Universal Health Care – The Final Solution to the Social Security and Medicare Problems - Part 2
Obama says health overhaul could save trillions
By Caren Bohan Caren Bohan – 1 hr 16 mins ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama aims Monday to build support for a broad overhaul of U.S. healthcare by highlighting efficiency measures which he says could save trillions of dollars.
The push comes as the White House raised its forecast for the U.S. budget deficit for this year by $89 billion to $1.84 trillion. The higher estimate may add to challenges Obama faces in getting congressional approval for his agenda.
Obama has invited several large trade groups, including the American Medical Association, America's Health Insurance Plans and the American Hospital Association, to discuss wringing savings from the health system.
At a 12:30 p.m. EDT event, the trade groups will pledge to reduce the growth of health spending by 1.5 percentage points annually through more efficient practices, according to White House officials.
The cost savings would be achieved through steps such as streamlining paperwork and changing the way hospitals deliver and bill for services to patients.
Obama aides said that with costs expected to rise dramatically as the U.S. population ages, the slower growth rate would save $2 trillion over 10 years.
"We cannot continue down the same dangerous road we've been traveling for so many years, with costs that are out of control, because reform is not a luxury that can be postponed, but a necessity that cannot wait," Obama will say, according to excerpts provided to reporters.
"That is why these groups are voluntarily coming together to make an unprecedented commitment.
"Over the next ten years, from 2010 to 2019, they are pledging to cut the growth rate of national health care spending by 1.5 percentage points each year -- an amount that's equal to over $2 trillion," Obama's advance text said.
MILLIONS OF UNINSURED
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius established an office of health reform at her agency Monday, mirroring an office already set up within the White House.
A statement said the new office would "advance legislation and take immediate actions to cut costs, assure quality and affordable health care for all Americans, and guarantee Americans can choose their doctor and their health plan."
Revamping the healthcare system and expanding coverage for an estimated 46 million uninsured Americans is a top domestic priority for Obama. He is pushing the Democratic-led Congress to pass a measure by year's end.
The industry and lawmakers broadly agree that the health system needs to be improved but big differences remain on how.
Obama's proposal would establish a new government health insurance plan to compete with private insurers. The administration says that would help cut costs by introducing competition and covering the uninsured.
Republicans and insurers oppose a government plan, arguing that it would undermine the private healthcare market.
Improving efficiency is one of the least controversial aspects of the Obama plan. The government would see savings if the efficiencies lower costs in the huge Medicare system, an existing program for older Americans.
The United States has one of the world's most expensive healthcare systems, despite the high number of uninsured. Studies show it lags other developed nations on indicators of healthcare quality, including life expectancy and infant mortality.
The effort to paint healthcare reform as a money-saving initiative comes as critics label his hefty domestic agenda fiscally irresponsible. But Obama counters that high budget deficits are a legacy of President George W. Bush, a Republican.
Some ideas to be highlighted at Monday's White House event would require legislation.
Lawmakers are already considering basing payments to doctors and hospitals on the quality of care given, not just the number of procedures and treatments.
Health-policy experts say big savings could be achieved by cutting down on unnecessary treatments.
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Ask the simple question: How do you provide insurance coverage to all of the uninsured and save $2,000,000,000,000.00 without: A. Not paying for the services. or B. Not providing real care?
I suppose you could draft all of the medical care providers, but this would amount to slavery. And if he is willing to do this for the medical industry, then are lawyers, professional athletes, actors/entertainers, and any other well compensated groups safe from mandatory national service.
For those who doubt "The Final Solution", take the time to think of a way to achieve the President's goal of saving $2 Trillion without cutting services to the elderly.
Quotes from part 1 of this blog:
"So how does Universal Health Care fix Social Security and Medicare? By helping to create a younger healthier population who are not old enough to receive Social Security and are not ill enough to require expensive medical care."
"So if the President tells you that Universal Health Care will make us a healthier nation in 4 years, believe him! If he tells you that Universal Health Care will save the government money in the long run, believe him! If he tells you that the ranks of the unemployed (retired Americans) will decrease during his first term, believe him! Just don’t ask for details, you'll sleep better. Denial I'm sure helped the Germans durring World War II!"
The President's idea is not new:
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