Recently in a speech given to the AMA (American Medical Association) President Obama announced a few of the details of his health care plan for America. Which he announced the budget being around $1 trillion over the next ten years. In order to keep this cap some sacrifices must be made and other programs cut. For instance, federal payments to hospitals by about $200 billion and cut $313 billion from Medicare and Medicaid over 10 years. (AP)This will have a profound impact on the retired and elderly who already struggle on these mismanaged and inappropriate programs.
The president continued to reassure his listeners that this amount for his health care hale mary will still cost far less than the projected spending on the Iraq war. The GOP was quick to respond to what the present had to say Rep. Tom Price of Georgia a (former orthopedic surgeon) accused Obama of pushing a "government takeover" of health care. Speaking to reporters on a conference call organized by the Republican National Committee, Price contended that a committee that Obama's administration has established to study the effectiveness of various medical treatments would turn into a "rationing board" to overrule doctors and deny patients care. (AP)
Obama continued by saying he's "open" to requiring all Americans to have health insurance.
While stressing that the plan would permit
continuing assistance for those who cannot afford it on their own. A
"health care exchange" would be set up to provide additional options
for the uninsured.
"A big part of what led General Motors and Chrysler into trouble. were the huge costs they racked up providing health care for their workers.”
“Costs that made them less profitable and
less competitive with automakers around the world."
"If we do not fix our health care system," Obama said, "America may go the way of GM paying more, getting less, and going broke."
The present weaved into his speech details pertaining to capes on medical malpractice lawsuits, tip toeing round the pink elephant in the room. Namely in order to gain the support he needs from the doctors that will be in the center of his plan, he had to tell them what they want to hear without pissing off the other others guys. They are the blue dog democrats who hold fast against and mention of caps.
To add fuel to the fire the issue of covering illegal aliens under the new health plan has sparked a hot debate among all. According to Texas state comptroller the bill for treating illegal’s reached $1.3 billion in 2006. Since then many states have passed legislation banning illegal migrants from receiving public benefits, including health care. Nebraska passed a similar bill, while Indiana will make it mandatory for hospitals to declare how much they spent on treating illegal immigrants. A 2004 study in California by the Federation for American Immigration Reform placed the cost at $1.4 billion a year. (Hernandez)
Once again the present looks for the middle ground on this issue that isn’t there. In addition the president continues to rally support for his programs that have had no time in committee before he’s pushing for an uninformed vote on the floor. Why?
While the President has been busy giving speeches to the AMA the GOP party has been hard at work coming up with their own plan, according to GOP (Blunt) Congressman Roy Blunt from Missouri. The congressman posted an outline of the House GOP Solutions Group’s plan here a few of the points the group hopes will gain them Bipartisan support. (Blunt)
The health care reforms outlined are designed to:
Make quality health care coverage affordable and accessible for every American, regardless of pre-existing health conditions. Protect Americans from being forced into a new government-run health care plan that would: a) eliminate the health care coverage that more than 100 million Americans currently receive through their job; b) limit your choice of doctors and medical treatment options; and c) result in the federal government taking control of your health care. Let Americans who like their health care coverage keep it, and give all Americans the freedom to choose the health plan that best meets their needs. Ensure that medical decisions are made by patients and their doctors, not government bureaucrats. Improve Americans’ lives through effective prevention, wellness, and disease management programs, while developing new treatments and cures for life-threatening diseases.
There will be no doubt many more heated debates over health care before the year’s end. Between the parties and their members, with no easy answers it will be hard to please everyone. One thing is certain whatever decision is come to for the sack of the country the best interests of the American people must be at the heart.
AP. CBS 13 CW31. 15 JUNE 2009. JULY 2009 .
Blunt, Roy. Congressman Roy Blunt. 17 6 2009. July 2009 .
Hernandez, Vittorio. AHN. 22 Jan 2008. July 2009 .
Lillpop, John. Canada Free Press. 15 June 2009. July 2009 .