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Monday, March 30, 2009

Nationalizing Workers’ Compensation Medical Delivery

Recently the Obama Administration invited the medical insurance industry to the White House to discuss possible future scenarios on the delivery of health care. A planted floated at the meeting was one that President Obama advocated in h campaign. That proposal was allow the Federal government to sell health care coverage.

Obama remains committed that employees and employers, as well as the Federal government, should participate in the program. Does that mean that workers compensation insurance coverage is also going to be an element of the plan? The next obvious step would be to allow the Federal government to sell workers’ compensation insurance coverage.

Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), a probable author of the legislations, stated, “We're not trying to figure out what represents the interests of private insurers, we're trying to come up with a plan that makes sure all Americans have health care…”

 The Federal Government is ultimately going to set the stage for the change in health care delivery. The incentive will be the $19 Billion dollars it has set aside for health information technology. Where the road to health care reform takes the ailing workers’ compensation medical delivery system in this era of struggling industrial growth still remains uncertain

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