Atlanta woman makes the cut.

CNN saw fit to show this video from Atlantan Charity Woods. Ms. Woods wasn’t all that happy with the answers:

Woods said she was not totally satisfied with the response to her question, but she believes the Democratic candidates will get around to the details she wants as they further develop their health care plans. “We’ve got great candidates,” she added.

Woods, who runs her own consulting firm in Atlanta, also said it was “pretty neat” to hear Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York mention her name of national television.

In response to Woods’ question, Clinton said: “I want to thank Mark and Joel (in another video) and Charity and Kim and Mike (also in another video). You know, it’s not easy coming in front of the entire world and talking about your Alzheimer’s or your diabetes or your breast cancer or disability. But the fact that this is happening in a country as rich as ours is just a national disgrace.”

As usual, Mrs. Clinton get’s right to the heart of the matter. Does she think it’s a “national disgrace” people get sick, or that the government doesn’t prevent sickness?

8 comments

  1. Rogue109 says:

    What is a disgrace is that question after question kept on the theme of nothing is possible without government being there to provide the answer. Even with Charity Woods…she seems to think that the ONLY answer to fight diabetes can come from government. Pathetic.

  2. Doug Deal says:

    It was one of the low points of the debate. Interestingly, each question and corresponding answer were all low points.

    Why is health insurance tied to your workplace? The tax code. Why is there not a viable system of private insurance to amortize risk over a large group? Because insurance is tied to most people’s job, because of the tax code.

    Why is insurance and health care so expensive? Because people who are insured have few choices to make about finding the lowest cost for coverage and care because they do not shop around as an indicidual, since it is tied to their job, because of the tax code.

    If every person had a tax deduction for 100% of their medical costs, and employer offered health coverage was phased out, private enterprise would be able to fix a lot of these problems.

  3. Jmac says:

    If every person had a tax deduction for 100% of their medical costs, and employer offered health coverage was phased out, private enterprise would be able to fix a lot of these problems.

    Again, I’ve said it before, but you’d still have the problem of pre-existing conditions. Folks with those would be stuck with inadequate coverage, higher premiums or, in many cases, no coverage.

  4. Doug Deal says:

    JMAC,

    I did not include my idea (which I am not saying is perfect) about allowing/forcing insurance companies to offer group plans to individuals by something like area code. Just make the class a minimum of 10,000 people or so, and have them cover pre-existing conditions the same way employer based group plans currently work.

    The government, then, would not even have to offer a health plan for the poor, they could just give vouchers for them to find their own private plan.

    There are many other ways to accomplish this, but as long as health insurance is tied to your job, and you have no consumer driven choices, there will never be an improvement.

    With this change, maybe one day, doctors will actually disclose their fees before non emergency service is offered, like even a mechanic does. Perhaps, pharmacies will competetively price their generics by marking up costs, instead of simply charging the maximum allowed by discounting from name brand.

    In the end, maybe great deal of the nonsense we current experience would stop.

  5. Doug Deal says:

    Buzz,

    Sadly, I have a face for radio.

    I wonder if they will accept animated shorts? Would a Republican field a question Optimus Prime action figure?

    Maybe us Peach Pundit types could get together and produce a question?

  6. Jmac says:

    Right … I think we had this discussion before Doug, and I remember thinking your idea had some interesting elements to it.

    Forget Optimus Prime. Play up the stereotype and go with Megatron.

  7. Doug Deal says:

    So who would be Megatron, Giuliani or Romney? I am not sure which Decepticon’s fans believes the battle with the autobots to be a marathon as opposed to a sprint; therefore, I have no idea who would play McCain.

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