Thursday, October 30, 2008

Universal Coverage is not Universal Care

One arrow in the McCain Campaign's spacious quiver of scare tactics is calling Obama's health care plan "socialized medicine."   The claim is false and misleading.

Obama's plan is a step towards providing universal health insurance.  Under this plan people who already have health insurance get to keep it.  They can continue to see their doctor and have access to the same resources allowed by their insurance plan.

What the Obama plan does is expand existing health insurace pools (like the one used for Federal employees) to cover those currently without insurance. 

This is not a single payer plan, nor is it a nationalized HMO.  And I know POs hate billing, coding, and low reimbursment rates but how is collecting some money not better than collecting none at all?

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