President Obama's Plan for Health Care

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Yesterday, President Obama laid out his first budget plan. As great as this country is, being president of it has to be one of the most stressful jobs in the world at any time, and especially at this time. Our collective financial meltdown is contributing to a projected $1.75 trillion deficit this year.

I could buy a lot of baby wipes for that.

But with our economic recession, many say we need a stimulus package. CafeMoms have spoken their opinions about the stimulus package loudly in this thread from Answers: Politics & Current Events. Obama's opinion is this: He wants to stimulate our economy with his focus on energy, health care and education. His budget also includes money for bailouts, defense and other American expenses.

Back to the issue of health care. Do we need more universal coverage? 

625,000 Americans will lose their jobs in February.

At least 43.6 million American's don't have health care, and that number is a pre-recession figures from the CDC. That's 20 percent of adults and 9.3 percent of children.

And did you see the Tent Cities on Oprah this week? 1,200 people in Sacramento are living in tent cities because they've lost their homes. According to Lisa Ling's story, these communities are popping up all over the country and won't be going away soon.The latest reports say unemployment will rise to 7.9 percent when projected next Friday, the first Friday of March. I'm betting they do not have health insurance.

What's going to happen to us and everyone who is looking for work? I try to stay optimistic, but the news is constant and harsh--much like my close friend's mother-in-law.

President Obama's budget would make a big down payment toward his goal of covering the uninsured, according to The New York Times. He asked Congress to set aside $634 billion in a reserve fund for health care reform. He plans to save $176 billion over 10 years to provide more health care. Obama's plans require urging health insurance companies to chip in big time on the costs of reforming our health care system.

I read the numbers, but I still don't see a plan for helping our uninsured people right now. Obama has said he is still working on details for this horrible situation, and he will bring some ideas to Congress this year.

Here, CafeMoms answer the question, Do you have health insurance? Do you want health care reform? What about a universal health care system?


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chick... chickaboom73

its politics as usual except now the govt is doing it despite the consequences.

our children and grand children have no future because they will be handing the govt their paychecks for our debt.

i didnt vote for any of these idiots but i can tell ya it makes me wonder if im gonna vote in four years...

tgiamt tgiamt

We have health insurance. We dont pay alot for it and have pretty good coverage. I do think there needs to be some kind of refrom. The costs of staying healthy are insane. You shouldnt have to go into debt because you or your child need surguries or has cancer or whatever the reason is. Its just not fair, we didnt choose it. And people are getting rich off it.

mnt_2... mnt_2_b_mommy

We have private insurance (not through an employer) with a rediculous 5k dollar deductible and 40% coinsurance up to 7k. And a medically needy toddler. But will universal health care fix anything for us?? NO!!! Instead of us being able to get our son the care he needs, we'll have to wait and see who the gov't deems fit to receive care.

Jorda... Jordanplustwo

DH and I don't. my girls are on Medicaid... well no... dh makes too much money for the federal poverty level for them to get medicaid at 11.40 an hour. seems like a lot, but it's not when he has to pay 200 in gas every month to get to his job. the girls are on healthy start healthy families.... it covers them and their immunizations, and their doctor bills... but it's annoying to deal with.

jns131 jns131

They talked about Colorado becoming tent city as well. They too have stepped up the foreclosures. As for health care? We go to the free clinic whenever needed. Cannot afford health care. As for Nobama? He ain't going to do squat. He is a joke on health care expecting the rich people to foot the bill for this? I sure don't think so. I am making sure all dems are out of office. They are spending beyond their means.

sweet... sweet-a-kins

We go to the free clinic whenever needed. Cannot afford health care

If you get the benefit of free healthcare, why cant everyone else?

cmari... cmarielin

I know this can get to be a controversial issue, but here goes.  Our family hasn't had health insurance since 1996.  When we go to the doctor, we just pay for it.  When someone breaks a bone, we get it taken care of and we just pay for it. 

Why didn't we get Medicaid?  There were several years when we could have qualified for it, true - but when we went and applied, that hag at the desk acted as if we were unemployed people who were trying to reach directly into her very own purse and take money from her.  We both had jobs, but no insurance.  She treated us like we were a couple of lazy losers walking in there asking for the world.  We didn't want her friggin food stamps.  We didn't want welfare.  All we thought we needed was a dang medical card. 

We simply walked out of there and told her to kiss it.  We'll never need anything bad enough to take that bull.

That's the govt's idea of service?  I can do without.  Besides - that gives the govt. way too much power over the American people than they are supposed to have. 

Sylvi... SylviaNCali

I think the government should just regulate the private insurance companies not take over. They don't need to take over something that somewhat works. They just need to regulate it more so that insurance companies will be forced to be more fair and keep the prices reasonably affordable.

jenner17 jenner17

First, let me say that harsh regulations on private insurance companies is almost as bad as universal healthcare. One of the big reasons that health insurance is so costly is because of frivolous lawsuits.

With high job losses , the last thing this country needs is universal health care, now or ever. Think about it, with many people out of the job and without health insurance, those of us who are still employed and already struggling will now have to foot a huge tax burden to insure everyone. So, essentially, you are hurting the whole population to have a system of universal health care that will be sub-par.

How do I know that it will be sub-par? Everyone knows that Canada have universal health care. But what few people know is the amount of Canadians that come to the US for health care, to pay out of their own pocket to get better care and service. I'm not just making this up. I live in FL, where we get a lot of Canadian snowbirds. When I worked in a dermatology office, we had many many Canadians come in  while they were down for the winter to get skin issues and skin cancers taken care of. In Canada's universal healthcare system, skin issues are not usually taken care of , even cancers, because the are not seen as a top priority. The government is basically telling people that oh well, your not getting treated because we said so. I could go on and on, but I will leave it at this. Just hoping the economy gets better eventually and praying that hubby keeps his job. :)

Jenny Graham

It is quite unusual decision for the government.I think government can regulate the private sector insurance company,there is no need to overtake them.I think government is not having a proper planning about the insurance industry.

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