Saturday, August 15, 2009

Why We Should Want Obama's Health Care Reform

Here we go -- a link for everyone.

My favorite graph:

7. No Free Lunch for Businesses

Currently, large employers that rely on low-skilled workforces usually offer little or no health coverage, and much of these workers' health care is already subsidized by taxpayers in the form of Medicaid and Medicare payments, other public programs and unpaid bills for emergency-room visits. Under the proposals in Congress, medium and large firms would face a simple choice: Offer their employees decent coverage or pay something into the system to offset the burden their employees' health needs impose on the American taxpayer.

3 comments:

Lori said...

We should want it because the last thing on earth we want is for anyone's healthcare to continue to depend on whether or not one has the right job.

Worse, I have learned in the last week that health insurance companies tell employers to fire employees that cost them too much money or that may cost them too much money. If they refuse, their health insurance rates can go up 20%. It's easier than dealing with public opinion when the insurer turns down coverage for a sick person. They make employers do their dirty work before that can happen.

How would you like to be fired because your boss was ordered to get rid of you by their health insurance company? It happened to my husband last week. Our doctor confirmed that she had been told to get rid of two of her medical assistants, but she refused to do it. Your boss may not have access to your health records, but they sure know how much was spent on you in any given year. That's all they need to know.

delagar said...

Good Lord.

Another reason for hating the health care system in this country.

Can I repost this as a main blog entry, Lori?

Lori said...

Ok.