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Coyote_Bandit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-20-09 11:59 AM
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12. Ummmm......
Health care ought not be tied to employment. If you had ever been notified by your employer at noon that effective midnight that day your health insurance would be terminated you just might agree.

Everyone who carries health insurance should be treated the same with respect to whether the insurance is obtained with pretax or after tax dollars. It is inequitable for some to carry individual policies and pay premiums with after tax dollars while others have policies that are obtained with nontaxable dollars/benefits. That doesn't mean that health insurance should be taxed - it means that anyone who purchases health insurance should be able to exclude the amount of their premiums from their taxable income.

It does not appear that the republican proposal mandates that individuals purchase individual policies - and then penalize those who cannot afford to do so. Or who prefer to maintain different coverages than those mandated (a la the Romney plan). These kinds of proposals are just insurance company ass kissing IMHO. They do little to address the price barriers that burden the neediest.

The republican plan does make private insurance available even though the patient has pre-existing conditions or a lapse in coverage.

That said, this proposal falls far short of what is needed. There will be folks who will be without meaningful access to health care until we enact some form of single payer system that insures that everyone has access to a minimum level of care. There is of course no reason why such a system could not also include optional supplemental private insurance coverages.

I have to say I am remarkably unimpressed by both the Dem and Repub healthcare reform proposals. But then I did not expect the spineless bastards we elected to do anuything but kiss the ass of the health care industry that helped finance their election.
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