Facts, Falsehoods the Benefits of Reform
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The President hosted a town hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on health insurance reform, telling the crowd, "I don't think government bureaucrats2 should be meddling3, but I also don't think insurance company bureaucrats should be meddling.  That's the health care system I believe in."  The President was introduced by Lori, a woman who can’t find coverage4 because of her medical condition.  We all know someone like Lori who has been discriminated5 against because of pre-existing conditions, and can't receive the care they need.  This is a personal issue for the President, who recounted his mother's battle with insurance companies as she battled with cancer in the last months of her life.

The President outlined how his plan will end these unfair, and often deadly, practices:

Under the reform we're proposing, insurance companies will be prohibited from denying coverage because of a person's medical history.  Period.  (Applause.)  They will not be able to drop your coverage if you get sick.  (Applause.)  They will not be able to water down your coverage when you need it.  (Applause.)  Your health insurance should be there for you when it counts -- not just when you're paying premiums6, but when you actually get sick.  And it will be when we pass this plan.  (Applause.)

Now, when we pass health insurance reform, insurance companies will no longer be able to place some arbitrary cap on the amount of coverage you can receive in a given year or a lifetime.  And we will place a limit on how much you can be charged for out-of-pocket expenses, because no one in America should go broke because they get sick.  (Applause.)

And finally -- this is important -- we will require insurance companies to cover routine checkups and preventive care, like mammograms and colonoscopies -- (applause) -- because there's no reason we shouldn't be catching7 diseases like breast cancer and prostate cancer on the front end.  That makes sense, it saves lives; it also saves money -- and we need to save money in this health care system.

So this is what reform is about.  For all the chatter8 and the yelling and the shouting and the noise, what you need to know is this:  If you don't have health insurance, you will finally have quality, affordable9 options once we pass reform.  (Applause.)  If you do have health insurance, we will make sure that no insurance company or government bureaucrat1 gets between you and the care that you need.  And we will do this without adding to our deficit10 over the next decade, largely by cutting out the waste and insurance company giveaways in Medicare that aren't making any of our seniors healthier.  (Applause.)  Right. (Laughter.)

You may have heard some of this "chatter" and false claims about the President's health care plan. As the President explained, this is to be expected, as proponents11 of the status quo fight against reform:

But let's face it, now is the hard part -- because the history is clear -- every time we come close to passing health insurance reform, the special interests fight back with everything they've got.  They use their influence.  They use their political allies to scare and mislead the American people. They start running ads.  This is what they always do.

We can't let them do it again.  Not this time.  Not now.  (Applause.)  Because for all the scare tactics out there, what is truly scary -- what is truly risky12 -- is if we do nothing.  If we let this moment pass -- if we keep the system the way it is right now -- we will continue to see 14,000 Americans lose their health insurance every day.  Your premiums will continue to skyrocket.  They have gone up three times faster than your wages and they will keep on going up.

Our deficit will continue to grow because Medicare and Medicaid are on an unsustainable path.  Medicare is slated13 to go into the red in about eight to 10 years.  I don't know if people are aware of that.  If I was a senior citizen, the thing I'd be worried about right now is Medicare starts running out of money because we haven't done anything to make sure that we're getting a good bang for our buck14 when it comes to health care.  And insurance companies will continue to profit by discriminating15 against people for the simple crime of being sick.  Now, that's not a future I want for my children.  It's not a future that I want for the United States of America.

The President wrapped up the town hall by describing his ultimate goal for health insurance reform:

But I want everybody to understand, though, the status quo is not working for you.  (Applause.)  The status quo is not working for you.  And if we can set up a system, which I believe we can, that gives you options, just like members of Congress has options; that gives a little bit of help to people who currently are working hard every day but they don't have health care insurance on the job; and most importantly, if we can make sure that you, all of you who have insurance, which is probably 80 or 90 percent of you, that you are not going to be dropped because of a preexisting condition, or because you lose your job, or because you change your job -- that you're actually going to get what you paid for, that you're not going to find out when you're sick that you got cheated, that you're not going to hit a lifetime cap where you thought you were paying for insurance but after a certain amount suddenly you're paying out of pocket and bankrupting yourself and your family -- if we can set up a system that gives you some security, that's worth a lot.


