Posted Monday, January 4, 2010
President Obama hopes 2010 will be the year that health care restructing legislation is passed by Congress. Senate passage of a reform bill on Christmas Eve increases the likelihood it will happen. A conference committee still must reconcile differences between the House of Representatives bill passed last November and the Senate measure. One contains a public option, one doesn't. One places higher taxes on private insurers, the other passes the cost to the wealthy with so called "Cadillac plans." Monday morning at 9, Dan Moulthrop and guests talk about how the bills may affect northeast Ohioans - who will be covered, what will be covered and how much it'll cost.
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Today’s program was informative and interesting increased my blood pressure. The AARP representative was at best disingenuous in her comments/answers. It was AARP’s approval (and the general belief that AARP represented the best interest of the elderly--they do not represent me) that convinced the politicians to finally pass Medicare Part D in the wee hours of the morning.
The only way the passing of this current bill is going to decrease cost of medical coverage is by the ultimate rationing of medical coverage for the elderly. The government offered “bribes” to companies to prevent them from dropping prescription drug coverage. If money is not offered this time, those employers with a small number of workers will simply drop the medical coverage. Ultimately this bill will cause more people to be covered by a Medicaid type of coverage and will cost more than it saves. American health coverage/care will never be as good as it is now.
The Senate and House members (America’s nobility) will still have their Cadillac coverage and will give up nothing while the pesants will struggle to pay the bills or simply put off going to the doctor or having a needed test.
I do enjoy your program and I think that you do an excellent job and your questions are direct and to the point. Thank you.
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