MoveOn.org organizes small rally calling on Wyden to support Obama's health plan.
Obama called Wyden's healthcare proposal "radical" and now, Oregonians are calling on Wyden to fully support the president's plan, particularly the public health insurance option.
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#1 Jul 22, 2009
The U.S. system is mostly privatised, which means that individuals alone or through their employers must buy their health care and health insurance on the open market. The government provides subsidised health care for the elderly and some of the poor and disabled.
Prices of many health services have soared in recent years and today individuals and the government spend 2.3 trillion dollars annually to purchase health insurance, doctor visits, medicines, hospital stays and special tests, according to Families USA, a health advocacy group.
“Our health care is in a car that is accelerating toward a cliff,” Alan Sager, co-director of the Health Reform Project at Boston University, told IPS.
The U.S. has a high rate of untreated diabetes and high blood pressure, which fall disproportionately on African Americans, Lui said.
“Unless you’re extremely wealthy it’s almost impossible to buy insurance. I’m in my fifties and it would cost me 6,000 dollars a year, and for a family it costs 12,000 dollars,” Steffie Woolhandler, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard University, told IPS.
The U.S. system today has created strange incentives, so that high-tech care is abundant for those who can pay for it while preventive care, like annual check ups, is not encouraged, Woolhandler said.
“It is remarkable we spend so much and yet fail to cover so many people,” Sager said.
Health care companies wield tremendous political power, Lui noted.
For years, health activists, organisations of the elderly and labour unions have tried to convince Congress to allow citizens and the government to negotiate bulk prices for drugs or to purchase them from Canada, rather than paying full price on the open U.S. market.
Congress has not budged on this or other health care reform issues.
Behind the scenes, drug companies, hospitals, insurance companies and doctor organisations spent 400 million dollars in 2005 and 2006 lobbying Congress and federal candidates to enact policies the companies favour, according to Opensecrets, an organisation which tracks the records.
Don't know what's up with Wyden.
#2 Jul 23, 2009
Time to nationalize health care. The rich get richer the poor (middle class) are neglected and go without.
#3 Jul 25, 2009
When did Wyden become a BlueDog BlueCross Dem?
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