Comments on: Obama’s troubles with healthcare http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/08/18/obamas-troubles-with-healthcare/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Joe Morgan http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/08/18/obamas-troubles-with-healthcare/#comment-25856 Wed, 21 Oct 2009 15:21:14 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=4929#comment-25856 Prof Morici is ignoring the real facts that the process is being blocked by every Republican in Washington. Also all the conservative radio hosts are daily condemning anything Obama is trying to do to help the country.

The system won’t be perfect. The businesses should get all employees into the public option. It is cheaper and easier for them to do that. The public option is necessary.

Other factors are changing the system from fee per procedure and emphasis on preventive healthcare.

End of life is an arguing point. The reality is senior face this every day. What to do-go to nursing home and suffer neglect and abuse, stay at home and get worse health,opt for some type of assisted suicide if terminally ill, and all related to finances.

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By: Vera Larina http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/08/18/obamas-troubles-with-healthcare/#comment-25654 Thu, 15 Oct 2009 23:24:40 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=4929#comment-25654 All health care systems in the universe face problems these days, but ours, the American Health Care System, despite its high cost faces one big problem: while the US provides (as some comments on this site shows) the best emergency care in the world, it only does an average job at providing health care in general.
The problem is not on the providers side (they do very well), it is with the payment system, which is based on the following ideology (Capitalist ? Socialist ? Free-Thinking ?): 1) Be wealthy; 2) Don’t get sick.
So Prof Peter Morici, don’t sent us, Americans towards other galaxies (countries, etc), support making America (a great place to be – I chose to live here !) an even better place to be !

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By: Denise http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/08/18/obamas-troubles-with-healthcare/#comment-25652 Thu, 15 Oct 2009 22:10:33 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=4929#comment-25652 I agree something needs to be done about health care in the United States. I have been a “victim” of health insurance denials, and thus accepting a limited benefit insurance plan. That means I pay most expenses out of pocket. The question I have not heard asked or addressed is why do medical procedures cost so much? The expense starts at the point of service – the provider. If we want the best treatment, how can we expect to have insurance to cover the high dollar costs? Why do hospitals charge five dollars for a Tylenol, or $2K for an MRI? What makes it so expensive to run blood work? Who sets the fees for these things? Who can change that? That’s what I want addressed.

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By: katiestevens http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/08/18/obamas-troubles-with-healthcare/#comment-25072 Mon, 05 Oct 2009 18:49:07 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=4929#comment-25072 I’m an average, everyday American. I think the mainstream media spent all of August concentrating on the fringe groups instead of properly informing us about healthcare in other countries with mandated coverage. I would love to hear from anyone to discuss how you manage under such a system. I’m not out to politicize the discussion. I just want to know how it is and how you manage the payments.

I’m very worried, very worried. Due to this recession I’ve been unemployed since mid-2008. Now I’m self-employed. My salary is half of what it was before but I love my job and want to grow my business. However, I’m in the low-income nowhereland: I make too much for Medicaid and Food Stamps but just barely enough to keep up with rent and food and utilities.

Mandated coverage will be accompanied by other increases, I’ve heard, such as a VAT and other tax increases. Even with a subsidy mandated coverage premiums and tax credits won’t help me.

I’m currently working 50-60 hours a week for a survival lifestyle. Where is my chance to pursue the American dream? Time for education, time for lesiure? If I had to get a second job I’d be sick and how’s that going to make me healthy working over 70 hours a week?

I’m trying to educate myself to learn more. Our politicians do not answer, do not listen. I’m turning to the greatest reasource possible: We the People, not only of America but of the World. You’re welcome to contact me. Tell me what it’s like. I’m sure not getting any information from the press.

katiestevens2003@yahoo.com

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By: Bob Sanders http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/08/18/obamas-troubles-with-healthcare/#comment-22249 Mon, 31 Aug 2009 18:32:50 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=4929#comment-22249 Obama heath care plan includes Government Funded Abortion on Demand. And even forces insurance companies to pay for ondemand abortions to get government funds.

Since when is ABORTION on demand health care?

Also why not just expand an existing system MEDICAID?

Because this is not about health care it is about GOVERNEMNT control. Please tell your sentors to vote NO to increased gov spending and contel.

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By: SHEREE http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/08/18/obamas-troubles-with-healthcare/#comment-21864 Wed, 26 Aug 2009 12:11:02 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=4929#comment-21864 ouse of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius caution Americans to ignore terrorist claims about death panels. Reasonable enough—unseemly critics on both the right and the left seek to stir up unwarranted hysteria.

How dare Pelosi to call us terrorist. By God’s hands she should be removed from office. Americans hysteria is caused by the likes of her and Obama’s lies. I have read the bill. I also lost my husband last year because the VA hospital said there was nothing else they could do. They told him he was going to die. He died, but in misery. It took him 1 1/2 years to die without them helping him at all. They stopped paying for anything. The VA healthcare system (government) killed Larry. STOP SPENDING AND GIVING AWAY THE MONEY.

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By: Leif Stenberg http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/08/18/obamas-troubles-with-healthcare/#comment-21513 Sat, 22 Aug 2009 00:14:51 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=4929#comment-21513 What is the source for the statement:

“In Sweden, for example, delays result in suffering and deaths that would not occur in the expensive, but more humane, U.S. system.”

I live in Sweden and I am surprised over that statement.
Swedish citizens live in average 3 years longer than the citizens of United States.

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By: Patricia Gould http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/08/18/obamas-troubles-with-healthcare/#comment-21500 Fri, 21 Aug 2009 22:50:11 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=4929#comment-21500 August 18th, 2009 11:57 pm GMT – Posted by Vee Mccann

Mr Morici sounds a lot like someone on the payroll of lobbyists. My insurance rates have been rising 20% each year. If my salary went up 20% each year I would be very happy.
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Our premium went up 40% this year and we’re living on a pension – gov’t I might add and are insured with the Federal Health Plan – same one the 535 members of Congress use, except they can afford to pay their premiums. Our monthly premium is 24% of our income. Insane – I’m ready to move to Canada.

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By: Vee Mccann http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/08/18/obamas-troubles-with-healthcare/#comment-21199 Wed, 19 Aug 2009 04:57:43 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=4929#comment-21199 Mr Morici sounds a lot like someone on the payroll of lobbyists. My insurance rates have been rising 20% each year. If my salary went up 20% each year I would be very happy. A public option would allow me to shop around for more economical coverage. Also, what nobody is talking about and what is critical to the new reforms is preventative measures, which would reduce the cost of care because people would be able to get checkups earlier, catching minor issues prior to them becoming major illness.

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By: James Perly http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/08/18/obamas-troubles-with-healthcare/#comment-21193 Wed, 19 Aug 2009 03:45:57 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=4929#comment-21193 Funny, I’m Canadian and I just spent 3 days at the Shouldice hospital up here in Canada. Shouldice is a world class hernia hospital, and it takes in people from all over the world. One of the persons there was a man from Michigan. Apparently, it was half the price to have the operation done at Shouldice, including the 3 day stay afterwards, than to have it done in Michigan.
I have had many medical procedures over the years in Canada, and I have never felt like I have waited too long for any of them. I would never trade my healthcare for that of the U.S.
And we don’t euthanize our elders here as a rule of thumb. In fact, one of the great debates up here is in regards to how much we overspend on the last days of life.
Socialism = a buzzword to hide racism.

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