Saturday, September 30, 2006

Here it Comes


A federal advisory panel said Monday that Congress should take immediate steps to guarantee that all Americans have access to affordable health care by 2012

Access to affordable health care. How will this be accomplished?

While leaving many details to be worked out, the panel declared, “It should be public policy, written in law, that all Americans have affordable access to health care.”

What kind of details? Maybe how this will be accomplished? How much it will cost?

The number of uninsured Americans keeps growing

As long as the population grows, so will the number of uninsured. For the last 10 years the PERCENTAGE of uninsured has fluctuated between 14 and 17%. The latest figure puts it around 15% of the total population and 40% of those earn in xs of $50,000.

The panel did not say how much its proposals would cost or how to pay for them.

This seems to be a major point that needs to be addressed. Can't imagine why this was overlooked.

But, it reported, many consumers said they were “willing to pay more to ensure that all Americans are covered.”

Where are these consumers? How much more are they willing to pay?
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