Young Americans and the U.S. Healthcare Reform Debate
September 22, 2009
“In what may become the most talked-about moment of President Obama's speech to Congress on health care, Representative Joe Wilson, Republican of South Carolina, pointed his finger and shouted, “You lie!””
– David M. Herszenhorn, The New York Times
Video of “You lie! To President Obama. Rep. Joe Wilson R- (SC):”
“Health Care Reform: Questions for the President”
- You claim a new government program would create "a better range of choices, make the health care market more competitive, and keep insurance companies honest." Since when is having the government enter a market the remedy for insufficient competition? Should the government have launched its own software company to compete with Microsoft? Are there better ways to create more choices and more competition?
- Mr. President, in your inaugural address and elsewhere, you said you are not interested in ideology, only what works. Economists Helen Levy of the University of Michigan and David Meltzer of the University of Chicago, where you used to teach, have researched what works. They conclude there is "no evidence" that universal health insurance coverage is the best way to improve public health. Before enacting universal coverage, shouldn't you spend at least some of the $1 billion you dedicated to comparative-effectiveness research to determine whether universal coverage is comparatively effective? Absent such evidence, isn't pursuing universal coverage by definition an ideological crusade?
Young adults question healthcare reform:
- Why are so many young people not insured?
- A “one size fits all strategy” probably does not fit America’s youth. What do we do about that?
Healthcare reform debate in the news:
“The Health Insurers Have Already Won”
“Can Obama Close the Deal on Health Care?”
Young adults and healthcare in the news:
“Get smart like that on health care: You will care when you need it and can’t get it!”
“Healthcare reform’s biggest fans: young adults”
“Commentary: Where are the young voices on health care?”