Meridian Physician Comments on Health Care Reform

A week after President Obama addressed the American Medical Association about his proposal on how to reform health care, a local policy maker with the group is speaking out.

Dr. . Scott Anderson serves as the medical director at Anderson Cancer Center in Meridian. He attended last week's speech in Chicago.

Anderson is one of the delegates from Mississippi who votes on policies for the AMA. He says while the AMA supports health care reform initiatives that are consistent with its vision, at this time, it is not endorsing or denouncing the part of the president's proposal that calls for a public plan which would create a government-run insurance program to compete with private insurance companies.

Anderson said no matter what, something must be done to address the needs of the uninsured.

"In just the time since the economic downturn has occurred, the number of uninsured Americans has gone from 42 million to 45 million. The latest statistics were 54 million," said Anderson. "That's 25 states the size of Mississippi without insurance."

When it comes to the public plan aspect of the president's proposal, Anderson says there are still some things that need to be worked out.

President Obama says he hopes to have a health care reform plan ready to sign into law by October.

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  • by rsa Location: meridian on Jun 24, 2009 at 04:47 PM
    What you are apparently not understanding is that you are already paying for the care of the uninsured, just in an inefficient indirect way. The care doesn't just magically appear. It is paid for by increased charges to everyone who is insured or pays for health care directly. The most rapidly growing segment of the uninsured population is in fact men over fifty who do make over $50,000 per year. The reason they are uninsured is not as Bill suggests that they simply choose not to purchase health care it is because they cannot afford or cannot even get coverage because of the insurance industry's ability to "cherry-pick" and dump those who are most likely to need care.
  • by Bill Location: Meridian on Jun 24, 2009 at 03:09 PM
    I totally agree with what these three viewers have written. Also, the 46 million "Uninsureds" quoted is not correct. When you subtract the "illegals" and those making over $50,000 per year who choose not to buy insurance, the actual number of Americans who can't afford insurance is one third to one half this number. I do not want a government run plan. As Paul Harvey said, "The government never has done anything as effectively or as efficiently as private enterprise." I believe the same would be true with government run health care. We already have Medicaid for the poor, and we could use subsidies (vouchers) for those who don't qualify for Medicaid but need help. The government will not provide the same health care for less money!
  • by Gov't Healthcare Plan -No thanks Obama! Location: Meridian on Jun 24, 2009 at 06:30 AM
    You said it Robert! The govt. is not responsible for taking care of everyone that isn't willing to take care of themselves. I wonder if the majority of the public is aware of just how often people abuse the use of emergency rooms? There are multiple times when people will bring EVERY member of their family to be seen in the ER for something as simple as a cold! Imagine 6 kids in the er for treatment! Ridiculous & the majority of the time, these are the very people who are uninsured or on Medicaid. You would think they'd be more prudent in using the ER for ACTUAL emergencies... Govt healthcare (Medicaid & Medicare) aren't working now- why should we expect it to work just because Obama is pushing for it? I have a suggestion- instead of spending millions on giving away healthcare, housing, food stamps, etc. How about spending some money on creating some jobs to actually "police" those requesting public assistance?! There are plenty who are just lying about their needs for a handout.
  • by Dylan Location: Meridian on Jun 23, 2009 at 10:06 PM
    That is exactly part of the problem that is being addressed. There is no such thing as free health care. Yes, someone can go to the ER, get treated, and not have to pay. That does not mean it is "free". Someone always has to pay for it. It may not be the patient but that service gets paid for.
  • by Robert Location: Meridian on Jun 23, 2009 at 04:43 PM
    Why do some people think it is the role of government to take care of them? Have they ever heard of a thing called personal responsibility? Can't afford healthcare then get a job. Have a job and still no healthcare then do as I have done, purchase your own policy. I know some people will say that I must be rich and they are not so they still can't afford healthcare. That's just not true. There have been times where I earned less than $20,000 a year and still purchased my own health policy. Maybe people need to get their priorities in order and quit depending on the government to give them something. Besides we already have free healthcare. Anyone can go to the ER with no insurance and will be treated. 90% of the time the hospital never sees a penny. People may not want to hear the truth, but they just heard it.
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