Thursday, June 4, 2009

Trouble fixing US healthcare system

In six weeks time, the US Congress is expected to deliberate on a serious problem that now haunts at least 48 millions Americans without health insurance. Already, President Obama personally wrote a letter addressed to Sen. Ted Kennedy to fix the problem, the MSNBC's Ed Show revealed today.
President Obama's appeal to the healthcare committee in Congress came in the wake of reports that 62 percent of Americans had filed bankruptcy protection in various courts because of high medical expenses that they incurred during and after confinement in various hospitals across the country. This joint research study was undertaken by the Harvard Law School and the Harvard Medical School in February 2005, which involved some 1,771 individuals who filed for bankruptcy.

According to Prof. Elizabeth Warren of Harvard Law School, "both doctors and lawyers care about how healthcare is financed, but it was only when we put our heads together that we could probe further. She went to say that "about two million men, women and children were swept through the bankruptcy system in the fallout of a medical problem." Warren believes that "good education, decent jobs and health insurance were no guarantee that a person wouldn't be wiped out by an illness or accident." She adds: "We believe the current policy debates are overlooking a critical problem: A broken healthcare finance system is bankrupting middle class America."

A lot of bills to reform the country's healthcare system have gathered dusts in the shelves and were not acted upon by those who were supposed to deliberate on them. And there are numerous reasons why? Sharing his opinions on the current healthcare system in America, Mr. Robert E. Moffit of the American Heritage Foundation said in his article titled "Congress and the Taxpayers: A Double Standard on Health Care Reform?", that most members and other federal employees can various options to choose alternative health care plan each, regardless of their families' health condition.

"And when federal workers move to different jobs within the federal sector, they are able to keep the coverage of their chosen plan without any interruption of benefits," Moffit said. "They can also keep their choosen plan when they retire. Few other Americans enjoy such health care security," he adds.

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