Hatch Moves for Universal Health Care

10 08 2006

Mike Hatch supports Universal Health Care, and now has a plan to implement it. Full article in the Strib.

The salary of Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth Group’s chief executive
would be enough to fund a major chunk of universal health coverage for
three years, Hatch said. “In a health care system where children aren’t
covered, where’s our conscience?” he asked.

Americans pay roughly double that of any other nation for health insurance, but the country
is ranked low in longevity and in quality of care, he said.

Hatch offered ideas for reform including allowing employers to buy coverage
from assigned-risk plans, purchasing pools for prescriptions, school
clinics, mental-health assessment centers and greater accountability
for the boards that oversee insurers.

Now this is what I am talking about! Of coarse Tim “weenie” Pawlenty has his predictable whine about taxes, but come on, with cost rising as fast as they are for every person who actually has coverage right now, and with all the inefficiencies and crazy salary/bonuses of the current health care(less) companies it would be cheaper to go Hatch’s route, not more expensive. Plus, there is a very good argument to be made about a system like this being very beneficial to small businesses.

My one suggestion to Hatch would be as he is deciding how to start implementing this proposal, is to start by covering children first.

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