Obama Accuses Health Reform Critics Of Using Scare Tactics

August 11, 2009

US (ChattahBox) – President Obama faced a rather welcoming and polite crowd during his address this afternoon on health care reform, a stark change from the last few town hall meetings on the issue.

Whether the pleasant tone of the crowd was due to a healthy respect for the president, or an agreement from the citizens of New Hampshire, it is hard to say. But Obama has some strong words, regardless.

“For all the scare tactics out there, what is truly scary is if we do nothing,” the president was quoted by Comcast News.

“For all the chatter and the yelling and the shouting and the noise, what you need to know is this … if you do have health insurance, we will make sure that no insurance company or government bureaucrat gets between you and the care you need.”

The words were aimed at the many spreaders of misinformation that have said some rather ludicrous things over the last few weeks.

For example, former governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, came out with a ridiculous statement last week about a nationalized health plan leading to the government killing off her parents and infant son.

In the end, this address was meant to create awareness about health care reform, and to strength support in Congress. Only time will tell if it was successful.


4 Responses to “Obama Accuses Health Reform Critics Of Using Scare Tactics”

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  3. I Hate Political Chainmail on August 12th, 2009 3:14 pm

    My mother is scared to death. She wants to move to Texas now because the state is “seceding,” to avoid being put to death because of her age.


  4. hsr0601 on August 13th, 2009 11:30 pm

    Misinformation & Correction :

    1. Rationing & A long Line :

    With the help of upcoming IT system, the concern of a long waiting list probably doesn’t matter. And now that docs are liable for patient’s outcome, no intervention in the final decision is allowed other than ‘recommendations’ for best practices.

    In the government-run, single-payer Medicare program, enrollees choose their own doctors, receive care in a timely manner. Similarly, the public option can be viewed as extension of medicare, exactly speaking, an upgraded version of it.

    2. Saving & low Quality :

    Most part of savings is made up of weeding out such wastes as so called “doughnut hole” , the unnecessary subsidies for insurers, the duplicate tests and unproven sham level of treatments, abuse, exorbitant costs by the tragic ER visits and so forth. As president Obama noted, the analogy of insulation, weatherization would be appropriate.

    With that in mind nearly two-thirds of the cost of reform will come from reallocating money, overall, the financial architecture is looking good.

    And let me stress : If you are a physician, and your pay is dependant upon your patient’s outcome, you will most likely strive to prescribe the best medicine available earlier in the process, let alone skimming the wasteful, unnecessary, and risk-carrying procedures.

    3. Take-over ;

    The runaway premium similar to the peak fuel price last year and left so many folks in despair insists on staying the course with the attitude ‘unchanged’, clearly this trend could bankrupt individual, business, and government. Now the government subsequently is tasked with these two main assignments, first, to address premium inflation, second, to expand coverage to all in urgent need.

    In order to cover all and not to add to the deficit, the public option can not set the same rates of private market, rather, it needs to have BALANCING function to keep it in check in terms of INFLATION, too. Unfortunately, this ‘unavoidable’ direction is aggressively being accused by the runaway premium, citing government ‘take-over’ .

    Under the circumstances the energy bill to determine human future and the other major issues are presently piled up, who wants to waste time making enemies ?, which also does not benefit the forthcoming election.

    with the heartbreaking tears in mind (Nearly 11 Million Cancer Patients Without Health Insurance), private market also needs changes and should join together to complete this reform , as promised, otherwise, the runaway premium only has itself to blame while new firms are filling the void with competitive deals.
    And It can be said that fair competition starts with a fair, sustainable market value.

    However, Job-based coverage (indirect payment) and a limitation code over transfer, mandate code, and ample capital, reduced ER costs, IT base to streamline the administrative processes and trim costs might be favorable to the private market. Over time, supposedly, the public plan will concentrate more on basic, primary cares, and the private insurers will provide their clients with differentiated services.

    4. Tax rise :

    In the context the current health care wastes an estimated one-third – or about $700 billion – on unnecessary procedures, unnecessary visits to the doctor, overpriced pharmaceuticals, bloated insurance companies, and the most inefficient paper billing systems imaginable, health care reformers have often cited the system at Mayo Clinic as a model.

    In modernized society, the business lacking IT system is unthinkable just like pre-electricity period, nevertheless, the last thing to expect is happening now in the sector requiring the most accuracy in respect to dealing with human lives. Apparently the errors by no e-medical records have spawned the crushing lawsuits, and these costs have led to the unnecessary tests, treatments, even further, more profits so far.

    Thankfully, the pay for ‘outcome’ pack modeled after the system at Mayo Clinic is most likely to expedite the introduction of IT system, and the combined system is capable of shifting volume into quality in Medicare & Medicaid, thereby offsetting the 239 billions of estimated deficit, which is generated by $245 billions, the 10-year cost of adjusting Medicare reimbursement rates so physicians don’t face big annual pay cuts.

    Supporters of the agreement say it could save the Medicare System more than $100 billion a year and ‘improve’ care, supposedly even a quarter of it might be enough to meet the goal of revenue-neutral. Moreover, in case this innovative idea applies to the public option, presumably it can lower the overall expense sharply, too.

    Please be ‘sure’ to visit http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/13/opinion/13gawande.html?hp for credible evidence !

    And in respect to preventative program, surprisingly enough, the system today is designed around treating patients once they become sick, following ‘spillover’ and ‘levee breach’ , as too high level of preventable chronic disease accounts for it. By contrast, all of the excellent health systems seem to have one feature in common, an expansive, systematic preventative program demanding immense investments.

    Some say the effect of preventative program is below zero compared with investments, or takes a long time even beyond next decade window, but if this program in the exemplary systems is disorganized, the odds are high that they will also face the same pressing need for reform in a few years. Like common sense, fire needs to prevent in advance or foil in early phase, and it would be the most cost-saving measure, in my mind.

    Just like marriage, economy also undergoes up and down, however, economic downturn is not reflected in the employment-based system. The rising mental stress & ‘keep eating habit’ , which are the epicenter of a number of different diseases, might be traced to this insecure system and exorbitant premiums.
    Once the health care reform provides the general public with peace of mind, the rising mental stress, obesity caused by the the deep-seated apprehension and exorbitant premiums may bend the curve surprisingly.
    And reducing the tragic ER visits can lessen costs for the already insured, what’s more, the balancing function of public option could mitigate fast-rising premiums.

    I guess If the cost of the reform is an issue Americans take seriously, then all of the ‘free’ nations in the world should withdraw the existing public policy. Instead, it might be the ‘will’ of reform to end disgrace. Here is the hope, while the runaway premium wound up in the collapse of middle class ranging ‘ from finance to mental health’ , alongside the peak fuel price and fast-growing mortgage rate, this time, clearly, the positive impacts involving massive job creation, promising stem cell research, several times more economic effects of ‘from bed to work’ , in return, will lead to economic recovery.

    Thank You For Reading !

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