He talked of tort reform for like six lines and said he wanted to do the same thing Bush wanted to do. Try some stuff in some of the states and see how it goes. That was basicly him skimming the subject so he could get back to his plan. Any body in the med field will tell you this is the true problem.
Obama's six lines were more than tort reform really deserved - he was throwing a bone to the conservatives here. If you want to see why I think that, read Ezra Klein's 2006 article on the issue here: http://www.slate.com/id/2145400/fr/rss/
or go right to the definitive source here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0226036480/
It's fun to yell about, and everyone hates lawyers, so it's an easy target, but medical tort reform is a red herring.
How do we pay for this? There is no way he can find enough money in savings to pay for this plan. His own damn party members on the finance commitee has said so. So he lies when he says that there will be no new deficit or spending. How will this system just not go down the same road as medicare/medicade?
That's a valid question, and until there's a final bill available, no one really knows the answer to it. The thing is though - doing nothing will break the bank eventually, so we've got to try. It seems to me that they're at least making to make this thing deficit neutral, which is an improvement over what we've seen recently (cough - medicare part d - cough)
Where in his plan will illegals not be covered? They get through all the other checks for govn't handouts so why am I beleived they wont be using the fucking healthcare I am having to pay for.
Section 246 of the house bill addresses this, as does the senate bill (sorry, no cite, but it shouldn't be hard to find). Now, we're talking about health insurance. It'll still be a matter of law that anyone that shows up at an ER gets treated. If you disagree with this, that's fine, but I think you'll find it tough to get a politician to sponsor a "let illegals die in ER waiting rooms" bill (although, given the current state of the GOP, maybe not).
Everyone has to buy health insurance, like every state forces you to have car insurance. Are you fucking kidding me? When did our country get to the point to command me to buy health insurance? Are they going to tell me how much food i can eat, how many beers i can drink, and how many cigs I can smoke next?
This goes back to my point above. As long as we're not willing to let people who could be saved die because they can't pay their healthcare bills, it makes sense to require insurance. Just like you need to have liability insurance for you car so that you can afford it if you crash into someone and hurt them and wreck their car. This has to go hand-in-hand with not letting the insurance companies deny coverage based on preexisting conditions- if they can't deny coverage, and there's no mandate, people would just wait until they got sick, then get insurance, which would really jack up the system.
Repubs have put up plenty of plans in the congress and they all got swated back. Tort reform, checks on coverage from the gov't, legis to keep seniors and people with preexisting conditions covered, legis to help people who move to differenet states, jobs, or lose their job to keep insurance. The dems don't give a fuck what the repubs want right now. So they have started swinging poo cause that is how you get the public to pay attention start to voice their oppinion. Otherwise we watch reality tv and sitcoms and ignore what the government is doing.
H.R. 3400 was a joke. Selling insurance across state lines is a terrible idea, since it's regulated on a state-by-state basis. What'd happen would be that all the insurers would move to the most lenient state, and set up shop there. We did this with credit cards - how's that worked out for us? The tax credits it offers are a joke, and the idea of chambers of commerce or other small organization setting up purchasing groups is interesting, but by and large they're likely to wind up with pools too small to have any real bargaining power and leave their members stuck paying overinflated costs. While medical tort reform isn't a bad thing in and of itself, setting a hard cap on medical malpractice awards is a bad idea- if some doctor comes back from a 3 martini lunch and kills a patient due to negligence that doc ought to be sued into oblivion.
If the Republicans were offering plans that actually took a crack at controlling costs and helping cover the uninsured, maybe they'd be taken a bit more seriously, but they haven't done that. They've shown, time and again, that they are more interested in being the guys that made Obama fail (no matter what he's trying to do) than they are in helping Americans.