Published: Tuesday, Aug. 27 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT
It's really not very complicated. Insurance companies have to issue
policies to everyone regardless of pre-existing conditions. In return, everyone
is required to purchase a policy. States are setting up health insurance
exchanges so everyone has access to the same policies and comparative price and
coverage information. If you don't make enough money to pay the premium,
you will be eligible for a subsidy.It is a Republican designed plan
that was endorsed by virtually all prominent national Republicans including Bob
Dole, Newt Gingritch and Orrin Hatch. It is the model for Romneycare in Mass.
Had Mitt Romney won the Republican nomination in 08, he would have campaigned on
a promise to extend the plan to all Americans. It wasn't until President
Obama proposed it that Republicans noticed that it was socialism, communism, and
fascism all rolled into one.
There are 30 million Americans who would not be covered who are willing to
defend Obamacare. You should have written "I don't want
it" since you don't speak for those who do!
"Repeal and Replace" has been the battle cry of the GOP.I
urge you to "speak up and let us be heard loud and clear". Tell the GOP
leadership to put forth their comprehensive "replacement" plan. It is much easier to shoot down someone elses actual plan than to put
forth one of your own.
Even many Democrats tell us Obamacare is a train wreck! That's most likely
because many will face re-election in 2014 and now have to go face and be
accountable to their constituents. Democratic strategy for that? Delay the law
until after the election! Says all we need to know about Obamacare doesn't
Obamacare does nothing to control costs - does NOT improve access to health care
(as we learned from the failure of the MA experiment), and costs multiples of
the estimates used to sell it. It is a complete and total failure.Obamacare improperly addresses issues with the health care delievery system;
it's like going to the dentist and having a healthy tooth pulled when you
have a broken arm. Yeah, you got health care, but it did not address the
problem and caused more damage.
Darlene,I like Obamacare. I like it better than what we have had for
the past 50 years. I like it better than the Republican alternative (nothing).
It is not perfect, but it is a vast improvement over what we've had. It
would be better if it were a single-payer system. But what chance do have of
that with today's GOP?
This feigned outrage is disiingenuous, coming as it does from a person who
enjoys the benefits of Medicare. Darlene, why not advocate for expansion of
Medicare to all Americans? That would be more honest and worthwhile.
It's only complicated to radio junkies, who have been confused by dropout
entertainers, who's audience confuses their partisan rhetoric with actual
news or facts.
Is ObamaCare a Republican plan? How many Republicans in Congress voted for it?
Can Democrats really claim that Romney was the architech? Was his
bill over 2,000 pages of gibberish? Did someone in Massachusetts tell him that
he had to pass the bill before knowing what was in the bill?If
ObamaCare is such a good idea, why are Democrats demanding that it not be
implemented? Why is Obama refusing to enforce it?If ObamaCare is as
good as Obama claimed, why are businesses cutting workers to thirty hours or
less per week so that those businesses won't have to pay the ObamaCare
tax?If ObamaCare is as good as Obama claimed, why are doctors
closing their practices?If ObamaCare will cover pre-existing
conditions, why was a 10-year-old denied a transplant until political pressure
forced the "secretary" to allow that operation?Democrats are
trying to blame Republicans for a bill that no Republican supported. ALL of the
faults found in ObamaCare were accepted by those Democrats who voted for the
bill. All of the job losses attributed to ObamaCare were directly caused by
Democrats.Republicans were not foolish enough to vote for ObamaCare.
Actually, the people did speak loud and clear. Remember last November, when
Obama was reelected by nearly five million votes?Meanwhile, the
whining goes on...
Darlene, you're making some pretty wild generalizations about the
Affordable Care Act.Every time you hear your talk radio rants about
"Obamacare" I hope you'll consider the following:The
U.S. spends wildly more per person on health care than any other industrialized
nation, yet receives significantly _less_ healthcare, both in terms of quantity
and quality of care.The drag on our economy from the existing
healthcare finance system is immense. Employers are faced with
skyrocketing insurance premiums for their workers, forcing them to make
businesses decisions that have little to do with their mission and business
model and everything to do with managing employee healthcare costs. It's
crazy.Employees who are unhappy/unproductive and who'd like to
leave and try something else are forced to stay with their jobs because they
can't get healthcare insurance on their own, while bright, motivated people
are forced to apply for jobs not on the basis of what job best suits their
talents, but on the basis of which employer will provide health insurance for
their families. That's crazy, too.Don't like the ACA?
Fine. Offer a workable, superior alternative. Otherwise, you're not
Seriously... how do you expect thousands of pages of detailed regulations,
rules, exceptions to the rules, and exceptions to the exceptions to the rules,
all in legalese that no real person completely understands... to be implemented
without it eventually becoming re-interpreted and twisted and bent to serve some
politician's will?Even IF the initial implementation went well
(which it hasn't)... I would expect this bureaucratic abuse to weasel
it's way in eventually (but I expected it to be years down the road).Any complex legislation is going to run into problems like this
eventually. And ObamaCare is the most complex of all complex legislation
I've ever seen passed by the US Congress. Even the Tax regulations (which
EVOLVED over many years to the current sad state of complexity) look simple
compared to the volumes and volumes of rules and regulations and legal jargon
associated with what ObamaCare means and how it must be implemented (and the
many loopholes that can be used to circumvent the parts you don't like).This is destined to become UN-manageable.
"We don't want it!"Who's "we"?
KJB1,You make it sound like America voted for ObamaCare by a huge margin
(by voting for Obama). You pretend it was a landslide or some huge margin of
victory. In reality... it was very close (and far from a clear mandate for
ObamaCare).The official election results were actually 50.6% Obama
(barely a majority).That means 49.4% of America voted AGAINST Obama and
ObamaCare.That's pretty close in my book. It's a
majority, but less than 1% of the population is not a landslide. It hardly
means what you twisted the election into meaning when you said... "the
people did speak loud and clear". 50.6% to 49.4% is far from loud and
clear.But Obama did get the majority of the votes. So I have no
problem with that, or Obama being President, he won. But don't pretend it
was a landslide victory it wasn't.
“This loud and financially powerful segment of America even refuses to
abide by a law passed by Congress, signed by the President and accepted by the
Supreme Court”.People who can’t see and hear the efforts
of the Cable news, GOP, Tea Party, Republicans, especially those in Congress,
and the hundreds of tax exempt anti-American groups, must be wearing a sound
proof bucket over their head. If Obamacare is an abomination, make
the charge, bring it to court. That’s the proper way to do it. Or
sponsor a national election of people not businesses.
One of the best things to happen to America is out of control healthcare costs
and millions of uninsured families. It's been great to have so many
Americans file bankruptcy due to healthcare they can't afford.Getting
sick without insurance is a great thing. I highly encourage the letter writer to
try it sometime.
The problem is, few people have any foresight. They won't complain about
Obamacare until their out-of-pocket expenses hurt.
The ACA permits states to devise their own universal coverage plans. What is UT doing toward that effort?
Thanks, Darlene, for inviting us to speak out loud and clear on Obamacare. Well,
here goes: I think Obamacare is a good first step in the right direction and
that it will prove very beneficial overall for Americans. I hope it has laid the
groundwork for single-payer. Nice going, President Obama.@ 2 bits:
You posted that Obama won by only 50.6 percent to 49.4 percent. Your numbers are
clearly wrong. The final tally was 51.1 Obama, 47.2 Romney.
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