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Recapping Obama’s Health Care Speech

Last night millions of Americans tuned in to watch President Obama outline the key components to his health care proposal. Though I could spend this blog ranting about the disrespectful, and in some cases unpatriotic, behavior some Republicans showed, by shouting out that our president lies, holding “What Bill?” signs, and waving papers that outlined their concerns, I’m taking this opportunity to further flesh out the plan Obama proposed last night.

Obama-HC4 In many ways Obama’s speech was an opportunity for him to prove to the progressive population that helped place him in office that he had not abandoned the initiatives that fueled his campaign and that he would stand firm on his approach to be the last president to take up this cause. But, similar to the political pundits’ criticism of Obama during election season: he talks a good game, but can he provide specifics? Last night’s speech allowed him to specify what exactly he has in mind when it comes to health care reform. As Obama said, “The time for bickering is over…now is the time to deliver on health care.”

Obama’s plan is to meet three basic objectives: 1.) provide more security and stability to those who have health insurance, 2.) provide insurance for those who don’t, and 3.) slow the growth of health care costs for families, businesses, and government. Below are the details of his proposal.

Americans that currently have health insurance will have more stability and security because…

  • Nothing in the plan requires Americans who already have health insurance through their job, Medicare, or Medicaid to change their coverage or the doctors they have
  • It will be against the law for insurance companies to deny coverage because of a preexisting condition
  • Insurance companies cannot place an arbitrary cap on the amount of coverage received in a given year or in a lifetime
  • There will be a limit on how much can be charged for out-of-pocket expenses
  • Insurance companies will be required to cover, with no extra charge, routine checkups and preventive care

Americans that currently do not have health insurance will have quality, affordable choices because…

  • They will be able to get coverage if they lose or change their jobs
  • An insurance exchange, or marketplace, will be created where individuals and small businesses will be able to shop for health insurance at competitive prices
  • Insurance companies will have an incentive to participate in this exchange to compete for millions of new customers
  • The individuals and small businesses who still can’t afford the lower-priced insurance available in the exchange, will be provided tax credits based upon their need
  • Since the exchange will take effect in four years, Americans who can’t get insurance today can immediately receive low-cost coverage that will protect against financial ruin if they become seriously ill

Lastly, Obama’s plan requires that people who can afford insurance get insurance, similar to how most states require drivers to have auto insurance.

Obama also took the time to address some key concerns and misinformation that have been spread by his critics. He contests the ideas that under the proposed plan there will be “death panels” to kill senior citizens, that illegal immigrants will be insured, and that federal dollars will fund abortions. He also continued on to note that his health care proposal will not add to the deficit, but that reducing the waste and inefficiency in Medicare and Medicaid will fund most of the plan.

Now that we have a clearer view of President Obama’s health care plan, what do you think about his proposal? Given that there was so much controversy and discussion leading up to his speech, what areas will still continue to strike an uncomfortable chord with the American public? Is this really our country’s opportunity to “not…fear the future, but to shape it”?

Posted by Adrienne on September 10, 2009 at 12:23 pm.

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5 Responses to “Recapping Obama’s Health Care Speech”

  1. avatar Adrienne says:

    Here’s a blog that offers numerous opinions about what Obama’s speech missed last night – http://roomfordebate.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/09/10/what-was-missing-in-obamas-speech/

  2. avatar seely poole says:

    Have been searching for some decent information on this for awhile now thats for the great article.

  3. avatar Hewston says:

    I am worried about the Proposed Healthcare Plan. Will it create costly changes to my loved ones ? Will the improvements overshadow the bad aspects?

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