"Requests for state approval of major medical products in Tennessee have increased three- or four-fold this year, said Jim Christoffersen of the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency, which grants certificates of need for health care facilities."
Should the state be in this business? Why is the state in the business of granting certificates of need? Is the state protecting the citizens from the curse of too many hospital beds and surgical centers? Does the state have a conflict of interest since Erlanger and other hospitals are owned by goverment?
"How is it green? To be certified, a hotel must offer optional linen service"
Please wash the sheets in my room.
Time for the city to get out of the sewer business.
Let's put the sewer system up for bid.
Since AGW has been exposed as a hoaxed, why are we bothering worring about our carbon foot print.
"since even the relatively low Medicaid reimbursements are an improvement over a total loss from uninsured patients"
Are you sure uninsured patients never pay? My understanding is the uninsured on average pay 5% more than medcaid(35% of full book billing vs. 30% paid by medicaid) You need to check that.
I'm sure you will.
"Those issues include expanding health coverage to the 47 million people without insurance, stanching rising health care costs and providing more preventive care."
Over 90 percent of all Americans have health insurance. Many of those who do not have insurance are between 20-30 years old and see no reasons to have it, they would rather send their money on other things.I bet they pay a lot more for cable than I do? More than 10 million of the 47 million are illegal aliens and are not covered under any of the proposals before congress.
Those who we always think of as cannot afford insurance make up 7-12 million of the uninsured. Do we really want to unplug the other 290 million plus Americans who have health insurance now.
"Some worry a public option would lead to unfair competition for private insurers, two of whom are among Chattanooga's biggest employers."
Yes the public option will be devasting to me and my family and everyone I know. Turning doctors and nurses into Federal Employees and taking away our choices and giving them to Washington. Not tho mention all the new life saving drugs and equipment that will never come to market because of congress.
Why is spending 20% of our economy on health care a bad thing? Surely as we have gotten richer as a nation we have more money to spend on such good things. Would you rather we spend more money on beer, cigarettes and strip clubs?
Reporters: Please start asking questions. Who? What? When? Where? Why? and Why should we believe you you are a pol and you have a lot to gain.