I’ve been listening to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama debate their healthcare plans. I’m getting a bit pissed listening to both of them support inferior plans which don’t address the real issue with our broken system: the health insurance industry. We can’t afford to provide full, comprehensive coverage for everyone because too many of our health care dollars are wasted in overhead, salaries, duplication, advertising, marketing, and denial of care.
will spend 28% of its budget on employee benefits by 2012. From 2002 to 2007 the city’s health insurance costs rose 80%.
will spend $374 million (10% of budget) this year for health insurance. The proposed bill in
would reduce this to 10% of its payroll. How could
put the rest of this money to use? Better schools, more police, more affordable housing, lower wage taxes, or a myriad of other anti-poverty programs which, in reality, are health prevention programs. When people have quality housing, food, ample utilities and day care they are healthier people.