Friday, January 14, 2011

Badgercare on the Bubble, Republicans about to drop people from coverage after the Great Recession.

Our state has found itself in the news again due to Republican actions against "Obamacare," the name they've not so cleverly tacked onto it, and their proposed actions to keep health care away from non-elected individuals. I say not so clever because the public is starting to warm up to it, and unfortunately, the public is also realizing there isn't a sane alternative to our steeply rising premiums.

Before you see the PBS clip below, there's a few more important issues; The complete privatization of health care, advocated by all Republicans, will take years or decades to roll out among all 50 states.

Insurance policies will all be written in a way very little will be covered, since state mandates will have done away with, and families will be left to pay out of pocket and ration their own care. That's the "freedom" part of privatization, and a horror I wouldn't want to wish on anyone.

Another thing; Due to the opposition to mandating the purchase of health insurance, and the idea that emergency room usage and not buying coverage is acceptable, a whole new group of freeloaders will rebel against any kind of coverage. Rates will go up, and industry consolidation will reduce competition, pushing prices up.

State high risk pools will be to expensive for citizens to buy into. The idea people will force themselves to buy insurance so their pre-existing conditions will always be covered assumes Americans will always be able to afford coverage. If they don't buy it, insurers can refuse coverage, and the private death panel market will do away with dead beats. Which takes us to Wisconsin, and the newly elected Republicans and their one party control of everything.

Watch the Fitzgerald brothers, each in charge of the two branches in our legislature, twist reality and offer no real replacement to reform except "theory."

While many aspects of the federal health reform law don't take full effect until 2014, states can choose whether to speed up or slow down some of the sweeping changes to the U.S. health care system. Margaret Warner gets some national perspective on health reform implementation and what's to come from NPR's Julie Rovner.

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