I think that the current discussions about healthcare are shortsighted. They do not look to the future. Healthcare initiatives to date have focussed on providing healthcare to the needy. This is good. But what about addressing the prevention of ill health. Poor personal health practices is responsible for creating the need to address healthcare at this time. It is said that it is better to teach a starving man how to fish than it is to give him fish to eat. Much has been written about the obesity epidemic. Obesity, of course, leads to ill health and exacerbates the need… Read more »

Alex Adams
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Alex Adams

This is what the President needs to make clear to get the ball rolling on healthcare: A nation of healthy people is a nation of happy people is a nation of successful people is a nation of powerful people is a powerful nation. And full healthcare, not this 31 million out of nearly 300 million.

Nd
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Nd

Can we call a sped,a sped,i mean ,it is not hidden but revealling,ha ha,you know what i mean.we are better than that,nobody knows tommorow,the worst sickness might come in your backyard,maybe,big maybe and God forbid,you just lost your job,do you no what that means?,you will be like those people you fear that will benefit from the health care bill.

DIPAK PATEL
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DIPAK PATEL

TO MUCH HEALTH COST EVERY YEAR INCREASE WITHOUT ANY VISIT WITH DOCTOR. PAYROLL SAME BUT COST GOING UP AND UP. NO TAKING CARE ABOUT THIS REALITY HAPPEN. ALL POLITICIAN WORRY ABOUT HIS/HER POSSESSION.

Nd
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Nd

The reason why most peaple expecially white foxs are not supporting this Obama health care is just one reason,racism,they fear that black people are the fox that will benefit from the whole deal,being poor and not much in work force,even Hispanics.it is time to bypass and overgrow that aspect and do the right thing by supporting the bill.

Greg the Electrician
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Greg the Electrician

Mr Obama’s Health Plan eventually squeezes out the Private Insurance Industry, leaving the US GOVT in control. And this event and strategy is against our 10th Amendment. The US Govt can not make us buy their goods & services and make us pay a fine or penalty for non-compliance. Rep. Paul Ryan, WI (R) has an approved by the C.B.O. Reform Pkg that’s, lst of all, legal. This is a State Issue. http://www.house.gov/ryan/roadmap It’s 87 pages long. It covers all inter-locking topics, including tax reform. He’s worked on it for 6 years. The Progressives don’t want it, as it doesn’t… Read more »

ExhaustedMD
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ExhaustedMD

Everybody wants health care reform, me included. Everybody who is sane and responsible wants peace on earth, goodwill to all men, hunger be abolished, and children be able to grow up and do the best they can. Ok, let’s look at some realities here: Universal health care? What will the government do about tobacco? Who gets access to expensive procedures and medications, and who doesn’t? And, who pays for it? To readers who know me, what about profit? What is done with any monies that exceed expenses? Does someone/some organization get it? Does it get allocated to improve the system?… Read more »

archon41
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archon41

And is it Obama’s failure to advocate “single payer” that has inclined you to place him, uhm, “right of center,” didn’t you say? I can see where he might shy away from antagonizing the doctors and their SEIUized support staff. “Single payer,” for all that, has been a rallying cry for the… how shall I put it…those to the left of Obama? You know, the Kosites?

Peter
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Peter

“You can go to the GOP site and see their full proposal,…”
Maybe we should put the GOP proposals to analysis.
http://gopleader.gov/UploadedFiles/Summary_of_Republican_Alternative_Health_Care_plan_Updated_11-04-09.pdf

Wendell Murray
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“But, using what they have already said and done, my bet is on more talking point politics from the GOP.” Republicans in Congress know that they have nothing to offer. The Administration and the Democrats in the Senate should agree to whatever the Republicans define as “tort reform” in exchange for support of a public insurance plan that has no restrictions on it whatsoever. I doubt that Republicans Congress members can even define “tort reform” at this stage in any case. It could be defined in a way that is in fact beneficial to the public, although certainly inimical to… Read more »

MD as HELL
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MD as HELL

Abortion is not pregnancy reform and this monstrosity is not healthcare reform. Ramming this through reconciliation will be just like the shot at Fort Sumpter.
Too much debt. Too much big government. Ignoring the Constitution is a violation of every officer holder’s oath of office.
Only five days until the Medicare fee cuts take effect. My office will not see Medicare patients under the schedule now in place March first.

JD White
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JD White

Obama could just offer up tort reform (health courts) to easily get 61 votes and declare victory – the fact that dems are so concerned he might just do this shows it’s the trial lawyers, not republicans , that are holding up health reform/senate plan — anyway, neither party is serious about this — nothing new-all posturing, spin and protecting their seats in a primary- there will never be meaningful healthcare reform until 1. majority of citizens who vote and pay taxes lose health insurance )currently we have a long way to go here — only 15% of voters who… Read more »

Dennis
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Dennis

“In order to fix health care, we should first remove all current government distortions. Let’s abolish Medicare and return paid premiums with a cash-based annuity. ”
And when a senior citizen’s annuity runs out, hhow does that person get health care?