Monday, February 4, 2008

Issues For Our Next President (Part Two)

America is a world leader in medical research. From pharmacology to evolving new medical techniques, our research powers advances in medicine around the world. Unfortunately, our delivery of medical services is chaotic. It is by no means assured that an employer will offer his employeees any health insurance. Changing jobs usually means changing health insurance plans, in which case preexisting conditions become an issue. Submitting claims to an insurance company often means running a gauntlet of technicalities to get the claim paid.
Opponents of universal health insurance point to Great Britain and Canada, where those who need live saving surgery are put on waiting lists and in some cases come to the United States for life saving procedures.
Those who insure their motor vehicles do so with private companies, which have to comply with the law in the coverage that they offer. Competition keeps prices down and forces the market to meet consumer needs.
A similar idea of government regulation of private companies might make a lot of sense. We want to avoid the pitfalls of a central medical bureaucracy, yet even the playing field so that all employers have the same requirement of assisting in maintaining health insurance for their emloyees. This issue touches all of our lives. It should be addressed by the major candidates

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