Archive for Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Statehouse Live: Commissioner Praeger gives health reform update

State's top insurance regulator says Democrats and Republicans actually agree on several important issues in health care debate going on in Congress.

September 15, 2009, 9:42 a.m. Updated September 15, 2009, 9:42 a.m.


— Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, who also serves as the point person for a national organization of insurance commissioners on health reform action in Congress, today said it appears the most significant work on the issue is happening in the Senate Finance Committee.

“It has been a pretty active and fluid dialogue,” Praeger said during a board meeting of the Kansas Health Policy Authority.

Despite a loud and sometimes bitter health care debate, she said, agreement seems to be forming between Democrats and some Republicans on some basic principles.

Those are that everyone should be covered and there should be no exclusion of insurance coverage for pre-existing conditions.

The issue of whether there will be a public option plan is still up in the air, she said.

Bottom line, Praeger said, is that reform is needed.

“I don’t think anybody with a heart or soul can support the position that if you don’t have money you don’t get health care,” she said.

She said the argument that those without insurance can be treated in hospital emergency rooms, doesn’t wash because it forces people to wait until they are more sick before getting treatment. And, she said, it is more expensive than providing earlier care.


Richard Heckler 8 years, 8 months ago

Substantial reasons why Medicare Insurance for All should be the choice for all in America:

  • Makes the USA more attractive to NEW industry thus jobs thus new wealth for the USA.

*Eliminates Politicians as shareholders:

*Eliminates Leading Cause Of Bankruptcy


  • Why use Medicare? It eliminates reinventing the wheel therefore saves a big bundle of money and time = efficient use of existing resources.

  • Medicare is in place therefore it is ready to roll which is convenient.

  • The USA needs to STOP being be the most expensive insurance/health care of the industrialized nations if americans want jobs back.

  • HR 676 Medicare for All insurance coverage is key to creating new wealth for america.

  • The most expensive health insurance in the world is not the answer for keeping business costs down and keeping our cost of living somewhat in check.

Martini_Boy 8 years, 8 months ago

Thanks for trying to screw me and change what I already have. Oh ya, and put me into a corrupt system that is aleady financially unviable.

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