HMO Issues Beyond Palo Alto, posted by Ted Rudow III,MA, a member of the Palo Alto High School community, on Nov 19, 2010 at 1:14 pm
Ted Kennedy was the sponsor of the 1973 HMO Act. HMOs did exist prior to 1973, so Kennedy didn't "create" them. What he did do was be as visible of a champion as anyone in the act that made HMOs prominent on the American landscape. It should be noted that Nixon signed the 1973 Act.
But it found this Watergate tape—has nothing to do with Watergate, it’s one of the Nixon tapes—at the Archives, National Archives, where Nixon and Ehrlichman are discussing whether or not to support this HMO concept. And Ehrlichman says to Nixon, "You’re going to love this, because this is private enterprise. This isn’t like some freebie thing." Nixon goes, "Oh, I like that. Tell me about it." And then Ehrlichman says, "Well, this is how it’s going to work, these HMOs. They’re going to make more money by providing less care. The less care they give them, the patients, the more money the company makes." Nixon goes, "Ooh, not bad!"
" I believe that the healthcare bill that was enacted by the current Congress will kill jobs in America, ruin the best healthcare system in the world, and bankrupt our country. That means that we have to do everything we can to try to repeal this bill and replace it with commonsense reforms that will bring down the cost of health insurance." John Boehner
We believe that the people in this country would like to see their tax dollars spent for healthcare, public education, jobs programs, and environmental cleanup, not more military weapons. Furthermore, acts of aggression or war without Congressional approval, with no public debate, and with minimal, censored information generated by the Pentagon and the Obama's administration are those of a totalitarian state, not a democracy.
Posted by Perspective, a resident of the Meadow Park neighborhood, on Dec 6, 2010 at 5:59 am
I don't know who this royal "we" is you are talking about, but this person is not part of your "we".
I believe that people should do with their own money what they wish to do with it..including spending less on their own health care if they wish to do so by buying HMO insurance.
I DON'T believe we should all be forced on to an HMO, government style,( which is what universal health care is), and have no choice to use another insurance if we prefer.
I DO believe that I want our military to assure our continued security and existence, so we CAN continue to make money, live in freedom, and pass on this great nation, Constitution first, to our kids.
Our Constitution expressly forbids most of what our federal government is doing at this point.
Why do you think the left, led by Obama and filled with the likes of people who think like you do, want to see the Constitution as a "living, breathing" document, free to change it as you see fit?
Oh, the answer is obvious. So that you can take other people's property, including money, to put into your own pet projects.
Tell you what, this is going to be an odd thought, but I have an idea.
Why don't you put YOUR money into whatever you believe in..donate more to the government if you so desire, for healthcare, public education, jobs programs, and environmental cleanup, and leave everyone else free to donate THEIR money into what THEY see as valuable?
Odd idea, I know, for a lot of people now, but the government has limited rights to my money. Please note, we didn't even have Federal taxes until 100 years ago...somehow we managed to muddle along for the first 130 years with no Federal taxes.
Posted by Perspective, a resident of the Meadow Park neighborhood, on Dec 6, 2010 at 2:55 pm
Thinking about your comment of "totalitarian state" from "no public debate" with little information.
My memory is of 6 months of debate, parades, strikes, rallies, discussion, non-stop TV and radio coverage, and 100% "yes" by our Congress to give us permission to go into Iraq. IMO, at least 3 months too long..how long did it take Saddam to hide everything 1 week? 1 month? Surely not more than 3 months.
Ok..what about that was totalitarian again?
As opposed to now, of course. So much more transparent! Christmas Eve sneak deals/votes for a health "care" bill that 70% of us don't want...I can't WAIT for this Christmas Eve's present to the American public! What do you think it will be? Which industry will die this winter?