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November 25

Obama’s Promise Will Be Difficult to Keep

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Filed under Health Insurance | 5 Comments

At the center of Obama’s presidential campaign was the issue of health care reform. Promising to not only eliminate the millions of Americans without health insurance, he also vowed that through better technology, preventative care, and government regulation, he would reduce the cost of the average family’s policy by $2,500 a year. That figure came from an unpaid Harvard student who did a little fuzzy math and calculated that by reducing administrative costs through better paperwork processing and improved technology, as well as using preventative medicine to reduce the incidents of major illness and chronic disease, that you could generate $200 billion in savings over a year’s time. The problem is, when you think about these claims, they will be difficult to achieve. Government intervention rarely results in less paperwork, and increased government involvement in the insurance industry will likely lead to a great deal more administrative work, not less. Also, the claim regarding preventative care is contingent on people actually taking advantage of this and making smarter choices for their health. That, as our fast food nation is painfully aware, is a tall order. How, then, will Obama be able to deliver on his promise?

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5 Responses to “Obama’s Promise Will Be Difficult to Keep”

  1. Bud L on November 25th, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    Frankly, I haven’t a clue. But it did get him elected and that seems to be what counts. Go Harvard!

  2. ryan on November 25th, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    i dont have a clue either, but i am hopeful that things will work out.

  3. Daveaux on November 25th, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    We shall see.

  4. Fern on November 25th, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    I believe with the help of Daschle people will be surprised with the changes that are made to the healthcare industry. Having a board overseeing the doctors is a great idea, lets hold the bad ones accountable and give the good ones props. In our current state, doctors are paid to keep people sick. With the help of Obama, Daschle, and the Federal Health board that they plan to create, the doctors will no longer be given perks for prescribing etc.

  5. Jackson Smithers on November 25th, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    Yeah, Obama is not going to change the private healthcare system. It is here to stay!

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