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Exploring Healthcare Differences Again

By Alec MacGillis
LOS ANGELES -- It took a while during the back and forth about health care mandates, but Barack Obama stepped back from the policy pros and cons to make the point he occasionally remembers to make on the trail: the differences between the candidates' health care proposals are less important than who would actually be able to get health care reform passed in Washington. In an implicit slap at Clinton, he talked about the need for transparency and carrying out negotiations in full public view, not "behind closed doors."

He did not state this argument as memorably as he did on the trail in Iowa a few months ago: All Democrats, he said, would "set up . . . plans you can buy into it if you're poor, if you can't afford it we're going to subsidize it, we're going to emphasize prevention, blah blah blah."

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Can we get a fact check on this notion that the government is paying for hoards of uninsured middle-class citizens who use the emergency room for free doctor's visits?

I'd bet the majority of visits by uninsured citizens are from the working class, in which case they'd be exempt under the mandate for being unable to afford it and ineligible for public assistance.

Posted by: mepublik | February 2, 2008 12:09 AM | Report abuse

And another thing: Are the people who benefit from the foreclosure moratorium supposed to be catching up on paying their mortgages or purchasing health insurance or both?

Posted by: mepublik | February 1, 2008 11:41 PM | Report abuse

As a middle-class voter, I think the issue on health care is about removing barriers to participation for those who have pre-existing conditions. Not a mandate.

Some people won't purchase health insurance under both plans.

Just as government isn't willing to foot the entire bill due to competing expenses, I may need to pay on a cash basis and forego monthly premiums in order to put extra money into my business to keep it from failing, or to bring my mortgage payments current, or make a payment on my daughter's tuition. I need a government that trusts me to make the right decision based on my circumstances.

I do not need the added stress of being mandated to purchase ANYTHING.

Posted by: mepublik | February 1, 2008 11:38 PM | Report abuse

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