Lois Quam: Health care needs that public option

  • Article by: LOIS QUAM
  • Updated: August 31, 2009 - 11:27 AM

Despite the doubt, it's effective. Consider, for example, MinnesotaCare.

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mobydick1Aug. 30, 09 3:43 PM

This all makes too much sense. The neo-cons will stop at nothing to prevent meaningful progress in medical care. Too many congresspersons are owned by people who do not want change.

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jstwondrngAug. 30, 09 3:50 PM

Lois Quam loves to talk about the good old days of working with Gov Perpich and Hillary Clinton on health care reform. Unfortunately she appears to have amnesia when it comes to her major role as the architect of United Health Cares strategy to grow through denying coverage and limiting provider reimbursements. She forgets to mention that she stayed and collected millions and millions and millions of dollars in salary and back dated stock options while never advocating for reform, let alone a public option. It was only when her husband Matt Nixon Entenza decided to run for Attorney General did she leave UHC knowing it would be a political liability for Matt Nixon Entenza. Lois if you want to demonstate your credibility on health care reform please apologize for breaking the system in the first place and return the blood money. Until then whatever you do or say on this subject is not believable and yet another political stunt. your cred on health care ake sure you tell the wh

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jstwondrngAug. 30, 09 4:08 PM

Lois Quam worked for years as the architect of United Health Cares strategy of maximizing growth by denying both coverage and provider reimbursements. Lois made millions and millions and millions in salary and back dated stock options while denying coverage. When President Obama talks about insurance interests oppossing health care reform he is talking about United Health Care. Lois stop the political stunts and just give back the blood money and apologize for working to stop health care reform for all those years.

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pjacobsmaAug. 30, 09 4:52 PM

I notice that posters here are attacking Quam because in the past she worked for United Health Care, but so far no one has challenged anything that she wrote in this column. This seems typical of the opponents of health care reform. So far most of the attacks have been raised on issues that are not even part of the proposed reforms, like death panels, socialism, and a government takeover of the whole health care system. How about actually addressing the real issues and making it a real dialog for a change??

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RipAndersonAug. 30, 09 4:57 PM

How about fixing THAT problem before trying to delve into something new.

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RipAndersonAug. 30, 09 4:59 PM

Most every retiree I know has opted for a Medicare Advantage plan. But Barack Obama and Democrat congressional leaders want to take that choice away from us.

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RedGuyInBlueStateAug. 30, 09 5:05 PM

"The neo-cons will stop at nothing to prevent meaningful progress in medical care." Even if that were true (which it isn't), the Dems have more than enough votes to pass it on their own. If a 'meaningful' bill isn't passed, you can't blame it on the conservatives...they don't have the votes to stop it.

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pjacobsmaAug. 30, 09 5:23 PM

Only about 19% of Medicare beneficiaries are using Medicare Advantage. So the vast majority of beneficiaries have stayed with regular Medicare. Quam is correct when she states this in her column.

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RipAndersonAug. 30, 09 6:03 PM

The % varies by states. It's low in sparse states like Wyoming & the Dakotas where plans aren't generally available. In Minnesota 32% of Medicare beneficiaries are enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans in 2009 .

IN ADDITION TO Medicare Advantage Medicare Replacement plans, as of December 31, 2008, 22% of all Medicare eligible beneficiaries were enrolled in a Medigap plan -- which is a Medicare supplement plan.

The ones who stick with Original Medicare only tend to be people who rarely use medical care (and hence don't care about the billing hassles for bills they don't get) and people who don't travel out of the country (where Medicare does not cover them).

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shifftyAug. 30, 09 6:47 PM

We do not have money to spend to put more people on a system paid for by the government. The country borowing money from China to pay its bills today. We cannot afford to pay for the health care that is curently being offered. How would the government pay for more people on the public roles?

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