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State lawmakers got an overview on Monday of how the health policy debate in Washington may impact Connecticut residents and the state's bottom line.

Connecticut Congressman Chris Murphy sits on the House committee that will consider any health reform legislation. He told lawmakers the prospects for some kind of universal health care bill are better than they've been in decades.

Joy Johnson Wilson, a longtime health policy expert with the National Conference of State Legislatures, agrees. She joked that that feeling is so widespread that lobbyists who never agree are holding hands and seeing Kumbaya. But that could all change, she says, as they figure out who will pay for what.  

"So I think Kumbayah might start turning into something else."

For example, she has questions about a proposal to expand Medicaid to cover single, low-income adults who don't have children, because states pick up a big share of the Medicaid tab.

"I can’t find anybody that tells me how they're going to fund this new mandatory category. Nobody will talk to me about that. That should be of concern."

Both she and Murphy say it's likely a health reform bill won't passed until the fall. In the meantime, there is stimulus money due to Connecticut for Medicaid, community-based health clinics, and the transition to electronic medical records. 
Work on that transition doesn't have to wait for federal legislation, says Enrique Martinez-Videl with the group State Coverage Initiatives.

"You know, health care is local. Health care delivery is local. And so the states are really going to be have to do that on the ground, whether they get support from the federal government or not."

For now, it's unclear how much stimulus money Connecticut will receive for electronic medical records. Details of how that money will be distributed are still getting worked out in Washington.


Health Care Reform

New health care reform proposals that will require citizens to spend good money, to purchase questionable insurance, to participate in the health care system that has failed so many Americans, are harsh and counter productive.

Most politician’s, and spokespersons for insurance, drug companies, health care providers, their publicity directors and lobbyists are ignoring a crucial fact as they present their reform proposals that will mandate that everyone purchase insurance.


The Veteran’s Administration model, run by the government, has been providing care for qualified Veterans for years, totally free; including all prescribed treatments and medications, with total transferability between regions, and it has no restrictions for any preconditions.

Costs of health care paid for by government programs, (Medicare-Medicaid etc.) could be reduced, to a fraction of their current expenditures, with better outcomes, if the services for these programs were delivered from a VA style National Health Care System.

Offering everyone the choice of either using a free, government, owned and operated, VA style civilian National Health Care System, funded by a national sales tax:

Or the alternate choice would be for individuals and businesses to continue to pay for and use private systems for care.

“Stemming the overuse and misuse of health care alone would trim at least $450 billion a year in health care costs — four times the amount needed to cover health care access for the uninsured.” Said former Senate Speaker Dr.Bill Frist, as quoted by writer Scott Takac in a Nashville Banner story on April 29, 2009 .

A VA style National Health Care System, which controls the problems with access, cost, quality, and malpractice, is THE solution for America ’s healthcare problems.

Choosing national health care would free businesses from being involved in any way for the health services their employees receive.

The Best Care Anywhere is an article by Phillip Longman that documents how the VA was transformed by Dr. Kizer, into a system that is producing the highest quality health care in the country.

The system could be jump started by acquiring health delivery systems around the country that would choose to sell to the new National Health Care System.

President Clinton signed a bill in 1996 to “furnish comprehensive medical services to all veterans, regardless of their income or whether they had service related disabilities.”

President Clinton ended my health care nightmare when comprehensive medical services became available to all Veterans.

You could end the entire countries health care nightmare by creating a VA style National Health Care System option for everyone who would choose to use it and save taxpayers a fortune in the process.