I've heard the hyperbole that healthcare will bankrupt
In this regard, the individual mandate actually marries two distinctly American priorities -- an obsession with private markets, and the core belief that nobody should go without health care.
This line from the article caught my attention. I think it speaks to why this is a discussion that hits us hard. Two core American values are at odds with each other.
I would think that since we approach things from opposite points of view that you will find nothing here worthwhile,
If I had wanted to hear only the opinions of people who approach it from a similar point of view to mine, I would have posted on a different board.
No one is biting on this one. It is a big issue, for sure, and that probably scares off most of us, as it did for presidents and congresses for generations. I truly am not sure that anyone in the nation really gets all of the details and nuances of the 2000+ page law...which just might be a part of the problem.
It represents an intrusion of govt into the private and intimate lives of every person.
It represents an involvement or takeover by govt in a 17 to 18 percent share of our nation's economy.
It "requires" that we purchase health insurance.
It will run out of business all private competition from health insurance companies.
This will leave all of us under the care of the nationalized program within a few years.
Significant rationing HAS to be a part of the implementation.
Individuals and doctors must operate under the guidelines as set up by govt bureauocrats under penalty of the law...in other words, we cannot seek and doctors cannot provide care that falls outside of the govt established guidelines.
I dont buy into the "healthcare is a right" belief.
Govt runs nothing well, or efficiently.
Those are a few things that come to me as I sit here. I would think that since we approach things from opposite points of view that you will find nothing here worthwhile, or pass it off as me simply parroting someone else's beliefs or opinions. I beleieve we need reforms. In insurance, for sure. In streamlining, yes. In offering coverage for those not able to get it on their own. Pre existing condition clauses are troubling, but if they are completely taken away, what is to stop some from not seeking any coverage until they develop some costly condition? Does it need revamping? Yes. I dont have the answers, but that doesnt mean that I dont recognize what isnt the answer, and that is what I see Obama's healthcare legislation as.