Business Owners Resource Network

March 3, 2009

Obama and Health Care Reform

Filed under: Uncategorized — michellehodges @ 2:46 pm

Interesting read that I just ran across this morning.  With the health care industry being an increasingly hot topic, here’s one take on Obama’s reform promise…

Obama: Health care reform ‘will not wait another year’

U.S. President Barack Obama reaffirmed his priority to provide universal health coverage and reduce health insurance costs last week, declaring before the joint session of Congress that “health-care reform cannot wait, it must not wait, and it will not wait another year.”

For the most part, the health insurance community’s reaction appears to be supportive, yet cautious. A statement from America’s Health Insurance Plans concurs that insurers “strongly agree that comprehensive health care reform cannot wait. We will continue to offer workable solutions to ensure that all Americans have quality, affordable health care.”

Other health care experts say the president needs to offer more concrete details on his plans. “This was a solid commitment to changing health care, but the part on how you solve the health-care cost puzzle while covering everyone is still missing,” Paul Keckley, director of the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions in Washington, D.C., told Bloomberg. “He’s got to start giving specifics.”

Labour leaders appear more solidly aligned with Obama. Doug Sizemore, the executive secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO Labor Council in Cincinnati, said, “We see [the effects of health insurance costs] every time we go to the bargaining table with an employer — businesses dealing with the rising costs of providing health care to workers and putting those costs on the backs of the workers. There has got to be a better way. The president gets that.”

Naturally, however, Republican lawmakers are among Obama’s critics. In a staunch rebuttal to the president, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) drew his party’s line in the sand. “We stand for universal access to affordable health care coverage, [but] we oppose universal government-run health care. Health care decisions should be made by doctors and patients — not by government bureaucrats.”

 By Kathleen Koster

We will be in for many changes in the next few years in our health care industry.   It’s going to take the publics ability to get involved and take responsibility for the next wave of health care.  There are far too many Americansthat are without health insurance due to lack of employment and issues with being insurable.  Change, change, change…there’s no other word for what needs to occur. 

Michelle Hodges




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