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Final Call for Healthcare Reform

Posted in Issues, The Left, The Right, U.S political news by politicalily on March 7, 2010

President Obama has once again put out a call for Congress to schedule a final vote on healthcare reform. While passing healthcare reform would provide excellent political capital for President Obama and the Democrats it would also be excellent for the American people. The cost of health insurance is sky-rocketing at an alarming rate.Nearly everyone has seen their premiums increase and neither the American people nor the President have been able to get a straight answer from the insurance companies as to why they are massively raising premiums-by as much as 60% percent in states like Illionois. It seems as the cost of insurance raises the amount of coverage that they provide moves in the opposite direction. Preventive care is often not covered by insurance, the cost of preventive procedures is miniscule compared to the cost, both literally and metaphorically of the operations and procedure that result from preventive action not being taken.Preventive measures not being covered by insurance companies results in people skipping regular screenings and exams only to find themselves falling seriously ill to disease and conditions that could easily of been preventive or spotted and treated before they become severe. The high-cost of medical care paired with the low coverage of insurance leaves millions of Americans vulnerable every year. The other problem in the health insurance industry lies with the lack of coverage for pre-existing conditions. Those who have a history of medical problems or are more likely to fall ill, the people who need insurance the most,  find themselves exposed without insurance or paying astronomically high prices for insurance, while those who are healthy and require little medical assistance are insured. This is a backwards system that takes advantage of this sick and a system like this should not exist in a country like the United States. If we do not pass healthcare and allow those with pre-existing conditions to gain access to insurance we would be abandoning our sick and disabled, something I believe no politician would promote, but by voting against healthcare they would actively be doing . Republicans have said that the Democrats are trying to push something down the throats of Americans that they do not want, the Republicans are clearly mistaken. The American people have seen the problems in our healthcare system and fall victim to greedy insurance companies every day. The mother who can’t afford glasses for her child and watches him and his grades in school suffer everyday, the children who watch their parents grow sick but refuse costly care so their kids can attend college, the husband who watches his ailing wife die because they couldn’t afford a life saving procedure, these Americans are demanding health care reform and so is nearly every other person in the country. People have always said that those in Washington D.C are out of touch with voters and this has never been so true  of any politician than those who vote against reforming our healthcare system.

The whole health insurance system is broken and requires serious fixing. If all members of congress cannot come together and pass reform they are letting their constituents down. By letting healthcare reform die and by letting insurance companies continue to take advantage of hard-working Americans legislatures would be failing those who trusted in them and elected them into office. President Obama has called for a final vote and the American people have called for reform, the only question left is whether our congressmen and women will listen and answer that call.

A Sleepless Night for Democrats

Posted in Politicians, U.S political news by politicalily on January 18, 2010

Hopefully Democrats slept good last night because I can guarantee they wont tonight. With the election to fill Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat tomorrow I’m sure our President as well as every Democrat in the Senate have bitten their nails down to the quick . President Obama’s agenda depends on Democratic candidate, Martha Coakley, winning tomorrow’s election. According to recent polls it looks as though it is going to be a very close race. A Suffolk University survey of three counties found Brown leading by double digits in all three. An ARG poll found Brown leading by seven percentage points, and a Research 2000 survey showed the race tie. Well it looks as though the Republican candidate, Scott Brown, is ahead, but in reality the race could go either way. If Brown wins the Democrats will loose their super majority and it will become even more difficult for the Democrats to push their legislation through congress. Coakley emphasized this by telling voters that a vote for her is a vote for President Obama and his extensive agenda which is popular throughout the state. The Coakley campaign has pulled out the big guns by bringing the President to Massachusetts to campaign across the state. President Obama also seems to have realized how crucial this election really is. The President stared in a last minute Coakley campaign ad featuring clips pulled from a rally. I have to say having the President of the United States in your camp is definitely an advantage.

The fate of the healthcare bill is in the hands of the voters of Massachusetts. Ted Kennedy, who previously held this Senate seat, was an outstanding advocate for healthcare reform and would of done everything in his power to make it happen. If I was a voter in Massachusetts going to the polls tomorrow I would keep in mind whose seat we are filling. Without a super majority in the Senate healthcare reform is more than likely going to fail. Choosing a Republican to fill Ted Kennedy’s seat when Healthcare reform depends on a Democrat occupying his seat seems disrespectful to his legacy. Either way this election is going to have huge implications for both parties. If you have any Democratic friends be nice to them tommorow because I’m sure they are going to be exhausted!

Senate Passes Healthcare…Finally!

Posted in General, Uncategorized by politicalily on December 24, 2009

It has been a long journey and I highly doubt it is over, but lets not focus on that. It’s Christmas Eve so lets celebrate! It took a long time and pulled senators away from their families and drug them through feet of snow, but the Senate finally approved the healthcare bill. It’s the best Christmas present our country could imagine, any step towards healthcare is fabulous. Merry Christmas to all and to all good healthcare coverage!

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Healthcare is Hurting my Mental Health!

Posted in Issues, U.S political news by politicalily on December 21, 2009

Whew! Thank God it is almost over! Once the healthcare bill is passed I believe everyone will be able to breathe a sigh of relief. Wherever you stand on healthcare you’ve got to admit this has been one long and confusing process. I usually don’t have much of a problem understanding key issues, but I can’t lie healthcare has got me confuzzled. I strongly believe in universal healthcare, but I just don’t know if this bill is strong enough to accomplish that.

When President Obama was Candidate Obama his plan for healthcare sounded great! I’m not sure that it still does. He promised a public option, an expansion of medicare, and universal coverage. None of those things are present in the bill that is currently close to being passed in the Senate. The Democrats gave up the public option, I was very sad to see it go. I think that healthcare and health insurance should be a right. No person should suffer because they cannot afford medical help. I also don’t think companies should be able to capitalize on people’s health,the sky-high prices insurance companies charge should be criminal. The way that insurance companies treat their customers is appalling! Republicans have said that it will destroy the insurance industry if we have a government run public option, actually that isn’t so.

Lets take a second and think about the college industry. There are public colleges and there are private colleges. Just because there are public colleges doesn’t mean that private colleges are going out of business, far from it! Now lets revert back to the health insurance industry. Imagine if the government sold healthcare whose main goal was not to make a profit, but to insure as many Americans as possible. This would force the insurance industry to straighten up, charge reasonable rates, and treat their customers right. Would that really be so bad?

The Democrats have had to give up a lot for this bill to pass, and honestly I don’t understand why. With a majority in both houses and a Democratic president in office you would think the Democrats could push the healthcare bill through quickly with a public option and all, but a few sticklers have ruined it for everyone. President Obama has given up a lot to pass healthcare and the current bill is unrecognizable compared to the bill that was first introduced in the House. Honestly, I don’t blame those who want to kill the bill and start over. Just because Democrats have persuaded Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson to break the filibuster and pass the bill doesn’t mean healthcare is home free. The House version will have to be reconciled with the Senate version in conference committee and go back to both houses for another vote. Who knows how long it will take the current healthcare bill to be passed and how watered down it will be when it is, but the one thing I can be sure of is that any step towards healthcare coverage for all is a good one!