EDITORIAL BAND-AID BILL AMERICA NEEDS COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH CARE REFORM, NOT TINKERING.
WHEN it comes to the nation's health care system, America needs a double bypass surgery-sized reform. But what it's getting is placebo legislation that might actually do more harm than good.
The Healthcare Market Modernization modernization
Transformation of a society from a rural and agrarian condition to a secular, urban, and industrial one. It is closely linked with industrialization. As societies modernize, the individual becomes increasingly important, gradually replacing the family, and Affordability Act of 2006, S.1955 moving forward with dismaying dis·may
tr.v. dis·mayed, dis·may·ing, dis·mays
1. To destroy the courage or resolution of by exciting dread or apprehension.
2. speed in the Senate is such a placebo. Its authors promote the bill as a savior to small businesses and self-employed workers, who have been squeezed hard by rising costs for health insurance, by allowing them to pool their resources through professional and trade associations to negotiate better insurance deals.
To be sure, self-employed workers and small businesses surely do need some relief. But this bill, for all its optimism, has some disturbing implications, because the plans would only be regulated by the more lax federal government, and would be impervious im·per·vi·ous
1. Incapable of being penetrated: a material impervious to water.
2. Incapable of being affected: impervious to fear. to state laws set up to regulate premium and coverage. Businesses with sicker employees, for example, could find prices are even higher under this bill, according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. analysis by California's Department of Insurance.
But what's more important about this bill is that despite the fanfare it does nothing to solve the larger problems facing the American health American Health Inc. is a company that manufactures health supplements. It is located in Holbrook, New York. One of its products is labeled the "Chewable Original Papaya Enzyme" with the attached registered trademark, "The 'After Meal Supplement'". care crisis.
When insured individuals are suddenly finding their policies retroactively ret·ro·ac·tive
Influencing or applying to a period prior to enactment: a retroactive pay increase.
[French rétroactif, from Latin cancelled after they get sick, such as a number of Blue Cross patients in California recently alleged, then it doesn't matter how easy it is to get health care.
We need comprehensive reform such as the universal plan passed by Massachusetts lawmakers, which required all residents to have health insurance and set up the infrastructure to make it available.
That's the kind of bold program that senators should be talking about, not some Band-Aid bill that may or may not hurt as many people as it helps.