The Health Bill legislation is being pushed around, growing in volume, being amended and delayed for months now. Senators dilly-dally and keep changing their minds. Lobbyists for the health industry seem to be successful in prolonging the agonizing procedure and in thwarting the issue to their benefit.
Feeling strongly about this, decisive action is needed. Time is of the essence. We should all get proactive about it and also to show our elected officials how the citizens of the USA feel about this and what our thoughts are. Not just the tea baggers. If you support this proposal, you can join in the action and write (copy and paste).
I would like to share with you my views on the pending health care reform bill and hope that you will support them.
I believe the bill must come as close as possible to covering all Americans and include the following provisions. I believe this is a moral as well as a public policy issue. I also think this is an issue of global competitiveness as so many other countries, whether democracies or not, provide health care for their citizens. This by extension becomes a national security concern to the degree that health issues cause citizens to experience financial catastrophe, unemployment, diminished education or personal tragedy; these things weaken our nation. It is important that the bill
-Make insurers include coverage of pre-existing condition
-Make employment-based insurance permanently portable (beyond COBRA) or replaceable for those unemployed or underemployed at a comparable, affordable cost
-Make policies non-cancellable by insurers except for cases involving fraud or illegal coverage
-Prevent annual or lifetime caps
We all realize that the US medical insurance industry is a mess. The bill can improve the situation by
-Eliminating the anti-trust exemption for insurers
-Ensure that there are multiple competitors everywhere in the US
-Reduce pay-for-service as the basis for provider payments in favor of patient outcome bases or incentives
-Provide for government (federal or state) run medical insurance
-Incentivize collaborative medicine among (increased numbers of) GPs and specialists to replace our wasteful "specialist ping pong"
-Investing in standardized medical information repositories and interchange every doctor's report and test for every citizen should be easily and securely accessible by any provider authorized by the patient
-Establish government supported (run, funded or established) outcome databases for consumers
- Impose limits on insurer profits and employee compensation
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