Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Healthcare Debate Update

There is so much going on today on healthcare, I'm just going to combine everything here, so you can look through it all.

Remember that provision in the Healthcare bill cited by Investors Business Daily that claimed Section 102 of the House health legislation would outlaw private insurance? Today Obama was asked if that were true, and he admitted that he wasn't even familiar with that provision!. Good grief! This could radically change whether you get to keep your private insurance or not, a claim that Obama keeps insisting that you can, and he doesn't even KNOW it's in the bill. Unbelievable.

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More excellent stuff from Thomas Sowell here.

Great panel discussions on healthcare reform here.

A reminder of the Mayo Clinic's non-partisan reaction to the healthcare bill:

Although there are some positive provisions in the current House Tri-Committee bill - including insurance for all and payment reform demonstration projects - the proposed legislation misses the opportunity to help create higher-quality, more affordable health care for patients. In fact, it will do the opposite.

In general, the proposals under discussion are not patient focused or results oriented. Lawmakers have failed to use a fundamental lever - a change in Medicare payment policy - to help drive necessary improvements in American health care. Unless legislators create payment systems that pay for good patient results at reasonable costs, the promise of transformation in American health care will wither. The real losers will be the citizens of the United States.

Really, the bottom line here is that Republicans don't have the votes to prevent this devastating legislation. The fate of our healthcare is the hands of blue dog Democrats. If you are a Democrat and you do not like this, I suggest you let your Congressman know.