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Fox Teases Healthcare Plan For State Of The Union Address

Reported by Donna - January 31, 2006

Around 3:02 on Studio B with Shepard Smith today they had a teaser that said the president had a new healthcare plan to unveil tonight. Around 3:21 Smith spoke with Juan Williams who also said the president would speak about his new healthcare plan.

Around 3:51 Smith spoke with Michael Cannon, Director of the Cato Institute for Health Policy (not a liberal group, they also supported privitization of Social Security) about the president's new healthplan. Did it sound like the solution was going to rest on the shoulders of the government, corporations or individuals? You guess.

The healthplan that they spoke of were the health savings accounts where people would purchase high deductible health plans (deductibles of $1,000) but be able to put $1,000 dollars tax free in a health savings account to offset the deductible.

Comments: I heard nothing of corporation or government assistance (aside from the tax free accounts). My question is, will the Wal Mart employees who make $13,000 a year be able to afford the $1,000 to put into such an account? Also, many of our fellow Americans who do not have health insurance are our college students. They are no longer covered under their parent's plans and try to balance part time work with their studies. Can they afford $1,000 out of their part time minimum wage jobs?

Even though Fox flashed a banner that said we now have the highest number of uninsured people ever being reported in the United States, I heard nothing about corporate responsibility for their employees or how this would help the people who fall through the cracks and cannot afford the $1,000. Over 40,000,000 Americans have no health insurance coverage, will President Bush's plan cover them all or is this plan another gimmick like his Social Security plan?

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