I work as the medical director of a community health center in Washington that treats a large number of patients who are HIV positive. A great deal of the Clinic's efforts for new patients are finding them health insurance coverage or other ways of paying for their medications. Health care should not be this difficult.
Posted by Raymond Martins, on August 7, 2009 6:08 PM
Our biggest public plan is Medicare and its rigid, wasteful, antiquated reimbursement structure rewards doctors for poking, prodding, cutting and slicing, but not for getting patients healthy or keeping them that way.
Posted by Robert F. Graboyes, on August 7, 2009 11:10 AM
A major answer to the health care dilemma is not imposing a public option but organizing care delivery into integrated systems and providing incentives so that people and organizations don't feel it necessary to "game the system" because the "rules" are conflicting and ambiguous.
Posted by Colleen Conway-Welch, on August 6, 2009 1:17 PM
Let's put this in perspective: Canadians and the British have enjoyed universal health care for over 50 years. To say that these plans aren't working after they have met the needs of a generation of people is laughable.
Posted by Kathy-Ellen Kups, on August 5, 2009 9:50 PM
The concept of the "public option" ought to be modified to mean enhanced public oversight of the existing insurance industry -- not a new Trojan Horse that will lead, inevitably, to a stifling, bureaucratic, single-source insurer.
Posted by Raymond J. Zastrow, on August 5, 2009 12:41 AM
Instead of implementing a new insurance plan, the government can reach its desired results by introducing appropriate legislation that guides insurance coverage to more people in more cost-effective ways.
Posted by Linda Leckman, on August 4, 2009 12:56 PM
I learned long ago that "there is no such thing as a free lunch." This wisdom seems to have been lost in the debate about the government-run health plan. At the heart of the debate is simple economics: how much coverage at what cost.
I like the idea of our legislators being the first to participate in the public option insurance plan. If our senators and representatives have issues with their coverage, they will be motivated to remedy those problems quickly.
Posted by Willarda Edwards, on August 3, 2009 3:19 PM
The health-care proposals suggested by President Obama may turn out to be more expensive than predicted. In the United Kingdom, we have a government-sponsored health-care system with spiraling costs. Attempts to introduce competition have led to cherry-picking by private companies...
Posted by Philip Dommett, on August 3, 2009 12:02 PM
lensch: In 1965 we introduced Medicare. Although the same crowd that now opposes Medicare for All predicted disaster, there were no serious problems...
sanscch: The system needs to be converted correctly - if you use Canada as an example, its all not for profit, and government controlled (not a mixed...
meperkins: The majority of Americans (over 50%) get their health insurance through a single payer, government run agency (Medicare. Medicaid, Veterans)...