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Health Care Reform News Question & Answers

2015 August 22
by Sarah Fields

Chris asks…

Politically Neutral Facts about the Health care Reform Bill?

Seeing as how I am not a lawyer, I was wondering if anyone had a politically neutral analysis of the health care reform bill. I realize there is no site that is completely neutral, but I would just like one that is as close to the middle as possible, meaning not Fox News.
I just want a summary of the bill that does not lean to one side. I have found several summaries but they are all dramatically different. I just want the facts from the bill without the author’s opinion.

Sarah Fields answers:

I hope the links and facts below are of help.

FACT – Insurance companies in the USA admit to pushing up prices, buying politicians and not paying out claims when they should [1]
FACT – PER PERSON the USA spends more on healthcare than any other nation on the planet [2]
FACT – Obama debated his plans before the election for healthcare [3]
FACT – the chance of a child under five of dying in the USA is greater than industrialised nations with universal health coverage [4]
FACT – Obama was elected to bring in change [5]
FACT – Obama wants to stop insurance companies from screwing America [6]
FACT – The reforms Obama wants work in the Netherlands and Switzerland [7]

Let me know if my facts are wrong, but please provide proof.

Joseph asks…

Why is the health care reform bill costing John Deere 150 million?

Why is the health care reform bill costing John Deere 150 million this year. I don’t understand the added cost.

Sarah Fields answers:

Additional health care cost to the employer.

It will cost jobs too;

today , 03-26-10 , news headline;

U.S. Health reform is boon for India outsourcing companies

Mandy asks…

I got no answers in health or politics, so can somebody tell me what this new health care reform is?

The Health care reform I keep hearing about on the radio and TV? How is it any different than regular insurance? I heard it was something like what Canada has for health care. So canadian moms, how is your health care any different than ours? I am confused and wondering if my 600 dollar a month insurance bill might go down. : )

I got zero answers in politics or health, lol. Always ask a mother is what my mom says, lol.

Sarah Fields answers:

There is no set plan for this health insurance yet, basically though everyone is going to get it.

Obama actually nationalionally praised our local hospital system, I will look for a link later, saying he wants it to model our health system nationally. I will be back with more details, my children call!

Http://www.wnep.com/wnep-obama-calls-geisinger-model-for-healthcare,0,7372668.story

http://www.geisinger.org/news/obama_speech.html

Basically he wants heathcare for everyone at affordable costs, which would mean hospital charging decent amounts for their procedures.

Now, I think it sounds great, but I am definitely frightened of how it will pan out, I love our hospital system we have it’s one of the best hospitals in the country, but whether or not the government is capable of setting up a system up to par or even close to that? Only times will tell.

Here are some clips laying out his idea-
-which would allow you to one-stop shop for a health care plan, compare benefits and prices, and choose the plan that’s best for you. None of these plans would be able to deny coverage on the basis of a pre-existing condition, and all should include an affordable, basic benefit package. And if you can’t afford one of the plans, we should provide assistance to make sure you can. I also strongly believe that one of the options in the Exchange should be a public insurance option — because if the private insurance companies have to compete with a public option, it will keep them honest and help keep prices down.

– our goal is simple: the highest-quality health care at the lowest-possible cost. We want to fix what’s broken and build on what works. As Congress moves forward on health care legislation in the coming weeks, I understand there will be different ideas and disagreements on how to achieve this goal. I welcome those ideas, and I welcome that debate. But what I will not welcome is endless delay or a denial that reform needs to happen.

This is another clip, laying out why Geisinger was called out-
The program used research from Geisinger to develop a number of best management practices — things that should be done for a patient — based on their ailments. The practices are then tied into the patient’s electronic medical records, which automatically remind caregivers what should be done to assist the patient.

“So patients with longer-term cases had systems put in place to make it more likely that all of the things we determine they should get were going to happen, rather than all of the things someone remembered should happen,” Casale said.

By standardizing the care given patients, Geisinger has been able to increase the level of care — and has saved money, Casale said.

“Better care does not mean more expensive care … In many times better care is less wasteful in the long run,” he said. “That’s the kind of thing that, if it were generalizable across the country, would really begin to make a dent.”

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