Saturday, September 12, 2009

President's Weekly Address

The President's weekly address once again talks about Health Care. This week he points out the numbers of people who have lost their insurance, 17,000 a day... in the last year.

In this week’s address, President Barack Obama highlighted a new report from the Treasury Department that found that about half of all Americans under 65 will lose their health coverage at some point over the next ten years. The report also found that Americans under 21 have more than a 50-percent chance of going uninsured at some point in that time. And more than one-third of Americans will go without coverage for longer than one year. The full Treasury report can be viewed HERE.

He also calls out the republicans again. I thought this was great.. "So if you’re willing to put country before party and the interests of our children above our own; if you refuse to settle for a politics where scoring points is more important than solving problems; and if you believe, as I do, that America can still come together to do great things – then join us. Give us your help. And we will finally get health insurance reform done this year."

Even with insurance, or Medicare, you still fear going to the hospital or doctor, because you don't know how much it will cost you in copays and extras. I have Medicare and even though they pay pretty well, I still have to pay quite a bit.. I had a colonoscopy done and it still cost me $175.00 over what the insurance covered.. That's just crazy.

Plus my meds are now in the donut hole area and I am paying for them now.. thank goodness I don't pay a lot, but I am paying for them now, even the generics are costing me. So, I for one am glad the President made a deal with big Pharma and got them to sit down and hopefully get an arrangement to bring down our drug prices for Medicare D.. that would just be wonderful for me.

But, yeah, bitch at the President for trying to get everyone at the table talking.. that's what needs to be done. No wonder the democrats can't get anything done.. they are too busy shooting themselves in the feet to concentrate on the big picture..


Sue said...

I have no coverage, my meds will now cost me 254.00 every 3 months, not huge but still a big chunk of the budget when you live on unemployment ins. I don't know Annette, it boggles my mind when we have such misery in the country the wingnutfucks will be marching on Washington today! I try real hard to stay calm but I sure wish someone would shoot those idiots!!!

Distributorcap said...

i so feel for you - i know how hard it must be even with coverage

obama is beginning to lose me on this one - he needs to be lyndon johnson, he needs to strong arm - and he is just not doing that - his speech was terrifc - but i didnt see as fighting words.

i so fear a watered down bill that will do more harm than good, that is being done for slogans in '10, but long term wont help the problem

more than that - i find it so sad that people in this country actually are fighting to stop help going to their fellow citizens --- the wingnuts marching today really hate america - or the america that is not them


K. said...

Let's not give up yet, D-cap! Wednesday's speech was excellent, and I'm beginning to think that the moron from S. Carolina helped the cause by calling Obama a liar.

(Fox News, of course, is slobbering all over themselves over what a hero he is. Who'd a thunk FN would ever be assigning heroic qualities to a guy named Joe Wilson? I'm half tempted to call Rushbo and act confused about why we're suddenly supporting Joe Wilson.)

Obama is not LBJ. But let's let him be Barack Obama. Letting the the loonies look like loonies instead of engaging them on their own terms may not be a bad strategy.

TomCat said...

Good one Annette. I have had no health coverage since 6/2004. Monday I have a routine doctor appointment. To pay for it, I had two choices: defer the purchase of a computer for which I have saved for 1 1/3 years and which makes my presence here today possible, or give up meat for September. I hope rice remains cheap. :-)