Published: Monday, April 7 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT
"Do not assume purchasing health insurance through the exchanges is the same
thing as being happy with the law or supporting of those who passed it."
True enough, but it's safe to say that those who have gotten health
coverage expressly because of Obamacare are pretty happy with it, at least for
the time being.
The ACA is meant to unite Americans in better and less wasteful health
coverage.Although millions of Americans enjoy the lies of Fox News
and the hostile attitude toward anything this President does, shown by most
republicans....Isn't America about all being on the same side,
even when we disagree?I think the "us vs them" mentality is
I don't assume. I'm very happy with it and with the job performance
of my President Obama!Just came home from D.C. and witnessed a lot
of national pride. Ready for more whining and complaining now that I'm
Healthcare is on course to bankrupt this country. Does the ACA fix it? I am
not optimistic.But, at least the Democrats recognized that the
current system was unsustainable.The GOP has yet to admit there was
even a problem. Hence they had no desire to work to construct a bipartisan
solution. Why work to fix a problem that you don't even think exists?Obstruction, as usual, was their strategy.Until us Americans
and our congress put America ahead of partisan politics, we will get poorly
constructed solutions.To this day, after all these years of
complaining, the GOP has only put forth one actual plan. And they couldn't
get the votes to even support that? When will the GOP put forth a
better plan than the ACA that addresses the problems?WHEN?
A fair warning to Republicans who spent 4 years preening over the
"failure" of Obama: Do not assume trashing the President 24/7 for 8
years without any viable plans will win future elections."I hate
Obama" is not a good campaign slogan, even with unlimited Corporate
"Do not assume purchasing STARTING offensive wars and Occupying Foreign
countries is the same thing as being happy with BUSH or supporting of the
Republicans who passed it."BTW -- I'll take National
Healthcare for the poor and the sick over stupid wars ANY day.
Don't you just love the warnings from the far, far, far right?Have you fallen off the edge of the Earth yet?
Look, it's bee4n four years since the passage of the bill. Just be
personally responsible and get your insurance policy. The whining is tiresome.
Couldn't we use this letter writer's logic and give a "fair
warning" to repubs that just because people are signing up it's not
necessarily because they're forced to? Maybe folks are beginning to find
affordable insurance plans? Maybe people are realizing the benefits of health
care? Maybe folks have become smarter and are wise to the GOP's pro
rich/anti-middle class ways?
A fair warning? Preening? I'm disappointed, not preening, that we have been
prevented from achieving a proper single payer system that would have addressed
some of the problems the ACA left in place.
JoeBlow,I agree with you. ACA did nothing about the COST of healthcare.
It just deflected the cost (for SOME people). It got more people on insurance
(so they don't have to WORRY about how much it costs). But it still costs
the same. It's still bankrupting this country. We are still in huge
debt. And that shows no signs or possibilities of changing.Even if
we dedicated 100% of our GDP towards our debt... we could never pay it off.That's a sobering thought (for me).The fact is... we
will never get out of debt. This generation seems to be OK with debt. But
debt CAN BE a harsh task master. That's what my generation was taught.
This generation is taught that debt is a magic tool... a magic tool that will
give you anything you want without having to pay for it (till later).It's not a magic tool... it's an evil trap.If you
can't afford it... don't buy it. Same goes for me and my family, and
"If you can't afford it... don't buy it. Same goes for me and my
family, and the Government."But is that really reasonable when
we are talking about healthcare? We are not a country that will let a kid die
because their parents cant afford to get their appendix taken out.Even Reagan signed EMTALA. Today, insurance premiums have skyrocketed.
There ARE fixes. But, in reality, neither party really wants to fix it. They
are paid to allow the medical system to make more and more profits.In some ways we have the best medical care in the world. That is if you have
enough money and an unusual medical issue. But childbirth? $30,000? That is
ludicrous.How do some defend that? Look at a hospital bill and try
to make logical sense out of the charges.It can not be done. Logic
can not explain it.Neither R or D would embrace any good solution
that came from the other side. How sad is that?We have become so partisan
that we would rather forgo any good ideas that the other side can come up
with.We need to wake up. Unfortunately, we are going the wrong way.
In the Smithsonian American History Museum in the American Presidents exhibit
there is a kiosk where visitors can vote for the "most effective
President." Guess who came in second after the great Democrat FDR? Go ahead,
guess?As sad as it will be to see President Obama leave office;
I'm excited for 2016 and the continuation of America's Comeback from
the destructive, divisive Republican administrations of the past.
My oldest brother's birth cost $89.00 (I saw the hospital bill). That was
for the doctor, anesthesiologist, meds, and 7 days in the hospital. That was back when the system was more privatized (1949), and we didn't
have the government, or insurance paying for everything. Now we have insurance
to pay for everything.. so who CARES what it costs? That's why we are
where we are. As well as inflation.It was still a struggle to find
$89.00 back then. But they did it.
To "JoeBlow" but what good has come out of the ACA? Less than 10% of
the uninsured were able to get insurance. The cost of insurance has gone up,
and the amount of coverage has gone down.The problem isn't that
we need more regulations and mandates to make things cheaper. What we need is
to cut regulations and mandates. That is the only way to make it cheaper and
2 bits says If you can't afford it... don't buy it.We are
talking about health care. If you child became ill and needed hospitalization,
you would be okay with letting him die because you can't afford to pay the
bill?I didn't think so.
Obama is not the foreign born, socialist, giving away free healthcare --
That would be Jesus.
Red,I have no doubt that we can find a lot of regulations that add
to the cost of healthcare. Like Reagan forcing hospitals to treat emergencies
regardless of an ability to pay.Or the regulation removing
preexisting conditions. Or the one allowing a kid to stay on dads healthcare
until 26.And we can find some that most of us disagree with.But, I have to believe that left alone, business will do what business
does best. And that is to maximize profits. I just cannot
logically believe that healthcare would be better and cheaper if we removed all
of the healthcare regulations. And after removing the regulations,
the next step is to do tort reform. Let me see. Let doctors,
hospitals and insurance companies do what they want, charge what they want and
then protect them from lawsuits. Talk about a moneymaking scheme.
To "GZE" does it make it easier to watch a loved one die due to lack of
care when it is the Government telling you that they don't have the money
to either treat them or to be able to treat them quickly?How do you
propose we ration the limited resources in healthcare? There is currently no
system that can provide everything to everybody in a timely manner for a decent
price. So, how to ration, that is the question?To "JoeBlow"
I know you can't believe it, but it is true. Cut regulations and mandates
and you can make insurance cheaper and probably cover more people. There are
various studies out there showing that 20% to 50% of the cost of insurance is
the mandates that government has put on insurance companies. As for the
"uninsurable", that was also less of a problem when there was less
regulation. In fact according the the NIH, the "uninsurable" problem
has only grown since the late 1980's, which amazingly corresponds with an
increase in mandates and regulations.So the question is why keep
looking for solutions from the very people that have created the problems?
Everybody loves to tout tort reform. Until they or their family member is
injured or killed due to negligence. Then, suddenly, it's not such a great
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