Friday, October 24, 2008

Obama Health Care Affordability a Right

What Barack Obama's site says


"I...believe that every American has the right to affordable health care. I believe that the millions of Americans who can't take their children to a doctor when they get sick have that right...We now face an opportunity - and an obligation - to turn the page on the failed politics of yesterday's health care debates. It's time to bring together businesses, the medical community, and members of both parties around a comprehensive solution to this crisis, and it's time to let the drug and insurance industries know that while they'll get a seat at the table, they don't get to buy every chair." -Barack Obama, Speech in Iowa City, IA, 5/27/07

Barack Obama and Joe Biden's Plan
On health care reform, the American people are too often offered two extremes - government-run health care with higher taxes or letting the insurance companies operate without rules. Barack Obama and Joe Biden believe both of these extremes are wrong, and that’s why they’ve proposed a plan that strengthens employer coverage, makes insurance companies accountable and ensures patient choice of doctor and care without government interference.

The Obama-Biden plan provides affordable, accessible health care for all Americans, builds on the existing health care system, and uses existing providers, doctors and plans to implement the plan. Under the Obama-Biden plan, patients will be able to make health care decisions with their doctors, instead of being blocked by insurance company bureaucrats.

Under the plan, if you like your current health insurance, nothing changes, except your costs will go down by as much as $2,500 per year.

If you don’t have health insurance, you will have a choice of new, affordable health insurance options.

Obama's Health Care Plan Discussed
By Jennifer Harr, Herald-Standard
Updated 10/24/2008 01:53:11 PM EDT

Several people gathered Thursday at the local headquarters of Democrat presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama to discuss the virtues of his health-care plan, which aims for universal coverage...

...Vincent Zapotosky, chairman of the Fayette County commissioners, said he agrees with Obama's assessment that health care is a right.
"We as a country are responsible for the health and welfare of our citizens," Zapotosky said.
Obama's plan "offers us some hope to not fear getting ill," he said.
Zapotosky characterized Republican presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain's plan represented "rhetoric," and not a real solution. McCain supports a free-market, consumer-based system.

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