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The Obama Budget and the EMBRACE Healthcare Reform Plan

It is very telling, and in that respect so different than the Clinton healthcare initiative, that in his budget Obama has put aside a $634 billion reserve fund for health care reform and left it up to the Congress to come up with a plan. He has outlined a set of guidelines and has left it up to Congress to hash out the details. He has stipulated that the plan should ensure that coverage be universal, affordable, portable and there should be investments in prevention and improved quality of care.

Although there are many proposals out in Congress, EMBRACE  fits these criteria and comes at  a good time, especially since it looks like we will need a compromise.

Gil

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February 28, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A Letter to Our Website

We recently received a note from our web site:

I am a Licensed Practical Nurse . I also believe in Universal Healthcare . It’s a sad shame when a single mom has to work 50 hours a week and the facility where I worked full-time stated My Health Insurance would be free Until I found out I had to pay 250 every to weeks to add my son to the plan BCBS offered . Most insurance companies are taking away health insurance from hard working nurses and making us pay higher copays Why?? They say our job is high risk. Sad shame What next I’ll be having a heart attack dying and go to the emergency room and the hospital will say to bad to bad you don’t have health insurance Think about it we aren’t that far away from taking place Change is needed !!!

Helen P.

The Response:

Hi Helen,

This is why we developed EMBRACE. The sad fact is that many would not even count you in their statistics, since you do have insurance for yourself! The other sad fact is that Universal health coverage means different things to different people. Many plans that are now being proposed for universal coverage aim to expand programs like Medicaid which are significantly inferior to the private insurance you have. They are concerned more with achieving coverage for everyone than giving them access to the best care. EMBRACE will allow you and your son unlimited access to basic health care. There will be no co-pays for these basic services (but may for the optional Tier 2 coverage depending on what you negotiate with the insurance company). Almost all acute hospital admissions (especially heart attacks), will be covered, with no charge to you even if you do not have Tier 2 (private insurance) coverage. In addition, the basic (Tier 1) coverage will never look at your “risk profile” and these coverages (whether Tier 1 or Tier 2) are fully portable from job to job and state to state. These next few weeks are very important, since this is when Congress will be taking up and (hopefully) drafting a healthcare reform proposal to present to the president. Please contact your Representative AND both your Senators and tell them your story and about EMBRACE. To find your Senator click here To find your House Representative click here The basic EMBRACE plan can be found on our web site: www.hpfhr.org/the_plan

Gil

February 28, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Obama and Healthcare Reform

This is what Obama said about healthcare reform yesterday in his speech:

Now, there will be many different opinions and ideas about how to achieve (healthcare) reform, and that is why I’m bringing together businesses and workers, doctors and health care providers, Democrats and Republicans to begin work on this issue next week.

I suffer no illusions that this will be an easy process. It will be hard. But I also know that nearly a century after Teddy Roosevelt first called for reform, the cost of our health care has weighed down our economy and the conscience of our nation long enough. So let there be no doubt: health care reform cannot wait, it must not wait, and it will not wait another year.

I only hope that there will be more input from doctors and healthcare providers and less from industry… but I am not sure that’s going to happen.

Gil

February 28, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment