This is a great way to
compare Obama and McCain health care plans with easy side by side comparison.
Here’s a few of my own notes on health care in response to some of Obama’s statements:
Everyone in America already has access to health care. It’s a terrible solution, but anyone can go to ER and get care whether they have money or not. So let’s take out of the equation that someone cannot get access to any health care.
In Florida we have a program called Florida KidCare. Florida KidCare is the stateâ€™s childrenâ€™s health insurance program for uninsured children under age 19. No child needs to be without health care if their family can’t afford. Again, not the greatest solution, but I wouldn’t expect any national health plan to be better than this either.
Obama wants to invest $50 billion toward adoption of electronic medical records and other HIT. Given the governments track record on protecting our data, and purchasing of ‘global’ software solutions, I want no part in investing in government solution. The private sector is much more likely to do this cheaper, get the health care industry to help pay for it, and get the project done faster.
Obama would require employers to provide seven paid sick days per year. The businesses that can afford this generally pay their employees already, whether it’s stated on the books or not. I know this because I’ve benefited from it. The rule book said one thing, but when it came down to it, if the company was doing well, the boss paid you if you were sick, whether you had sick days coming or not. Many small businesses give one week paid vacation to new hires. This more than doubles that. Believe me, I feel for those who get sick and need the money. But the burden on businesses is too great to demand it.