From the AP:
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama (news, bio, voting record) on Tuesday offered a sweeping health care plan that would provide every citizen a means for coverage and calls on government, businesses and consumers to share the costs of the program.
Uh huh, that sounds good doesn’t it? Well, not if you are a thinking person.
Obama said his plan could save the average consumer $2,500 a year and bring health care to all. Campaign aides estimated the cost of the program at $50 billion to $65 billion a year, financed largely by eliminating tax cuts for the wealthy that are scheduled to expire.
While Obama’s plan is aimed at expanding coverage, he said cutting costs was also essential.[snip]
There it is, 50 to 60 billion dollars PER YEAR. No worries, it is only money.
Obama’s plan retains the private insurance system but injects additional money to pay for expanding coverage. It would also create a National Health Insurance Exchange to monitor insurance companies in offering the coverage.Those who can’t afford coverage would get a subsidy on a sliding scale depending on their income, and virtually all businesses would have to share in the cost of coverage for their workers.
Forcing businesses to share the cost, tax payer dollars paying for insurance and government controlled medical costs.This is socialism folks and every country that has it has crappy health care. there is a reason people fly to this country for heart surgeries and more. Heck, Madonna told Paltrow that she was crazy for thinking about having her baby in England’s hospitals, calling them dungeons. Paltrow had her baby, as did Madonna, in the USA. If Socialized medicine is so good, why would they fly back to the states to have their babies?
The plan doesn’t have the mandate that rival Democratic candidate
John Edwards is proposing to ensure that all Americans get coverage. The 2004 Democratic vice presidential nominee would require everyone to have health insurance, much like state requirements for auto insurance for every driver. Both candidates would require businesses to help cover their workers.New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, who oversaw a massive but unsuccessful project to overhaul the nation’s health care system while she was first lady, has promised universal health care but has yet to provide specifics.
Well it appeaars if we elect a democrat we will be becoming a socialist nation; big surprise.