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I am in favor of universal healthcare. 2yr ago from a Green in Wooldridge, MO.
No, the government should expand medicaid and make it available to workers whose employers don't offer employee coverage. 2yr ago from a Republican in Jasper, AL.
There are some things that are good such as no preexisting conditions and everyone should have health care. However that is it that is good. 2yr ago from a Republican in Canton, OH.
No, a single-payer system would be better. 2yr ago from a Democrat in Rochester, NY.
Make insurance companies non-profit and allow doctors to determine the best course of treatment not box checkers in order to get paid. 2yr ago from a Democrat in Greenville, SC.
Saying the cost of insurance would go down and the uninsurable with expensive pre-existing conditions would be covered was a huge big lie from the beginning. They will increase the cost to others substantially. They should not have been included and the mandatory coverage should have started with younger people and expanded to the entire population over time so that the cost would not become exorbitant. 2yr ago from a Republican in Lakeland, FL.
There should be a better system for health care for those who can not afford it. But it should not interfere with the medical business, other people's private insurance, and definitely should not be run by the government who cannot even keep control over its own finances. Government should create incentives to private companies to develop affordable health care programs by giving tax breaks. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Naval Air Station/ Jrb, TX.
We got screwed, we should have had a single payer system. Our pharmaceuticals are off the charts, and should not cost us as much as they do, and our health care cost are the same, the whole system needs to be revamped, and it's part and parcel of big business running things. 2mon ago from a Green in West Valley City, UT.
Yes and proudly, now that we have it we need to tweak it and make it better. This has been one of the greatest acts in the history of our country and I respect President Obama and Nancy Pelosi and the Congress that voted it in. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Belleville, IL.
They need to regulate the medical charges so they are not so high. and all people should be able to have insurance no matter how much money they have poor need health care also. use taxes to pay for it. It should be a flat rate per person per house hold and insurance companys should not be able to say you can't have a medicine or procedure that a doctor has ordered. 1yr ago from a Republican in Gurley, AL.
Regardless, US citizens wouldn't be so dependent on insurance companies if healthcare/medical products in general weren't so absurdly over-priced. 1yr ago from a Libertarian in Tucson, AZ.
Make it single payer state level, revenue from a sales tax, no insurance companies, no one else should be involved in a person's health choices, all charges from providers should be public and posted, everyone charged the same price for the same procedure at the same institution, all medical services and drugs should be non-profit, medical supply/devices for profit in order for competition. Obscene to profit on illness, it makes management of conditions the most profitable and cures the least profitable. STOP KILLING US SLOWLY so investors make the most money off of bankrupting the people. 1yr ago from a Libertarian in Blanchard, OK.
I agree with about half of the affordable care act. I believe that insurance companies should not be able to decline people for pre existing conditions and that they should provided the 10 essential health benefits but I do not feel it should be a requirement. If someone does not want to purchase coverage they should not be penalized. I also feel people should be able to purchase insurance throughout the year instead of just during open enrollment and if they have a qualified life event. 2mon ago from a Republican in Chicago, IL.
I agree everyone should have health insurance. I believe some of these choices are extremely expensive. I also don't think you should have to pay a fine if you don't have health insurance. If you could afford the health insurance you would have it. a relative of mine has a $4,000.00 deductible per person on their health insurance. $4,000.00 is a lot of money to the middle class. It needs to be affordable for everyone. 2mon ago from a Constitution in Columbia, MD.
No, the government should not be involved in the medical business unless major fraud or crimal acts are involved and open the markets so insurers can compete across state lines and drive down costs. 2mon ago from a Republican in San Antonio, TX.
Forcing people to buy insurance that they can not afford in my opinion is against the constitution. Expand Medicaid for people below the poverty line in all states of the USA instead of leaving it up to the states to decide if they will do so. Force employers to provide health insurance for people on the employers dollar and not the employees. Regulate the cost of insurance for those who can afford to pay for it. 2mon ago from a Democrat in Selma, TX.
No, i support a system like the uk,or Germans or pretty much the way any other civilized country does things. Obamacare is basically extortion that is set up to benefit the insurance companies. 2mon ago from a Green in Rio Pinar, FL.
You shouldn't be penalized for not getting insurance. It is expensive regardless of what anyone says. Middle class are the ones who suffer the most. Those that make just enough to not receive assistance are barely making by as it is without haven't to add another $200+ bill to the mix. 2mon ago from a Constitution in Richland, WA.
Healthcare should be afforded to all without high costs premiums or copays. The affordability of healthcare in the US is outrageous, all employers should provide free healthcare to their employees and insurance companies shouldn't be allowed to change so much to companies. There should be caps put on insurance companies and pharmaceuticals should be sold at decent costs, considering medicaid can be made for pennies. 2mon ago from a Democrat in San Diego, CA.
