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Round 1: mblahnikluver vs vkey08 - "Healthcare Reform"

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posted on Nov, 23 2009 @ 08:38 AM
The topic for this debate is "The New Healthcare Bill Is A Conspiracy To Make People More Dependant On Big Government."

"mblahnikluver" will be arguing the "Pro" position and begin the debate.
"vkey08" will be arguing the "Con" position.

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posted on Nov, 25 2009 @ 09:27 PM
I'm going to go out on a limb here and keep my opening very simple and concise.

1) The new healthcare bill, while flawed, is a needed and logical progression at this time in our nation's history.

2) Within the framework of this bill are provisions to allow for people to continue to have choice in their healthcare, not just to have it from the central government, therefore preserving some aspects of our free market system.

3) With the rising costs of care, and the recession droning on, unemployment in the double digits, and no real relief in sight, it is high time the government steps up to assist those in desperate need of care, instead of just urning a blind eye to the suffering of millions, medicare and medicaid are broken, this is a fix.

With that said, my position on this is clear, while it does afford some more government involvement in our lives, it should be no more intrusive than those already receiving medicare or medicaid, and in fact may save cash strapped families much needed funds for food, gas and power (as well as heating in those ares that so need it.) This is not a conspiracy to have the government telling you what to do, if it were there would be no choice, it would be the government mandate health plan or no plan. As the bill stands now, all it requires is that you HAVE insurance, and that that insurance will be and can be provided by a number of different sources, you may price shop to get the best deal.

Don't let rampant speculation about death panels scare you, this is not about deciding who lives and who dies for some grand plan of gradual population control, it is about helping those who need insurance, who cannot afford insurance, get insurance. Nothing more and nothing less, and I hope to be able to show that, in the coming days..

Thank you.

posted on Nov, 27 2009 @ 06:40 AM
One of the biggest concerns in all of this, and the root of people possibly calling it a conspiracy is the fear that there will be one, all encompassing health care plan, that serves all. This could not be further from the truth.

There will still be choice, private insurance companies will still be able to exist, and still be able to provide coverage under the mandates that they do not, or can not exclude for preexisting conditions, and also coexist alongside the "public option" government provided health care company.

The secondary fear is that this "public option" would become cheaper and therefore be the plan of choice for small business, and individuals. If this is the case, like anything in a free market, the bigger insurance companies would have to cut their premiums to compete, creating a bigger pool of places to choose from, again the main word here to remember is choice. If this were truly a conspiracy to get everyone under government control, there would be no choice, just one option, just one plan and one size would fit all.

The Bill

posted on Nov, 27 2009 @ 03:31 PM
mblahnikluver has missed two of their posts and thus forfeits the debate.

vkey08 moves to the second round.


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