Obama’s updated health care reform – where are we going??

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Where is health care going??

A deadline of August for a Congressional decision to discuss the future of our health care appears to be in place.  But increasing amounts of pressure has been placed on Congress and it is unknown what will be in the forecast.

Cost may be at the forefront.

It has been estimated that “Covering 50 million uninsured Americans could cost as much as $1.5 trillion over a decade.”  citation from “Obama team plans more active role on health”

Obama is attempting to allow Congress to progress at its own pace – which is slower than his initial anticipation and expectation.

Some beginning legislation is attempting to force employers to cover their employees or face a strict penalty.  This would allow for coverage for every working employee.  However, it is less known to what extent this would be applied.

Another option is an insurance plan that would be government sponsored.  This would allow the public to choose between their current work provided health care or a government sponsored insurance plan.  Those against this are private insurers who argue that they would be pushed aside and would soon be forced to shut their doors.

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Obama stated in a radio and Internet address :  “This issue, health care reform, is not a luxury. It’s not something that I want to do because of campaign promises or politics. This is a necessity. This is something that has to be done.”

Another recent issue that congress is mulling over currently is to ask some 164 million Americans who are currently covered by their employers to “give up at least part of the longstanding tax exemption granted to such compensation.

Some believe that this will primarily affect the wealthy who receive the largest tax break due to exclusion of their income.

A similar idea was passed around during the Regan administration back in 1984

What does this actually mean?  Currently we are not taxed on our insurance.  Or in other words, our yearly income is not higher because our insurance does not play into our income.  We therefore receive a “tax break”.  This may lead to a coverage provided by employees that leads to higher deductibles or co-pays and/or a overall coverage that is less extensive and complete.

Recently Republicans from the Finance Committee gave a warning to President Obama and they insisted that he was making a mistake by supporting a government sponsored insurance plan directed at the middle class.  Their concerns are that the government would begin to control the insurance market and that other private companies would be pushed out. Many Democrats remain mixed with many who support the idea but remain cautious with the finer details.

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Reformation ideas are ever changing with the current need for a health care reform.

It will be interesting to watch as political dust is thrown in the air and watch where it lands and who is affected.

 

Check out the following stories:

Health insurance haves to pay for have-nots?

“Obama team plans more active role on health”

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4 Responses to Obama’s updated health care reform – where are we going??

  1. jerclan311 says:

    Mr. Obama is sure trying to do something that has never been done before. I am just concerned that it will send us somewhere our country never wanted to go. Not real suprised but rather cautious.

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  2. forevermine says:

    Healthcare needs to change….so many people stand by and want something to change but do nothing to make it happen. Obama has encouraged change and is standing at the forefront to make something happen. What are you doing to help our healthcare system???

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  3. Gelb1777 says:

    Socialized healtcare is good for the people without insurance – but those who end up paying the taxes and are left standing month before they can get in and see their provider suffer the consequences. In a perfect world it would be tempting – you wait – the consequences will outweight any benefit you might think you will see

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  4. Peter says:

    I DON’T TRUST OUR GOVERNMENT! When is the spending going to stop? Before we even start to think about government taking over healthcare they need to show us that know how to manage money. We already have trillion dollar deficits. We need to cut back on spending programs not adding more.
    I am not saying that our system doesn’t need change. It does. This can be done in ways other then trying to socialize healthcare. To start with we should start passing some tort reform bills. The United States spends more of its GDP per capital on healthcare than pretty much anywhere in the world. Do you think prices would go down if we socialized our healthcare? Our government needs to show that they can be fiscally responsible with what they have. I am frankly scared at what is happening to our country.

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