Posts tagged ‘health care reform’

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 – KansasCity.com.

December 15, 2009

Parties switch Medicare roles

by thoughtfulconservative

For decades, Republicans scraped and clawed to cut money from Medicare. But these days, they’re talking as if they created the popular health care program for seniors.

And Democrats — seeking to trim more than $450 billion from the safety net for seniors over the next 10 years to help finance a sweeping health reform bill — are having to swallow their old rants against cutting the program.

via Parties switch Medicare roles – – POLITICO.com.

This is nothing new, of course. Political parties have been switching sides for years. Republicans used to be the “progressive” party, then an isolationist party, then the anti-deficit party (well, unless we’re cutting taxes), then….well, you get the drift. Democrats likewise have switched sides with the Republicans.

Sometimes it takes years; at other times, simply months.

At this particular phase, we have Medicare. No one wants to lose the senior vote; they vote most regularly of all the demographics.

Hence the current posturing. Remember a few years back? Republicans wanted to make some changes to Social Security. Democrats said no and so did the seniors and it was dropped never to be heard of again.

If money can be trimmed, I don’t see a problem. But in this day and age of “Gotcha!” politics, the Democrats will yield and a chance for saving money (which Republicans are in favor of, if I remember right) will pass by again.