Comments on: It may be constitutional, but it’s still a bad law Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 By: RT10 Wed, 07 Nov 2012 14:56:32 +0000 America does *not* have the best medical care system. We have the most expensive, particularly as a % of GDP at 17% which is 5% higher than the next highest at 12%, and given that we have the largest GDP in the world, that makes our healthcare system very expensive indeed. Yet, if you look at the *quality* of care received compared to other countries as measured by favorable outcomes, we rank 30th, behind Slovenia for crying out loud.

By: jeromyd2000 Wed, 04 Jul 2012 18:44:28 +0000 Give me foodstamps, public housing, social security, healthcare, internet, and phone service, or give me death!!!

By: explorer08 Sat, 30 Jun 2012 02:04:27 +0000 Mr. Wapshott,

How on earth can you know this? Conclusions should never be drawn until action has been taken and history has unfolded. We won’t know if this is a bad law until it has had a chance to work (or not work). Give it time, collect your data, and then judge. You must be a youngster and have not had the lessons that only age can bring. Be patient, my son.

By: bertie_w Thu, 28 Jun 2012 22:35:11 +0000 tsukiyomii100:

I like others was bummed to see no public option being offered.

But, that was a key compromise. The industry was against it for obvious reasons, and many in Congress did not believe that Government could run that effectively, and refused to sign the bill if it had the public option.

But, it also does not mean it cannot be introduced in the future.

Like is said, this is a start…

By: gangof4 Thu, 28 Jun 2012 21:55:27 +0000 I never heard of Canadians coming to the U.S. for operations. I have heard of busloads of senior citizens going to Canada for affordable medications however.

By: gangof4 Thu, 28 Jun 2012 21:53:58 +0000 If it’s a bad bill it’s because the GOP did everything they could to wreck it, and they are just getting started. All any Americans want is the same health insurance coverage that the members of this do-nothing House of Representative have. Is that such a crime?

By: mlcopines Thu, 28 Jun 2012 20:41:00 +0000 Poor Mr. Wapshott, It would seem he has spent so much time writing for magazine publications and talking on network programs, he’s had little time to read the real costs and coverages available to all and listen to the infinite amount times the highlights have been listed in those same programs of which he speaks. I suppose however, there’s always London!

By: tsukiyomii100 Thu, 28 Jun 2012 20:13:09 +0000 @ Sanmati

Unfortunately, the Obama administration deliberately killed the public option: lescu/ny-times-reporter-confirm_b_500999 .html

Obama has always been corporate president whether it be the health care system or wall street regulation. You could make a valid argument that Romney would be an even more extreme version, but let’s not try to paint Obama as the people’s president.

By: BuckeyeNick Thu, 28 Jun 2012 17:00:45 +0000 This piecer raises a number of issues. The UK system is admirable? Hardly. Like Canada, the UK has a slow, old-hat medicine, selective system. The U.S. does have the best health care system in the world, but what happens to the quality of medicine under a universal system when the profit motive is removed? Was Thatcher a socialist? Perhaps not, but the UK medical care system is.

By: bertie_w Thu, 28 Jun 2012 16:56:41 +0000 Nicholas,

It might not be all that it could be, but it is a start. I am sure he had to compromise quite a bit to even get here.

In 10+ years, it will have settled and morphed into something that is close to universal health care.

Even now, many of the Insurance companies are seeing the good in the law and were agreeing to keep some of the provisions if the law was struck down.

Do you even for a second believe Obama *deliberately* did not stick to his promise or did not try hard enough to get it right?

If he wins a second term, it will be because people believe he is a genuine person. And seeing him so far, I am not sure he will make it a ‘moral issue’ like you suggest. He has more class than that.

Romney on the other hand… s/2012/06/27/12444941-romney-calls-obama care-moral-failure-on-eve-of-supreme-cou rt-ruling?chromedomain=usnews