Miller will host health care town hall

Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez

Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez

Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, one of three House committee chairman charged with writing health care reform legislation, will host a town hall Saturday in Concord on the subject.

The Contra Costa Interfaith Supporting Community Organization will co-host the event, which begins at 10:30 a.m. at Queen of All Saints Church, 2390 Grant St. in Concord.

Miller, chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, will speak and answer questions about the House Democrats’ draft healthcare reform proposal unveiled Tuesday, which would, among other things, establish a publicly-run national health insurance program.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen

  • RealAmerica

    Amazing. The ‘draft healthcare reform’ proposal is all fluff, and no substance. There is not a single word of how they propose to pay for it. Can you spell h-i-g-h-e-r t-a-x-e-s? Already MediCare is under-funded, and the Baby Boomers are just starting to tap into it after paying into it for decades. What happened to the money put in? – traded for IOUs. In a decade there won’t be a ‘national budget’, because ALL GOVERNMENT INCOME WILL GO TO SERVICING THE NATIONAL DEBT. Those IOUs have to be repaid.

    How does increasing the fiscal mismanagement of government possibly justify further expansion of an already fiscally insolvent program?

    No wonder there is no mention of how it will be financed in the proposal. It’s not within Congress’ ability to consider saving for a program and paying for it from those savings. After all, it’s not THEIR money they’re spending.

  • John W

    It’s okay to disagree with the proposal, but 600 plus pages doesn’t strike me as “fluff.” The proposal is substantially what Obama and the other Democratic candidates proposed during the campaign. They got elected, so nobody should be shocked. As for funding, they’re working on it. There will be taxes — probably by capping the amount of employer-sponsored insurance that can be exempted from taxes — employered-sponsored insurance gets a tax subsidy of about $200 billion annually. People who buy insurance in the individual insurance market buy it with after-tax dollars. If we just ride along with the current system, expect to be paying about $25,000 per year for family coverage in 10 years. There is huge opportunity just in leveling the variations in Medicare cost per enrollee due to utilization practices — $15,000 per year in McCallen, TX and $8,000 in San Francisco.

  • Elwood

    “As for funding, they’re working on it.”

    Pay no attention to the man with his hand in the till.

    Why don’t I feel comforted?

  • Ralph Hoffmann, Guest Columnist

    Clearly, the health care system in the USA is in need of reform. Many European countries, although more socialist, also have a higher standard of living than
    the USA, as well as a better health care system. The purpose of this town hall is to get public opinion on health care reform in the USA for Congressman Miller’s staff.

  • John W

    It should be an interesting town hall meeting, and I support what they are doing. I’d prefer demoting the insurance industry from their current role as gatekeeper to health care and have them be in a backup role as they are in France. But that’s not gonna happen. Let’s be honest, though. This meeting is more about selling than listening. I think the basic shape of what Democrats will try to pass is pretty far along. But, I plan to voice my support for a strong “public option” as part of the program. I don’t want that watered down in the name of bipartisanship. Otherwise, this is just a market expansion opportunity for the insurance industry.

  • John W

    SEIU May 19 Prop. 1A 1B 1C 1D 1E

  • John W

    Never mind the last entry. I meant to Google to see what position SEIU took on the May 19 propositions. Sorry about that.