Even under the best of circumstances the road back from war is difficult.
Americans are free to choose everything from what they eat drive and watch on TV to the President of the United States. Yet when it comes to allowing Americans to choose the health insurance that works best for them and their family the freedom to choose suddenly becomes un-American.
Men and women who have served in harm’s way experience higher rates of divorce and suicide. Many battle the debilitating effects and stigma associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
When I was 27 years old I organized legal aid clinics to help low-income seniors. It was a life-altering experience.
It is unclear exactly how many law enforcement agencies are currently using this capability but it is reasonable to say that while resource limitations used to discourage the government from tracking you without a good reason these constraints have largely disappeared.
Many health care providers particularly physicians in rural and urban areas are leaving the Government programs because of inadequate reimbursement rates.
Fixing health care and fixing the economy are two sides of the same coin.
For the amount of money that the country is going to spend this year on health care you can go out and hire a doctor for every seven families in the US and pay the doctor almost $230,000 a year to cover them.
I agree with just about everyone in the reform debate when they say ‘If you like what you have you should be able to keep it.’ But the truth is that none of the health reform bills making their way through Congress actually delivers on that promise.
I believe that whether you love your job or hate your job get laid off or are just in-between jobs you deserve health care that can never be taken away.
I believe the most important aspect of Medicare is not the structure of the program but the guarantee to all Americans that they will have high quality health care as they get older.
If you like the health insurance that you have you should be able to keep it but if you don’t like the health insurance you have you should be able to choose something else.
In today’s world it is shortsighted to think that infectious diseases cannot cross borders. By allowing developing countries access to generic drugs we not only help improve health in those nations we also help ourselves control these debilitating and often deadly diseases.
It is hard to miss the irony in the fact that the very same week that Republicans were publicly heralding Congressman Paul Ryan’s plan to inject market forces into the American health care system they were crafting a budget deal to strip them from the health reform law.
It’s correct that I wanted health reform to do more to create choices and promote competition.
It’s time to look beyond the budget ax to assure access to health care for all. It’s time to look for bipartisan solutions to the problems we can tackle today and to work together for tomorrow – building a health care system that works for all Americans.
Since 1994 lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have considered it politically risky to offer a plan to fix America’s broken health care system. The American public though has paid the price for this silence as health care costs skyrocketed millions went uninsured and millions more grappled with financial insecurity and hardship.
The reality is that the special interest groups that have lobbied against Free Choice Vouchers object to any measure that would empower employees to have a say in their health benefits because it begins to erode their power in the current health care system.
Under the Healthy Americans Act you’re in charge of your health care – not your employer. If you lose your job change jobs or just can’t find a job your health insurance is guaranteed to stick with you.
When the Veterans Affairs Department implemented a program to provide home-based health care to veterans with multiple chronic conditions – many of the system’s most expensive patients to treat – they received astounding results.
With a host of proposals on the table and a President examining new ideas for health reform we have an obligation to give real reform our best shot.
With the loss of Free Choice Vouchers hundreds of thousands of workers will now be forced to choose between their employers’ unaffordable insurance or going without health care.
Without Free Choice Vouchers there is little in the health reform law that discourages employers from increasingly passing the burden of health care costs onto their employees.
As Members of Congress we can now engage with our constituents via online innovations like the Huffington Post while a small business in rural Oregon can use the Internet to find customers around the world.
Like any business the oil industry runs on the basic premise of supply and demand. The more supply – the lower the price. The higher the demand – the higher price. In other words the more people who can buy oil the higher the price of oil.
The Internet has changed the way we communicate with each other the way we learn about the world and the way we conduct business.