Health care debate

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In September of 2009 President Barack Obama discussed the health care plan and how it was placing an unsustainable burden on taxpayers. With 700,000 jobs being lost health care will cost more and put pressure on programs such as medicare and Medicaid. The amount of people that are currently uninsured is estimated to be about 46 million people. Health care costs burden American employers because they are forced to cut back on providing medical coverage and benefits, and citizens also suffer a competitive disadvantage against international companies who don't bear health costs.

Currently, the democrats are also stating that if there is nothing done then most people will be spending on these programs. The debate comes in where on one side of the room which is who believes that the only way to fix the system is through a single-payer system like Canada's, which would restrict the private insurance market and then have the government provide coverage for everyone.

One of the problems is that, the house bill sets up a health care exchange essentially a list of private insurers and one government plan where people who do not have health insurance through their employer or some other source including small businesses, can shop for a plan, much as seniors shop for a drug plan under Medicare. The government will indeed require that participating plans not refuse people with preexisting conditions and offer at least minimum coverage, just as it does now with employers-providing insurance plans.

Therefore, on the other side says that we should end employer-based systems and leave individuals to buy health insurance on there own. President Obama believes that it makes more since to build on what works than try to build an entirely new system from scratch. Obama wants to meet three basic goals which could provide more security and stability to those with health care, and will provide insurance for those who don't and will also slow the growth of health care cots for family business and our government, this plan is so everyone can take responsibility for the challenge and not just the government.

On January 19, 2010 Scott Brown was elected for senator and had the ability to push the care reform to the brink of defeat, which means that democrats are scrambling on how to save the health plan.

         With Brown winning the election it upsets a lot of democrats and now they are trying to pass the health care reform before Brown arrives in Washington. When the victory speech happened Senator Scott Brown blasted "that he wanted to be seated as soon as possible but the swearing in was up in the air that night". Republicans also stated that this race sends a warning sign to Washington because voters are not happy with President Obama's policy decisions. President Obama also believes:

"We should redesign our health care system to reduce inefficiency and waste and improve health care quality, which will drive down costs for families and individuals. The Obama plan will improve efficiency and lower costs in the health care system by: (1) adopting state-of-the-art health information technology systems; (2) ensuring that patients receive and providers deliver the best possible care, including prevention and chronic disease management services; (3) reforming our market structure to increase competition; and offering federal reinsurance to employers to help ensure that unexpected or catastrophic illnesses do not make health insurance unaffordable or out of reach for businesses and their employees" (Barackobama.com).

         However; with the shares of American firms offering health benefits, it shrunk about 60 percent today in 2009, and from 66 percent in 1999, but, the percentage of Americans that are covered through their employers, the coverage was a much higher quality than in the individual market, it was 59 percent in 2007, down from 64 percent in 1999. Without a workplace health insurance, was a struggle to find coverage in the unregulated private market where people with pre-existing conditions found it difficult or impossible to secure coverage, and or go on public assistance, or become uninsured.

While the poll numbers for Obama's healthcare plan have dropped, Democrats have argued that once it passed people would come to like it. Democrats could take the beating now on the theory but in the end they would come out ahead. However; if the legislation doesn't pass they're just left with a dead, unpopular bill and little else to run on in the fall, but the risk for Obama is that a campaign swing could frame the race in national eyes as an Obama referendum, making Scott Browns victory even more devastating. But that's how the race will be described.

Therefore, with Brown being the 41st republican in the 100th-seat he could provide the crucial vote to potentially block the presidents agenda in the senate, which includes the healthcare reform. Scott Brown also said "that he is willing to work with the democrats and republicans on health care and other matters", The victory by Mr. Brown, a Republican, should be setting off alarms in the White House. Most immediately, it jeopardizes passage of the reform that the nation desperately needs. The Democrats could try to get the House to pass the Senate's bill, although their chances seem dim, or as Mr. Obama seemed to suggest, they could seek a stripped-down measure that could win bipartisan support. They certainly should not try to ram a combined House-Senate bill through the Senate before Mr. Brown is sworn in.

         The election votes returned and showed Brown leading Coakley 57-47 percent, by 120,000 votes, independent candidates Joseph Kennedy was pulling 1 percent. Browns victory has powerful ramifications for Obama's agenda, which means once Scott Brown is sworn in it will break the democrats 60 vote filibuster proof in Washington will cerate problems for proposed legislation from financial regulatory reform to cap-and-trade. Senator Brown stated that all Americans deserve health care coverage, but I am opposed to the health care legislation that is under consideration in Congress and will vote against it because it will raise taxes, increase government spending and lower the quality of care, especially for elders on Medicare. I support strengthening the existing private market system with policies that will drive down costs and make it easier for people to purchase affordable insurance.

         Brown prefers to "strengthen the existing private market system with policies that will drive down costs," as well as to creating insurance exchanges where individuals could get lower premiums by purchasing group-rate insurance, forcing insurers to compete with each other more aggressively. But, that is the bill that is currently under consideration in Congress.

Instead of referring to a plan like the one proposed by John McCain in 2008, which would drive down costs by eliminating the employer tax exclusion and pushing people to pay more out-of-pocket expenses, that would certainly drive costs down; the only problem is that it wouldn't do anything to insure more people, and would actually decrease the benefits of those who do have insurance. That congress went over in the fall of 2008. Mr. Brown does not want to make health care insurance affordable for families and businesses.

I feel that Brown should also make it clear that he will vote to break a filibuster. Since he campaigned as the 41st vote against healthcare reform, it will not surprise anyone if he votes against the final bill. However, allowing an up-or-down vote is precisely the kind of middle ground that he needs to occupy to win another term.

However; as we are coming to a closing of the health care reform and the votes are coming in, it also shows that the statistics are 204 citizens agree and 194 citizens disagree. Therefore, in order for the health care reform to pass the will only need 294 to pass. are very upset because they want the House to decline the bill.

Therefore; after interviewing (Mr. and Mrs. Washington and Mr. Ford) about the health care reform they feel that, they would like to see the health care bill pass because there are so many families that are in need of health care benefits. Some feel concerned about the language of abortion that is in the bill and how it will impact lives of the born and unborn and there rights to life. The new health care proposal will increase taxpayers expenses funding the bill.

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