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Barack Obama Unveils Universal Health Care Proposal – Could Save Money For The Average Person Already Insured – Keeps Insurance

Barack Obama Unveils Universal Health Care Proposal – Could Save Money For The Average Person Already Insured – Keeps Insurance

Obama in Iowa City
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(Best Syndication) Democrat Presidential Candidate Barack Obama unveiled his plan Tuesday to provide universal health care in the U.S. by 2012. Other candidates have announced similar plans and the 45 year old Obama said in Iowa City "The time has come for universal, affordable health care in America."

Obama’s plan would keep the private insurance system, but add public funds to help those who can’t afford coverage. It would also create a National Health Insurance Exchange to monitor insurance companies in offering the coverage. He says that his plan could save the average consumer $2,500 a year and bring health care to all.

Although both Presidential candidate John Edwards and Obama’s plan would require businesses to help cover their workers, Obama’s plan would not require all American’s to purchase health insurance. According to Mike Glover of Newsday, those who can't afford coverage would get a subsidy on a sliding scale depending on their income, and virtually all businesses would have to share in the cost of coverage for their workers.

Can Government Health Care Save Money? Study Suggests That It Would – Proposal Would Open Medicare For Everyone

Can Government Health Care Save Money?  Study Suggests That It Would – Proposal Would Open Medicare For Everyone

Stark

(Best Syndication) The Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System says that many Capital Hill health care proposals could significantly reduce the number of uninsured Americans. The Fund also believes that some of these bills, if passed, could lower overall health care expenditures including those for insurance administration and prescription drugs.

The private foundation was created to promote a better health care system. Their goal, according to their mission statement is to “stimulate innovative policies and practices in the United States and other industrialized countries.” But are they right?

CMS Opens Discussion Concerning Home Sleep Studies - Sleep Apnea Diagnosis Only Covered For In Lab Testing – Could Save Lives

CMS Opens Discussion Concerning Home Sleep Studies - Sleep Apnea Diagnosis Only Covered For In Lab Testing – Could Save Money Lives

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(Best Syndication) The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has opened a 30-day public comment period for physicians and others to voice their support for the use of multi-channel home sleep testing devices. Sleep Apnea affects an estimated 24 percent of men and 9 percent of women and can lead to auto accidents, stroke, heart failure, and death.

The CMS opened the comment period at the request of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS). The Academy calls Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) a “pervasive, profoundly dangerous, debilitating, and (a) largely under-diagnosed disease.”

The common method for diagnosing OSA or Central Sleep Apnea (CSA) is a sleep study done at either a hospital or sleep lab. This diagnostic procedure is much more expensive than home sleep testing. The group says that home sleep studies have been proven to be accurate, “similar to polysomnography”.

Illegal Immigrant Births Top List For Emergency Medicaid Health Care Spending – Immigration - 1 Percent Of Medicaid Budget

Illegal Immigrant Births Top List For Emergency Medicaid Health Care Spending – Account For Only 1 Percent Of Medicaid Budget

Dr. Dubard

(Best Syndication) The vast majority of government-money spent on emergency care for illegal immigrants is used to pay for childbirth and pregnancy related complications for women without insurance. Researchers in North Carolina evaluated the state spending on Medicaid for the years 2001 to 2004.

The researchers said that the cost for emergency care is only 1 percent of their Medicaid budget. Typically both illegal and legal residents do not qualify for Medicaid except for emergency services. The state reimburses the hospitals through Medicaid where the Federal Government does not pay. Federal law excludes reimbursement for illegal and legal immigrants who have been in the U.S. less than five years.

Edwards Does Not Specify Punishment For People Who Do Not Pay For Health Insurance Yet – Government To Help Low Income

Edwards Does Not Specify Punishment For People Who Do Not Pay For Health Insurance Yet – Government To Help Low Income

John Edwards

Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards would like to force all Americans to pay for health insurance. Edwards says he can achieve universal coverage by “Requiring businesses and other employers to either cover their employees or help finance their health insurance.”

If a person is self employed, Edwards would require that person to get health insurance. He hopes to offset the cost by creating new tax credits, expanding Medicaid and SCHIP. Edwards hopes to lower the cost by creating regional “Health Markets” that would give the self employed more bargaining power.

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