Thursday, November 16, 2006

Universal Healthcare

2007 is shaping up to be the year of universal health care. According to the Courant, even the insurance industry has come out with their own plan.

The industry's first plan for universal health care, unveiled Monday, was welcomed by consumer advocates as adding momentum to the cause, though they say it doesn't go far enough.

Democrats, meanwhile, have seized power in Congress after many campaigned on the health care issue, raising hopes of consumer groups.

The two developments, some observers predict, could help break the logjam and bring quicker action to address the needs of 46.6 million uninsured Americans, including 407,000 in Connecticut.


At this point I have more questions than commentary. Should universal health care be handled at the state or federal level? How much, if any, say should the insurance industry have in forming legislation? What would you like to see in a universal health care system?

Discuss away.

Source
Levick, Diane. "Health Care Hopes Grow". Hartford Courant. 11/16/06

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

The industry, for the most part, administers Medicare and Medicaid already. They will have something to say like it or not.

TrueBlueCT said...

let's call it Universal Coverage, please. (Universal Health care too easily translates into "socialized medicine" and governmental bureaucracies.)

What I'd like to see is free comprehensive care for anyone under the age of 28. And I'd like to see major medical, even with big deductibles and co-pays for everyone in America.

Plus there should be big incentives for small businesses to provide coverage, which should always be portable.

I don't care how we get it done. But emergency room care is expensive, and we are already paying, --one way or another--, for the uninsured.

Genghis Conn said...

Why 28 as a cutoff age?

cgg said...

My biggest concern is that health care is currently tied to employment. Considering how often people switch jobs it doesn't make sense anymore. Beyond that I'm not sure what the best way of going about health care is. I think different states may have different health care needs. I'm interested to hear what others think.

Anonymous said...

It's time for Universal Health Care Vouchers. The co-author is Rahm Emmanuel's brother. This has the legs to get done. A nice summary can be found at:

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/features/2005/0506.emanuel.html

Anonymous said...

GC--

Any age is arbitrary. I just figure 25 is probably too young to expect people to foot the bill, themselves, and 30 is too old.

Fact is that 20-somethings make up the bulk of the uninsured, and health coverage for this age range is relatively inexpensive.

Mark said...

Dis-agree with the "20-somethings" comment when as 16 million middle Americans are losing or seeing triple digit monthly increases in their employee sponsored health care benefits beginning in January 07. Ford for example, raising their worker's premiums 30% Jan 07, yet this just one of many. These are hard working Americans ages from 28 to 62 who will have to fend for themselves. Meanwhile, some companies have taken up the concept of "Healthcare or a House" Kaiser Family Foundation reports that an average insured family rate is $906 a month, where as a $220,000 home with 10% down at a 6.25% fixed rate will remain at $1040 a month for 30 years while the healthcare premium will be doubled within 5 years and the home provides a ROI.
CDHC, consumer driven healthcare is the answer many companies have turned to, including Bank of America, Consumer Health Alliance dot org is the not profit governing body over these plans that meet the need in all aspects in the medical field at 1980 rates with out insurance hassles.

Peace Out
Mark

Anonymous said...

Here is the ultimate fix for healthcare that will never happen but would work given enough time:

Outlaw health insurance.