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The numbers are startling, according to a recent CNN poll, 69% of Americans think we need Health Care Reform and that everyone should be insured. We may have the best Health Care in the world but it is 50% more expensive than any other industrialized nation. Several reasons for that, but just 5% of our populations are responsible for 50% of the Health Care expenditures. We’re the only country in the world that does not include the cost of Health Care in their budget.

Former Comptroller General of the United States,David Walker said we have several ways of paying for Health Care without bankrupting our nation, or adding to our enormous deficit. He said we already subsidize the sugar industry, an industry that promotes obesity. We are the most obese nation in the world. I cannot remember the website but when I was taking my diabetic classes, the instructor pointed to a chart they showed our sugar intake after WW II, and its correlation with heart attacks, obesity, and diabetes. Mr. Walker said that we pay for procedures, not necessarily positive results. Preventative care cannot be shown on today’s spreadsheet but it will lead to savings in the future.

As usual politics becomes a stumbling block because Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Montana) wants to unveil a proposal next week that would tax employer provided benefits above a certain threshold. Here we go again. On the other side the republicans are parroting the talking points Frank Lutz provided them “Do you want government bureaucracy to manage your Health Care.” As Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md) said “Harry and Louise are now 58 years so, Harry is a diabetic, needs prescription drugs and has no Health Insurance.” The time is right because baby boomers will go into Medicare anyway, new rules have already allowed more people into Medicaid, and so it is that remaining 47 million who will be affected by the Obama Administration’s hybrid plan. The taxpayer will be allowed to keep their insurance but it will be less expensive, penalties for not being enrolled will probably be part of the bill, and some individuals will be taxed on their fringe benefit. I don’t know the reason the Democrats are not trying to sell their proposals because a May survey by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press found that 86% of Americans agreed that the “ government needs to do more to make Health Care affordable and accessible.’ A Washington Post-ABC News poll December ,found that 70% of the respondents had high expectations for Obama to improve the Health Care System. That was the December, recent polls show that Barack Obama has lost some of his economic luster because the people are fearful of all the spending and what it will do to the deficit. It is up to the president to go out and make the people aware that the Health Care costs are skyrocketing, so unless we take steps to stop that trend, our economy will never improve.