Monday, June 01, 2009

The best news I've read this year...

Even counting the grain markets.
If there was such a thing as a sure bet in the bill, this would be it: the creation of an insurance marketplace, or “exchange,” where individuals and small employers could compare plans side by side, find options with a minimum benefits package and buy coverage. Insurers would be required to take all comers, regardless of pre-existing conditions. Proponents say it would give individuals a place to find affordable insurance that could go with them from job to job.
Why it looks likely: It is the cornerstone of Democratic and Republican health care proposals. Experts from the conservative Heritage Foundation and the liberal Center for American Progress endorse it. Federal lawmakers already participate in an exchange called the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program — and they have been promising for years to provide the same choices to voters. [more]
It's going to happen, folks.


buffalobill said...

I agree that health care in the US is is a sorry state. I agree that something has to be many people are just doing without health care and health care insurance. I am afraid that making any health care mandatory is dangerous and could end up being just additional taxes/expense to people who can ill afford either. Still only time will tell whether or not 'doing something' is better or worse than what is- now. I am hoping better, because we cannot stand worse

Brandon said...

I have heard where some states (NJ if I remember right) require insurance companies to insure all applicants regardless of previous history has actually caused insurance rates to increase. In those states people tend to not buy insurance until they really need it. Usually when they have some catastrophic health issue. Of course this is not how insurance is supposed to work. I'm not sure a "must insure" law would really help the situation.

Greg Fountain said...

Boy oh boy do I agree that health care is in a sorry state. The debate over health care is also in a sorry state. Both comments before this one worry about cost...this should not be what we are talking about. The cost is there whether we do nothing or do something. The debate should be how do we pay for the services we are getting. And maybe society should debate what services should be provided and when but that is a separate topic.

So who should pay for my chronic local hospital....Blue cross...the government? Darned if I know.
Greg Fountain