Experts See Peril in Bush Health Proposal



  1. 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.
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    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]
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  2. 36 Comments

  3. by   HM2VikingRN
    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/28/us...rtner=homepage is the link to the full text of the above story.
  4. by   canoehead
    President Bush's other ideas have been so successful in the past, I don't know why you'd doubt him...
  5. by   miss arron
    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
  6. by   UKRNinUSA
    Hands off our healthcare Mr President! Single payor universal health care is the only viable alternative
  7. by   bnrn03
    Bush's Plan on healthcare will drive the middle class even further down than it is already. Think about it the corporate elites who retire on a million a day won't pay for it. The middle class will. Just like everything else the middle class is going to take the hit while Bush and his supporters in big business sit back and reap the same exact benefits they always have.
  8. by   Simplepleasures
    Quote from bnrn03
    Bush's Plan on healthcare will drive the middle class even further down than it is already. Think about it the corporate elites who retire on a million a day won't pay for it. The middle class will. Just like everything else the middle class is going to take the hit while Bush and his supporters in big business sit back and reap the same exact benefits they always have.
    :yeahthat: Its time for CHANGE.
  9. by   Nemhain
    Experts See Peril in Bush Health Proposal?

    What? Just Experts? How about most people with a pulse.
  10. by   HM2VikingRN
    Quote from Nemhain
    Experts See Peril in Bush Health Proposal?

    What? Just Experts? How about most people with a pulse.
    There is hope for America! ROTHFLOL:roll
  11. by   PANurseRN1
    Quote from Nemhain
    Experts See Peril in Bush Health Proposal?

    What? Just Experts? How about most people with a pulse.
    I shouldn't laugh, but...:roll
  12. by   Shamira Aizza
    Experts or not, there is a population of people that find fault in everything he does from the way he combs his hair to the way he holds his mouth when he talks. It shows what they've reduced their prejudice down to.

    And while they find fault in everything, they offer no alternatives.
  13. by   dria
    Let me lead this post by saying that I am a card carrying Republican.
    AND I AM 100% AGAINST THIS PROPOSAL.
    This proposal has the potential to upend the health reimbusement system as we know it...not because employers will no longer purchase group health insurance, but because the healthy employess who usually subsidize the health care expenses of the sicker ones will drop their group health coverage in favor of individual policies in order to take advantage of the tax break. As a result, the system will become "top heavy" and will quickly bankrupt the risk pool.
    I don't pretend to know the solution, however, I can say one thing with certainty.....

    UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE IS NOT THE ANSWER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Look how well the US Government is doing with "universal retirement benefits!"
  14. by   Simplepleasures
    Seems like Walmart and AT&T also dont like Bush's plan, today they held a press conference, they say that our present healthcare system is broken and they advocate UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE!!! The Capitalists have gotton on the bandwagon!

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