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Author Topic: Healthcare Proposal from the AMA  (Read 953 times)

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Offline emeraldize

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Healthcare Proposal from the AMA
« on: October 19, 2008, 11:21:58 AM »
While watching Face the Nation this a.m., several spots sponsored by the AMA aired. Please forgive any repitition if anyone else has posted this elsewhere on the site.

It should be of interest to know what the AMA is proposing for healthcare reform. Visit www.voicefortheuninsured.org

Offline Assurbanipal

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Re: Healthcare Proposal from the AMA
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2008, 12:45:17 PM »
Hmmm..  proposal is kinda vague on the details.  Note it takes some mousing around on the site to find it -- here's a direct link to what appears to be the actual proposal:

Main features:
Taxes -- Like McCain would tax employer provided health benefits and provide a tax credit to purchase insurance.  But UNLIKE McCain -- only employer insurance above a certain (unspecified) level would be taxed and the tax credits would be distributed mostly to lower income folks who actually need the help to purchase insurance.
Required Insurance -- Like Massachusetts, there would be some tax penalty (unspecified) for those who do not purchase insurance if they make more than 5 times the poverty level
Insurer regulation -- Pretty vague -- some regulation would move from the State to the federal level but not all.  Insurer's would be required to renew policies for all current customers, but not to offer policies to all (editorial note -- what happens when an insurer goes out of business?)

Editorial comment -- in many ways similar to but more likely to work than the McCain proposal.  Approach to federalizing regulation of insurance market seems half hearted ( or half somethinged  :) )  Likely an improvement over the current system, but not going to fix the whole problem.
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Offline Moffie65

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Re: Healthcare Proposal from the AMA
« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2008, 01:53:44 PM »
It is my opinion that like always, the back story is probably more interesting than what we see in bold print. 

I am always a bit hesitant to get behind anything that comes out of the AMA, and in this case, I feel that way also.  They are suspect because they will never give up complete control to the people because of the intrinsic ties they have to the pharmaceutical companies. 

So, I remain suspicious.
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Offline GSOgymrat

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Re: Healthcare Proposal from the AMA
« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2008, 02:10:08 PM »
I think this proposal just maintains the status quo. The AMA wants to protect the interests of doctors and hospitals and it is not in their best interests to have the government take control of healthcare and begin to truly manage it. The AMA recognizes that there needs to be change so the changes they are proposing are band aids to push individuals into paying for insurance. More people with private insurance actually helps their bottom line.


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