News: RAP ON HEALTH: "We Shouldn't Have Fees For U.S. Citizens" -Playaz Circle

Friday, Oct 9, 2009 10:05AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

As President Barack Obama continues his march for a more universal health care system in the United States, Playaz Circle explains the importance of insurance for all Americans.

According to Dolla Boy, the United States' health care reform should allow citizens the right to avoid directly paying for insurance.

"I think health care is mostly needed by each citizen like, kinda like they [shouldn't] have to pay for health care and the United States makes more money than any country in the world," Dolla explained. "I think as far as like sales and production. I don't see any reason why health care could be a non-factor, like, we shouldn't have fees for U.S. citizens over here. I think taxing on so much other stuff, you pay taxes on five cent pieces of bubble gum and then on top of the five cent pieces of bubble gum, you got another sales tax." (SOHH)

Tity Boi also felt denying coverage to people with pre-existing health conditions is a problem.

"Health care is definitely a problem, I mean we have health care but things like pre-existing things that they don't pick up on that's a big problem and I know people in the black community people have pre-existing injuries," Tity added. "And other things like pregnancies and you have to wait a certain amount of time before insurance kicks in. It's not all that fair but you know, we'll just see what Obama's got up his sleeve, just be patient and see what's up. Until then, we all got to keep some kind of insurance to try and cover our back." (SOHH)

Canadian rapper Drake has taken full advantage of his citizenship by having his recent knee surgery operations handled in Canada, a country known for its universal health care coverage.

Canada has a universal health care system that's paid for through income taxes and sales tax. All Canadians are covered, and they can see any doctor they want anywhere in the country with no copays or deductibles. Some things aren't covered: optometry, dentistry and outpatient prescription drugs. Many Canadians have private insurance to cover those services, though some struggle to pay for them out of pocket. (National Public Radio)

The president is currently working on multiple issues to help bring down the cost of health care in America.

To help expand health coverage, President Barack Obama is seeking changes to underwriting practices that can prevent Americans from obtaining affordable insurance. His proposals would ban higher premiums, caps or denial of coverage because of a pre-existing medical condition or when a person gets sick. But he contends that's not enough; Obama also would set up a government-run insurance option which he contends will keep private insurers honest. (Associated Press)

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

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