I received a disturbing email from NC Spin, indicating that
Governor working on Universal Health Care Plan
We also learned that
Why are these plans such a bad idea?
Yet the closer you look at these ambitious plans, the more you see they are mere patchworks. In
, which will require most residents to buy private insurance, policies are coming on the market with higher prices and less coverage than experts hoped. Economist and columnist Massachusetts points out that the Schwarzenegger plan will require big new state bureaucracies to regulate insurance companies and police individual behavior. Paul Krugman
Private insurance companies continue to rake in record profits, and WE get to pay for the bureaucracies needed to make it possible?
An advocacy group urged the state Wednesday to delay a key part of the new universal health insurance law, saying that a survey shows that many families cannot afford even subsidized insurance.
The Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, which pressed for passage of the law, said the state should not impose penalties for at least a year on low- and moderate-income people who fail to obtain insurance by the July 1 deadline.
Private insurance will create plans with low coverage that people still can't afford, and we'll penalize the consumer for it?
Across the country, governors like Arnold Schwarzenegger,
, and Mitt Romney are making actual strides towards universal coverage, in no small part because their statewide progressive movements have pushed or passed even stronger reform legislation. Ed Rendell
And, therein lays the real reason we are now seeing Insurance companies and Republicans supporting Universal Health Care. The private insurance companies have dumped everyone with a preexisting condition, everyone with any health problems, and at the same time raised our premiums, deductibles, co-pays, and co-insurance. The result? Record profits for them, poor health care for us. Like all Republican-based corporations, they continued this practice for far too long, not just making a profit but killing people in the process. Finally, the people have spoken, they have said that they want Universal Health Care, that they don't want their fellow citizens dying because they lack health care.
Faced with this sudden surge in popular support and bills making their way through the most progressive states, they have turned their support and money to "Universal Health Care" that is no better for the average person than the "Clean Air Act" is for our environment. It appears that
Underinsured residents will continue to use the ER as their health care provider, paying huge amounts of deductibles, co-pays and co-insurance, which will lead to even more bankruptcies.
This type of plan solves nothing. Nothing. It should be opposed by anyone who is a fiscal conservative (the government spends enough to fund single-payer health care already), anyone who is a progressive (the private companies profits are borne on the back of poor health care), or anyone who is moral (the uninsured die at a much higher rate than the insured).