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cal04 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-20-09 12:57 PM
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Obama: health care reform urgent, indisputable
Edited on Mon Jul-20-09 12:59 PM by cal04
Source: Associated Press

President Barack Obama says it is time for the country to take action on his proposed health care overhaul because "we've talked this problem to death."

Obama said that out-of-pocket costs for Americans are spiraling while health insurance companies have reaped record profits. He alosaid families are spending more for less care.

Obama visited a children's hospital Monday and spoke with doctors and nurses about the shortcomings of the health care system. He said they are forced to work in a system that favors drug companies and insurance companies, not care.

Obama said the need for change is urgent and indisputable. He says those who oppose him want to preserve the status quo. He says changing the system is more important than politics or his personal reputation.

Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090720/ap_on_go_pr_wh/us_obama_health_care_overhaul



http://www.necn.com/Boston/Health/2009/07/20/Obama-Weve-talked-health/1248111634.html
video of his speech
underneath the video
Obama: We've talked health care problem 'to death,' must 'act now'
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WriteDown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-20-09 01:07 PM
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1. Sorry B, no big payoff to the insurance companies....
start talking the Swedish or Swiss model and maybe people will start listening.
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Alhena Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-20-09 01:08 PM
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2. I want to believe, then I read that the pharma companies are getting everything
they ask for in negotiations with Congress. I just don't trust any good legislation to come out of our political process. I'm not sure whether doing nothing would be better though.
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WriteDown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-20-09 01:11 PM
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3. My buddy is a CFO of a giant health insurance provider...
He says they are very excited about this bill. That should tell you something.
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foginthemorn Donating Member (211 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-20-09 08:58 PM
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6. It does. But not what I want to hear.
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BonnieJW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-20-09 02:22 PM
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4. What I'd like to know is
what are they doing about the huge deductibles and co-pays? OK, so they get everyone covered. That doesn't take care of all these other charges. Many people who had insurance and lost everything blame all the co-pays and deductibles. I got sick last month for the first time in years. My co-pays and deductibles came to $350 and I have "good" insurance. I didn't have to go to the hospital or anything. These charges came from office visits. I'm not even counting the co-pays for the drugs.
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foginthemorn Donating Member (211 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-20-09 09:00 PM
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7. There was suspose to be some big deal---the insurance
companies promised not to raise premiums too much. I forget the details but Pharm was involved also. But I do not trust them.
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Romulox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-20-09 02:40 PM
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5. No time to talk, eh? Reminds me of early 2003... nt
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Zhade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-20-09 09:23 PM
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8. ...and doomed to fail because of your broken promises.
Edited on Mon Jul-20-09 09:25 PM by Zhade
Once again:



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