1 bureaucrat Onryo     
n. 官僚作風的人,官僚,官僚政治論者
  • He was just another faceless bureaucrat.他只不過是一個典型呆板的官員。
  • The economy is still controlled by bureaucrats.經濟依然被官僚們所掌控。
2 bureaucrats 1f41892e761d50d96f1feea76df6dcd3     
n.官僚( bureaucrat的名詞復數 );官僚主義;官僚主義者;官僚語言
  • That is the fate of the bureaucrats, not the inspiration of statesmen. 那是官僚主義者的命運,而不是政治家的靈感。 來自辭典例句
  • Big business and dozens of anonymous bureaucrats have as much power as Japan's top elected leaders. 大企業和許多不知名的官僚同日本選舉出來的最高層領導者們的權力一樣大。 來自辭典例句
3 meddling meddling     
v.干涉,干預(他人事務)( meddle的現在分詞 )
  • He denounced all "meddling" attempts to promote a negotiation. 他斥責了一切“干預”促成談判的企圖。 來自辭典例句
  • They liked this field because it was never visited by meddling strangers. 她們喜歡這塊田野,因為好事的陌生人從來不到那里去。 來自辭典例句
4 coverage nvwz7v     
  • There's little coverage of foreign news in the newspaper.報紙上幾乎沒有國外新聞報道。
  • This is an insurance policy with extensive coverage.這是一項承保范圍廣泛的保險。
5 discriminated 94ae098f37db4e0c2240e83d29b5005a     
分別,辨別,區分( discriminate的過去式和過去分詞 ); 歧視,有差別地對待
  • His great size discriminated him from his followers. 他的寬廣身材使他不同于他的部下。
  • Should be a person that has second liver virus discriminated against? 一個患有乙肝病毒的人是不是就應該被人歧視?
6 premiums efa999cd01994787d84b066d2957eaa7     
n.費用( premium的名詞復數 );保險費;額外費用;(商品定價、貸款利息等以外的)加價
  • He paid premiums on his life insurance last year. 他去年付了人壽保險費。 來自《現代英漢綜合大詞典》
  • Moves are afoot to increase car insurance premiums. 現正在醞釀提高汽車的保險費。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
7 catching cwVztY     
  • There are those who think eczema is catching.有人就是認為濕疹會傳染。
  • Enthusiasm is very catching.熱情非常富有感染力。
8 chatter BUfyN     
  • Her continuous chatter vexes me.她的喋喋不休使我煩透了。
  • I've had enough of their continual chatter.我已厭煩了他們喋喋不休的閑談。
9 affordable kz6zfq     
  • The rent for the four-roomed house is affordable.四居室房屋的房租付得起。
  • There are few affordable apartments in big cities.在大城市中沒有幾所公寓是便宜的。
10 deficit tmAzu     
  • The directors have reported a deficit of 2.5 million dollars.董事們報告赤字為250萬美元。
  • We have a great deficit this year.我們今年有很大虧損。
11 proponents 984ded1baa85fedd6467626f41d14aff     
n.(某事業、理論等的)支持者,擁護者( proponent的名詞復數 )
  • Reviewing courts were among the most active proponents of hybrid rulemaking procedures. 復審法院是最積極的混合型規則制定程序的建議者。 來自英漢非文學 - 行政法
  • Proponents of such opinions were arrested as 'traitors. ' 提倡這種主張的人馬上作為“賣國賊”逮捕起來。 來自辭典例句
12 risky IXVxe     
  • It may be risky but we will chance it anyhow.這可能有危險,但我們無論如何要冒一冒險。
  • He is well aware how risky this investment is.他心里對這項投資的風險十分清楚。
13 slated 87d23790934cf766dc7204830faf2859     
用石板瓦蓋( slate的過去式和過去分詞 )
  • Yuki is working up an in-home phonics program slated for Thursdays, and I'm drilling her on English conversation at dinnertime. Yuki每周四還有一次家庭語音課。我在晚餐時訓練她的英語口語。
  • Bromfield was slated to become U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. 布羅姆菲爾德被提名為美國農業部長。
14 buck ESky8     
  • The boy bent curiously to the skeleton of the buck.這個男孩好奇地彎下身去看鹿的骸骨。
  • The female deer attracts the buck with high-pitched sounds.雌鹿以尖聲吸引雄鹿。
15 discriminating 4umz8W     
  • Due caution should be exercised in discriminating between the two. 在區別這兩者時應該相當謹慎。
  • Many businesses are accused of discriminating against women. 許多企業被控有歧視婦女的做法。
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