Thursday, June 09, 2005

Paying For Health Care For The Uninsured

A study from Families USA shows that providing health care for the uninsured increases the annual cost of insurance premiums for the average worker by $341 and for the average family by $922.

Providing universal health care, or even a more modest program as proposed by John Kerry during the 2004 Presidential campaign which would greatly reduce the number of uninsured, would provide significant savings to the workers who are already subsidizing care for the uninsured. Such cost shifting also places a burden on government programs such as Medicare, causing tax payers to indirectly pay for care for the uninsured.

The uninsured also receive much of their health care by inefficient means. They frequently are seen in the Emergency Rooms and Urgent Care Centers rather than in mors cost efficient physician offices. They also receive much less preventative and routine care of chronic problems, resulting in greater overall expenses when they receive care for more catastrophic problems. We are already paying for medical care for the uninsured indirectly by cost shifting. It would be far more economical to have a better organized program which will provide such care in a more cost effective manner.

3 Comments:

Blogger Cali4Kerry said...

Well I guess Hillary has got this one, I would have really liked to see John Kerry run again but it looks like he has set his sights on 2012. According to the New York Times, "John Kerry is expected to have a warchest of $600 million for the presidential election of 2012." The Times further stated that, "Although Kerry would like the bid in 2008 he believes that Hillary is taking up too much Democratic donations and she has a tide too large to fight." I personally would like to see him run sooner but I guess I will have to wait.
http://www.newyorktimes/today/kerry2012.html

9:04 AM  
Blogger Ron Chusid said...

I wouldn't pay much attention to any predictions regarding 2008 this far ahead.

I'd hate to count on 2012. I assume that he isn't planning on running against Hillary in 2012 if she wins in 2008. If Hillary loses in 2008, it would probably mean running against an incumbent Republican in 2012, and chances of winning are reduced tremendously against an incumbent.

9:54 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

I agree with Ron about predicitons. As for Hillary, can anybody anywhere name one state that Kerry did not win that Hillary would win? I have a hard time seeing Hillary win Democratic leaning swing states like Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. What do you guys think?

8:42 PM  

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