Support regulations on insurers as to coverage and ability to deny/charge excessive premiums to some. Open markets and allow import of pharmaceuticals. 2mon ago from a Democrat in The Woodlands, TX.
I do not understand it enough to make a judgement. Everyone should be able to have health insurance. But not everybody can afford it. Not everyone qualifies for Medicare. From what I have experienced over the years with Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, there are too many flaws that should be corrected. I have been abused by the system. At ag3 73, I have been fighting the system since 1988. Is that fair?. 1yr ago from a Republican in Flint, TX.
Remove pre-existing conditions, and eliminate open enrollment. This will allow patients to choose the most affordable plans that don't screw them or the doctors, and will force insurance companies to keep prices competetive. Illegalize the practice of suing doctors for malpractice. Euthanized/execute anyone who files a malpractice suit. 1yr ago from a Republican in Tempe, AZ.
Yes, but it does not do enough. While its a closer step to a more fair form of healthcare, there needs to be universal healthcare, prices of medications need to come down, and there needs to be a better urging of support for those who may need psychological care for it is still highly stigmatized. 1yr ago from a Green in San Ysidro, CA.
I believe the health care system is in need of reform, but the Affordable Care Act puts the insurance business and the federal beurocracy in front of the patient/doctor relationship. There must be something done regarding coverage for pre existing conditions, and an affordable policy for the poor, but the current plan is neither affordable nor efficient. 1yr ago from a Libertarian in Coyote, CA.
We could develop a process where the states have a large meeting of Governors, and representatives from each state to figure out how to handle the health care crisis. Each state ought to be able to decide how to handle this issue individually, since it's a 10th amendment issue. If each state were encouraged to brainstorm for new ideas on handling the health care crisis, then maybe other states could pattern the way they do things after those states that were successful in handling the health care issue, if the state so chooses to do so. 1yr ago from a Libertarian in Orem, UT.
I believe some competition should remain in existence. While I don't agree with ALL aspects of the Act, I do believe that insurance reform is not enough. There must be some type of negotiation with medical equipment providers, pharmaceutical companies, and hospital corporations to reduce costs on that end. 1yr ago from a Green in Harlan, IA.
Health Care Availability is essential to the successful conduct of Business and Commerce in each state and every other-legal sub division of the country. The Affordable Care Act is the first step in providing Health Care Availability at Reasonable costs. this will improve productivity and increase our competiveness and reduce costs. 1yr ago from a Green in Pensacola, FL.
Medicare for all with the option to purchase supplemental private coverage for those well off enough to afford it. At 3% administrative overhead under Medicare versus as much as 20% or more administrative overhead under private insurers and given medical care consumes approximately 17% of GDP the savings would translate into access to basic care presently unavailable to many and improved care for those gainfully employed. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Wood Dale, IL.
Look its a fkn joke also we can have health care for all .and heres how you fund it. 3 to 5%sales tax on all heath and beauty products from toothpaste to tampons, perfumes all of it do the math and you will see that it works out in 3 to 5 years every thing is paid for we are to vane to stink and not look good.. and no more tax breaks for any corp or company flat tax of 10%. 1yr ago from a Democrat in East Liverpool, OH.
The medical profession should be controled to prevent the system that now exists from createing a disaster. Now the Doctors receive kickbaks from drug manufacturers and hospitals for providing business. The insurance policies are exploited by the patients with chronic illness and used to provide a haven from the world without real need being exhibited (Hypochondriacs fill our hospital beds. 1yr ago from a Green in Bowling Green, KY.
Until we prohibit use of dental amalgam to protect genetically susceptible children and adults, 20%+ of the population, from mercury induced chronic diseases we are just rearranging deck chairs on the USS Healthcare Titanic. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Sharon, MA.
No, open the markets so insurers can compete across state lines and drive down costs; The government should not be involved in the medical business save for light regulations as prescribed by the Constitution; thus it is a state issue based upon the 10th Amendment. 1yr ago from a Republican in Metamora, IL.
Although I initially thought it was a great idea, it is turning into a nightmare for uninsured individuals. It is more expensive than promised, you can't keep your doctor as promised. Needs a massive amount of study and changes before it will be viable and give our citizens what they were promised. 1yr ago from a Republican in Goldsboro, NC.
I would like to see the free market regulate the outlandish cost of medical care. Why does a MRI cost me $1500 in the US, other countries can do it for $90. And I don't need a team of doctors to read the thing for me. Make health care more affordable, no real reason it should cost as much as it does. 1yr ago from a Republican in Potwin, KS.
No... because the people who designed it have no clue about how to run anything... TORT reform, capping payouts for malpractice, asking the top CEOS of the Pharmecutical companies, the hospitals, the insurance companies to come up with a plan that they think would be most beneficial to resolve this challenge; NotNnancy Self Aggrandizer Pelosi and her cohorts who have ruined the state of California and are about to ruin the whole country as well... 1yr ago from a Republican in Clarksburg, WV.
