February 23, 2010 10:30:00 AM
I want to express my concern that progress on health care reform has stalled. If we let Washington gridlock take over, millions of Americans will still be denied affordable care by insurance companies because of their age or their medical history. And countless Americans will see their insurance stop paying during the middle of critical treatments due to arbitrary limits on care. Millions of older Americans who have worked hard their whole lives will still struggle to pay for their prescriptions.
While circumstances may have changed in Washington, nothing has changed for the millions of us who need leadership from our elected officials to deliver meaningful relief. We simply cannot let the same old Washington gridlock stand in the way of much-needed reforms like lowering drug costs for seniors; stopping insurance company abuses; making sure seniors have access to their doctors; and protecting guaranteed Medicare benefits. I am counting on our elected officials to do the right thing and come together to keep their promises and make sure older Americans and their families get the care and medications they need.
Dennis Nordin, Starkville
JJ commented at 2/24/2010 7:07:00 PM:
Hopefully at the health care summit tomorrow, something positive toward passing a health care bill will be accomplished. But if not, the only thing left will be the reconciliation process.
jimmy williams commented at 2/26/2010 9:44:00 PM:
YEP, we need a lottery, more money for education.
vote no commented at 3/4/2010 7:16:00 PM:
Obama's "health plan" is horrible. Everyone should contact their congressmen and demand they do not vote in favor of it.
JJ commented at 3/6/2010 8:45:00 PM:
Health care plan;
What's horrible is the people who don't have insurance.
What's horrible is the insurance companies raising the rates that some people can't afford to keep it.
What's horrible is the ones who have it have to pay for the ones who don't have it.
What's horrible is the illegal immigrants are getting a free ride at taxpayers' expense.
What's horrible is some people have to take a reverse mortgage on their home to pay medical bills.
What's horrible is a lot of people who are working are on medicaid because their employers don't have insurance plans for them, and don't pay them enought to buy insurance for themselves.
What,s horrible is that some people have maxed out their major medical.
What's horrible is the insurance companies won't pay for pre-existing conditions.
What's horrible is that even if you can afford insurance, it's still too expensive.
What is horrible is if they don't pass the health care bill.
If someone can (Bush) start a preemptive war of civilizations by attacking Irag under false pretenses, the single biggest foreign policy blunder in american history, a war that;s had the unintended consequences of playing into the hands of our enemies,made them stronger, and unnecessarily cost us trillions, weakening America as a military and economic power, with no end in sight, surely we can give every American affordable health care. Amen!
woodnut commented at 3/7/2010 8:23:00 AM:
JJ-I agree with you 100%!
Do I miss Bush yet? Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!
The aftermath of his "blind" leadership will be with us forever.
bigbadjohn commented at 3/8/2010 11:45:00 AM:
The reason President Obama and the democrats are having problems passing the health care bill is because of dyfunctional politics and the Party of No-No.
In this age of online citizen journalism the public is becoming more and more aware of the breakdown of Washington politics and the two -party system, the widening cultural gap between the rich and the rest of America, the exploding conflict between corporate America and Main Street America and the "GOP Party of No-No's" scorched-earth defense of all-things-business while fighting everything favoring the masses, including health care and financial reforms. This trend will get far destructive. The elections of 2010 and 2012 are guaranteed to make your world of health care much worse if this bill is not passed.
Sallie commented at 3/9/2010 9:59:00 AM:
America's becoming a "socialist" nation? No, the truth is America's becoming the world's first "Capitalist Anarchy", thanks to the explosion of lobbyists running government. This trend shows no sign of abating. Imagine: 42,000 Washington lobbyists today, versus a hand full in 1975. Other experts estimate 261,000 of these selfish special-interest "influence peddlers" throughout our nation. And it's so bad the Center for Public Integrity just reported that "more than 1,750 companies and organizations hired about 4,525 lobbyists, eight for each member of Congress, to influence health-reform bills in 2009. "Worse: this emerging Capitalist Anarchy" is draining the Treasury with endless deficits piling up more killer debt.
woodnut commented at 3/10/2010 10:58:00 AM:
If the healthcare systems in Canada and Europe are so much worse than ours, somebody ought to tell the Europeans and Canadians.
On a survey by Deloitte of 14,000 people and 6 countries includes the cost data from the OECD,to give a sense of who's getting the most satisfaction per healthcare dollar.
Canada: Percent rating the healthcare system A or B 46%; D or F 15%; annual healthcare spending per person $3,895.
France: A or B 63%, D or F: 12%; spending per person $3,600.
Germany: A or B: 18%; D or F: 44%, spending per person $3,588.
Switzerland:A or B: 66%; D or F: 14%, spending $4,417.
United Kingdom: A or B: 32%; D or F: 20%; spending $2,992.
United States: A or B: 22%: D or F: 38%, $7,600.
These findings undercut claims that the British and Canadian systems don't work.
concerned commented at 3/10/2010 7:43:00 PM:
Passing this healthcare bill makes sense economically, because what few industrial jobs we have left are being hurt by the soaring healthcare costs. Most Americans say they are satsified with their healthcare. But chances are they're earning less money in exchange for satisfactory health insurance. Soaring healthcare costs are killing jobs in industries with the highest rates of coverage,such as manufacturing, finance, and education.
We should ask ourselves if we're comfortable giving up a raise, and maybe even our job, in exchange for decent healthcare. And if we're willing to pay even higher healthcare costs in the future.
Rationing Healthcare commented at 3/11/2010 1:27:00 PM:
Republicans say if the healthcare bill passes, it will be the government take over and rationing of healthcare. Fears about government-backed panels that would decide how much to pay for various kinds of medical care, based on what works and what doesn't, have stoked rage over the prospect of denied care. Yet the system already denies care, and does so ruthlessly. To get affordable care, you have to work for a company that provides it. If you have a pre-existing condition, you might be out of luck anyway. And if you need treatment that your insurer doesn't feel is medically necessary, your only choice is to pay the fees yourself.
Apparently we don't mind it when insurance companies ration healthcare, we only object to government rationing meant to keep the nation solvent.
woodnut commented at 3/13/2010 9:06:00 PM:
How insurance companies are using the Republicans to kill healthcare reform.
Managed care company Aetna Inc. spent $802,000 in the last quarter of 2009 lobbying the federal government on healthcare reform. Aetna's lobbying topics included reform-related proposals like one that would prevent insurers from using pre-existing conditions to exclude policyholders.
This bill is more about lobbyists than it is Democrats and Republicans.
woodnut commented at 3/15/2010 9:19:00 PM:
More lobbying to report on. Humana in the last quarter of '09 spent $1.2 million and Wellpoint spent $1.1 million. The lobbyists are having a field day and getting rich too, along with some politicians.
If we could terminate the lobbyists, it would no doubt be much easier to get something accomplished in Washington.
From U.S. News, a typical 65-year-old married couple without chronic conditions will need $197,000 to pay for out-of pocket medical costs throughout retirement. And this excludes nursing home care, if needed.