Healthcare (September 23 2009)

The inevitable public option

Much has been said and written in recent weeks about the legislative and political viability of a public health insurance option as we resume the debate over comprehensive national health reform.

Rap song is part of a clear, creative communication effort about H1N1

With flu season underway, the Obama administration is doing everything it can to make sure that Americans have the information they need to protect their families from the seasonal flu, and the H1N1 flu virus. And because we are already seeing an increasing number of H1N1 influenza cases in schools and across college campuses, it’s not only critical that parents know what to do about the flu but that students need to know what to do as well. 

Offering amendments to the Finance bill that Dems pushed through

Before I was a senator, I was a small businessman. I owned three shoe stores. When I was showing someone a shoe and he said he didn’t like it or couldn’t afford it, I didn’t try another sales pitch. I knew it was time to try to find him another shoe, one that he liked and could afford.

Discard Dems’ scheme and start over

I have practiced orthopaedic surgery for more than two decades. I believe we must reform our healthcare delivery system. However, Congress needs to give American families what they actually are demanding — truly affordable healthcare reform.

Skyrocketing premiums just part of the painful status quo part of the broken st

The American people have been suffering under the healthcare status quo for years. Escalating costs and insurance company policies that deny care to patients when they need it most have left us in dire need of reform. But if there was any doubt about the weaknesses of our current system, a series of new reports has only underscored the importance of taking action now to deliver real relief to families and businesses that are struggling.

Helping Americans live well is good public policy

During this extensive healthcare debate, it appears there has been no stone unturned, no proposal left unexplored. Yet, amid all this discussion, I find a worrisome omission in our national conversation on healthcare: the actual health of Americans.

Public option — accept nothing less

Reforming healthcare is more than angry town halls and political rhetoric thrown around cable news shows and in the halls of Congress. It is a serious matter that requires serious solutions. Members of Congress have an obligation to make access to healthcare affordable and accessible and take control of the ballooning costs. These skyrocketing costs are consuming budgets, overwhelming families and crippling our nation’s resources.

H.R. 3400 empowers patients instead of insurers, employers or government

Americans are participating in a vigorous debate about reforming our healthcare system. While this conversation has been heated at times, it reflects the passion people have about a vital issue that touches all Americans. It reflects a basic recognition that whatever comes out of Washington this year will have a very real impact on the wellbeing of every single one of us.

Access to treatment is primary concern for rural Americans

Too often in the current healthcare debate, the focus is on providing insurance to the uninsured or creating more options for care. While these issues need to be discussed, without access to healthcare services, coverage and choice do not matter. For millions of Americans living in rural communities, access to quality healthcare is the primary concern.