Monday, March 22, 2010

Uh, health care reform?

Well, the two hot topics for today are the snow and Congress passing the health care reform.

Lots of snow, in case you didn't know and a lot of unhappy people about the so-called health care reform.

In case you didn’t read the specifics about the health care reform, here is a little bit of information. The cost of the bill is $940 billion. Under the new plan, most consumers would be required to have coverage by 2014 and most employers would have to offer it.

That means with almost record unemployment, small business owners will face extra costs if and when they want to hire new employees, assuming they survive the extra costs and can stay in business.

The bill also authorizes the hiring of additional IRS agents to handle the agency’s new responsibility.

If a person does not get health care, they can be penalized. So if somebody is unemployed and does not have the money to pay premiums, they will be penalized. Smart, huh?

Of course there are some additional taxes on the wealthy to help pay for the program. I am not an expert or anything, but it seems like anything the government gets control of, there are problems. Look at Medicare, for example.

Medicare pays some insurance companies money every month to administer programs because it is more efficient than having Medicare do it. Now the government will have a hand in the majority of health care plans.

Eek. I am all in favor of having health care available to all CITIZENS. Lower premiums would be good, also. But it won’t happen. Every year the premium for senior citizens to have Medicare increases. Some doctors won’t deal with all the problems involved with seeing Medicare patients.
Do you think they will want to deal with patients with government insurance? Want more proof, the health care for our veterans is not the best. From what I have heard, many veterans believe the doctors are not the best, there are long waits, etc.

But what can you expect from a group where many of their members are career politicans and have not done anything except run for office and get elected. If they had small businesses, they wouldn’t have to worry about offering health care for their employees. That small business would have been shut down.

Require the politicans to go through the same crud to get medical coverage as your average person. Don’t let them get excellent coverage at no cost to anybody except the taxpayers. Make them go to an ordinary doctor, pay a huge premium, pay co-pays, wait in line like everybody else and not get everything handed to them on a silver platter.

Here are some comments taken from facebook. The names have been deleted because I did not ask permission to use the names. It was funny, I didn’t see one person on my friend list say anything good about the reform.

oh well it took a Carter to get a Reagan, maybe our next president will listen to the american majority, cause it sure won't be this one that's there in 2012.

Well friends our so-called public option died on the Senate floor yesterday. It could have survived, but apparently it had a pre-existing condition.

stupid obama!!!!!!!!

Our Country just went from "Yes You Can" to "No You Can't"

It's a sad day...And I am a working class citizen whose employer doesn't offer medical, 401k or any type of benefits. I pay for my healthcare out of my own pocket and barely make ends meet much less have the ability to save for retirement...So this isn't from a Republican "who is always angry about something"

I can barely afford health insurance for my family now. What happened in Congress last night is another step into the darkness of government run everything. Sickening.

I completely agree!!!!! I don't know how anyone could see that as a good thing or much less vote for it.....

You know, for all the talk of supposedly losing civil liberties under Bush, I feel I've lost much more freedom in the short tenure of Obama. All, the while I also feel less secure.

Probably should start hiding our guns cause they're next!

Now we have to mobilize to get those democrats out of office in November!

I don't just want the democrats out of office. I want the "progressive" republicans out of office too. I want anyone who voted in any way to progress this travesty out of office ASAP.

let's hope WE THE PEOPLE will wake up and fight back at a government that is now telling WE THE PEOPLE how it's going to be. You have to get involved!!!

beware the thought police. Orwell must be rolling in his grave.

And this was just a sample. Surely somebody other than a politician is happy about this? Apparently not the people I know.

If you want to share your views, the Journal's Forum has a new topic on health care reform. It can be found HERE. You do have to register to post, but it is easy to do.


  1. Can you believe that there are some liberals who are complaining that some of those who voted for Obamacare were heckeled and spit on by those who were protesting outside the White House. I personally am more offended by the fact that those who voted for Obamacare have spit on the American people and the Constitution by passing this bill!

  2. It's just going to increase unemployment, because those small businesses that can't afford to give their handful of employees healthcare will just let them go or close down their business.

  3. The USA was the only industrialized nation in the world without some form of universal health care until today. And there are 30 - 40 million US citizens who are grateful that insurance to meet their health care needs is now going to be available to them.

    The plan is that the provisions will be fully implemented by 2020. I expect there will be some tweaking during that time, but it's a good start.

    And, Craig, to allay your fears about the unemployed being subject to the penalty for not paying for health care insurance, the bill exempts citizens with financial hardship from the penalty. Smart, huh?

  4. When the majority of the people find out what is really in the bill, they will be thankful for the reform and take advantage of it. If your child is in college and almost 21, you will be thankful that they can find a job while still covered. All insurance should go down in price when the uninsured become insured. I say "get rid of the AIG's."