Black People : Public Option is Serious , so why the Games?

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  1. Ankhur

    Ankhur Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Published on Thursday, November 5, 2009 by CommonDreams.org
    The Next Phase of Healthcare Apartheid
    by Norman Solomon

    In Washington, "healthcare reform" has degenerated into a sick joke.
    At this point, only spinners who've succumbed to their own vertigo could use the word "robust" to describe the public option in the healthcare bill that the House Democratic leadership has sent to the floor.

    "A main argument was that a public plan would save people money," the New York Times has noted. But the insurance industry -- claiming to want a level playing field -- has gotten the Obama administration to bulldoze the plan. "After House Democratic leaders unveiled their health care bill [on October 29], the Congressional Budget Office said the public plan would cost more than private plans and only 6 million people would sign up."

    At its best, "the public option" was a weak remedy for the disastrous ailments of the healthcare system in the United States. But whatever virtues the public option may have offered were stripped from the bill en route to the House floor.

    What remains is a Rube Goldberg contraption that will launch this country into a new phase of healthcare apartheid.

    People who scrape together enough money to buy health insurance will discover that they're riding in the back of the nation's healthcare bus. The most "affordable" policies will be the ones with the highest deductibles and the worst coverage.

    We're hearing that large numbers of lower-income Americans will be provided with Medicaid coverage in the next decade. Translation: If funding holds up, they'll get to hang onto a bottom rung of the healthcare ladder. Many will not be able to get the medical help they need, from primary care providers or specialists.

    Not long ago, we were told that the Obama administration was aiming for a public option that could provide coverage to one out of every four Americans. Now the figure is around one out of every fifty.

    Not long ago, the idea was that taxpayer-funded subsidies were to be used only for the public option. But now the entire concept has been hijacked by and for the private insurance industry. As House Speaker Nancy Pelosi put it on October 8, private insurance companies "are going to get 50 million new consumers, many of them subsidized by the taxpayers."

    Pelosi was making the argument that the least the insurance industry could do, in return, would be to accept a higher level of taxation. But her comment was a telling acknowledgment that all the "public option" proposals now provide a massive funnel from the U.S. Treasury to the insurance conglomerates. The individual mandate is a monumental giveaway to private insurance firms.

    The specter of "healthcare reform" that requires individuals to stretch their personal finances for often-abysmal insurance coverage is the worst of all worlds -- government intrusion for corporate benefit without any guarantees of decent health coverage.

    In effect, the individual-mandate requirement tells people that obtaining health coverage is ultimately their own responsibility -- and the quality of the coverage is beside the point. In essence, when it comes to guaranteeing quality healthcare for all, the gist of the policy is: "Let's not, and say we did."

    The predictable result is reinforcement of vast -- and often deadly -- inequities in access to healthcare

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  2. Ishefa

    Ishefa Active Member MEMBER

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    I believe that this healthcare reform bill, will be so watered down by the time the states insert their provisions and restrictions, that in the end we will all end-up in pseudo-HMO's that are tanamount to medicare without the enhancements.
     
  3. Ankhur

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    The fact of the matter is that the purchae of HMO coverage, will be mandatory, and if not done, criminal prosecution will ensue, via fines or worse,
    giving the HMOs a wak monoply over every citizen, but medicare and medicaid may be trimmed down , enacting more out of pocket costs
     
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