Published: Sunday, April 27 2014 12:05 a.m. MDT
I do not support the ACA. I want health care for all those who do not have it,
but I feel this program, the ACA is unsustainable in how it is set up. It also
give the GOVT too much power and say in how our health care is handled right
down to our visit in our Doctor's office. I have many Doctors, nurses and
other health care providers in my family and not a single one of them supports
the limitations of the ACA. it is only affordable for the people who are
getting GOVT assistance with the insurance. How is that affordable for all of
us who have to pay full price? It is not, there is no FREE in the program, we
all have to pay for it. It will implode. We could have put up free clinics all
across the USA for a fraction of what this program is costing. I do not agree
with the author of this article, I see it so much differently. I am hoping we
can dismantle this program and then put forth one that really works and is
sustainable. But I will never support this one, NEVER.
Mr. Rice is a bit disingenuous in his comments. He knows that if the Democrats
in Congress were to open ACA for amendments it would not look like it is today.
The improvements that he speaks of are not the ones that might appear and then
they would be force to stall them in the Senate or have the President veto them.
This bill was passed on a strictly partisan vote and that is never a good
thing, no matter the party. But to no suggest that Republicans should just roll
over and allow the changes the Democrats want is simply ludicrous. If he was truly interested in making improvements he would urge the President
and the Senate to fully open the bill with a series of hearings and up or down
votes on changes with assurance that the President will accept them. That is
not going to happen and he knows it.
Let's just nurture the better part of an adulterous relationship, rather
than admitting it was wrong in the first place! You either believe Socialism is
good and pursue it or you admit it is worse than bad policy and fight to get rid
of it! The sweet and honey dripping words can't fool some of us!
I'd say the best way to improve Obamacare, for both the Democrats and
Republicans, is to remove it.Replace it with a truly free enterprise
system that would reward cost saving by returning cost responsibility to the
customer. Make sure the users of healthcare are the payers of healthcare and
made aware of the actual costs, with a system that allows worthwhile comparisons
of the product (medicines, hospitals, doctors, etc.) so that there is a means by
which the HUGE consumer advantages of competition are part of the cost cutting
equation.Like every other instance where government is inserted into
the process the net result will be inefficiency, waste, corruption,
incompetence, ineffectiveness AND, as a consequence of all those deleterious
factors, **higher costs**.We can do much better than Obamacare.
But, all improvements over it should start with its removal.
The people of this country don't want Obamacare and have never supported
it. It was passed over the heads of the American people by use of dirty tricks
and shoddy parliamentary maneuvers. There's no reason why Republicans
should stop trying to get rid of something the people don't want.
Many many good points. There is no going back to pre ACA. Lets work together
and make it work, not endlessly trying to tear it down out of political
spite. Reform should be based on sound principles. I don't care
if good ideas come from Democrats or Republicans, lets use what is effective and
abandon the rest. Good government should be effective, fair, as simple as
possible and not pick winners or losers. It also needs also help the most
destitute and those unable to help themselves. Whether you buy
insurance in the individual market, through your employer, or small business, or
if you are a member of a union there should be no special tax benefits, coverage
protections etc that all the others can't enjoy. Lets face it, a
lot of the ACA is based on Republican ideas only implemented by a democrat. It
mirrors Romneycare with a marketplace and with subsidies for the needy.
If I am forced to buy a ship made with duct tape and concrete, which will never
float, I don't think adding a few layers of duct tape will fix it. Time to
scrap it and find an answer that is somewhere between the extremes of socialism
and right-wing fanaticism. How about a compromise for legislation that works
for BOTH sides. Not a 2500 page mess that none of the lawmakers read before
passing it. Look at our economy. Look at the fact that 50% of those who signed
up for this "reform" haven't paid for their premiums. This is not
sustainable. Middle class Americans hurt the most from this debacle. Scrap it
and elect legislators and a President who will work together to solve the
problems that this country faces.
Wrong! Getting the government out of our lives would be the only improvement.
There is certainly a place for the government to help with the truely needy.
But having the government controlling every aspect of our lives is NOT the way
to do that.
Obamacare is fundamentally morally flawed because the entire law is based on an
evil principle; force. It forces some people to work for that which they will
not receive so others may receive what they did not work for. We used to call
that slavery but now we call it Obamacare. Shall we work to "fix"
slavery or should we abandon slavery? Obamacare is not about healthcare at all,
its about power and control: Who controls you? If we keep Obamacare the answer
to that question is, not YOU!
