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Readers Respond: Opinions on Public Health Care Plan

Responses: 38

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Updated August 23, 2009

Government healthcare not a free-for-all

Please don't assume everyone who makes more than you will pay for all or part of it. We won't be able to afford anything more than you do now. It'll just be involuntarily taken from you in higher prices/taxes so you don't have freedom of choices. Universal or natinalized health care is not a free-for-all. Do research. In Britain, you still have to get supplemental insurance to get more than basics covered, which is probably hard to afford with HIGH taxes on EVERYTHING ($6 gas, higher income taxes than USA, sales tax up to 20%, etc). Countries (Canada and some European ones) that have government care are having problems with it and are talking about or in process of becoming more private. Around the time Obama's people started talking about health care, they set up a committee to spell out what will not be covered if Obamacare passes. Also, don't you find it suspicious that health associations are now revising their recommendations, like women needn't get mammogram until 50 vs 40 yrs
—Guest Andrea B

Really

Page 65: Taxpayers will subsidize all union retiree and community organizer health plans (example: SEIU, UAW and More pork just in a new bill. Those who can't afford premiums now will be fined if they don't buy in. How does this make sense?
—Guest Richard

I am for it

I am 22 years old and diagnosed with asperger syndrome, adhd, severe anxiety and developmental/learning delays. With my current insurance, they refuse to give me very much coverage, especially for dental care. My teet are really bad I need a healthcare plan that sees the needs of my disabilities, not deny me coverage just because I am over 21. So I think this would really help me a lot.
—Guest anynoumous

Insurance Lobbyists Fight Medical care

I agree with Miriam -her title HEALTH CARE REFORM. USA should have socialized medicine. But , before this can be done, as Miriam says, we should look at what is causing the upsurge in socialized expenses like welfare. Once a woman or man goes on welfare they should no longer have the ability to put additional children on the dole. If they have more children - they will have to figure it out themselves as to how they will feed them. This whole welfare system is what the problem is. These welfare families are getting more benefit than the middle class who is paying the daily expenses of those not willing to work. It's time to put in some LIMITS ... and then introduce socialized medicine. CANADA has done a GREAT JOB with their socialized medicine and the costs are not going through the roof as they are here in USA. My 90 year old relative broke her hip; was taken into the hospital and then on to rehabilitation - This type of care would never happen in USA. & no bankruptcy.
—Guest patsy

public universal health care

health care is a human right. the cost to the individual should be within their budget and available to all. utilizing our present health care more effectively and streamlining the administrative burden on everyone. in otherwords, more comprensive and easier to use.
—Guest sandra shepherd

Obama Care

wow this was an insightful and intriguing article on Obama Care so thanks for posting
—Guest Sam

Fed Retirees with FEHP will lose big

You forgot to mention that if all the people in Kansas are in a single group, it will still be smaller than in the FEHP. Smaller group---higher costs. You also forgot to mention that the government will no longer pay their part of the plan and we the retirees/workers will bear the full burden of the cost. For the many that think the govt plan is so great, they should just look at many of the union plans and how they are paid. Fed employees aren't the fat cats that we are made out to be.
—Guest Jerry

A question?

Haha I love this site so much But i have one questions that is what you think the most important issue in health care is and how you plan to address it as a health care professional??
—Guest lia

what will start know

i would like to know what health coverage will start know
—Guest mike

Weigh-In On Important Issue

HEALTHCARE REFORM BILL YOUR OPINION YOUR OPINION MATTERS! What do you think about this historic occasion? http://healthcarereformbillpassed.blogspot.com/
—Guest DanFF

The Best Thing We Can Do

I am a college student. After reading many responses, I am appalled to see the lack of faith. You can compare numbers, or rely on the past, but complaining and remaining biased will neither help nor determine the outcome. We elect a new president every some years for various reasons, but the most important one we forget is to give that voice a chance to try and make this country stronger. Regardless of which party the president resides, he has his own identity and his own ideas. Just because in the past a president who happened to be in the same party did said actions, does NOT necessarily mean this president will do the same. In order to permit change, we have to be open minded, so give him and his new plan a chance. Remember, he is only human and much like the rest of the specie, mistakes need to made in order to learn from them. By hoping for the best while preparing how to act under every possible outcome, we will learn how to behave as a country for once.
—Guest Sarah

to guest Karen

I lived in 4 countries; US doctors and system are not the best in the world by far! Most are mediocre or worse. They have the best pay in the world however.
—Guest Andrey

Health care Reform

I am a nursing student.I am in favor of a health care reform. We are the only develop country in the world where citizens go bankrupt because of medical bills. This has to stop. I am just not quite sure if Obama's plan is the right for us but hopefully it would bring us something good..because we need it.I just hope that in this policy , the middle income earner would get something out of it.I dont think it's fair that we work so hard for our selves to get by and still mandated to help others with every penny that we earn.I do agree that we should help the poor and the underpriviledge, but we should not be accountable for their own destiny.If you want something in life, work hard for it..if you cant afford to feed your self,worry about your self.Do not bear children and leave them in the street or expect somebody else or us to raise them. Be responsible!!change should start within ourselves- only then we can change our country.
—Guest Meriam

Public Health Option

As a second year MBA – Healthcare Management student with 14 years medical office experience, I’m compelled to offer my thoughts about a government-sponsored health insurance option. Here we have the best physicians, surgeons, nurses, and technicians in the world, yet so far the only ones who have been involved in the business of healthcare have been private insurers, drug companies, and Medicare. And if you ask me, Medicare has done an excellent job so far of handling it alone using limited resources and caring for a growing population. Throughout my career, I have followed Medicare’s CMS site closely to stay abreast of rules and regulations, as well as best practices protocol, coverage issues, and compliance. Several years as a medical office manager was spent arguing with private insurers concerning non-coverage of pre-existing conditionsrefused to discuss because of policies they developed to protect their own interests as opposed to those of the patient. Medicare was their onl
—Guest Karen

Insurance for Mental Illness

My son decided to take a semester off college and, since he wasn't a full time student he would could not be covered under my husbands insurance plan. After calling all over and finally even going through an insurance broker I found that NO ONE would insure him because of the medications he is taking. Apparently there are many anti-psychotic medications that automatically causes insurance companies to deny coverage, especially since it would be considered a "pre-existing condition." The medication alone, without insurance, would come to $600 a month. And, if any catastrophic medical event were to happen to him, we would be wiped out paying for medical bills. So I'm less interested in the Mental Health parity, I'm interested in finding out how Obama's health plan can help people who cannot even obtain insurance because of mental illness.
—Guest Penny

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