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Health care reform might not be a simple task, but as Chris Fitzsimon tells us in is commentary “It’s not that complicated“. Fitzsimon makes the point that everyone needs health care and the current free market system is meeting this need so it’s time we changed the system.

Progressive Voices commentator Rob Thompson defends the need for a public option for health care insurance in his column  “Of those who would scream ‘socialism’.

If you’re still not convinced North Carolinians need help from their government, read the latest Fitzsimon File commentary “Confirmation of the painfully obvious,” which looks at the latest census numbers including poverty statistics.

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  1. Kimberly

    September 11, 2009 at 10:53 am

    No offense intended here but please correct “…the current free market system is meeting this need…” to say “the current free market system is NOT meeting this need” because that is much more accurate. I completely agree with you, Chris, and Rob, our current free market health care system is not providing the needed coverage and care for the majority of Americans. We need Health Care Reform with a strong Public Health Plan for many reasons with the primary one being that it will provide true competition with private insurance and will hopefully make them reduce costs of their policies. Even though I completely agree with Health Care Reform and with the Public Health Plan, and I fully support the Presidents plans, I am still concerned about how affordable health insurance of any kind will be to families with multiple children with special health care needs that have already sacrificed everything to obtain qualification for Medicaid for those children with special health care needs which has left those families with no disposable income to pay for private insurance for the parents. Right now, for a healthy family of 7 with no pre-existing conditions, private health insurance costs about $22 thousand per year if they are self employed and not part of a pool. For that same family of 7 with all having pre-existing conditions then private insurance through the high risk pools would cost about $55 thousand per year. These amounts are calculated using the average NC insurance premium of $12,669.00 per year as stated on healthreform.gov for a healthy family of 4 and knowing that high risk insurance pools charge 2 1/2 times the normal rate. If insurance costs are not drastically reduced, and a Public Health Plan that is subsidized especially for families such as this, to make it much more affordable, then yes, Health Reform will help the majority of Americans but what about those of us that are in the no win situation? We have sacrificed all that we can to obtain and maintain qualification for Medicaid for 3 children with terminal conditions and 1 child with a TBI but these sacrifices have left us with little to no disposable income to purchase insurance for the parents. We need to ensure that Health Reform includes this population too and that additional assistance is provided to families such as this.

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