Flaw in proposed health care


Published: Monday, December 1, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, November 30, 2003 at 10:50 p.m.

I feel the proposed Alachua County health care insurance program coming up for vote in March is not a good program for this county.

I recently moved back to Florida after living many years in Tennessee. The state of Tennessee has TennCare, a state-run health care program that is basically the same type of program that our county commissioners are hoping to adopt. TennCare may be the model for the proposed Alachua County Health plan.

TennCare has caused Tennessee quite a few financial problems. The state had to make budget cuts all across the board and raise the sales tax to a higher level to bail out the program.

The figures in The Sun said the projected revenue of $7 million per year will be used to insure approximately 22,000 poor and working poor. This comes out to approximately $318 per year per person. There was no mention of who would administer the program and how many additional people would be hired.

I was raised in Florida in what I would call a working poor family - we didn't have any medical insurance when I grew up. I am not a person of wealth today. I do sympathize with the poor and the working poor - my family was there.

Come election day, I will vote against this program. My "no" vote will not be because I'm a hard-hearted person, it will be because I don't feel the program will succeed with the proposed funding, and I don't believe there is anyone on the County Commission that has the experience to set up what amounts to a 22,000 member not-for-profit HMO.

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