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Group unveils health insurance proposal

February 23, 2009 by  

Commonwealth Fund has published a proposal in which it outlines its plans for expanding coverage and reducing healthcare costsA private U.S. health policy group has published a proposal in which it outlines its plans for expanding coverage and reducing healthcare costs.

The Commonwealth Fund’s Commission on a High Performance Health said in its recently released report that it is possible to insure everyone, improve the quality of healthcare and trim expenses by some $3 trillion by 2020.

However, this will require deep and comprehensive reforms, such as the creation a national insurance exchange that would offer a choice of private plans and a new public plan.

Other proposals include insurance reforms that will provide affordable coverage for all; aligning incentives with value and effective cost control; accessible, patient-centered and coordinated care; and accountable leadership to achieve national goals.

"With our economy in crisis, health costs squeezing family budgets, and coverage deteriorating, we can’t afford to continue on our current path," says Commonwealth Fund president Karen Davis. "The commission has laid out a pragmatic strategy that could rapidly move us in more positive directions."

She adds that reforming the healthcare is a matter of both "family and national security."

The commission also proposes cost rationalization measures, including payment and information system reforms, that would slow the rate of cost growth to 5.5 percent per year from the currently projected 6.7 percent over the coming decade.

The commission was formed in April 2005 to identify best policies and practices that would lead to improvements in the delivery and financing of healthcare.


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  • Luvenia

    If you think you can’t trust the Gov. then wait for it folks because the insurance companies are some of the biggest crooks on the face of the earth. I know I will get a lot of hate mail for this one but I think we need national health care. Just keep our tax money here in this country and stop with the lies that more taxes would be needed for the health care. For America by Americans, keep our money in OUR country.

  • http://n/a Ann American

    Rationed health care..

    Loss of freedom to choose.

    Stiff Fines and Jail Time.

    Loss of Dr./Patient right
    to make health decisions.

    Free care for illegals.

    Subsidized/free care for usual
    lazy bunch who benefit
    from illegal activities
    and bleed the system.
    (Drug dealers, prostitutes,
    and career welfare recipients)

    Palliative, (death care)
    in lieu of real life saving
    care for Sr.’s.
    Most of who paid into Govt.
    sponsored “Social Security Trust Fund”
    for a lifetime with an expectation
    the fund would NOT be used for
    anything but retirement for Sr. Americans.
    So much for “TRUST’ in the Govt.
    Illegals will fare better than American Sr. Citizens.

    Taxes on Medical devices
    heart valves, artificial joints
    etc. etc.

    Layers of bureacracy before
    you can receive lifesaving

    “Gatekeepers” (instead of death panels)
    bureacrats to determine what care you will receive.

    Earmarks and Taxes for all to absorb,
    benefitting and rewarding the left
    wing snobs who have been given exemptions
    to have Cadillac health care plans
    subsidized and paid by the people who
    are lacking power to do anything but comply,
    or have your assets and wealth seized to
    support this phony compassionate system.
    This includes SEIU (Unions, Congress, and
    Govt. Employees. They will neither wait
    not suffer from lack of care.
    Have you ever heard the expression “EQUAL RIGHTS”
    The same rights as our elderly, over the hill
    leftists who will none choose the Public option.
    They are all protected class!

    Abortion on demand for the irresponsible
    and immoral segments of society.

    Millions more babies murdered in the name
    of women’s rights. (what happened to
    inalienable, “God Given” right to life?)

    Our individual rights, spelled out in constitution are
    being violated and we are to roll over?

    Theft of votes to support left agenda through
    amnesty reward for those Illegally entering our
    country, collecting untold sums of money
    for support and jobs that would otherwise
    benefit American citizens. Counting on
    this as a voting bloc. to sustain this
    Marxist/Socialist ideology.

    Loss of privacy and Govt. right to your
    financial and health records.

    Government control over YOU from the
    womb to the tomb. Another form of SLAVERY!

    Diminished care and Diminished wealth.

    Exploding deficits that are lining the pockets
    of cronies and political allies of this

    Loss of value on the dollar because of our
    inability to control our debt. China has
    warned us, they may not finance us further.
    OF UNRESTRAINED DEBT. Possibly fulfilling
    the left wing dream of “Global Governance”!
    I prefer Freedom!

    Loss of Jobs and Loss of the free market system.
    Not perfect, but you keep the money you earn.
    What a concept!


    There is nothing in the Constitution, unless it
    is twisted and parsed to fit the circumstance
    that supports this illegal intrusion into our

    Lady Liberty has been raped and robbed, and the
    assault continues, but has been scaled up
    to include the whole gang of 60 on the left.

    How long can we sustain freedom?? NOT LONG.
    How long can we sustain wealth?? IT’S OVER
    Unless we demand our Cosntitutional rights.

    There’s a Biblical expression that seems to fit here.
    “It is hard to kick against the pricks”. (thorns)
    There is a hard left, thorny bunch, controlling you
    and your pocketbook. They are, incidentally, going
    to benefit financially from the laws they pass and
    gain control over YOU AND ME!
    Find me a poor Senator or Representative having
    served in WA for any extended period of time.
    The rest are reaching for that wealth…(ours!)
    Three classes of Americans.

    Politicians & Govt. employees……right at the top.
    Unions!………gaining ground on, even these.
    Peons………..That’s you and me.

    I know not what others may do…but as for me,

    Demand, Freedom to choose your health care and
    Demand Govt. Intrusion cease!!!
    Oversight of Insurance Co.’s a better route
    than Govt. oversight of corruption in a Govt.
    system. It doesn’t work to have the Fox guarding
    the henhouse. Stealthy and sly they will
    rip us all to shreds.


    • Dorothy

      Liked your comments – and they are all true, but just how can each one
      of us individually “stand up for our rights” – who will listen to us?
      Not the democrats and they certainly are in control at this time. I
      am scared for America as a whole – we are going to be a thrid world
      country when the demos get through with us…..what can we as individuals do????

  • Norma Miller

    I am absolutely against this heath care plan. Yes, I want heath care reform BUT NOT RUN by our government. I recently had breast cancer and bilateral mastectomy. I would not have gotten the care through the government having some unknown “Commissioner” in Washington, D.C., deciding what I can and cannot do and choosing my doctors. I do not want abortion paid for by taxpayers. I do not want “illegal” immigrants covered by our health care. They already get free health care from us. They come to our Country to have babies who are then citizens and do not pay their bills. The hospitals and doctors take a loss and we as taxpayers foot the bill. There are more taxes for us on this bill. People will be fined for not getting insurance under this bill. If you cannot afford health care (and I’ve been there), how can you afford a hefty fine? More weight to bear for single moms. The government spends money, our money. There is too much spending now and we cannot afford this outrageous cost for this bill. Let’s fix what we have instead of having a 2,075 page bill mess us up more.

  • Dorene Saxman

    I’ve seen the following write-up to be incredibly interesting. Thanks for posting it.


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