Being a lifelong Democrat I'm instinctively leery when corporations come knocking at my door bearing gifts, but on the surface at least this seems like an encouraging "change" from the patterns and historic attitude of health care insurers. (h/t U.S. News' Health Buzz)
Health Insurers Propose Coverage for All
Representatives of the insurance industry told Congress yesterday that they support an overhaul of the healthcare system that would call for them to accept any customer who applies for coverage, regardless of health status, the Associated Press reports. But insurers also favor a requirement for all Americans to have health insurance. Requiring health insurance for all is needed, according to industry analysts, because mandatory inclusion of both healthy and sick people would allow insurers to distribute risk over a larger group of people. Two health insurance trade organizations--America's Health Insurance Plans and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association--put forth separate proposals that each called for coverage of those with pre-existing medical conditions in conjunction with mandating coverage for all Americans.
It would appear that rather than have Congress dictate the terms of a universal health care plan for America some of the insurers would like to proactively suggest proposals to accomplish the goal on their terms. Nothing wrong with that -- it's the start of negotiations which will hopefully get everyone insured.
Now the "mandate" part is of course going to rile some folks - but participation in the Social Security is "mandated" as is payroll disability insurance plans, etc. There's nothing new here... nothing "socialistic"... to use the plumber's vernacular.
Still, I can just hear the reaction from the nutcakes who, while smoking a cigarette and packing 75 extra pounds on their diabetic frame as they wolf down a triple whooper with cheese, tell us "Cough Cough - ain't no government going to tell ME that I have to be healthy, Cough Cough".
We shouldn't listen to them. If it takes 100% participation to make health care for those who want and need it a reality then it's time to require it for everyone, and let the idiots who want to kill themselves find some other way, or choose to not go to the doctor regardless of their insurance coverage.
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