Monday, February 22, 2010

Will Obama's Proposal Address the Important Issues?

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President Obama and his administration are revealing their proposed health care reform legislation at 10 am today. Admittedly, we haven't seen it yet and truly have no idea what it contains, but I'm worried.

Obama to Urge Oversight of Insurers' Rate Increases

Based on this New York Times article, the proposal seems to focus mainly on the cost issue. This is undoubtedly important, but any legislation that fails to address pre-existing conditions and equal coverage for people with health challenges is a complete failure. Not to mention the issue of a public option, which I firmly support and am still fighting for. But maybe that's the problem with this entire reform discussion: too much focus on cost control and not enough on the people who can cannot obtain insurance at any price.
Even Democratic politicians made curiously little of the plight of the uninsured. Instead, they focused on cost control, so much so that you might have thought that covering the uninsured was a happy side effect of really throttling back the rate of growth in Medicare spending.

- Myth Diagnosis, The Atlantic Monthly

I'm trying to reserve judgment until we see what the proposal actually contains, but I'm afraid it's going to be a far cry from what we truly need. I hope Harry Reid will step up and get behind real reform by any means necessary, including reconciliation. For more on this, check out this post on Chronic Healing: Reid Says Reconciliation Likely on Health Reform.

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