Government in Action: The Health Care Debate

Monday, July 27, 2009

When we talk about health care reform, we're talking about a process of government: it's messy, it's complicated, and the tone changes week to week. For Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, this health care debate is a lesson in exactly the way government should work.

"The Obama administration and the press coverage are both focused now on cost control more so than increasing coverage."
—Kathleen Hall Jamieson on the health care bill


Kathleen Hall Jamieson

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As companies no longer offer health care as a benefit, many more of us are being taxed as we buy individual health insurance - so that discussion may be a moot point. For example, my daughter just took a new job with a hospital that does not provide health care benefits. She now has to pay $500 after taxes for her family's health care insurance.

Jul. 27 2009 11:48 AM

As more companies eliminate health insurance as a benefit, more and more of us are paying for individual policies with after tax dollars, so taxing health care plans becomes a moot point. We need health care reform now.

Jul. 27 2009 09:21 AM
Dave Brubeck

The governments plan to raise some taxpayers federal income to forty-five percent to pay for the incompetent is so flawed it will cause further destruction to our manufacturing sector.
With such a heavy tax rate why would anyone want to make the capital investment necessary to operate a successful business. Obamas claim that it will not increase the national debt is complete poppycock.
Government run health care will be a complete failure just as government education has proven to be.

Jul. 27 2009 08:33 AM

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