this a new tax on health care, as you make health care
premiums part of taxable income?
create a tax credit ($5,710) that costs less than the average
cost of insurance for a family of four? How are
individuals and families supposed to make up the difference?
this the McCain plan? How is this bill different?
this undermine existing employer-based health care, and push
workers into the private market to fight big insurance
companies on their own? Answer
||How do the state exchanges work? How are the state-based health exchanges in your
bill different from the
connector model? Answer
||How does auto-enrollment work? If I were uninsured and was
auto-enrolled when I went to the DMV, what plan would I be
forced into? Also, why would I want to spend more time at the
DMV filling out confusing forms? Answer
||What does this plan do to ensure
coverage for those with preexisting conditions and the
chronically ill? Why would a private insurance company offer
coverage to these ‘uninsurable’ individuals? Isn’t this why we
need a public option, to cover those that private insurers
||There are an estimated 45 million Americans without health insurance.
How many more Americans will be covered under your plan?
individuals venture into the market alone, the concept of risk
pooling breaks down. Shouldn’t we seek to bring more
Americans under a larger blanket of coverage, so the health
risks will average out among the population? Without
relatively healthier counterparts, what incentive will an
insurance company have to insure a relatively sick individual
at a reasonable price?
||This seems like too drastic of a
reform – why can’t I just keep what I have, and focus reforms
on extending coverage to the uninsured? Answer
||Won’t an emphasis on competition and
market forces favor the wealthy, the healthy, and big
insurance companies? Answer
mess with a program like Medicare where satisfaction among
seniors remains relatively positive? Should these
government-run health care programs be used as the model for
the rest of our health care system?
do you force private insurance companies to cover everyone
without a public option or a mandate?
is the Healthcare Services Commission, which sets standards
and measure effectiveness, different from the Obama
Administration’s Institute of Comparative Effectiveness,
which you often criticize as being a vehicle for rationing
seem to make a lot of promises about universal health care, as
well as investments in prevention and health IT. How
much will your plan cost the American taxpayer?