It’s the morning after one of the most important congressional votes in the nation’s history and television news is acting as though we should be consumed by the sex life of a golfer. One can only hope the government’s next move will be a push to re-regulate commercial television. At the very least, they could enforce existing law on serving the public’s “interest, convenience and necessity?” At least think about it?
The availability of healthcare is critical to the nation’s well being. So is good journalism.
Tiger Woods, blah, blah, blah…. “See your doctor if you experience an erection lasting for more than four hours.”
Hasn’t the country been dumbed down enough?
Here then, is a bit of info on healthcare reform provided by what’s left of a once magnificent newspaper industry. A shrinking world where a few brave individuals continue to try and fight the Wall Street driven trend of increasing profitability by pandering to society’s lowest common denominator.
The Los Angeles Times editorializes that we are now on the path to universal health insurance-
“It may prove to be the signal accomplishment of Obama’s administration, even though the controversy surrounding it threatens to end his party’s majority in Congress. Rarely has such a good thing for Americans been perceived by so many as a threat to their livelihood and liberty.” -LA Times
The NY Times provides an overview of what the bill will and won’t do-
“The health care bill would require most Americans to have health insurance, would add 16 million people to the Medicaid rolls and would subsidize private coverage for low- and middle-income people, at a cost to the government of $938 billion over 10 years, the Congressional Budget Office said.
The bill would require many employers to offer coverage to employees or pay a penalty. Each state would set up a marketplace, or exchange, where consumers without such coverage could shop for insurance meeting federal standards.
The budget office estimates that the bill would provide coverage to 32 million uninsured people, but still leave 23 million uninsured in 2019. One-third of those remaining uninsured would be illegal immigrants.
The new costs, according to the budget office, would be more than offset by savings in Medicare and by new taxes and fees, including a tax on high-cost employer-sponsored health plans and a tax on the investment income of the most affluent Americans.
Cost estimates by the budget office, showing that the bill would reduce federal budget deficits by $143 billion in the next 10 years, persuaded some fiscally conservative Democrats to vote for the bill.” –NY Times
Overseas, Michael Tomasky reports in the Guardian-
“It is a monumental accomplishment. The story of that century of failure is a story of multiple plots and subplots, but at its heart the story is about the tension in American society between the individual and the community – whether we are just a loose confederation of individuals who should be left alone to pursue self interest, or something more than that, a community of citizens with mutual ties and obligations.
I know that sounds awfully highfalutin and philosophical, but it’s precisely what the healthcare debate, both the current and historic versions, has been about. Your average American thinks, I have my insurance coverage, so why should I worry about the loser who hasn’t bothered to get his? For people who work hard and aren’t exactly wallowing in spare dollars, it’s a fair question to ask. But there is an answer to it, which is that in the long run, if coverage is universal and insurance companies face stricter rules, society will benefit, and your average American will benefit too, in the form of lower costs and better care.”-The Guardian