Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Opinion By Eddi: National Health Insurance in the USA- its about time!
Although I was not sure that President Obama would actually do anything great, I do now.
Reports emerged yesterday that Congress under Obama's direction (and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's strong leadership) were offering -- for the first time- an American National Health Insurance program for the 46 million Americans not covered by health insurance. This would be funded by a 5.5% tax on income over 1 million dollars a year, among other things. The initial cost would be 1.5 trillion dollars.
The Democrats have the vote in the House and Senate to do what they think is best for eveyrone, not just the rich. And most Americans want this.
It's about time.
The situation in the United States regarding health care coverage is simply terrible for the 46 million Americans under the age of 65 who do not have health insurance. As incredible as it sounds to people in the rest of the industrialized world, if you are not working in the United States, and are not part of your employer's program, you don't get health insurance- unless you are part of the very poor or very sick and can get on a government program. If y0u are not covered, comprehensive rates can be over $500 per individual PER MONTH- but not not cover pre-existing conditions usually. In other words if you are sick and lose your job, you don't get coverage for what you are sick with most of the time.
Health care costs in the United States are incredibly high. Prescription drugs are very expensive compared to the rest of the world, and doctor visits start at about $100.00 per appointment. A simple overnight hospital stay can easily cost over $10,000. Inability to pay health care costs is the number 1 cause of bankruptcy in the United States.
Doctors and drug companies make a fortune.
This is being introduced quickly, and will be passed quickly. There is no time to waste.
Good news I say.
Please see this message from President Obama: