Senate Backs Health Care Reforms, Not Waiting for Barack Obama

November 14, 2008

Max Baucus, a powerful Democratic senator from Montana, unveiled a strong and promising plan of creating national insurance exchange. This plan is similar to President-elect Obama’s idea which would cover millions of uninsured Americans and businesses as they would get the health coverage. The healthcare system got a big boost when the Senator unveiled his plan in front of the senate. He also said that the ongoing financial crisis would accelerate any efforts and not hinder them.

There is thin line of difference between the plan proposed by Baucus and Obama where Baucus required everyone to have health insurance but Obama proposes to make health insurance more affordable but not mandatory. However, both the plans are expensive and come amidst the financial upheaval in the country.

According to the recent census, nearly 46 million Americans do not have any health insurance. Both the parties, Congress, workers, consumer groups, etc. agree that the US health care system needs to be regularised. Moreover, studies indicate that Americans suffer from poorer health as compared to several workers of other industrialised countries. Obama’s plan is capable of providing cover to nearly 95 percent of the US citizens but would cost $75 billion to the federal government which would further grow to $138 bilion by the year 2018.

As the new President-elect Barack Obama, prepares himself for the new office in January 2009, the lawmakers scramble to set priorities for a robust health-care reform debate in 2009. They have set two key elements, affordability and fairness, for the new health care system in the coming new year.


Comments

6 Responses to “Senate Backs Health Care Reforms, Not Waiting for Barack Obama”

  1. dewey chauncey on November 14th, 2008 9:42 am

    God help us all. This is insane.

  2. SPQR on November 14th, 2008 11:07 am

    Speak for yourself dewey.

  3. Sherrell on November 14th, 2008 11:14 am

    You spelled Barack Obama’s name wrong

  4. someone smarter than dewey chauncey on November 14th, 2008 11:40 am

    I know! Now we will all have to pay less for higher quality health care! Damn it!

  5. Theresa on November 14th, 2008 11:43 am

    It’s Barack not Barrack…only one “r”!

  6. dmac on November 14th, 2008 12:15 pm

    If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until your government gives it to you for free.

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