Yes, I support it. it is an important step in the right direction. The United States, hopefully sooner than later, needs to invest in a true national healthcare system. One that encourages innovation with a focus on quality of care, rather than motivation based on dollars. We fight so hard for the rights on the unborn, yet fail to see the value of providing free comprehensive healthcare for ourselves. 1yr ago from a Green in Columbus, OH.
Obamacare is not the solution. We need to stop hospitals and physicians from over treating and overcharging patients. These huge nonprofit entities are literally raking in millions. A simple blood test should not cost $450. Patients should know up front what the costs will be before testing is done. Drug manufacturers should not be allowed to make minor changes to a drug delivery system and roll it out as a new drug. We need to simplify medicine rather than continue to grow government intervention. Insurance companies should not be allowed to deny claims on superficial differences in interpretation. Physicians should not be paid on production. This encourages them to order additional testing, increase visits, etc. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Treynor, IA.
Medical costs should be controlled - not by putting the cost on the individual. So long as the product, medical care, can be as costly as the hospital wants it to be, with no one questioning it, the individual will continue to pay more and more. It is a insult to me to say health care is affordable. It is not. 1yr ago from a Republican in Trenton, MI.
Once again, hell to the no. I can't even begin to explain how terrible of an idea the "Affordable Care act is." It's NOT affordable, Obama doesn't care, and it's all an act. 1yr ago from a Republican in Chestnutridge, MO.
We need better regulations of the insurance industry. We need INSURANCE reform, not "healthcare reform." We need to allow the self employed and small businesses to have access to the same rates and level of care covered by insurance as corporations, big business and government employees. 1yr ago from a Libertarian in Scottsdale, AZ.
It should not be obligatory for citizens to have health insurance. It is fine for the government to offer and support health insurance programs, but to suppose that all citizens want to be treated, when sick, by the "modern medical-industrial complex" is false. 1yr ago from a Green in Morrisville, NC.
We need an affordable care act. The old system didn't work. But to pass legislation this important and expensive without evaluation, testing and review was a monstrous breach of fiduciary duty by Congress. With all we've spent fixing it, we can't walk away, but every congressman who voted for it should be impeached. 1yr ago from a Republican in Conyers, GA.
No, open the markets so insurers can compete across state lines and drive down costs, address tort reform and consider individuals to purchase drugs from countries such as Canada. 1yr ago from a Libertarian in Moline, IL.
I support part of it but there needs to be more. A public option will be the only way to combat the over inflated prices in the healthcare industry. Unless it is policed and regulated the idea of capitalism will always supersede the idea of what is right. At the current rate in about 10 years only 10% of the nation will be able to afford healthcare. It needs to be regulated and policed. $15 for a 2.3 cent Popsicle stick. Enough said. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Dallas, TX.
The private insurance companies should have been left alone. What should have been done is instiute a FEDERAL medicaid system (instead of the state one we currently have) that would allow people who can't afford the insurance and also the ones with preexisting conditions to get medical treatment. This system would be much like the ones in the European countries unlike what Obama and his team have come up with. 1yr ago from a Libertarian in Summerville, SC.
There should be no state mandated medical insurance without first enforcing strict cost reductions on all medical services, and affordability decided, put into place, and regulated. The "problems" "Obamacare" was setup to regulate are because all medical services and treatments are exorbitant, unaffordable, and outrageously priced. We need to police Medical pricing. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Portland, OR.
I haven't seen it help anyone just cost many companies to drop any healthcare they had for part-time employees. Also it has caused lost wages for those workers who were part-time and now their employers will only let them work a certain number of hours a week. That has hurt them more than helped them. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Chatsworth, GA.
No, but work with the states to first look at ways to assure access to treatment for immediate life threatening medical events and communicable disease, and then look at ways to make affordable preventative care and elective care - including requirements for transparency in pricing and balancing the way doctors, hospitals, insurance companies and employers/other collective purchasers such that competitive market principals are at play. Note: the key metric should be access to treatment - not insurance - insurance is but one solution path. 1yr ago from a Republican in Norfolk, VA.
It isn't perfect and needs more work and clarity but the American people need this if they are to survive the Genetic Engineered foods, flouridated water, poisoned air and everything else industry throws at us in the name of profit. 1yr ago from a Green in Somerville, NJ.
The penalty fee should be abolished if one can't sign up. If someone isn't working, how can they get health insurance let alone pay the penalty fee? As a single person, I would have to pay close to $150.00 a month for health insurance. That's a lot of money if your only getting minimum wage. It's impossible to pay a high premium when there's the other cost of living to contend with on a small wage. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Corrales, NM.