Hi there! I live in Belgium and over here we have one of the most advanced health care systems in the world. I can only say that any progress towards a solid health care system is a good thing. I'm not sure why Americans are so afraid of this progress. Eventually, everyone is confronted with medical bills. Wouldn't it be nice if you only had to pay a small fraction of them? That's Obama's goal. For us, this is only normal. We never pay much for health care. Instead, we pay more small bits in taxes as an investment for the future, when things get bad.
In my opinion, the Obama's health care law is a good thing. This is because, the government will ensure that everyone has a health care hence health is guaranteed. Note that everyone is entitled to their opinions depending on how one view the approach or the importance.
It is a good thing b/c our current system is going off s cliff. It totally unsustainable. I work in the health care profession. Most of the M's I work with, approve of it, except, of course, the Republicans. By the way, the individual mandate was first proposed by a Republican Senator, Bob Dole, in the 90's.
Very bad thing, because of the precedence it sets. Our founding fathers did not intend for the government to run the people, but rather, the people to run the government. For those who want the government to mandate what they can and can't do, because they are not capable of making prudent choices, move to a socialist country like Canada. Their socialist medical quality cannot begin to match ours. With socialized medicine, the working class gets the better class of care, as they are the money makers. Those who are at the end of life spectrum are pushed aside, as their ability to "pay in" has expired. The government was never intended to be a cradle to grave entity.
Certain parts are good like allowing children to stay on their parents policy until 26. It is also good that insurers can't deny coverage because of a pre existing condition. There are also bad parts like forcing everyone to get health insurance.
I've answered this question so many times it's making me sick. Bad bad bad.... Obamacare is not just about health care, it's about control. Rather than rant like I usually do I'll just leave you with this. Have you EVER seen the government run ANYTHING for the cost they promise or even close? Example. Medicare/Medicaid, social security, immigration, welfare, or even the damn post office that's fixing to be a thing of the past. Oh yeh, I really want those bozos deciding what treatments I do and don't get.
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Last edited at 11:15AM on 10/3/2012
I know that it is a good thing. We are mandated to buy car insurance in most states. Thus, I don't understand the big deal about the mandate. You are mandated to pay income taxes if your salary qualifies. The way it works is, if more healthy people pay into the pot, the lower the premiums, hence making healthcare more affordable. Right now the only recourse for uninsured people, 50K plus people, might I add, is for them to go to the emergency room. Guess who pays for these visits? We the people. Furthermore, the legislations proper name is "The Affordable Care Act". Quit calling it "Obamacare". What about "Romneycare"? It was his idea first and it is working in Massachusetts. He said there is a healthcare plan....the ER!? What!? Who pays for that? We do, the tax payer. I might also add that this is a regulation, not government run healthcare. There will still be privately owned hospitals, clinics and insurance companies.
It's a good start. It takes decision making power away from the insurance companies and puts it back in the hands of patients and their doctors. It offers credit for the poor, making it possible for them to get health insurance. It means fewer people will depend on expensive emergency room treatment, and will be able to use lower cost preventative measures instead. Health care is a right, not something that should only be available to the wealthy.
A couple of parts of it is good; but overall it is not really good for anything except more bureaucracy in government. We need to overhaul the healthcare system in the U.S. but via arbitrators not politicians.
The good things in the Obama health policy certainly out weigh the bad. Everyone gets insurance. Kids are covered until 26. Autism is covered which includes thousands who had nothing to help them. There can never be a ceiling on the amount you have to spend, even for catastrophic illnesses. No one can be refused health insurance. If the person who insures the family needs to change jobs, he/she can even with a huge medical reoccurring problem within the family without fear of losing health insurance. If the government has more control and we get all this progressive coverage, it's more than worth it!
It is the most dangerous and destructive thing that could happen to America, your future, and your children's future. Obamacare is not about healthcare, it is about power over you. Within a couple years of passing, the estimated cost went from $900 billion to $2.7 trillion and that will continue. Ask yourself, what does healthcare have to do with hiring 16,000 additional IRS agents to patrol it? How can you set up an endless bureaucracy, thousands of bureaucratic employees stuck in the middle, and then save money? How can you bring in 20 million new people in to the system, no additional doctors, no additional hospitals, and expect NOT to have a decrease in availability for everyone? This is when rationing begins, and a bureaucrat will decide whether you receive care, or simply a pain pill to take you to the end. Canada and Great Britain have this system. Ask yourself why Canadians and the Brits flock to the US to receive care that they pay for? It's because they can't get it or will have to wait 6 months to a year to see a doctor for an illness that may end their life in weeks or months.
1 year ago
Last edited at 11:28AM on 10/3/2012
Obama's healthcare law infringes upon the religious rights guaranteed to all Americans in the U.S. Constitution and the moral value system of all who oppose the required taxing for payment of abortifacients. For that reason I am opposed to the HHS mandate. Regardless of ones religious or moral principles , Obamacare forces Americans to fund these procedures. As I understand it, Obamacare also has many gaps that will continue to leave "loophole" Americans uncovered by medical insurance. Senior citizens living on social security will loose important benefits they are currently entitled to under the medicare program, as will those served by poverty programs such as medicaid.
Speaking as someone whose father is in the medical field, its disasterous, it's both bad for hospitals and patients alike. Employees have more to do and less time to do it, if something falls by the wayside tough. It also makes it more difficult for individuals to get the care they need many doctors don't agree with it and are starting private practices so unfortunatly the only people who will get quality care are those who can afford it.
I Know it is a Good Thing. I am originally came from Japan, Why the Japanese live far longer than American ? It not only a cause of Food, They have government Insurance. Japanese can going to Hospital to Check even it minor Symptoms of any kind to Prevent get to Worst Sickness.