It is becoming obvious that the maniacal efforts by conservatives to undermine,
and demonize the Affordable Healthcare Act are starting to wear thin. Largely
due to the slow roll out, and hundreds of millions of dollars spent by
conservative donors like the Koch Brothers, the ACA has had to overcome a huge
PR disadvantage, but things are starting to change.A poll by the
Upshot/Kaiser shows that even in rabidly anti-Obama South, the majority of
respondents would like to improve the ACA, and NOT REPEAL it! In fact some of
the Southerners interviewed in a New York Times article, said they are tired of
all the yammering to "repeal Obamacare".The tide of public
opinion is slowly starting to turn, the ACA is here to stay.
Re: "Now is the time for the congressional GOP to . . . get to the business
of making sure the Affordable Care Act works for everyone."Well,
at least liberals are finally admitting that Obamacare is an unworkable,
unmitigated disaster, needing enormous assistance, just to stay afloat.But, their suggestion that the real people most adversely affected by it are
somehow obligated to ride to their rescue and salvage something good from it is
just rubbing salt into the gaping wound they created.There is no
rescuing Obamacare. Liberals designed it to collapse, and it is living out the
full measure of its creation -- collapsing on itself, in the process bringing
down the best, most efficient, effective, and compassionate health-care delivery
system ever established.Now is certainly not the time for
congressional RINOs to assume their accustomed capitulatory pose. Rather, they
should salvage the best of the wonderful healthcare system we had before
liberals undertook to "fix" it.In other words, what Congress
should now do is act to fulfill Obama's cynical, disingenuous promise that,
if we liked what we had, we could keep it.
Republicans might wake up and realize that Obamacare actually represents the
market-based approach that conservatives came up with as a response to Hillary
Clinton's single payer model. They should, but if history is a
guide, they'll be too busy trying to out-do each other in trying to
establish who is more anti-Obama and anything he stands for, in the process
paving the way for a single payer solution.
In the past, whenever large and complex bills were passed by congress they would
go back a couple of years later and pass what is called a "technical
adjustments bill". Large and complex bills are always found to have phrasing
that is confusing or contradictory, as well as minor details that were
overlooked in the original drafting.. These bills cleaned up these flaws and
made the programs work better. With the ACA this process has been impossible,
because any attempt at even minor changes would have been used by the
Republicans to kill the law or poison it. It could be made better,
but not by the current congress.
It is a success and may not be a smart move to take away insurance policies for
people who have it for the first time. But that has not stopped the GOP to use
this as the only issue. Maybe one more election loss will get rid of the radical
tea party elements.
The ACA has issues that ought to be dealt with, but it is silly in the extreme
to believe that the current system of health care will change in a meaningful
way. It is also silly to constantly bring up this "government
controlled" nonsense. 70-80% of people get their health care coverage from
their employer. I don't hear anyone complaining about a lack of choice of
carriers or employer controlled health care choices made for you without your
consent. Or that you stand of chance of losing your preferred health care
network when you change jobs, if the insurance for your new employer does not
recognize your doctor/hospital/treatments in their provider network.No one complains too much about the "socialist" Medicare system we
have for the elderly. And no one advocates for ridding us of the Medicaid
programs all states have. (We only argue about how poor you have to be to
qualify.) The main complaint about ACA is really that that awful
Obama is the President who signed the bill.
Where does the author get off with this diatribe knocking GOP opposition to the
ACA? There is absolutely nothing remotely affordable about the ACA. Plus,
Americans have been lied to from the get-go. Enough with the attack on GOP.
They have only stopped working toward compromise because the ACA fiasco is
totally unfixable. Obama has become so laughable with his changes, exceptions,
delays, and extensions it is appalling. This White House is rife with
incompetence, and is totally lacking in leadership. Governing via executive
order is a huge cop out and is evidence of the blatant arrogance of the egotist
in the oval office: completely un-willing and incapable of bringing both sides
The ACA, with an assist from the Supreme Court, sets a precedent that gives the
federal government the power to force us to buy anything the federal government
decides that we should have. It doesn't matter whether the enforcement
mechanism is called a penalty or a tax it still gives the federal government a
dangerous power not found anywhere in the Constitution. This is the primary
reason that the law must be repealed but there are others. Inhibiting job
growth, trapping people in part time jobs woking less than 30 hours per week and
failure to proveide health care to the 30 million uninsured that were the
primary reason for the law are some other major reasons. We now have
three major health care programs with the potential to bankrupt the country and
we still have not solved the problem of providing health care to the uninsured.
It's time to scrap all three and start over with something that actually
The underlying premise of the article, that cooperation is better than
obstructionism for it's own sake, is sound. The ACA can be improved if we
work together on it.
Re: ". . . Obamacare actually represents [a] market-based approach . . .
."Yeah, that's why it has a totalitarian, forced
participation component. One that relies for enforcement on the heavy heel of
government, pressed against the neck of anyone with the audacity to believe he
has the ability to reject participation.Market-based? "You keep
using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."
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