Now, tell me about your perspective on what needs to happen in this country regarding health care.
First of all, it's unconscionable that we have 46-47 million people uninsured; we've got 15 million-plus who are underinsured. To me, health care is a basic right for all Americans. We're going to decide as a country that there is a minimum health care benefit that everybody is qualified for. From my point of view, it will be a requirement that you be insured, it will be a requirement that your employer provide a basic level of health insurance, and if you are not employed then you'll be insured via the federal government or on your own.
health care as a priority. As a businessman, why would you support universal
health care? Would you favor a Canadian-style system, or something different?
Sometimes Washington politics seems to be all Iraq all the time, and the important policy prescriptions we need to better compete in the future are moved to the back burner. Healthcare premiums in Connecticut are up about 56% over the last five years while wages are up about 14%; America pays about 50% more per capita in healthcare costs than our international competitors; our employer based healthcare system is putting more and more of the cost upon the employee; healthcare costs are eating up more and more of the federal and state budgets. Our country has to move towards fundamental healthcare reform which makes affordable, universal coverage a right for all citizens, with a funding mechanism that reduces the cost to employers who are trying to compete worldwide and keep good paying jobs in this country (that’s one reason business folks in this country want healthcare reform back on the American agenda).
Employees and businesses alike are paying more and more for health insurance, and receiving less and less health care security. More than one in ten Connecticut residents lack health insurance and many others are underinsured. Most of the uninsured are working, but don’t get coverage at work and can’t afford it on their own.
I believe employers should be required to pay their fair share for insurance for all full-time employees, and that all uninsured children must be covered. The federal government must provide subsidies to those who can not afford health care and help small employers buy into a pool to reduce costs and protect against catastrophic expenses.
While our government continues to spend more than $250 million a day in Iraq, we have not made universal healthcare affordable and available to all Americans.
This must change. A basic health benefit is the right of every American, and our government should ensure it for all.
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