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Thursday, October 07, 2010

More proof we need universal health care?

The Obama administration is already giving in to large corporations and insurance companies threatening to cancel or deny health coverage to employees and the public in general. McDonald’s even implied that the new laws could force the company to eliminate existing coverage for their workers. Large insurers like WellPoint, Aetna and Cigna object to the fact that they must cover seriously ill children. In the transition period, more insurers and employers are likely to seek waivers that will delay or weaken the new health law.

In a 2009 New York Times/CBS News poll, 72 percent of Americans favored a form of universal health care similar to Medicare for those under age 65, with 40 percent willing to pay $500 per year more in taxes. Here is a list of countries worldwide with some form of universal healthcare: United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, France, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Greece, Ireland and there are more.

The question arises, is it the consumer who doesn’t want universal healthcare coverage, or is it the large insurance carriers? Just who is this administration listening to?

Read more here and here.

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