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House Bill Would Make Health Care A Right

Editor’s note: We have a serious problem with health care in this country. Reflect for a moment on some of the themes and some of the rhetoric.

Health care is unaffordable. Health care cost increases are unsustainable. Health care in … the UK … Canada….

Health care is a right.

Okay, seriously what does this or any of the other proposals do to solve any of these problems? If the costs are unsustainable, taxing employers and the wealthy doesn’t make the costs sustainable.

Looking to other countries for answers — show me one state or one country in the world where health care costs are sustainable.

Health care is a right. Perhaps I am naive, but isn’t it the US Constitution that confers rights on US citizens? Is someone proposing a Constitutional amendment? There’s a whole other process for that.

Associated Press Online
Erica Werner

July 15, 2009

House Democratic leaders, pledging to meet the president’s goal of health care legislation before their August break, are offering a $1.5 trillion plan that for the first time would make health care a right and a responsibility for all Americans. Left to pick up most of the tab were medical providers, employers and the wealthy.

“We cannot allow this issue to be delayed. We cannot put it off again,” Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce committee, said Tuesday. “We, quite frankly, cannot go home for a recess unless the House and the Senate both pass bills to reform and restructure our health care system.”

In the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid said he wanted floor debate to begin a week from Monday. With the Senate Finance Committee still struggling to reach consensus, that timetable could slip. Even so, it underscored a renewed sense of urgency.

Obama himself was driving the action, going off-script to push the issue during a speech in Michigan and scheduling a Rose Garden news conference for Wednesday to make more comments on the topic.

“There’s going to be a major debate over the next three weeks,” Obama said in Warren, Mich., deviating from his prepared text on new spending for community colleges. “And don’t be fooled by folks trying to scare you saying we can’t change the health care system. We have no choice but to change the health care system because right now it’s broken for too many Americans.”

All involved were mindful of the dwindling days before Congress leaves town. Obama wants legislation through the House and Senate before then to slow rising costs and extend coverage to some 50 million uninsured Americans.

Under the House Democrats’ plan, the federal government would be responsible for ensuring that every person, regardless of income or the state of their health, has access to an affordable insurance plan. Individuals and employers would have new obligations to get coverage, or face hefty penalties.

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