For anyone other than the insurance companies, that is.
I caught an article on Yahoo today about Howard Dean urging defeat of the health care billthat is currently being proposed in the Senate. It’s interesting that Dean would be against the bill, but this thread isn’t really about Howard Dean or his opposition to the bill, per se.
My concern (and question, leading most likely to debate,) is: just what exactly does the bill DO (as it currently stands in the Senate)? How does it reform our broken health-care system?
From the linked article:
WTF? When did that happen? I’ve been pretty pissed-off about how the bill has been steadily watered down but I figured if nothing else, at least the current emasculated version would still prohibit insurance companies from denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions or from charging more to certain risky groups of policy-holders (e.g. the elderly and the infirm/sick).
Now, according to Dean, this bill doesn’t do any of that; he asserts that it actually BENEFITS insurance companies at the cost of consumers:
I have been supportive of mandating all Americans to have insurance, but that was only because I thought that people who couldn’t afford insurance would get help through the public option, and that no one could be over-charged or turned down because of pre-exiting conditions. But if you take all those protections away, aren’t you merely forcing people to buy the over-priced, under-effective snake-oil that the insurance companies are peddling?
At this point, just what in the hell does the proposed health-care “reform” actually do? Nothing? Or even WORSE than nothing? Is Howard Dean right about this?
When will we finally join the civilized-nations club?