The Public Wants Health Care
As you know, I’ve written a lot of posts lately on the health care issue. On this blog, I’ve asked people what kind of health care plan they’d like; didn’t get any responses to that one. I talked about how the present health care plan out there could close hospitals. I talked about my fear of President Obama saying he’d consider taxing health care benefits to pay for his plan, and I also talked about prescription drug coverage problems.
All this time, I though that the public would kind of be scared at the numbers being thrown around; we were talking about $600 billion in cuts to fund a health care program that might cost over $1.5 trillion dollars. All this while taking money away from Medicare and Medicaid and worries about Social Security potentially running out of funds.
It seems I may not be on the same side of this topic as the majority; seems that way, I’ll say. In a survey that came out last week, the Times/CBS poll found 85% of respondents wanted major healthcare reforms and most would be willing to pay higher taxes to ensure everyone had health insurance. And 72% percent of those questioned said they backed a government-administered insurance plan similar to Medicare for those under 65 that would compete for customers with the private sector.
You could have knocked me over with a feather on this one. With the issue of jobs lost, the housing markets in disarray, unemployment still climbing, and people holding onto their money rather than going out and spending like crazy, I certainly didn’t expect numbers like this. I guess the one statistic that wasn’t in this report, but was in another report at the beginning of the month, was even more important. That statistic was that 62% of all bankruptcies came about because of medical bills.
Now, let me state my case for what seems to be kind of a flip-flop. I’ve always said that I believed our country should have healthcare coverage for all. We almost do; it’s called Medicaid. The problem with Medicaid is that not everyone falls into the levels to be included in the plan, and that still leaves a lot of people uninsured. More children are being covered because of special state plans, but not adults.
I never saw this country voting to let the government take over health care. When Hillary Clinton came up with her recommendation back in the 90’s, I knew she was right; I also knew she didn’t have a snowball’s chance of having anyone approve it. Even now, with a number like 85%, I don’t think it has much of a chance to pass, unless Minnesota finally gets itself together and puts Franken into the Senator’s seat he earned. That would get the Democrats to the magic 60, which could potentially put it over, since the House is already covered.
The entire dynamic of this country could potentially change with one vote pretty soon here. I guess the revolution that brought Barack Obama into the presidency is finding ways of overcoming other adverse issues that I personally thought were unattainable. Maybe I was wrong on part of this; we’ll see.