Obama’s Health Care Plan: The Truth Is Finally Revealed on Obama Care

Recently, the mandates and explanations have begun to trickle out on president Obama’s Health Care Plan. One of the proposed mandates of the plan was the ability to keep our current health insurance plans with our employers. It was said Medicare would pretty much be left untouched. However, new figures just released show that more than four million American Medicare recipients will be forced to switch prescription drug plans under Obama care. And, that number is expected to grow much higher.

What Happened to ‘Gandfather’?

Also part of Obama’s health care plan was the proposed ‘grandfathering’ in of many current health care plans. Remember? The president himself promised us that we could keep our current coverage under Obama care. However, if you read the fine print of the bill, it turns out that more than 72 percent of employers that offer insurance expect to lose their “grandfather” status.

At the time of the writing of this article, health insurance rates are going up with no end in sight under Obama’s health care plan. One of the most absurd concepts of this government intrusion into our personal freedoms, is the redefining of ‘childhood’ age by our government.

Childhood to Age 26.

For the purposes of Obama’s health care plan, childhood is now defined as a dependent under the age of 26 years of age. This provision alone is estimated to cost tax payers in the hundreds of millions of dollars. As it is, our children may need this coverage more than ever anyway. Universities are now announcing that they can no longer offer basic health insurance to students under Obama’s health care plan rules and regulations.

As more knowledge and information comes to light about this government monstrosity, we are made even more aware of the true costs in terms of dollars and cents. This is the true cost of government intrusion into our personal affairs. It seems more and more obvious that we do not need the government to dictate to us our health care coverage.

While it may be true that health care reform is needed, it seems to me, that private industry if left to it’s own devices, could do a much better and cheaper job of it. One of the main hindrances to cheaper health insurance for individuals, for example, is the fact that insurance companies are prohibited in many cases from selling health insurance policies across state lines. This prohibits competition and therefore causes premiums to rise.

Healthcare at any cost?

As the news continues to be made more public about Obama’s health care plan, it becomes more evident that America can not afford it. Slowly, the American public has begun to see this also. Those of us who have been watching this development carefully have realised this for a long time. And, we remain hopeful that a more reasonable and affordable solution can and will be found to healthcare.

Why the Obama Health Care Plan is Important

The Obama health care plan, whether you believe in all of it’s tenets or not, is one that at least gets us pointed in a direction. Putting it another way, the cost of inaction will drive us even further into a country that cares more about political lobbying than the real needs of our people. It’s important to really understand what Mr. Obama’s health care plan is about in order to make a fair judgment one way or the other.

I’m a small business owner without the comforts of a big company medical plan. Fortunately for me, my wife IS employed by a large company and we DO have decent, not great health care. But, what if neither of us had this luxury? I was with two of the largest technology companies in the world, Oracle and HP, but was eventually laid off some years back, like so many other unfortunate individuals.

The Obama health care plan is trying to fix some serious flaws in it’s system. I recently visited a terminally ill college friend of mine. He was initially denied even a visit to the hospital. He finally got approval and was diagnosed as having only a few weeks left to live. His family then lobbied to have insurance over his cost of home care to live out his short life in dignity and quality. Now, it has been proven over and over again that home care for the terminally ill saves money and provides for a much better quality of life than a hospital stay. Why deny someone this option?

We all recognize that employers are struggling during these tough economic times. And, costs of hospitalizations and the like have increased over 100%, but consider the options for no health care reform. It will continue to be pushed out to the next generation and then the next. The answer then would be to burden our children and our children’s children. Is this the legacy we want to leave behind?

The Obama health care plan really is about a few key tenets. Probably the most important component to me is that of preventative health care. This hot button is debated amongst so many people. On the one hand, the bloated medical systems want to care for you only after you come down with an illness. Wouldn’t it make more sense to prevent the illness in the first place? Things such as quality screening to make sure you are exercising regularly, eating properly, etc. Wouldn’t you rather stay well, rather than go to the hospital when you’re sick?

Another key component of the health care plan is around the use of technology. The US is one of the few developed countries that really are a leader in this area. How is it possible that we cannot figure out how to fix our antiquated medical reporting system? Transportable medical records would reduce errors, increase efficiency and save all of us money! Why can’t the doctor that I saw for my dislocated shoulder 10 years ago be able to easily share that information to my new doctor who’s treating me for arthritis? An efficient sharing and collaborating of medical records would allow for a better health experience for the patient.

Finally, competition in insurance coverage is a serious flaw in our system today. The Obama health care plan is target to correct this problem. Why should a few insurance companies make the bulk of the money? If there is little to no competition, there’s no way to know whether you are getting insurance at competitive rates and whether the quality of care is at its highest.

The real answer to the debate on the Obama health care plan, though, is the cost of INACTION. We all know that the health care system is severely broken. Let’s make a step forward, instead of lobbying to take two steps backward.

Are Health Care Degrees Available Online?

The health care industry is very broad and consists of numerous professions outside of becoming a doctor or nurse. Students interested in working in health care have many educational options to choose from. Degree programs are available online from many colleges and universities.

Because the field is so broad, students choose a concentrated area to gain their education in. Becoming an epidemiologist, vascular technologist, physical trainer, wellness instructor, and much more are some professions that can be entered when students work through a health care degree program. Specific areas of instruction can include:

  • Health Education
  • Health Sciences
  • Public Health

Online schooling offers students certificate programs and degrees at various levels making it possible for students to complete the correct training for their chosen field. Students should research what educational requirements exist so they understand how long schooling will take. This is essential so students finish the correct amount of schooling for their desired occupation. Some careers may only require students to complete an associate’s degree program and others may require graduate degree training. Education online allows new students and already working professionals to gain the necessary knowledge to advance within a specific health care industry.

Students that want to work in the administrative side of health care have the option of entering health information technician training. Coursework centers on teaching students about the maintenance of health records. This facet of the industry is extremely important for proper health care delivery and billing. Education focuses on giving students the skills to understand medical terminology, pathophysiology, data management, and pharmacology. Online education is widely available at the associate’s and bachelor’s degree levels, which give students the knowledge to become health information technicians.

Individuals that want to work more in the medical treatment side of the industry can consider enrolling in a physician assistant program. Students learn how to work alongside a physician by performing patient exams and ordering lab tests. Schooling provides students with the ability to practice medicine when supervised. Students explore numerous health care services that may include treating minor injuries, diagnosing illnesses, and prescribing medications. Most online schooling opportunities are at the master’s degree level because it’s the standard educational level required for work. However, certificate and bachelors degree programs are offered to prepare students for graduate training.

Other possible degree programs prepare students to teach others about good health practices and enter a variety of occupations as radiographers, nuclear medicine technologists, health scientists, and nutritionists. Degree programs in public health, health education, and health science can be completed at multiple levels through online education.

Health care careers are available to students that have an education. Accredited online colleges and universities offer training and students can enter a career in the industry upon completion. Full accreditation is provided to programs that offer students a quality education that will prepare them for a successful career. Agencies like the Distance Education and Training Council (http://www.detc.org) are approved to accredited online learning programs. Students should explore the many schooling options available and begin the process of entering the field.

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