Obama - ‘Healthcare Messiah for the USA’

by VR Sreeraman on  November 18, 2008 at 12:27 PM Health Watch
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On Wednesday, the 5th of November, several nations of the world awoke to a change unprecedented in history. The Americans, on the other hand, were winding up after a long day. Many of them could not go to sleep. They were listening with bated breath to the biggest bedtime story ever—of a Black man, Barack Obama, who was just elected as the president of the United States of America.

Obama has promised change - for the people of America and in America's approach to the rest of the world. In the realm of health he has come forth with a plan that, he believes, would ensure affordable health care options for all.

Health Insurance

The primary goal of Obama's health care plan is to provide every American with health insurance coverage through public or private means. He wants health care coverage for all Americans that is portable, that favors patient's choice of doctors and care (without governmental interference) and that would make insurance companies increasingly accountable.

Some of the features of Barack Obama's health insurance plans are listed below.

• Provide every American, (regardless of pre-existing conditions) health insurance that is affordable

• Ensure that insurance companies cover pre-existing conditions to enable all Americans to get health coverage through fair and stable premiums.

• Provide health insurance that is portable (the insurance remains even if a person changes/ loses his job)

• Mandatory medical health care coverage for children

• Federal public health insurance program for individuals or businesses who are devoid of other health coverage.

• Set up a "National Health Insurance Exchange" to act as a watchdog group for private insurance. The role of this group would be to create standards and make coverage more affordable.

The annual cost estimates for his program is $50-$65 billion. Obama hopes to finance his plan by rolling back Bush's tax cuts for the rich (those making more than $250,000).

Medical Expenses

Health care experts have opined that Obama's reforms will save businesses $140 billion and the ordinary American family $2,500 in premiums, annually. The president-elect plans to avoid wastes in the health care system, and provide health coverage to all Americans, in order to bring down the expenses of uncompensated care.

He also proposes to cover some expensive cases and reduce the burden of employers. The employers then are expected to use the savings to reduce the health insurance premiums of their employees.

Some of the other measures towards cost cutting include:-

• Provide easy access to programs that help in managing chronic conditions.

• Conduct programs for cancer screenings, smoking cessation, and others with the help of insurance plans that are federally supported.

• Update health-related IT (Information Technology).

• Ensure transparency. Hospitals are expected to be open about safety, quality and costs of the health care provided.

Drugs

Barack Obama plans to use the bulk purchasing power of the federal government to negotiate for prescription drugs to be bought at a lower rate. He plans to bring forth programs to use more generic drugs. He hopes to encourage generic drugs to enter the market quickly and also looks forward to boosting competition in the drug and insurance markets...

Some of the proposals regarding drug safety include:-

Provide FDA broader regulatory powers by supporting their new reform bill

Import safe medicine from other developed nations of the world
 
Technology
 
Obama acknowledges that electronics and information technology play a lead role in health care. He plans to step up efficiency and cut down costs in the system by implementing state-of-the-art information technology for health. Storing medical records on paper may soon become a thing of the past as technology takes over.

His new plan will invest $10 billion of federal funds a year, over the next five years, in standards-based electronic health information systems.

 Electronic health records, if adopted by the majority of hospitals and doctors' offices, will ensure savings upto a sum of $77 billion each year. Patients' privacy will be protected at all costs.

Stem Cells

Barack Obama plans to support research on human embryonic stem cells that are created as result of fertility treatments (which would be otherwise discarded). He also plans to provide continued support to research regarding the use of adult stem cell and umbilical cord blood.

Public Health

Obama believes that promoting and protecting the health and wellness of the people of America is a shared responsibility which requires a lot of collaboration between the various sections of the society. Some of the essential features of public health plan include:-

Promote public health by covering preventive services, such as cancer screenings

Increasing national and local preparedness for natural disasters and terrorist attacks

Further strengthen public health efforts both for protection from disasters and disease prevention

Fight obesity in children. Remove junk food from school vending machines

Engage in a global fight against AIDS

Endorse the legal decision that supports abortion and allow women the freedom of deciding on the late- term abortions

Work towards reducing teen age pregnancy

Obama's Health Plan - At a Glance

• Ensure that every American is covered by health insurance

• Work towards improvement in health and well being by better prevention / management of chronic diseases

• Increase investment in health Information Technology which will do away with wasteful spending

• Provide reinsurance for serious cases, which will stabilize insurance premiums

• Increase healthy competition within the insurance/pharmaceutical industry

• Minimize abusive practices generated by the monopoly of a few insurance / drug companies


Source: Medindia
Dr. Reeja Tharu/L


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Mandatory 'for-profit' service stinks of corruption. When a group of companies tells the government: Sure we'll allow you to pass that law, as long as you force everyone to pay us...That's corruption! If the Democratic party pushes this on us, they will fall faster and harder than the Republicans just did.

The premise for this mandate is to help lower costs by getting everyone into the pool. That is understandable, but what makes more sense is to also cut the for-profit part completely out of the picture and cover the costs with our tax dollars. Of course our taxes will go up, but I'll guarantee it won't be as much as we are paying for insurance right now. There is absolutely no doubt what so ever that removing the profit will cut costs. I have heard people reject a government run system on the premise that it would limit our choices, but in fact, it would remove current limitations. People need to remember that this is our government and we do get a say, but more importantly, the insurance companies are not, we don't. Under the current system, your insurance provider can tell you what hospital you can or can not go to. Under a government program you could go to any hospital you like. Other countries have systems like this, some are better than others, but as an American, I'm betting ours would beat them all. Let's stop wasting our health care dollars on some CEO's private jet, and show the world what a single payer government run system should look like. We're Americans after all, let's start acting like it. These companies are trying to take advantage of us and corrupt our system, I think the American thing to do would be, stick it to 'em with overwhelming force.

Annie45

THE ONLY REASON THIS IS HAPPENING, THIS GOVERNMENT ENFORCED INSURANCE, IS TO GAIN CONTROL OF EVERY PERSON IN THE UNITED STATES. FIRST THEY FORCE YOU TO BECOME COVERED, THEN THEY CAN REQUIRE ANY TEST, PROCEDURE, VACCINATION, ETC THEY WANT! IF STUPID AMERICANS DON'T WAKE UP AND SEE THE NWO FORMING ALL AROUND THEM, THEN THEY DESERVE WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN TO THEM! WORLD GOVERNMENT IS COMING, AND THIS INSURANCE PLAN IS ONLY DESIGNED TO CULL THE MASSES! IF THERE IS A ROCKEFELLER SUPPORTING AND PUSHING THIS, YOU BETTER KNOW IT IS NEVER FOR THE GOOD OF MANKIND!

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