Obama on Healthcare: “A Moral Imperative”

I think few  people would disagree that having healthcare options for all Americans is good social policy.  The AMA might disagree, but they represent very few people, actually,  and we must remember that.

President Obama is insistent that health care reform include a “public insurance option”; not that he wants the government to take over healthcare, but instead he wants the involvement of a public player to help lower costs.  See this politico article for more information.

There will be an incredible amount of resistence to Obama’s plan.  I think he expects that.

The current system is broken.  Let us try other things.

iggy donnelly

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11 responses to “Obama on Healthcare: “A Moral Imperative”

  1. “President Obama says he wants to create a national healthcare plan that’s both affordable and easy to use. In response, the insurance industry says they’ll fight the plan with congressmen who are both affordable and easy to use.”–Conan O’Brien

    http://politicalhumor.about.com/b/2009/06/12/the-weeks-best-late-night-jokes-35.htm

  2. lilacluvr

    If the private health insurance companies would offer affordable coverage to everyone, then there would not be a need for a public option health plan, would there?

    I find it ironic that Conservatives are all for school vouchers in order to get the best education but yet they are fighting a public option health plan.

    I know, Conservatives love the idea of taking tax dollars to feather their own nests of profits but they really hate it when tax dollars are used to actually benefit all Americans.

  3. Half-measures will avail us nothing.
    Unless and until we can disconnect the lobby money from the process, well good luck.
    With single-payer it would work.

  4. lilacluvr

    Exactly when did single-payer become a dirty word? Single-payer is what most doctors want because they are so sick of dealing with all the red tape nonsense and those stupid contracted fees of the insurance companies.

    The ones pushing for private healthcare options are those who are raking in all the billions in profits – the health care insurance companies and their lobbyists (of which AMA is just another lobbyist group).

    But Obama has stated several times that if we want to keep our private health care insurance, we can. So what part of that do these people not get?

    Do you think they know that if given another option, alot of their customers will go away and there goes all that beautiful money? You betcha!

  5. My family doctor said he has added two positions to his staff to deal with insurance.

  6. tosmarttobegop

    Call me a Socialist and in this case you would be correct. I think everyone deserves health care and it is as much a right as freedom of speech or the 2nd, 4th, 5th! Never should a person be in the situation where the choice is food or a visit to the Doctor. Too many times in my life the thought of can I spend fifty dollars to see a Doctor or can I just tough it out?

    Health care in the country should not be a choice or depending on how much money you have.
    It is a right and should not be more than a second’s thought process as to it being treated as such.
    Before another bridge is build all Americans should have free health care! So call me Comrade….

  7. IF every discussion on health care conducted by members of Congress was always posed as giving every American the same kind of health care enjoyed by each member of Congress, and paid for out of public tax dollars, who would be brave enough, or take the risk of saying, “NO, they don’t deserve what I have”?

  8. lilacluvr

    Isn’t that the rub, fnord? These politicians are so against public option health care but they sure like theirs when it is public funded, don’they?

    And to add insult to injury, these are the people that could easily afford to pay for their own health care.

    Of course, maybe they are like Rush claims to be – Rush has stated he has health insurance but never uses it because he pays for all his health care himself. Yeah, if you believe that then you must be one of the most loyal dittoheads and deserve your own place in the waiting line at the free clinic!

  9. Why would anyone with a smidgen of financial sense pay bills already covered? Don’t even the most obscenely wealthy care about being prudent and sensible? Maybe everyone except Rush?

  10. Oh, I get it now, Lilac! Of course Rush pays for his own “health care” — it’s hard to get your insurance company to pay for prescriptions for Oxycontin all over town and especially when the prescriptions are written in different names than yours!

  11. I was at my father’s today when a friend of his visited. A British fellow who has dual-citizenship and has been in Texas for 3 years. His wife has health issues, and they prefer to fly home for most medical care. Yes he has insurance here.