I put Middle Earth Journal in hiatus in May of 2008 and moved to Newshoggers.
I temporarily reopened Middle Earth Journal when Newshoggers shut it's doors but I was invited to Participate at The Moderate Voice so Middle Earth Journal is once again in hiatus.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Universal Healthcare - is it coming? Part II

Below I discussed the changes that are overdue and inevitable in the distribution and management of health care in the US. In the comments section Kari Chisholm reminded us that Oregon's own Senator Ron Wyden has a proposal and you can see what it is at Stand Tall for America.
There are, of course, many details. Here's a few of the highlights.

The Healthy Americans Act:

  • guarantees you private health care coverage that doesn't go away, even if you change jobs, lose your job, retire, go to school, or become too sick to work.

  • provides a generous benefit equal to those of Members of Congress

  • ensures that everyone has affordable health care coverage, including meaningful assistance to low-income Americans.

  • puts you in charge of your health care choices, not your employer

  • makes sure that everyone has the same affordable coverage options, no matter your age, gender, genetic information, or pre-existing health conditions

  • saves $1.48 trillion over 10 years through tough cost containment

  • provides incentives for individuals and insurers to focus on prevention, wellness and disease management

  • creates meaningful and easy-to-understand wellness statistics so that Americans can compare health care plans

  • is fully paid for by spending the $2.2 trillion currently spent on health care in America
An easy-to-understand summary of how it works.
I don't know if this is the answer but it's a start and better than what we have now. Check it out and let Ron Wyden know what you think. I'll pass on any comments here to Kari and Senator Wyden.

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