WASHINGTON March 24, 2009 — The health insurance industry offered Tuesday for the first time to curb its controversial practice of charging higher premiums to people with a history of medical problems.
As Oregon lawmakers mull over the idea of moving toward a system that eventually requires insurers to cover everybody, they might want to consider lessons learned from our neighbors to the north… that is, Washington not Canada. (We aren’t going that far).
Our country spends more on healthcare than any other industrialized country, with costs absorbing 16 percent of our GNP (gross national product). If current trends hold, that percentage is expected to increase to 25 percent by the year 2015.
President Barak Obama wants everyone to have an electronic medical health record (EMR) in five years and has pledged $20 billion toward that end. The Bush regime talked up EMRs but provided no incentives to boost adoption, preferring to let the market settle the matter.