Democrats are trying to find ways to discourage people from saving money on health care so they can stay in a more expensive plan. Boy, that’ll bring down health care costs.
AP- Jolted by cost estimates as high as $1.6 trillion, Senate Democrats agreed to scale back planned subsidies for the uninsured. The emerging Finance Committee bill also cuts off subsidies at 400 percent of the poverty level (instead of 500), but officials said that might be lowered due to cost concerns … to 300 percent of poverty - $66,000 for a four-person family- than 400 percent.
Additionally, Sen. Kent Conrad said leading Democrats were searching for a way to prevent millions of people who currently are insured from taking the federal subsidies and then buying insurance on their own, opting out of their employer-provided plan.
Another thing, every dollar politicians say they can’t afford to spend is a dollar individual citizens can’t afford to spend either. Conservative Democrats must be under the impression that money the government saves by not paying for those who can’t buy insurance, magically is not needed. And keeping with my prediction that health care reform will not be reform and not change anything:
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius stressed that Obama is open to compromise on the issue of a public plan. She spoke positively of the compromise proposal of cooperatives, which she said could receive seed money from the Treasury but then be free of control.
As long as we continue to pump money into insurance industry coffers, money they’ll make up for in the years to come, we will not see any savings. We’ll have missed the one golden opportunity for universal care. Gone forever.
Democratic politicians lack the conviction and drive of their counterparts, forcing the nation to endure more pain and suffering, while draining away the energy their supporters might have to vote next time. I’m thinking about it.
As hard as it is to admit, Americans still aren’t in enough pain, needing a few more Republican terms to get the message I guess.