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WWL: Health Care Reform
Where We Live - with John Dankosky
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The spiraling cost of health care.... It's a problem


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The spiraling cost of health care. It’s a problem for government. It’s a problem for businesses. It’s a problem for families and unemployed workers looking for affordable health insurance.

Today, Where We Live, a conversation about proposals to reform health care in Washington and Hartford.

We’ll discuss legislation in Connecticut that would put us on the path for universal health care. Also, we'll take a closer look at potential changes for how we receive and pay for health care – and ask what it’s going to take to get there.

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The expensive health care is

The expensive health care is the biggest problem nowadays in the United States to my mind. The huge part of our society still can't afford health insurance and it is just a terrible situation. What's more, people with ilnesses can't get free prescription medications. They have to pay for these expensive medcations from their purse. We must remember that United States is the richiest country in the world. If we would spend less money on for example wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, we would be able to give this money to our health care system. There are lots of decisions, but let's wait for the results of Obama's health care reform and see. Thanks for the great article!

reforming healthcare

People who want to urge Governor Rell to sign the SustiNet health care reform bill can go to:  www.healthcare4every1.org/GovRell




As our representatives decide what to do with OUR healthcare, maybe they can consider their own Healthcare.  We the citzens provide them with some of the best healthcare available!  I would like to see the citizens of this country given the same coverage our good Representatives and Senators have!

Health care debate

Over the past two weeks, and again today, the CBIA lobbyists/insurance salesmen have thrown-out so many anti-reform arguments, many of them contradictory, that's it's hard to keep track. 

The smell of desperation is rank.

"This bill is a foot in the door to single-payer" AND "This bill does not go far enough."  "This bill will attract the sickest people to join" AND "This bill will ignore the neediest." 

Today's attempt to explain why the CBIA was going "against its own interests" by OPPOSING reform is the funniest thing I've heard since George Bush declared victory on an aircraft carrier in the middle of nowhere.

People want health care security and health care peace of mind.

They want a quality, affordable public option - in ADDITION to the ability to keep their own plan and doctors OR choose another affordable private plan.

That is exactly what reform and SustiNet will give them.



If we are going to reform healthcare we need to take a serious look at the way healthcare insurance is currently disbursed --- through one's employer.  In order for America to be competitive, we need to give people the freedom to pursue their different career paths without the fear of losing health insurance (currently provided by employers).  Our economy will not recover until we address the healthcare problem.  Without any pre-existing conditions, my healthcare insurance costs are higher than my monthly mortgage.

Jane from Seymour

Listener Email from Sean

I believe that offering a public health insurance option will be the most important legislative achievement of this generation. Virtually every advanced economy in the world, and even the industrializing economies, like Taiwan and Korea, offer every citizen public health insurance, and they cover 100% of their people for barely more than half what it costs us.

Congressman Murphy, don't give in on health care, and don't worry if the proposal isn't bi-partisan. If Republicans cared about the health of the American people, they would have done something during the twelve years that they controlled the Congress, or during the eight years of the Bush administration. This is this generation's Social Security and Medicare. DO NOT GIVE IN!


Sean in Greenwich

Listener Email from Deb

What Congressman Murphy described earlier is just what we have been doing successfully for years in college health around the country.

I work for the Student Health Services of a major university. Our university requires students to be covered by medical insurance. Students can use their own private insurance or they can participate in a university-sponsored group plan. The university negotiates a very favorable rate for this plan. The goal of the coverage is to meet the standards set by the American College Health Association (http://www.acha.org/info_resources/stu_health_ins.pdf)