What one element of health care reform would you push for the hardest?

Today President Obama convenes a bipartisan summit on health care reform. Imagine that you were one of the negotiators at the White House meeting. What one element of health care reform would you push for the hardest?

  • DMox

    Universal care. It’s the whole reason for reform in the first place. Without it, we cannot seriously call ourselves a world leader.

  • Steve

    Public Option, period.

    Thank you.

  • Gary F

    Buying policies accross state lines and TORT REFORM!

  • Insurance companies are like parasites on the system.


  • Jim G

    Priority #1: Health insurance coverage for the 46 million American citizens without it. I have a step-daughter working as an intern in a multinational corporation without any health insurance. When it comes to health coverage for our citizens, we are a third world nation.

  • Matt Berres

    Public option would be one of the things I would push for. The insurance companies, through the Republican’s have succeeded in getting that and many other things removed from the bill. Without that option and others, it will be business as usual, with no controls on the greed. This current bill is now so watered down its damn near worthless. That is reason the American people don’t like it. Almost everything the people where hoping for has been removed.

  • Steven

    Single payer. Ask any random Canadian if they’d like to trade their health care system for ours, and the chances are excellent they’ll assume you’re joking and roar with laughter.

  • Mary Grace Flannery

    Single Payer – hands down

  • Amy

    Ultimately, universal health care for everyone, hands down.

    Realistically though with the political climate right now, I have to push for reform in the form of insurance companies no longer being allowed to deny applicants because of pre-exisiting conditions or terminate coverage because someone becomes sick. Those things perpertuate the uninsured problem in the country and cause the most financial hardship for people when they become ill and are probably the most attainable at this time. Universal health care will come someday, if politicans start fighting for their constituents instead of thinking about their reelections.

  • Jessica Sundheim

    The problem with picking “one element” is that without streamlinging the system and making healthcare efficient and preventative AND saying no to gouging, then our “one element” will not be affodable. If we don’t include everyone (including younger “healthy” people), then the system will not work. If insurance companies get their way, AND we cannot negotiate changes to Medicare and Medicaid AND without competition the system won’t work.

    If we want to continue down the road we’re on, the path to gold for Big Insurance that Bush implemented, then let’s throw in the towel, and pick out the most expensive bits that cannot stand alone!

    “Those who say it cannot be done should get out of the way of those who are doing it.” – anonymous We need a SYSTEM of care that works for the people, ALL OF THE PEOPLE. Not add on elements to an already unaffordable, failing, inefficient beast.

  • Steve

    I am in favor of the no pre-existing condition section, as I was recently diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease as I was leaving my parents insurance…having that on my back makes it incredibly difficult to find affordable insurance that will cover it.

    On the topic of single payer/across state lines, isn’t that sort of the same thing? If we had a single payer system, then the whole nation would be buying across state lines.

  • Steve

    single payor.

  • James

    I don’t think the government has any business doing anything with heath care. It is all a power grab and special interest profiteering. The $1 trillion over the next 10 years could be saved or not collected from US in the first place.


  • EAL

    It is tragic that any discussion does not include “personal accountability.” The tragedy is that any citizen can ignore preventative care or partake in risk behavior and be entitled to benefits that other citizens must pay for. This is yet another example of individuals abdicating their obligation to be accountable for their sphere of influence.

  • Sue de Nim

    And the exorbitant profits extracted from the economy by big insurance companies without producing anything positive is NOT a “power grab”? Letting big business run roughshod over sick people is like letting the fox guard the chicken house.

  • Margaret A Olson

    I would push for Medicare for All or some other kind of single payer plan. The longer we hear of objections or obstacles to one or more elements of the current “plan,” it becomes clearer and clearer that Medicare for all is the only solution that will cut through these obstacles and really provide cost-effective health care for all Americans without unintended consequences. “Step by step” or piecmeal changes will not work.

    Thank you,


  • Steve the Cynic

    A “modest proposal”:

    Outlaw health insurance altogether and replace it with….. nothing. That way, when people get sick or injured, they will have to pay the whole bill themselves. With a reasonable fear that an illness or injury will lead to bankruptcy, people will have a greater incentive to take care of their health and be more safety-conscious. Furthermore, without deep pockets to bill, health care providers and pharmaceutical manufacturers will be forced to be more cost-conscious and keep their prices down. On average, everyone will be better off. Of course, a small percentage of the population will suffer from such a policy, but they should bear their burdens proudly, knowing that they’re making things better for the rest of us.

    BTW, if it wasn’t obvious to you that the above suggestion was meant in jest, maybe you need a new moral compass.

  • Robyn

    Single Payer all the way.

  • Lawrenze

    Health Care is a tough question. For individuals is choice versus rising cost, and, in some cases, its jobs that don’t provide health care versuse privately buying insurance or going with out.

    For most businesses, large and small, health care rises the cost of doing business because it is added to the salary companies pay employees. It;’s tough to pay some one $50,000 and then provide 100% of their health care. Large corporations get a break now whereas small ones don’t. But, even at large corporations, the cost of health care keeps increasing.

    Right now, every one seems to be saying the present system provides great care but we want the government to make the industry stop raising prices – a task democractic governments aren’t really supposed to do.

  • Lawrence

    Health care is a difficult issue. Individuals have two options really: take what the company gives you (which is whatever they and you can afford) or find it elsewhere, whether that’s private insurance or state sponsored insurance. Businesses large and small on the other hand are losing options altogether. Small businesses in many cases can not provide it, and most corporate companies can only afford a portion of their employees’ health care costs. It is tough to pay any employee a decent wage (say of about $50,000) plus 100% health care. The President is right about that – rising health care costs is killing our business sector and isn’t covering as many people as it could. On the other hand, most people like the present health care system – they just don’t want the prices to keep going up. So its make a move to save jobs in the long run versus stay status quo and make people pay the increasing premiums, warning signs et al.

  • Anna

    Single payer.

  • Julie

    I think we need to disassociate health insurance from employment. It would take the cost of health insurance away from the bottom line of business and make our products more competetive on the world market. Health insurance could be handled by paying an insurance fee (based on percentage of income) to the federal government which would then issue the equivalent of a voucher for a basic schedule of coverage. This is similar to Medicare which is the system that people are most satisfied with in surveys.

    The individual would take the voucher to any insurance company of their choice and could pay extra for additional coverage. The insurance companies would compete for your business by designing competative plans. If you live here legally, you could participate.

  • Lydia

    Single payer

  • Dave

    I want to see an integrated package of reforms that all fit together. The Republicans were wrong at yesterday’s Blair House meeting. “Step-by-step” reforms won’t work. You can’t cross a chasm in a series of small steps; it takes a giant leap. The difference between what our health care system is and what it should be is a chasm. Sweeping reform is what we need.

  • Jenny

    Getting the Republicans to admit they don’t want health care reform and coming clean to the public that they really are trying to squash all attempts at reform would be a start to actually getting reform. Only then can they start to change and work toward health care reform. They had a majority for nearly 30 years and did absolutely nothing with it to initiate reform that benefits the common people. Now, they are saying the Democrats are doing it wrong and they must go step by step. Why weren’t those steps started during the period when the Republicans had a majority? Why do they know exactly what the Democrats are doing wrong, when they did nothing at all? They are using health care reform to destroy the president, and until they start thinking and doing with their brains and ethics instead of their partisanship, we will not get health care reform at all.