Health Care Reform Almost Here!

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-24-2010
Health Care Reform Almost Here!
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Sat, 03-06-2010 - 12:01am

Thank goodness that the Democrats are finally getting ready to pass health care reform. It has been too long since President Truman first tried and failed.

Despite what they say on Fox "News," our system is terrible, ranked down near Cuba and Costa Rica.

And the Republicans only want to kill it. If the Party of No wanted to pass health care reform they at least would have tried when they controlled the White House, Senate and House only a short while ago. Instead they passed a massive prescription drug giveaway to their Big Pharma Buds.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 09-07-2009
Sat, 03-06-2010 - 1:00am
I think our healthcare system is above par that is why the premier of Canada came here for his heart surgery.
iVillage Member
Registered: 09-30-2009
Sat, 03-06-2010 - 2:21am

"our system is terrible, ranked down near Cuba"


But but but your very own hero Michael Moore loudly

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-19-2008
Sat, 03-06-2010 - 10:14am
You bring up a good point .... why didn't Mr Williams go to Cuba for his heart surgery?
iVillage Member
Registered: 01-24-2010
Sat, 03-06-2010 - 11:25am

"There is a notion that you can give good healthcare for free to people who can't afford it (how about use your eic payments at tax times?)"

A notion? Sorry to break it to you - it's more than a notion. It's a law passed by your President Bush. It's wildly popular. And it's called the Medicare prescription drug program. Are you saying you would cut back Medicare for the elderly? Because that's not what I am hearing your fellow Fox Republicans say these days.

To the contrary, the New John McCain has introduced a law to require a super-majority to cut back Medicare spending, including for those elderly who can't afford health care. The Old John McCain tried to cut Medicare spending four times, but that was before the Republicans needed to up the ante on their hypocritical pandering to try and kill health care reform - see it here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/

And please relax. No one is taking away your health insurance. The tax on cadillac health insurance plans is not resolved and will only affect a small percentage of persons who have very high level plans. Your plan made you pay 1100 for a 5100 procedure for your daughter. That is a lot. That does not sound like a cadillac plan to me.

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-14-2010
Sat, 03-06-2010 - 2:34pm
Big pharma thanks you for your support.
iVillage Member
Registered: 10-29-2003
Sat, 03-06-2010 - 3:04pm

**premier of Canada**

ROFLOL. Maybe if you are going to comment on Canada you should do your research first.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 10-29-2003
Sat, 03-06-2010 - 3:06pm
**why didn't Mr Williams go to Cuba for his heart surgery?**

Because he could afford to go wherever he wanted to go. I'm sure if the surgeon he wanted was in Cuba he would have gone there.
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iVillage Member
Registered: 09-07-2009
Sat, 03-06-2010 - 9:04pm
sorry from Canada, of Newfoundland
iVillage Member
Registered: 02-19-2008
Sun, 03-07-2010 - 11:07am

And apparently Canada wasn't good enough.

I prefer to stay as close to home as possible for my medical concerns, too bad Mr Williams didn't have this choice.

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-29-2003
Sun, 03-07-2010 - 12:01pm

http://www2.macleans.ca/2010/02/09/what-the-danny-williams-case-says-about-canadian-health-care/

"However, a chorus of Canadian physicians said they were at a loss to think of any heart surgeries, beyond rare and exotic procedures, done in the U.S. that aren’t readily available at Canadian institutes, although often not in Newfoundland. Dr. Bryce Taylor, surgeon-in-chief at Toronto’s prestigious University Health Network, said Ontario’s heart centres offer the latest techniques with virtually no waiting lists, unless a patient insists on a particular famous surgeon. Taylor was annoyed by pundits who assumed Williams went south to get some better procedure faster. “They were impugning our ability to give patients good access,” he said.

No matter how many eminent physicians leapt to the defence of Canadian heart specialists, news of Williams’ decision left a lot of Canadians with the impression cardiac care must be better in the U.S. Dr. Jack Tu, senior scientist at Toronto’s Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, has researched outcomes for heart patients in the two countries. Despite famously contrasting health insurance systems, Tu said there’s little difference. But in a recent, unpublished comparison, he found Canada seems to do somewhat better when it comes to patients having to be readmitted to hospital after being discharged following treatment for heart failure. In the U.S., about a quarter end up back in hospital within a month; in Canada, it’s about one-fifth."

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