Have to agree with this letter. We must get the cost of Healthcare down or it
will take the country down if we don't. Unconscionable that there is so
much wealth in this country but many citizens have no insurance and no
healthcare. America can do better and Obamacare is only a good start in the
NatePleasant Grove, UT"Obamacare is like trying to provide
insurance with a Rube Goldberg machine. One part fails, and the whole scheme
falls apart.The best first step forward is repeal."---
Replaced by what? The old system was bankrupting us.--- Rather than
blaming Obama, folks ought to be cursing Nixon and Reagan for not fixing it
@Thid Barker. There is a difference between cancellation and losing insurance.
Under the ACA policies must reach a minimal level of coverage. Policies
cancelled were considered by watchdog groups as overpriced for the coverage
provided. In other words they were rip-offs. Those who had their current
policies cancelled were simply required to get a better insurance policy through
the same provider or choose another insurance company. They did NOT lose their
ability to get health insurance.
@ Shaun."Robert Laszewski, president of Health Policy and Strategy
Associates, noting that so far, 6.2 million people have had their healthcare
insurance cancelled. That's what the count is up to. It's going to get
much higher than that. We're going to have these cancellations going into
2014," said Laszewski." 6.2 Million lost their insurance and so
far with only about 4 million have signed up on Obamacare exchanges of which
less than 25 % are young healthy people. Incidentally, Fact Check gave Obama 3
Pinocchio's for counting people who only RENEWED their Medicaid being
counted as new sign-ups! How that for facts?
Obamacare has nothing to do whatsoever with the cost of health care. It only
seeks to put more people on insurance, which is an entirely different thing.Hospital overhead, pharmaceutical middlemen, burdensome Social Security
rules and paperwork, and outrageous malpractice awards are just a few of the
things we all know contribute to the high cost of health care, and yet no one in
Washington is addressing these real culprits. Opposing Obamacare is a
legitimate position to take, but in doing so one must propose different
solutions. To me, it is outrageous that no one in Washington has proposed
real, effective ways to reduce the cost of health care.
Ah, Mike Richards. But we have read the constitution, in between our multiple
viewings of West Wing reruns, and guess what? The ACA is completely, inarguably,
unequivocally, absolutely constitutional. General welfare clause. Also, passed
by Congress, both houses, signed into law by the president, upheld by the
Supreme court. Exactly the process described by the Framers. Also, on The West
Wing, a TV show that got a lot of things right about government.
The ACA was a step in the right direction. Changes need to be made to improve
it but most of those won't come until the next Democrat sits in the WH in
2017. "Repeal and replace will go the way of "Drill, baby, drill"
and "Joe the Plumber".
@thid barker. Where are the facts? I tend not to believe facts anymore because
any one can say "it is a fact."
Great letter expressing the right attitude.When Obama was first
elected, 100% of Americans were in agreement that health care in the US must be
reformed. Instead of uniting behind the cause, many now would rather just see
the President fail at any cost. We'd be so much further along, too, if it
weren't for this.
The ACA just assures that insurance companies and health care providers will get
all the money they want, and that bloating their bottom lines will assure that
all Americans are impoverished in the process.There is nothing here
to address the real problem of the high cost of health care. Competition could
be the answer. When insurance took off, removing consumers' need to compare
care costs and assess their treatment needs, the costs skyrocketed. THe ACA
makes this problem worse, and it makes benevolent care providers for the poor
feel their charity is no longer needed because Uncle Sam will give them a huge
piece of pie now. But too many people don't want to be bothered
to assess what health care they really need. They would rather let an insurance
company, and now the government tell them what procedures, drugs, etc. they can
and should have. You may think it is your doctor telling you, but the government
is behind the curtain telling your doctor what he/she can/should do.
Whether you like it or hate it the ACA is now here to stay. Republicans should
focus on finding ways to make it work better, your chance to scrap it is over.
Perhaps if those who advocate government-controlled healthcare turned off
"West Wing" and spent that time reading the Constitution, they would see
that personal welfare is a personal matter; that it does not require government
involvement; that personal welfare is illegal under the Constitution; that it is
a matter for the States or for the individual.The words of the
Declaration of Independence are forgotten by those who grovel for crumbs from
Washington: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are
created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable
Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That
to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their
just powers from the consent of the governed, "We, the people
received all rights and responsibilities from our Creator, not from Washington;
therefore, we are to cherish those rights and responsibilities. We are not to
trade those rights for a "mess of pottage". The Federal
Government was instituted to protect the States, not the people, but some people
cry to their "king" for deliverance from the liberty bestowed upon them.
Agree with editorial. I love ACA. My neighbor was afraid for two years to see a
doctor for the lump in her neck because her husband was struggling in his
employment and had no insurance. All she could do was hope for the best. Now
they are insured and she's getting treated. All the caterwauling from the
Right Wing is worth nothing compared to the relief on my neighbor's face
that she can now care for herself and her children without worrying about
bankruptcy. Frankly, when I see her face, I don't care if I
have to pay more for my insurance, although that hasn't happened yet. I do
care about my neighbors.
Mr. Woodworth's article implies that if you don't accept the lies,
distortions and the damage Obamacare is doing to our healthcare, you are being a
fear monger! More people are without healthcare insurance today than before we
had Obamacare. That's not fear, it fact! More people will pay more for
their healthcare insurance now than before Obamacare. That's not fear, that
fact! For the majority of Americans, Obamacare is not the solution, its the
Obamacare is like trying to provide insurance with a Rube Goldberg machine. One
part fails, and the whole scheme falls apart.The best first step
forward is repeal.