Monday, September 21, 2009

Obamaspeak on Obamacare

Stephanopoulos does a decent job here but should have pressed him harder. Still, Tim Russert would be proud.


Rick Calohan said...

For the sake of argument let us concede it’s not a “tax increase.” My first night back in America I had to go to store, and some of the overnight stockers at HyVee in Olathe were having a discussion about the Health Care Bill, one of the people in charge was a single mom with two children, and even though her company provides health insurance coverage she refuses to take part in it because in her view it’s cost prohibitive. She felt that the government provides through various social initiatives the coverage she needs. Now the President mentioned and rightly so about car insurance, it is mandatory in order to drive a car in Kansas and Missouri to have liability insurance otherwise you can not drive. However, under the current system if you do not have health insurance we the tax payers pick up the tab.

Working for the federal government my health insurance co-pays with Coventry went up like this doctor’s visit from $15-20, specialist from $30-50, urgent care from $50-75, emergency room from $100-300. When John got sick in the Philippines his doctors visit was only $6, the medicines and medical test were less than $6 and the ER visit was only $6. In a cash oriented pay as you go system, without the health insurance companies and federal government involved it seems to me less is more, and more or less we are paying higher premiums to cover administrative cost of both hospitals, insurance companies, and government interference. Had John been treated as he was previously at Olathe Medical Center ER, the bill cost was $700. If in my estimate your dollar goes eight times as far explain to me President Obama, Congress, Health Professionals and Health Insurance Companies why that bill at Olathe Medical was not around $48 for the ER visit?

Rick Calohan said...

Just to clarify my last statement your dollar goes eight times as far in the Philippines. Here is the excerpt from travel journal.

In America that would have meant going to the ER, but Margaret wanted us to see her family doctor, who was not available, so we went to another doctor they knew. It was around 7 pm before we could get there and our son was diagnosed from her patio. Apparently the head and lungs sounded fine so we relieved to know it was not an upper respiratory infection. However, the rashes on his behind that I thought were nothing more than diaper rash turn out to be a very common condition called madam tiki (boil). Tiki is Filipino for lizard and Matiki means eye of the lizard which describes the type of bump that surface to the skin. It is an infection that is not viral but a bacteria infection; the doctor wrote a script for it and told us we should check for UTI. It is very common here with boys who are uncircumcised. I thought John would not be a candidate since he is circumcised. I guess the ER here does not carry urine bags so we had to go to the pharmacist to get them. The doctor’s services were 300 pesos. We gave her 500 and told her to keep the change as our way of saying thank you for seeing us on short notice.

John had already a wet diaper so it may take awhile before we could check for UTI. We went back to Butuan Doctors Hospital but there CBC machine was not working. So we had to go to Santos Hospital which is more like Truman or KU hospital. The cost of the CBC was 185 pesos or about $3.70. The bizarre thing is the hospital does not page or text the doctor who order the test, you do. No one cell phones were working. John’s white blood cell count was high everything on the CBC ruled out viral and again I was relieved. But as we waited for text messages to come back from the doctor I was becoming increasingly annoyed. I knew John’s fever was high and I was looking for an antibiotic that would help right away. So against the wishes of everyone I pointed out look while we wait in the ER down the hall there is an on call Doctor who I am sure would be able to read the CBC results, detect and diagnose John’s condition and give us further instructions while we wait for the text messages to go back and forth.

Hard to believe but in 2009 the Philippines or at least in the rural areas do not have children’s Tylenol. We determined John’s wait at 12 kilos or 26 pounds. So he has lost two pounds while being here. I on the other hand if the scales are correct have lost seven.

Johns fever was at 38.1 C, but my wife took a second reading and it was 39.1 C. After all was said and done at the ER where the visit was 300 pesos.

We went back to the party most of the guest had their food and drinks and I made the rounds briefly but my thoughts were with John.

Day 19, Monday September 7, 2009

Well past midnight and finally John urinated so we could check for UTI. Sure enough in addition to the bacterial infection on top of it he has UTI. He will see the doctor in the morning.

It was 3 am by the time we got back to the hotel. All are resting and I am increasingly falling asleep as I type. We are only 8 hours away from beginning our journey back to Manila and leaving Mataki Island.

Roger Mann said...

You Lie!!!

AP Story:

Memo to President Barack Obama: It's a tax. Obama insisted this weekend on national television that requiring people to carry health insurance -- and fining them if they don't -- isn't the same thing as a tax increase. But the language of Democratic bills to revamp the nation's health care system doesn't quibble. Both the House bill and the Senate Finance Committee proposal clearly state that the fines would be a tax. And the reason the fines are in the legislation is to enforce the coverage requirement…

It wouldn't be the first asterisk added to Obama's campaign pledge on taxes. Earlier this year, he signed a tobacco tax increase to pay for children's health insurance. Even that can be read as a violation of his expansive campaign promise.

"I can make a firm pledge," he said in Dover, N.H., on Sept. 12, 2008. "Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes."

Fox News Story:

But the language of the health care reform plan proposed by Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., explicitly labels the penalty attached to the mandate as an "excise tax."

Penalties for failing to obtain coverage would range from $750 to $3,800 under the plan. This is addressed in a section labeled: "Excise Tax."

"The excise tax would apply for any period for which the individual is not covered by a health insurance plan with the minimum required benefit," the Baucus plan says.

Woody said...

And we thought Slick Willie was good at disguising, hiding, bending, and twisting the truth. He’s an amateur compared to Obama.