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If you were the President of the United States, how would you address the health care problem and make it fair for all Americans?

ObamaCare is not working and everyone knows it, but yet nothing is being done to correct this problem, so what would you do to make such a program work for every single American? Put on your thinking caps people and give me some answers. thank you

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International healthcare for EVERYONE!!!! Hey, if the entire REST of the world is doing it and are completely happy, why do us Americans have to be so special and pay for our own?

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It doesn't work well in many countries!!! Just because you don't have to pay doesn't mean it works well.
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It works just fine don't be like that baby we can talk this through ill sleep on the couch tonight promise
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I would lower price slightly and make so that it benifitts you the poorer you are.

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resins? What does that mean?
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sounds good. Who pays for it?
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The whole thing needs to be scrapped. Start all over again.

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Allow insurances to cross state lines so there is more competition and the prices get lower. Allow small businesses to buy in a pool together so that they have the buying power that corporations have. Improve the economy. More money will mean more prosperity and more people will be working. Wait until 2014 comes. A lot of people will be shocked when they see how free it really is.

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Unfortunately, different states have different medical problems. Virginia has a huge obesity problem, but Montana doesn't. To offset costs, everyone's premium would still have to go up. If it didn't, the insurance companies would be hemorrhaging money as people could get cheap insurance from a healthy state, yet need to use their insurance at a much higher rate.

This also wouldn't address any of the root problems in our insurance system currently. We would still be fighting corporations to provide us with the services we need and have paid for.

The single best part of the Affordable Healthcare Act is the elimination of pre-existing conditions. An overhaul of the rights of giant conglomerates to ruin individuals just for getting hurt or sick is the very least we need to do.
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I agree about the elimination of the pre existing condition.
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I would make it FREE!!!!!!

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That's a difficult question, as the POTUS is limited on what laws he can change. The President only gets to veto or sign bills that Congress passes.

I would do much of what President Obama has done already, since that is what his office is capable of. How would we address the healthcare problem if we were all-powerful? I would start with a conversation about rights.

The Dec. of Independence includes a modified version of the Lockean natural rights to life, liberty and property. If a person is sick or dying, and they don’t have insurance, isn't their right to life and liberty in jeopardy? Shouldn't we be free from things like treatable diseases?

With this logic, it would follow that only through the right to health can we have the right to life and liberty. Therefore, I would pursue an amendment to the Constitution naming medical care as a basic right of U.S. citizens. Then, I would implement universal healthcare, which would drive medical costs down, and efficiency up. Taxes would have to go up, but I'd rather pay more in taxes than live with the fact that we let thousands of Americans die every year from treatable diseases.

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I agree, when do you think you will be running for President, I will vote for you, thank you for a great answer
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I agree with most of what you have said, except one thing"universal health care".It's been tried in canada, england; france and from what I've read it's not working that well.As far as obamacare goes they can't begin to solve all the health care problems.
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It has not simply been tried in those countries, it has flourished for decades. The cost of medical bills has gone down, infant mortality rates have gone down, life expectancies have gone up, and fewer people die from preventable or treatable health issues. Morale is up, production is up, and crime is down. The United States remains the only first world country that does not recognize the right to a healthy life, and the right to quality care when it is needed. Universal healthcare does not generate millionaire doctors overnight, and it does ask all citizens to pitch a bit more money in at tax time. If we can have regulated, consistent, quality healthcare when we need it, and provide those services to fellow citizens who otherwise would go under treated or un-diagnosed, I think we owe it to ourselves and our species to make that investment, and continue focusing on the best care, not the best deal.
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To make it fair to all Americans, you get out of the way of the process, leave it to the free market, and give Medicare to the truly indigent. You will always have people who don't buy insurance. And you take away the requirement for hospitals to treat all regardless of ability to pay. Offer a high-deductible ($1,500-2000) government plan, which can be subsidized on a sliding scale based on need. This encourage thrift and lowers use, while covering true emergencies. And finally, instead of having Medicare and Medicaid a "defined benefit" plan (like a pension), make it like a "defined contribution" program (like an IRA). In this model, individuals (or, in the case of Medicaid, states) would receive a set amount to cover their health care needs. That would push individuals to think more about the cost of the health care they receive. If they spend less, they can bank it for years when they may have higher expenses.

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Have health care regulated. It shouldn't cost $50 for a 5 cent pill in the hospital, just for starters for starters.
Make insurance accountable. We caught a case of double billing on a couple instances and they actually didn't care. We were shocked!

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If you look at all the other countries with nationalized health care, the people getting screwed with crappy care is the common man. The rich have the money to opt out of the health care so, they do. I would just not have health care nationalized.

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