President Obama wants to overhaul U.S. and Ohio health care. Can he do it? He took his first step by naming a University of North Dakota health care expert to head the federal agency in charge of improving access to care in the United States.
Mary Wakefield was chosen to head the Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Health and Human Services Department. This agency will oversee the release of $2.5 billion in the economic stimulus signed by President Obama. Ohio health care programs will likely see some of the money, but it may take quite a while to trickle down to you and I.
The current system faces a shortage of nurses and has many individuals and families without health insurance. Can Obama push through a bill in Congress ?
The Associated Press reports that President Obama plans to move quickly.
“They don’t intend to blink. They intend to plow ahead,” said health economist Len Nichols of the nonpartisan New America Foundation. “Health reform is seen as essential to balancing the federal budget and economic recovery in the long run.”
Ohio health care will change, but it will take time. Premiums will likely reduce, but the major companies, such as Anthem Blue Cross, Aetna and UnitedHealthCare, will still be able to offer a wide variety of policies. Smaller carriers, such as Celtic may not be able to offer as competitive of a product.
But if major changes are to be made,ultimately, somebody will have to pay for it. Whether its the government (state or local), consumers, the rich, the poor (or both), extra money must come from somebody’s pocket. Will it be yours?
UPDATE: August 2011. Obamacare is now the law of the land…at least for now. Stay tuned for a possible Supreme Court ruling in 2012.
UPDATE: August 2013. Wow! Has it really been two years since the last update? Open Enrollment starts in October here in the Buckeye state and federal subsidies will be available if your income is below 400% of the Federal Poverty Level.