Fellas this is not about Money or Profit, It about How much Healthier Life you or Family could have. America is Grate about many thinks, But Not Insurance or Citizens Health . We have to Fix This Problem for our self and Future.
It's a step in the right direction. Our healthcare system needs a complete overhaul. We have too many uninsured/underinsured Americans in this country who have no means for even basic care, and if we allow the Republicans to dictate what happens with our healthcare system, nothing will change!
1 year ago
Last edited at 2:15PM on 10/3/2012
Does anyone really fully understand the tome called Health Care Reform? I certainly don't! I think Obama is well intended but tends to simplify issues for the American people. This bill is over 700 pages long. I consider myself fairly intelligent and I couldn't get through it. I would very much like for all citizens to have access to medical treatment but if something appears to good to be true it probably isn't. I'm concerned about what I don't know about this bill. I don't believe its as simple as everyone getting govt funded health care.
It is definitely Good! People with pre-existing conditions need affordable insurance! There should never be a lifetime cap when someone is hit with a life threatening illness. It is when a family needs insurance the most. Healthcare costs keeps skyrocketing......What good is "the silver bullet" if no one can afford it? Everyone should be required to obtain health insurance since it would help to lower premiums
It may not be the best but it is a good thing and will evolve. I have just gotten disability and am grateful for it as I am 62. For 19 years we had no insurance, we paid for everything. One Dr.mdemanded $400 cash not visa to vsee him. I fell a couple of years ago in a small business and didn't call an ambulance. I've paid for it ever since.
It's really BAD! If anyone would read the whole Health Care Package, they would be crying for Obama to be empeached, there is all kind of policies written in the package that is only going to destroy the constituion. Did you know that every home owner will have to pay a 3.8% sales tax if/when they sale their house??? Just read this!!!!!!
The 2012 election has often been described as the most pivotal since 1860.This statement is not hyperbole. If Barack Obama is re-elected the United States will never be the same, nor will it be able to re-capture its once lofty status as the most dominant nation in the history of mankind. I would add but 6 words to those above mentioned, Conservatives, Libertarians, the Republican Party and Mitt Romney, to say "and we the American people," must also come to grips with this moment in time and our role in denying Barack Obama his life long goal of "transforming" us into his slaves working on his government plantation.
If you have no insurance and don't have to pay for it, it's a good thing. But if you have coverage and have to subsidize those who don't its a bad thing. Do you think it's a good thing if some get it and let you pay for it? Not me.
In Canada Health Care is free why can't we also do this my son broke his collar bone it's 1 year this month he has no insurance and at the time was laid off now no one wants to hire him because you can see that bone sticking up out of his shoulder what kind of state are we were the illegals get everything and he can't even get any medical help
Well, let's see.. The government, under Obama care, requires every citizen to prove they are insured, or pay a fine. But not everybody has to prove they are a citizen. If you can't prove you're a citizen, you'll be given free health care paid for by those citizens forced to buy health insurance.So, no... I don't see anything wrong with Obama care.... this formula seems fair to me..
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Health benefits are "welfare benefit plans" under the Internal Revenue Code and ERISA. Unlike pension benefits, welfare benefit. plans can be reduced or terminated prospectively by an employer. There is no vesting. Apart from certain government plans and certain government employees whose benefits are protected by state constitutions, all persons who currently have health benefits could lose them tomorrow. The playing field is pretty level for everyone. Understanding the thin ice that we are all on, why wouldn't everyone want a guarantee of at least a certain level of benefits? A guaranteed level of health benefits funded by government has another positive and unavoidable result. If the government has to pay the tab for our' health, it eventually (if slowly) will want to take a.larger protective and preventative role in the health of our citizens. Money spent by the government on health care can be very effective stimulus. Personally, for my family and loved ones I would rather see a medical industrial complex than a military industrial complex.
I have mixed feelings; am on Medicare with a supplemental insurance and it is reasonable in price and covers a lot of care that I need; yet, I am worried that people won't get insurance until they are sick so they will not help build up the fund of money needed to pay for their care.
Heathcare is not a bad thing...the government should not be the supplier of any product.The government should govern -- not compete with business. do not be distracted-any thing the government does is more expensive and less quality, facts anyone can see if they read history.
Without this healthcare people who need it but can't afford the bills are pushed aside in favour of richer people. I hardly see how that's 'freedom'. Also, just because the option of free healthcare is there doesn't mean you're forced to take only it. Seriously, you people seem to think it's one or the other! The new healthcare system would be different only in that it would look after the less fortunate as well, rather than strictly those who can pay for it. If you can still afford private health care then brilliant, nothing will change for you except for a tax that you know will somewhere at some point save someones life. If you think that's a bad thing you're either extremely selfish or extremely stupid.
I am at a loss of how any upstanding proud hard working American can see any positives with this atrocity!!!! READ THE BILL. It is Horrible and WILL bankrupt this wonderful country. Only the above who are surely receiving Government assistance of some type are supporting it. Mr. Obama is systematically destroying what our fore fathers fought and died for. 17 TRILLION, what is everyone thinking!! China and Russia are aggressively pursuing to de leverage the America Dollar as the worlds currency and we are helping. Once they achieve their goal we will all be crying. For God sake WAKE UP AMERICA!! Our almighty dollar is headed as a side note in history ultimately destroying our country. Common sense has apparently become not so common! It's a sad state of affairs we have found ourselves in. Sad sad sad. :((
I have not seen any difference of savings by enrolling in Market place. Premiums are very high and in return insurance companies are offering a lot less. Same offer was available from PPOs before Obama health care.