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Monday, August 17, 2009

Health Care Reform and the Deficit

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn at the Health Populi blog says Americans are increasingly worried about the cost of health care reform, according to a recent poll. As of August 5th, 55% of voters were concerned that health care reform would add to the deficit, and 57% said that a plan adding "significantly" to the debt should not be passed.

Sarasohn-Kahn argues that many Americans simply don't understand the long-term economic danger of ever-rising health care costs. Proponents of reform should, in her view, make the case that the status quo is unsustainable and that individual Americans would benefit from reform.

Public support for a grand overhaul of health care has been waning over the summer, and there are hints that President Obama may jettison the idea of a "public option" to garner more support. (More on this tomorrow.) What is the general attitude in your community? Leave a note in the comments section. I'd love to hear your views.


Zebra said...

The American economy is in desperate need of health care reform and it would be foolish and short sighted of the American population not to see that. The nation is far behind most industrialized nations such as Canada which has devised a comprehensive strategy for public and private options.
Obama was quite right when he said that one of the hardest things to do was to convince people to spend now so as not to spend much, much more later.

Vivzizi said...

Starting Universal National Health Care grew a bombed out, bankrupt Britain economy out of WW2's ruin.

Britain began it's Universal National Health Care System immediately after World War II when most of it's buildings lay in bombed out ruins and Britain was incredibly bankrupt.

The Universal National health Care system catalyzed the nation causing economic growth with the training of huge numbers of new doctors and medical personnel and the huge growth of the medical economy.

Universal National Health Care helped lift Britain out of economic collapse. There was no "option".

The time for American National Health Care is NOW partly BECAUSE we are in an economic crisis. American Universal National Health Care will be the economic recovery engine that causes the high wage jobs and taxable business growth in America that we so desperately need RIGHT NOW.

Would you rather have an economy based on pushing fraudulent paper on Wall Street or one rebuilt on American growth in medical technology and personnel fueled by a large, new, demand driven expansion of the high tech, high-wage-jobs medical industry?

And centralized medical procedure cost controls actual INCREASE innovation rather than reduce it. Here's proof.

In Japan they actually set maximum prices (but not rations) for certain medical procedures such as an MRI scan. Well, people still wanted MRI's. This prompted Japanese technology companies to redesign the MRI so it could be made much more cheaply than American MRI machines to increase profits while still providing those MRI scans at the price set by the government.

Soon the Japanese started building their own new cheaper MRI's and they were so much cheaper that got used much MORE than the old MRIs had at the higher prices. This resulted in MORE MRI scans being made available not less.

In fact the resulting Japanese MRI machines are so much cheaper and more effective than previous USA MRI machines that the Japanese MRI is now taking over the market in other countries like the United States. The Japanese MRI machines now out compete USA designed MRI machines which had virtually no cost pressures due to our skewed healthcare system which now excludes the demand of millions of those patients who have lower incomes. So now the Japanese MRI machines are sold and imported to the United States!

Now is the time for AMERICAN Universal National Health Care to pull us out of the depression we are now in. It will be the economic engine that restarts American ingenuity and high paying jobs that are now being stifled by the minimal coverage of private health insurors.

And we should set cost controls for procedures to prompt US manufacturers to be as competitive as the Japanese. We will get a huge economic recovery, better tehcnology and have less rationing of healthcare than we get now from expensive private healthcare providers.

American Universal National Health Care is an economic necessity. Our economic recovery that will be caused by the American Universal National Health Care can not be just an "OPTION."