Bush health plan would gut current coverage: critics

  1. Bush health plan would gut current coverage: critics

    ...Bush also proposed diverting some funds from Medicaid, the state-federal health insurance plan for the needy, and letting states use the money to help some of the nearly 47 million Americans who do not have health insurance.

    But there would be a price -- states would have to drop mandates, which are legislative requirements for health-insurance companies to cover certain conditions, such as depression and hospital stays after childbirth.

    "It they wanted to use these funds they would have slimmer health-insurance requirements," Rowland said.

    Deborah Burger, president of the 75,000-member California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee, said some people could be forced to buy bare-bones health plans that provide little cover.

    "It encourages people to gamble with their health by avoiding preventive care which raises the danger of increased pain and suffering for millions of Americans down the road," Burger said. Burger's group joined others in calling for a national health system on Wednesday....

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  3. by   PANurseRN1
    I love how he criticizes people for buying "Cadillac coverage" plans. How selfish for people to pay for extra insurance.
  4. by   hope3456
    I can't believe gwb actually thinks we the American citizens are stupid enough to support this proposal.

    Can he make it anymore obvious that he is in bed with the insurance companies???

    And, btw, I voted for him.
  5. by   GardenDove
    I guess the money saved can help finance the beefed up troop deployment...
  6. by   CityKat
    The man is a sad case of a human being. I couldn't watch the entire state of the union because it was so upsetting.
  7. by   yellowtulip2004
    I am a contract RN and I do not have health insurance. It is terribly expensive to purchase independently. Do you think the possibility of a national insurance plan might be a solution? Something's got to give to allow health insurance coverage for those who are currently uninsured. Certainly, no one wants to get sick, neither can we control accidents or certain disease processes.

    I don't know the answer to the problem. Any thoughts on this issue.
  8. by   HM2VikingRN
    the ny times had a similar story.....i posted it to the newswire but i forgot to include the link. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/28/us...rtner=homepage

    since mr. bush took office in 2001, the number of people without insurance has increased by more than 5 million, to 46.6 million, according to the [color=#004276]census bureau. administration officials said they hoped to reverse that trend by helping states that offered basic private insurance policies to their residents. to pay for such help, the administration would take federal money from hospitals that serve large numbers of poor people.

    i personally find the last sentence from this excerpt to be the most offensive of the whole idea. write your congress critter to express your opposition to this scheme.