If you are lucky, enough to visit the Health Care page on the White house web site you will see a distinct header that reads, "The President Has A Clear Agenda To Make Health Care More Affordable" , this agenda includes:
Allowing Small Businesses to Form Association Health Plans (AHPs).
Passing Medical Liability Reforms.
Expanding Health Savings Accounts (HSAs).
It is without a doubt an honorable goal to make health care affordable to our citizens. I am not even talking about a national health system or any of these crazy socialist ideas, just affordable health care!
It was surprising to find out in the Census Bureau (government) report released on 8/29/06; it estimates that 46.6 million people lacked health insurance in 2005, up from 45.3 million in 2004.
The level of uninsured Americans stands now at 15.9% of the population, the highest since 1998.
The same Statistics indicate that the percentage of children without coverage grew, from 10.8% to 11.2%, which is the first increase since 1998.
At the same period, health insurance premiums rose at double-digit annual rates, and three times the rate of inflation http://www.nchc.org/facts/cost.shtml
This information published by USA today (not your typical communist propaganda machine), and released by the Census Bureau.
For more information on these statistics, please see http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/health/2006-08-29-health-insurance-coverage_x.htm
Allowing Small Businesses to Form Association Health Plans (AHPs). It sounds like a genuine idea except that the whole government signed a contract with big pharmacy to strip itself from any negotiating power as a part of the Prescription Drug Benefit program. It might be good only for small businesses, not big governments!
However, another statistics shows that small businesses have found it increasingly difficult to purchase healthcare insurance. In fact, in a study conducted last year by the National Association for the Self-Employed, two-thirds of small business owners said they are unable to provide health insurance for themselves and their employees because of the high cost. So, I guess forming association is a good idea but only if you can afford it!