Nawwwww, not the Dems? ;o)
While Democrats on Capitol Hill dispute claims that individuals will lose their existing coverage under their reform plans, on other issues many Democrats privately acknowledge some people will indeed get whacked to pay for the new world of government-dominated health care.
Democrats have been brilliant in keeping knowledge about the pain and sacrifice of health reform from the very people who would bear the brunt of them. They’ve done so by convincing health-care industry groups not to run the kind of “Harry and Louise”-style ads that helped sink HillaryCare in 1993.
Sen. Tom Coburn (R., Okla.) says the pressure not to run ads has been “intense, bordering on extortion.” ....
Here are some of the groups on the menu if anything like the existing Senate or House health plans become law:
Young people. If the government mandates that everyone must have health insurance, healthy young people will have to buy policies that don’t reflect the low risk they have of getting sick. The House and Senate bills do let insurers set premiums based on age, but only up to a 2-to-1 ratio, versus a real-world ratio of 5 to 1. This means lower prices for older (and wealthier) folks, but high prices for the young. “They’ll have sticker shock,” says Rep. Paul Ryan, ranking Republican on the Budget Committee.
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 6:53 AM on Jul. 25, 2009
Small Businesses. Employers who don’t provide coverage will have to pay a tax up to 8% of their payroll. Yet those who do provide coverage also have to pay the tax—if the law says their coverage is not “adequate.” Amazingly, even if a small business provides adequate insurance but its employees choose coverage in another plan offered through the government, the employer still must pay.
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 6:54 AM on Jul. 25, 2009
Medicare Advantage users. Mr. Obama and Congressional Democrats want to cut back this program—care provided by private companies and subsidized by the government. Medicare Advantage grew by 15% last year; 10.5 million seniors, or 22% of all Medicare patients, are now enrolled.
These plans tend to provide better coordinated and preventive care, and richer prescription drug coverage. But Democrats dislike Medicare Advantage’s private-sector nature, and they have some legitimate beefs with its unevenly generous reimbursement rates. This week Mr. Obama told the Washington Post that the program was “a prime example” of his efforts to cut Medicare spending, because he claims people “aren’t getting good value” from it.
I just wanted to add, that with the proposed $600 BILLION proposed Medicare cuts, and an expected 40% INCREASE in the senior citizen population in the next FIVE years, there isn't going to BE a senior citizen program worth its weight.
Answer by LoriKeet at 7:48 AM on Jul. 25, 2009
Young people need coverage. Life can change in a minute! Every responsible adult should have health insurance.
My friend who is only in his 20 almost give up his insurance to save some money. He did not have time to do that. He was in bad ,bad car wreck......No his family is thankful he did not cancel his insurance.
Health care should be everybody's issue .Something needs to be done.
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