Comments on: Obama healthcare drive looking sick http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/06/22/obama-healthcare-drive-looking-sick/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Patti http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/06/22/obama-healthcare-drive-looking-sick/#comment-20206 Wed, 05 Aug 2009 15:44:45 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=4137#comment-20206 What is going to happen to critically ill newborns and infants? I will probably not live beyond 65 because the government feels I should learn to live with my problems rather that receive treatment and watch my kids grow up. From what I understand, our once great nation was based on “LIFE, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”. Well, now our life will be determined by the government’s version of Darwin’s “survival of the fittest theory”, our liberties will be based on Socialism, hence I am not very happy right now. All I know I will NOT vote for Obama, I am sure he will not be re-elected. We need to take care of the citizens of the United States first. If you choose to come to this country, earn citizenship legally.

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By: Charlie http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/06/22/obama-healthcare-drive-looking-sick/#comment-17556 Sun, 28 Jun 2009 17:21:13 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=4137#comment-17556 Why they don´t stop that wars in middle east, and give us more health benefits, our taxes, are using just for make war, and give more powers for this goverment of richest. This nation was the best, for us, for the masses. America need to restart, we need a new goverment, obama its a clear deception.

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By: Don http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/06/22/obama-healthcare-drive-looking-sick/#comment-17402 Fri, 26 Jun 2009 20:00:35 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=4137#comment-17402 I do not feel that mandatory universal healthcare is to the benefit of Americans right now.
We need to fix the mess we call the US Healthcare System.
1. There needs to be an absolute emphasis on prevention first. This includes diet, exercise, and other behavior which is conducive to good health.
2. Reform the system by eliminating so many middlemen. We have too many hands in the pot right now. Major operations and surgery are preposterously expensive. The insurance industry and lawyers make things more complicated and expensive as well.
3. It would be okay to have mandatory healthcare IF the first two conditions were met. (Right now, I am not willing to pay for healthcare personally because I am healthy and I feel that I won’t get anything for my dollars anyway.)

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By: DManning http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/06/22/obama-healthcare-drive-looking-sick/#comment-17385 Fri, 26 Jun 2009 15:02:41 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=4137#comment-17385 I am so disappointed in my country when it comes to the health insurance issue. I know it’s a huge undertaking, but eliminate the health insurance industry – health care should not be a commodity it should be a right for all Americans. The comments by “Anubis” are exactly right on.

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By: Anubis http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/06/22/obama-healthcare-drive-looking-sick/#comment-17273 Wed, 24 Jun 2009 13:17:50 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=4137#comment-17273 The blue dogs have received 6.4 million dollars in campaign contributions from health insurance companies.

The U.S. payed 2.5 trillion for health care last year. 47 million were uninsured and another 40 million could not afford co-pays. Either they went bankrupt or did not seek medical attention.

The U.S. Spent 6,500 dollars per capita for health care last year. We rank with third world nations for infant mortality, morbidity and life expectancy.

Germany, England, France, Japan, Canada spend between 3,000 and 3,800 dollars per capita last year for health care. Their infant mortality, morbidity and life expectancy all rank in the top ten world wide. They also cover all of their citizens.

Inflation for health care runs between 8% and 12% a year. President Obama is correct when he states health care will double in the next decade. Future prognosis is worse if we don not change this system.

The AMA has opposed Universal taxpayer paid healthcare since FDR. They still do. When I was in High School in the 1970s all the students with the best grades wanted to go to medical school or law school. They all stated “That’s where the big bucks are at”. I doubt little has changed from generation to generation.

Clearly we as a society we pay to much and receive to little for our health care dollars. Equally as clear greed is the motivating factor for those in the health industry who resist change.

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By: Anubis http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/06/22/obama-healthcare-drive-looking-sick/#comment-17244 Tue, 23 Jun 2009 16:20:05 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=4137#comment-17244 As long as everything we as a society do is subject to cost benefit analysis, we will never come to reasonable solutions to fixing our failed healthcare system. That is because at some point one persons benefit will become another’s cost. At some point a moral imperative must prevail. One needs only to read Deuteronomy and Leviticus.

We should ask ourselves some questions. Is it right that Congressmen get excellent healthcare and pensions and the citizens they serve do not? Why did they cut funding for education and highways prior to the Stimulus? Veterans affairs and the EPA have suffered similar fates.

I would submit that the war and banking interests are paramount in the view of many legislators. There is no moral imperative for war and the profits garnered by industries involved. There is however a moral imperative to attend those in need. Healthcare is a need.

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By: Greg http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/06/22/obama-healthcare-drive-looking-sick/#comment-17221 Mon, 22 Jun 2009 22:43:35 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=4137#comment-17221 Health care reform will not get far because Obama has failed to address the reluctance of Americans to pay for something we don’t use. Americans are willing to pay for emergency care for illegal aliens, but not their health insurance premiums too. Young American men under 30 don’t often get sick and resent having to pay for health insurance they seldom use, unless it is provided by their employers. Tax that benefit, and everyone will be against the overhaul plan. Obama asked every health care professional and pharmaceutical company to reduce prices, but he didn’t ask lawyers to cap the awards they are seeking in malpractice suits, so somehow we know that any overhaul plan put forth by Democrats will reward those trial lawyers at the expense of everyone else. Last but not least, Obama cavalierly spent trillions of dollars to stimulate the economy as if money grew on trees, so we Americans logically ask why Obama can’t go back to that magic tree and print more money to spend on reforming health care?

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By: J L Harris http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/06/22/obama-healthcare-drive-looking-sick/#comment-17219 Mon, 22 Jun 2009 22:11:48 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=4137#comment-17219 Why would Americans want another Government healthcare program?

Medicare & Medicaid are classic failures in US government intervention.

After visiting the US Post Office, one can only imagine how long the lines would be at Govt healthcare facility.

Just say “No”. — JLH

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By: Chris http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/06/22/obama-healthcare-drive-looking-sick/#comment-17212 Mon, 22 Jun 2009 20:06:16 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=4137#comment-17212 The reality is, some democrats are blue dogs, moderates who believe in fiscal responsibility. They are highly unlikely to vote to burden taxpayers with such a debt, unless it led to savings down the road. With such a high price tag, even for a 10 year estimate, they are of course dragging feet. We’ve gained plenty of debt in the last 8 years, the last thing we need is more.

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By: Jim http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/06/22/obama-healthcare-drive-looking-sick/#comment-17209 Mon, 22 Jun 2009 19:38:30 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=4137#comment-17209 The fall back plan is to tax one out of every eight Americans combined with benefit cutbacks in Medicare and Medicaid. That sounds rational until you look at the overly optimistic numbers put out by the administration. That one in eight will quickly turn into one in six to, you guessed it, they’ll have their hands in every workers pockets to pay for socialized medicine. So at the end of the day what are you going to have? A bloated federal bureuacracy administering a program that is not sustainable even with the rationing of health care. Don’t try and sell us a terrible bill of goods.

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