I'm generally in favor of reform to the US health care system and it was one of the selling points of Obama's candidacy for me. I think the system is broken in that I consider health care a basic right, inherently linked to the pursuit of happiness. Evryone shoudl have access to affordable health care, and no one should have to suffer and die because they don't have money. Especially in the most affluent society in the world.
That being said: i doubt a single payer system would work here in teh US - our population is too large. I aslo wouldn't want a government bureaucracy in sole charge fo teh entire system.
But i ahve no issue whatsoever with a government plan, like Medicaid that would compete with the insurance industry. I balme the insuracne companies for most of the excess costs and denail of service extant in the currnet system - though exorbitant legal costs certainly plays a aprt as well. Thus - I am in favor of Obama's efforts and i support the legislation making its way through congress at the moment. I am confdient something will get passed, i am confident it will not add ot the tax burden of the middle class, and i am confident that most people wiht their own insurance won't lose it.
What has irked me about the deabte so far is the argument that under the new paln - governement officals will dicatte when and what care you will get. Excuse me? Isn't that what we already have? Only its the faceless insurance companies that dicatte what care you get? i ahve experienced this personally on several occasions in the past twelve months, but even before this got personal - i already resnted how much sya the insurance companies had over what doctors I coudl see and how much they chared me for it.
I say if the government can run medicaid and medicare, let them set up an alternative. If the insurance companies can't compete - to bad for hem. isn't that how the markey is supposed tow rok? Competition adn all that? and if the government plan isn;'t to your liking - stick wiht Oxford or blue cross or whatever you have at the moment.
Costs need to come down. Period. And right now - a federal alternative to the existing system seems the best bet.
I'm fairly certain something will get done this year. at the very least, i expect legislation allowing you to keep your coverage even when you change jobs, or lsoe your job, and also i expect that the insurance companies will not be able to deny coverage for pre exisitng conditions. But I am hoping we get the government plan as an alterantive as well - and i think it will come down to teh courage of the Blue Dog democrats.