News: RAP ON HEALTH: "I'm Really Not Up On The Politics Of Health Care" -Juvenile

Wednesday, Oct 7, 2009 10:30AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

While the health care reform debate rages on in Congress, many Americans, like the Hot Boys' Juvenile, are unaware of President Barack Obama's latest plans.

According to Juvie The Great, health care reform is needed in America, however, he admitted to not being able to keep up with its daily political discussions.

"Nah, I don't have health care," Juvenile revealed. "I think it's needed for a lot of people. I'm really not up on the politics of health care and what's going on. But I think, whatever it is, a lot of people really need help on health care, especially senior citizens and those who are unable to pay. There were a lot of promises made to a lot of those people so I'm just hoping they come up with a plan or a bill and make sure it's effective quick enough to help the people out that are struggling 'cause you know, that's a major problem...Yeah, you go [to the doctor] and they send a bill to you and that's basically it." (SOHH)

Insurance company MetLife previously conducted a survey showing the lack of knowledge working Americans have regarding their coverage plans.

Many workers misunderstand their benefits and do not spend much time learning about them, reveals a recent survey from MetLife. About 60% of employees do not understand which benefits best meet their needs. To fill the gap, 27% of employees rely on friends and relatives for financial advice, while 46% do not consult anyone, according to MetLife, a New York City-based provider of life, automobile and homeowners insurance. Furthermore, 55% of employees spend 30 minutes or less making benefits decisions during the open enrollment period. (All Business)

Further reports show a majority of citizens not realizing the growing cost of health care.

For many, it's among the largest investments we'll make, on par, even, with the money we spend on a house or tuck away for retirement. But while it's easy to track our stock portfolios as they tank along with the market, our outlay for health care is less obvious. Employers pay some, and so do individuals, and taxpayers. And some even hides behind the deficit. As such, few of us see the full picture. But to make sense of the proposals for reform, getting a grasp of the cost is critical. The average health-care coverage for the average family now costs $13,375, according to Kaiser. Over the past decade, premiums have increased by 138 percent. And if the trend continues, by 2019 the average family plan will cost $30,083. (The Washington Post)

Although President Obama has faced criticism as of late, he has also begun to grow support in Americans' trust over health care reform.

Forty-eight percent (48%) of U.S. voters now rate the U.S. health care system as good or excellent. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that just 19% rate it as poor. These figures reflect a significant increase in support for the health care system over the past few months. In May, just 35% of adults nationwide rated the system as good or excellent. A year ago, just 29% of Likely Voters rated the system in such positive terms. (Rasmussen Reports)

Be sure to stay tuned as SOHH Presents: Hip-Hop & Healthcare is featured this month.

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