Hear Both Sides Then Decide – Part II

Sue Daugherty
Mar 23, 2010


Last week I blogged about the health care debate and encouraged readers to first understand both sides, then decide.   But I noticed I failed to share an important detail on why this issue is so important.  “The Medicare Part A Hospital Insurance Fund will have insufficient funds to pay for full benefits beginning in 2019”  ( color:#0022F8">http://www.kff.org/medicare/h08_7821.cfm)  Just so you know, Part A means hospitalization.  So, there is enough money for Medicare to pay 80% of the bill for those age 65+ who need to be hospitalized.

text-autospace:none">If you don’t know anything about The Kaiser Family Foundation, it is a leader in health policy and communications, the Kaiser Family Foundation is a non-profit, private operating foundation focusing on the major health care issues facing the U.S., as well as the U.S. role in global health policy.   It is not associated with Kaiser Permanente or Kaiser Industries.  ( 14.0pt;font-family:Verdana">www.kff.org/aboutus)  

text-autospace:none">Now here are some of the sources of information that oppose the proposal of insuring all/more Americans under a universal health care plan.

none;text-autospace:none">ONE REPUBLICAN’S POSTION ON HEALTH CARE: US Senator Bob Corker, (R-Tennessee). According to Washingtonpost.com  Corker’s position is… But a public insurance option is a non-starter, Corker warned, and unless Obama pushes the idea off the table next week, meaningful GOP support will not materialize. A serious and gradual bid to control costs and expand coverage, however, could prove difficult for certain Republicans to resist, he said. 

text-autospace:none">Congressman Roy Blunt (R-Missouri)  offers a list by which the republican plan/design will help insure more people, without raising taxes.  Your job, as an informed citizen, is to read through it and sift out the information that has a high probability of being factual vs. that which has a high probability of being fiction.  EXAMPLE:  “Eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse in our nation’s entitlement programs.” While at the same time… “Cutting regulations so insurance companies compete for your business and you can shop around for the best coverage and price.”  I like both proposals, a lot!  

But let me throw out some food for thought… Is it possible  to cut waste fraud and abuse, if there would be less regulation on insurance companies?  That is your job to find the answer to – not mine.   To do that it means talking to the Congressmen/women and Senators who are in favor of having multiple private insurance companies provide healthcare access to more Americans.  It’s all part of hearing both sides.

text-autospace:none">Click here for Republican Congressman Mike Rogers’ argument for why it isn’t the government/taxpayers responsibility of seeing that all or more Americans have access to affordable health care.   He argues that it is the responsibility of individuals/innovators to use innovation to solve this problem.  

text-autospace:none">Although it’s easier to do nothing, the truth of the matter is somebody (government or individual innovators) needs to do something. 

text-autospace:none">One last reminder if you want to hear both sides….Mark your calendar for the Public Health Care/Insurance Forum from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17 at BGSU-Firelands Cedar Point Center.

text-autospace:none"> As best as I can tell this will be a public dialogue to hear both sides.   The rally called Mad As Hell Doctors.com at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 28 at Lakeview Park on Perry Street in Port Clinton, is a rally that is in favor of a universal health care plan.  If anyone knows of a rally that explains the conservative proposal to healthcare for all Americans, please post your comment and let us all know where that event is being held.

text-autospace:none">Now you have sources for information to begin your own quest to come to your own conclusions on how to best address this problem of uninsured Americans.  And remember, we don’t have time to squander.  As it stands now, if the decision is to protect the status quo, in 9 ½ years there will be insufficient funds for Americans age 65 and older to have 80 percent of their hospital bills covered by Medicare Part A insurance.  




Wouldn't it be nice if we didn't have to have spaghetti dinners and other benefit fund raisers to help take care of sick children?

I don't know what the answer is, but the present system needs to be changed.


Where can I find the cost projections per employee and per employer?  It would be helpful to be able to compare what i am already paying in payroll taxes for Medicare and what is my employer paying on my behalf for Medicare.  How much more would it cost ME if everyone had to pay into it?   How much more would my employer have to pay if ALL employers had to pay into it?  DOES ANYONE KNOW THE ANSWER TO THAT QUESTION?