so tired of the ads....

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Registered: 10-09-2004
so tired of the ads....
Sun, 10-17-2004 - 8:00pm
I'm so tired of the Buah ad about Kerry's health plan being a expnsive government program.

They seem to be running it here in Florida about every five minutes, even though it is clearly false. I thoroughly researched the issue for our online magazine, http://www.familieosnlinemagazine. Kerry' health plan includes:

• Federal bank account of $25 billion to insure families against catastrophic illnesses. It would cover 75 percent of medical costs beyond $50,000 for a specific medical condition and would give companies predictability in estimating health-insurance costs.

• Government to cover the full cost of insuring children from lower-income families under Medicaid, freeing States of the expense, and expand coverage to families earning up to three times the federal poverty level.

• Allowing families who can afford it to buy coverage under the same plan that covers members of Congress and 9 million federal employees.

• Health-maintenance organizations allow members to select their own medical providers and pay for medicines prescribed by those providers.

Rewards corporations providing health-conscious amenities, including gyms and nurses on-site.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Sun, 10-17-2004 - 8:14pm
I'm so tired of ALL the ads.... This has to be one of the dirtiest, slimiest campaigns ever....
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Registered: 03-26-2003
Sun, 10-17-2004 - 8:19pm

Unfortunately if it sounds too good to be true it probably is.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Sun, 10-17-2004 - 8:41pm

Here's another good analysis:

SEPTEMBER 22, 2004

By Howard Gleckman

Kerry's Health Plan May Need Surgery

A new study puts the cost twice what the candidate estimates. If these numbers hold, the Democrat may have to trim some featuresThe domestic centerpiece of Senator John Kerry's Presidential campaign is an ambitious plan to reduce sharply the number of Americans without health insurance. From the beginning, the Democrat's proposal has come under fire from the Bush campaign for being unaffordable. Now a new independent study suggests that when it comes to health care, Kerry may have far more will than wallet.

Research by Lewin Group, a Falls Church (Va.) consultancy, confirms that Kerry would, as promised, provide insurance coverage for about 25 million Americans who are now uninsured -- millions more than President Bush. But the plan could cost far more than Kerry says. Relying on the estimates of Emory University health economist Kenneth E. Thorpe, the senator projected that his plan would cost about $650 billion from 2005-14. Thorpe figured that Kerry would spend about $950 billion on tax breaks, subsidies for employers that offer health coverage, and direct aid to low-income adults and kids. He also figured Kerry would achieve about $300 billion in offsetting cost savings.