Archive for ‘Health care’

January 20, 2010

Scott Brown defeats Martha Coakley in Massachusetts

by thoughtfulconservative

By now, I expect everyone has heard that Scott Brown (R) defeated Martha Coakley (D) for Ted Kennedy’s old seat.

We’ve also heard, ad nauseum, about what this means for President Obama, the Democratic Party, the Republican Party, health care reform, the 2010 elections, the 2012 presidential elections, well, you get the point.

Cable news, blogs and others need to fill space and this fits the bill.

Was there one main reason Brown won? I doubt it. And let’s not overreact to any one reason or consequence of the Republican victory. There were many.

The truth is, no matter what you’ve heard, they all probably are right in some sense about the meaning of Brown’s victory.

You’ve heard them and I won’t bore you by repeating them.

Republicans still have work to do. Democrats have work to do. Obama has work to do. The voters are angry and they will take out their anger at whomever they perceive is connected to the root of their anger.

January 6, 2010

My “ideal” health care system

by thoughtfulconservative

Here’s what I would like to see in a health care system (and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone):

  • I want one where I don’t have to worry whether the doctor, hospital or anything else is covered by my insurance.
  • I want one where I don’t have to pay the doctor an extra 25% (or whatever it is) because he might have to pay $100 million for some poor soul’s “mental anguish.”
  • I want one where my doctor and I determine if and when I need a procedure, not some insurance company rules or government panel.
  • I want one where ANY treatment is fairly and accurately tried and tested.
  • I want one where the doctor doesn’t feel as though he needs me to take umpteen tests just so he can cover his backside against me suing him.
  • I want to be sure I can get insurance, even with my diabetes and high blood pressure.

There are probably more but those will do.

Is it too much to ask? Apparently.

December 15, 2009

Are these the folks you want determining your health care? episode 23

by thoughtfulconservative

Missouri acknowledged Monday that it reported inflated numbers of food stamp recipients to the federal government, calling into question millions of dollars of bonuses paid to the state for running one of the nation’s top-flight programs.

The Department of Social Services said a computer programming error has consistently exaggerated the figures submitted since September 2002.

via Missouri reported inflated food stamp figures to feds –

December 14, 2009

Are these the folks you want determining your health care?

by thoughtfulconservative

The federal government’s latest extension of unemployment benefits passed in early November, but jobless people in Wisconsin have yet to see the money.

State officials said Friday the delay was because of computer programming requirements that come with federal funds. They expect the first checks to be mailed Wednesday.

via State’s computers hold up extension of jobless benefits – JSOnline.

September 16, 2009

Health care reform version ??

by thoughtfulconservative

The Senate Finance Committee rolled out their version their version of health care reform. The plan was released as a detailed 223 page summary (Only in government would we think of 223 pages as a “summary.”). This is the most moderate proposal to come from Congress thus far, intended to win Republican support. Early indication is that neither conservatives nor liberals are excited about the bill.

Here’s what caught my eye, found in the Times article:

The nonpartisan budget office also concluded that the bill would leave 25 million people uninsured in 2019; about one-third of them would be illegal immigrants. By contrast, a House version of the legislation would leave 17 million uninsured, the budget office has said. Currently, at least 46 million people are uninsured.

So after all this reform, the goal of which was to insure every American has coverage, we only reduce the uninsured by half to two-thirds.


So none of the versions are going to achieve their goal of insuring every one, the main reason we started down this road in the first place. And it’s going to take over 1,000 pages of legislation to not meet the goal.

Legislators. You gotta love them.

[Cross-posted at Fairly Conservative]

December 5, 2008

Health Care

by thoughtfulconservative

Why is it the more I deal with my employer’s heath care network administrators, the better single-payer coverage looks?