Obama Targets Health Insurance Providers
The president of the United States Barack Obama, in his Town Hall Meeting in New Hampshire critiqued the U.S. health insurance providers in an attempt to counteract the strong conservative opposition that has mounted against the health care reform. The American individuals and families often "fall hostage" to health insurance companies that deny coverage or charge them fees they are unable to pay.
Health insurance companies that are "sick for profit" perhaps deserve to be targeted by the president. As Yael T. Abouhalkah writes from Kansas insurance providers laugh seeing the president's troubles with the reform efforts. They laugh because to this date the health insurance providers have won the battle of keeping the status quo of the current health care coverage. "Aetna, Cigna, UnitedHealth Group and others are practically laughing at the spectacle of what's happening with President Barack Obama's plan. Turn on the TV, and there are wild-eyed -- and often misinformed -- critics engaging in loutish behavior at town halls," writes Abouhalkah in today's Midwest Voices.
Obama said that he think it's wrong that the high cost of health care coverage is leading many families and individuals to bankruptcy in USA. This is why, he said, "we will adopt the health care reform in 2009." As Obama was addressing the Town Hall meeting, protesters and supporters were gathered voicing their concerns. Supporters were shouting "yes we can" and that the "insurance companies are the enemy of change," while the protesters would show signs reading "Get me the hands of health system."
Major opposition to Obama's proposed health insurance coverage reform comes from the Republicans and from the misinformed analysts who health something and start commenting on it without knowing the facts. The main argument of the Republians is that the reform is too expensive. The part with Democrats on how to fund the reform. A good examples of the misinformed are the recent debates about the government health insurance card and Section 1233.
I expect those who oppose the health care reform will keep taking and rising new questions from the HR 3200 for public debate. This will give them time until the 2010 November elections. The situation can explain why the president Obama is in a hurry to get the health insurance reform passed by the end of 2010. When the election campaigns begin next year, the issue of health care reform will become even more political and will be almost impossible to pass.
Written by Armen Hareyan