posted on Oct, 5 2013 @ 12:11 PM
Passing the controversial Obama Care healthcare plan is a silver lining that will lead to a redesigned and beneficial healthcare plan for Americans.
Government policies and laws don't change until an overwhelming of American's make their displeasure's known. We saw that happen when the
majority of Americans (80%) wrote to their representatives and voiced their dissatisfaction at town hall meetings for their disapproval to bomb Syria.
It forced the president and some members of congress to change their perspective and the bombing was averted.
I believe this controversial healthcare plan will have the same affect. The majority of Americans will let their dissatisfaction be known once it
affects their pocket book. The pressure and possible protests will force changes to the plan for the better. To repeal the plan altogether, and
ignoring some aspects of the plan that are beneficial, would have only set us back to our existing broken health care system.
Let's keep in mind, nothing was being done to address America's rising healthcare costs and lack of coverage problems for years. Clinton tried to
propose a new healthcare reform package way back in 1993, and congress fought to sink it with no alternative plan. It took another president and a
self serving and self-centered congress to address this problem again after 15 years!! Don't you think this was a pressing and immediate problem
that should have been addressed by our members of congress years ago?
If you were a member of congress who received the best healthcare coverage money could buy, would you have any pressing concerns for the cost and lack
of coverage for the people you represent? Would you have any concern about the sky rocketing costs if insurance companies and pharmaceutical
companies were supporting your political campaigns? The answer is absolutely NOT!
Insurance and pharmaceutical lobbyists have thrown out false propaganda about the Canadian Health Care system every time congress would make a
comparison to our current system. It couldn't be too bad of a system when everyone has healthcare coverage in return for a health care tax made on
purchases. There's also no additional office or hospital co-pays, it's all free.
You have to ask yourself, if we were taxed to support a healthcare system that would cover every American, would you be paying more than $500 or $700
dollars a month to support it? (This is the average cost to purchase your own healthcare plan). Businesses would be relieved of providing health
care and only be required to provide prescription and dental coverage. How many Americans still have to pay into a business provided health care
plan? Some are paying well over a hundred dollars a month! I think if you really calculated the amount of money paid out every month including
co-pays, a tax for a healthcare plan would be a significant amount less than having to pay a substantial amount every month. Sure the Canadian system
has some problems, but it's currently the best system out there.
Case in point, I have a cousin who married a Canadian who holds dual citizenship. When the healthcare debate started and all the bickering and
propaganda started about how bad the Canadian healthcare system was, he was completely astounded. He has experienced both the American and Canadian
healthcare systems. He has told me numerous times how he can't believe the negative propaganda and false propaganda that has been used to claim how
bad that system is flawed. The time to wait to see a doctor was exaggerated. How often can anyone in the U.S see a doctor the next day or the next
week for that matter? A majority of the time it takes 2 months to schedule an appointment to see a doctor or we're told to go to the hospital
emergency room where you'll spend hours just to see a doctor! We could have used the Canadian plan as a foundation to build from instead of
redesigning the wheel altogether.
To devise a new health care plan from scratch is a huge endeavor. Nobody knows what problems will arise when a plan takes affects. For those of you
who don't think government can run anything right, there are some things I believe should be controlled by government to hold down costs. When
people talk about competition will bring down prices, I have to ask you, why are there products and services that are outrageously priced when we know
the price to manufacture these items are extremely low or the market is only being controlled by corporations who have cornered the market. We
continue to have large corporations buying out smaller businesses to corner the market and reduce anything that closely resembles competition. Case in
point... Bottled Water, Oil/Gasoline, Cable/Satellite Service, Hearing Aids, Pharmaceuticals, Led Lights, Utilities, Insurance...and the list can go
on and on...
Our social security system is a government system which has worked well until politicians robbed from it and used it as part of the general fund. If
congress would be doing their job, some of these government ran programs wouldn't be running out of money and nobody would be complaining. There is
no accountability in government and that is the major problem that needs to be fixed.
I prescribe to the belief that government should control some things such as energy and healthcare. If they can force your kid to fight a war
overseas, they should be responsible for providing healthcare to their own citizens. It's also a basic human right to be allowed access to preserve
By passing this healthcare bill, no matter how controversial it is, will force our government to fix it and create a plan that will address the major
concerns most Americans and businesses have. The fight to repeal it, would have done nothing but cause our government to ignore our healthcare
problem for who knows how long. Politicians have the best healthcare policy available, do you really think they would feel any kind of pressure to
tackle such an huge problem?
I may be wrong in some aspects of my personal perspective, but I feel that some things happen for the better. This controversial plan which is now
taking affect has brought this issue to the forefront that has long been ignored by our representatives and by those people who are lucky enough to
work for companies who provide healthcare benefits.
I know some ATS members would rather have this law repealed and think congress would devise a new healthcare plan, but do you really think any of
these politicians can really sit down and accomplish anything anymore? Our system is broken and we need accountability written into the law that
controls the governing by our law makers. To have a law that allows these politicians to get paid when they aren't doing their job is really giving
them an elite status over all Americans. To allow the same politicians to create a career out of public service (a lot of them have surpassed their
retirement age), pay them handsome salaries and benefits that the average American can just wish for, doesn't make them feel the pain of the average
citizen and pass laws to benefit us.