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Thoughts on Pelosi’s Health Care Proposal

Posted on October 31, 2009. Filed under: Uncatagorized | Tags: |

My old brain is not working at top performance (I was up too late last night). I did want to comment briefly on the latest Health Care fiasco by Nancy Pelosi and her gang.

Pelosi has come forth with her massive Health Care proposal. You know, the Health Care that will be sure everyone in the United States will be insured, will save all of us money, help the economy, and NOT raise taxes. Yep, that one.

The 1990 page bill (light reading) is now available for all with the fortitude to slog through. I am struck by the stupidity and arrogance of our legislators as they once again prove that they have no clue about how businesses operate. Of course, they have been proving that for years if you look at the stupid business decisions they make for the country. Yes, I do believe the country should be looked at and operated like a business: it is the largest employer in the country, so what shouldn’t it adhere to basic business principles? A good article explaining how the bill will negatively affect you can be found on the FreedomWorks website. Info about the GOP’s alternative health care proposal can be found here.

It all boils down to the fact that the United States can’t afford the bill as it is set forth. My husband and I looked at new cars recently. We came home in the car we have owned for 6 years. We couldn’t afford a new one. Why can’t our legislators use the same logic as a couple of older folks in Western North Carolina? It was relatively simple for us to say, “We have this much income, this many obligations, can we afford to do this?” Answer, arrived at in a bipartisan manner, “No.”

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Posting Break

Posted on October 30, 2009. Filed under: Uncatagorized | Tags: |

Took a break from posting today to spend time with my hubby. Today is his 66th birthday. See you with many various thoughts tomorrow.

~~Granny

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Letter from Kay Hagan

Posted on October 29, 2009. Filed under: Uncatagorized | Tags: |

October 28, 2009
Dear Friend,

Thank you for contacting me regarding your concerns about health care reform. I greatly appreciate hearing your thoughts on these important issues.

Each year, costs associated with our current system increase. North Carolinians are struggling to afford insurance coverage, and the unprecedented economic crisis facing our nation has made it still more difficult for working families to manage medical costs while making ends meet. In North Carolina alone, the number of uninsured has risen to approximately 1.8 million, which represents 22 percent of the state’s population.

The United States spends more per capita on health care than any other developed nation, over $2 trillion per year, yet this fact is not reflected in our health outcomes. A Commonwealth Fund report compared the American health care payment and service delivery system with that of six other developed nations. The report found the United States to have poorer health indicators and outcomes, as well as a more fragmented and unstable system with substantial delays, waste, and paperwork.

As you know, there are various opposing views within the health care reform debate, and I would like to address a few here. When crafting the Affordable Health Choices Act, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee bill, we went to great lengths to ensure that if you have a health insurance plan that you like, you can keep it. Moreover, no one will be required to participate in the Community Health Insurance Option, including individuals, employers, and health care providers.

I recognize that medical liability reform has the potential to reduce medical malpractice insurance premiums for health care providers and decrease defensive medicine practices. Accordingly, I am in favor of President Obama’s plan to implement demonstration projects to evaluate medical liability models being used and implemented around the United States.

In addition, concern has been raised about illegal aliens being able to receive medical services under health care reform. The Affordable Health Choices Act defines an eligible individual as a citizen or lawfully admitted permanent resident of the United States. Illegal immigrants would be explicitly barred from receiving services under the legislation.

Also, some believe abortion services could be covered under health care reform. This is inaccurate, due to a long-standing federal law that includes a broad prohibition against using federal funds for abortion services. Health care reform would not change that prohibition, which is known as the Hyde Amendment.

Furthermore, it has come to my attention that some believe there would be rationing of health care services under health care reform. The Afforable Health Choices Act would not do anything to limit the ability of your doctor to pursue the course of care he or she believes is most appropriate for you. While the bill would fund research into the comparative effectiveness of various treatments, that information will simply serve as a tool for practioners to use as they see fit. The Affordable Health Choices Act specifically states that any recommendations made under health care reform shall not be construed as mandates for payment, coverage, or treatment of health services.

I will continue to work with my Senate colleagues and stakeholders throughout North Carolina to help pass pragmatic, comprehensive health care reform. For the most up-to-date information on health care reform, I encourage you to follow the Senate HELP and Finance Committee websites, found at http://www.help.senate.gov and http://www.finance.senate.gov. There you can find the draft legislation and proposals, bill summaries, press releases, amendments, and a variety of publications.
Again, thank you for contacting my office. It is truly an honor to represent North Carolina in the United States Senate, and I hope you will not hesitate to contact me in the future should you have any further questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Kay R. Hagan

Please do not reply to this email. Instead, if you have further questions, please visit http://www.hagan.senate.gov and fill out my web form for your inquiry. Thank you.

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