Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer talk health care reform with Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry in the latest edition of "44 with Ed Henry."
Where is the REPUBLICAN health care plan? Has anyone seen it? Did they attempt to reform it during their 8 years in power? Anybody???
To Candy of West Virginia. I am a Democrat but I sewarch for news for several hours each day. I saw that you wondered about the heath care reform of Republicans. They do have one, in fact have proposed a few of them and have been shot down by the Democrats. Right now there are at least three proposals which will never offer government funding. One which is most popular is to allow the citizens to be able to search the entire country for an insurance company that offers the best "deal" for their circumstance and gives tax money back into the pockets of the consumer to help in covering the costs of their premiums. This allows for more competition whitch brings down costs. Tort reform is my biggest pet peeve; frivolous law suits are one of the main components of rising health care costs. Because I worked for physicians and at hospitals in the administrative areas I know how much is paid out in mal-practice insurance. Perhaps if Obama would like to keep those costs onder control he'd get more support but he's said "tort reform is not on the table". I don't believe the government should be paying for my health care. I decided to look into this bill that the president wanted voted on before anyone read it. I didn't like what I read. I beg those of you who think there's no other way, challenge yourselves to look into what is stated in it. I went in to it thinking that the opposition has to be wrong but I was the one who was wrong. I printed out the oppositions page noting documen with bullet points and then compared it to the actual bill (both are available on line). I discovered to my dismay that if my situation should change I could never sign up with any new plan and be forced to be on the government plan. I don't like my right to choose taken from me.