mr. bush said his proposal would eliminate a bias in the tax code that strongly favored insurance provided by employers
over coverage bought by individuals and families outside the workplace.
paul fronstin, director of health research at the employee benefit research institute, a nonpartisan organization, said: "the president's proposal would mean the end of employer-based benefits as we know them. it gives employers a way out of providing the benefits because their employees could get the same tax break on their own
tony fratto, a white house spokesman, denied that the president wanted to move people away from the employer-based system and toward the individual insurance market. "we are seriously agnostic on that," he said.
mr. bush's proposal differs radically from president [color=#004276]bill clinton
's plan for universal coverage, but experts on health benefits said they were similar in one respect: in an effort to help the uninsured-about one-sixth of the population-they would upend the system that covers most americans
the clinton plan would have provided comprehensive health benefits to 39 million uninsured americans, with more than $400 billion in new federal spending over 10 years. the white house says the tax changes proposed by mr. bush would provide coverage for 3 million to 5 million people at no cost to the government over 10 years.
absolutely horrible public policy. this is just another example of a giveaway to his political contributors. the clinton plan would have covered 10 times as many people. fragmenting the market will not reduce health care inflation. it will just increase the number of benefit denial specialists.
write your senator and congressmen to just say no to this cockanamie plan. another example of [evil] bushco policy.[/evil]
Jan 29, '07
that article adresses my main concern i have - many americans can't even get individual insurance b/c no one will accept them w/ pre-existing conditions, if it wasn't for group insurance i wouldn't have insurance
another thing that burns me is that he is saying some americans have health insurance that is too good? ***?!?!?! i'd like to see what kind of health insurance policy he has.....
thank god he'll be out of office before this can really get moving.
Last edit by miss arron on Jan 29, '07
: Reason: typo