Medical industry anxiously awaiting O...

Medical industry anxiously awaiting Obama plans to fix health c...

There are 4 comments on the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin story from Jun 11, 2009, titled Medical industry anxiously awaiting Obama plans to fix health c.... In it, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin reports that:

Health care reform has been brought to the forefront forcing federal lawmakers to look at options for providing health insurance for the millions of Americans without coverage.

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What is the solution

United States

#1 Jun 12, 2009
Do we need government medical centers to provide basic care for the uninsured citizens? Would quality medical personnel (doctors, nurses, and lab techs, etc.) help staff these centers on a part-time basis -- their practices/employers could receive fair compensation in return (preferred tax treatment perhaps, wage and benefit compensation from the government, etc.) in exchange for the time spent working at the centers. Can we largely supplement staff at these centers with medical/nursing/related students, and vastly increase the supply of students in the medical education programs by subsidizing the education programs? I don't know.

I'm quite afraid of having our medical system completely taken over by the government. Just look at stories about VA care and the HORRIBLE medical care that is provided. Recent headlines such as infecting large numbers of patients with hepatitis and AIDS by reusing nonsterilized equipment. I worry that's what socialized medicine would be in our country. Is that what you want? I sure don't want that. Are we capable of doing it right? I'm doubtful.
SAW

Upland, CA

#2 Jun 12, 2009
When my spouse was privately covered for medical insurance by the, then, non-profit Blue Cross of CA, the monthly premiums were $69. After Blue Cross became a profit making corporation, the premiums gradually rose to over $300/month. We then transfered my spouse to my former employer's group Blue Cross plan in order to get cheaper premiums. The group premiums for my spouse have steadily increased and are now $579/mo.

If the Administration's primary goal in overhauling the medical care industry is to make medical care affordable for all Americans, it would be prudent to:

Require all hospitals, pharmacies, and medical insurance companies to become non-profit. Leave the private doctors alone as long as they charge fees in keeping with their costs and skill levels.
Vern

Barstow, CA

#4 Jun 12, 2009
Anyone who likes the bail outs and other "stimulus packages" will love the "new and improved" health care.

Think the wallets are thin now, this is only the beginning.

In the next few years paychecks will be automatically redirected to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. After funding more give-away programs and boondoggle disguises, the remainder, if any, will be returned to the hard working Americans by carrier pigeon.

2011 can't come soon enough.
Halkshaw

United States

#5 Jun 13, 2009
I have Kaiser Insurance my wife and I are 58. My wife took early retirement in 2004. She has the insurance. We went on Cobra for 18 months at $700 dolars a month then we went on Cal corbra for another 18 months at $850 a month. Then we wore forced to go on a Hypra plan at a cost $1550 a month with way less coverage and way more co fees. Has she staye working we would be paying less for the same plan. Folks you need to wake up no employer is going to hire any one over 50 if they provid insurance you see what it would do to their monthly cost. We are spending all our retirment on medical insurance. I think we are just being riped off. They give the Government employees a good contract. They give big companies a good deal. The rest of us the finically ruin. most people my age are with out it and scared to death they will get sick wake up folks that is what is going on in America. Something needs to be done for 50 and above the working poor. With as much money as our Government gives away people in America should have health care.

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