3/23: New health bill proposed

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

A new health bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives calls for Medicaid and children’s health insurance allotments to be sent back to the states in the form of block grants.

A Georgia congressman speaks to the merits of the measure he co-sponsored, likening it to a safety net for the less fortunate, while a former health industry executive calls it a misguided attempt to control state and federal expenditures.

What do you think?

15 comments Add your comment

Steve Barnett

March 23rd, 2012
10:11 pm

The good doctor must be out of his mind. His bill will “save the federal government from borrowing and spending nearly $2 trillion every year”??? How’s that? Medical care costs real money as he should know. This madman peddling his right-wing garbage must be defeated in the next election.

Jack

March 23rd, 2012
1:01 pm

Start an insurance company and then you can recommend changes and be in a position to criticize those already in business.

WeNeedAlternatives

March 23rd, 2012
10:50 am

If we had statesmen (with gender apologies…) in DC, the solutions would be easy. Unfortunately, if you follow the money that flows to our politicians, that’s not currently possible. Our political system is bought and paid for.
Maybe the ultimate collapse of the healthcare system, however painful, will bring on true reform. The current political blowhards are leading us to that reality.
It’s too bad that we have to let the situation get really bad, and let many people needlessly suffer for the system to fundamentally change.
Saying the MD’s in Congress are true medical system experts is really a stretch, since many of them have either been out of practice for many, many years, are bought by ‘Big Insurance’, have no fundamental training in economics, or don’t understand how the system really works outside the practitioners office. They only go by the expedient of not wanting to deliver the bad news to their constituency as to the health care reality. They don’t want to tell folks that ultimately, unless they are very wealthy, they won’t be able to afford health care insurance.

John

March 23rd, 2012
10:25 am

All of Dr. Broun’s proposed legislation in the past to reform health care totally avoided the problems of those deemed to have pre-existing conditions, or those totally uninsurable. A lot of insurance companies in Georgia will will find any lame excuse not to cover those over 50 years of age. Georgia is one of the only a few states in the nation that has never taken the time to set a high risk pool (allowing people an opportunity to buy their own insurance, even though private insurance companies in GA would not let you). It should be no surprise that we have one of the highest mortality rates in the nation, if not the worst.

Do we believe life is precious, or not? When you go to worship, ask yourself, are you doing all you can to help your fellow man, because there is too much injustice around you, and too few taking any action to help.

50,000 a year die due to lack of access to health care insurance, let alone died because they were access to critical health care. If you heart is hardened, go to a hospital, and watch one person pass away, needlessly. Volunteer, get involved, to make this world a better place.

Joe

March 23rd, 2012
10:19 am

We need alternatives summed it up perfectly.