THE QUESTION

What is your final assessment of the bill?

This week, President Obama plans to sign into law a budget "reconciliation" bill that includes the final changes to the new health-care overhaul. What is your assessment of the now-complete health law and its implications for the future?

Posted by Rachel Saslow on March 30, 2010 9:54 AM
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catalina2: While the President of your country has finally tackled the Health Care System problem, in Europe our Public Health Care Systema is being sl...

Hopeful12: Obama’s healthcare reform is a joke. It’s nothing more than a sad attempt to say he did something without doing anything. If anyone really...

carneyrosiegirl: As I sit here, without a vehicle, without a job and without money, I wonder when is it my turn and the millions of others like me? Where is...

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dist51ump56 Author Profile Page :
 

I respectfully expect an answer from the political experts that claim that this health bill is to help those that are in desperate need of their medications. Those that are really in need of very expensive medications, like my spouse. She needs a medication that falls under the specialty drugs under Medicare, and she was just informed that in order for them to administer this treatment for the first two sections would cost eleven thousand dollars ($11,000.00) and after these two, she needs them every six months. Now my question to Mr. Obama and the rest of the senators, is how people are going to pay for this, he claims that everyone will receive the same attention to treatment as congress. If this is the case know wonder, we are in the mess that we are, if all congress members have been paying this out of the American people. I would love to see a response, Republican or Democrat I do not mind, we are all one people for the people.
Thanks

 
dist51ump56 Author Profile Page :
 

I respectfully expect an answer from the political experts that claim that this health bill is to help those that are in desperate need of their medications. Those that are really in need of very expensive medications, like my spouse. She needs a medication that falls under the specialty drugs under Medicare, and she was just informed that in order for them to administer this treatment for the first two sections would cost eleven thousand dollars ($11,000.00) and after these two, she needs them every six months. Now my question to Mr. Obama and the rest of the senators, is how people are going to pay for this, he claims that everyone will receive the same attention to treatment as congress. If this is the case know wonder, we are in the mess that we are, if all congress members have been paying this out of the American people. I would love to see a response, Republican or Democrat I do not mind, we are all one people for the people.
Thanks

 
MOONLADY1232003 Author Profile Page :
 

I HAVE JUST LISTENED TO THE PRESIDENT TALKING WHEN HE WAS IN MAIN.I LOVE WHAT HE HAS DONE SO FAR EXCEPT I THINK MORE SHOULD BE DONE FOR THE SENOIRS. HE WAS TALKING ABOUT THE DONUT HOLE GIVING $250.00 THE FIRST YEAR.I AM 62 YEARS OLD I AM IN MY 5TH YEAR IN THE RECOVERY OF BREAST CANCER. MY CANCER MEDS. COST AROUND $700.00 FOR 3 MONTHS PLUS THE REST OF MY MEDS.AT THAT RATE I WILL BE AT THAT DONUT HOLE IN NO TIME.THEN I THINK WE HAVE TO PAY AROUND $4500.00 OUT OF ARE POCKET BEFORE WE ARE PICK UP AGAIN. LIVING ON A FIX INCOME THAT GOING TO BE HARD TO DO PLUS ARE LIFES ARE GOING TO BE ALOT SHORTER THEN THE YOUNGER ONES.IT IS GOING TO BE HARD TO HANG ON ANOTHER 3 OR 4 YEARS UNTIL THAT HOLE IS CLOSED. I WOULD LIKE FOR HIM TO LOOK OUT FOR US SENIOR A LITTLE MORE.

SHARON CARMICHAEL
BLOOMINGTON,INDIANA

 
catalina2 Author Profile Page :
 

What I find most interesting, is while the President of the USA has finally tackled the Health Care system problem in your country, in Europe our traditional public health care system is being privatized. In Spain for example, less budget is being given to the publich system, and what is left of it is often derived to the profit of private health clinics, laboratories, etc. That is with our taxes, we are getting less service but contribute to private businessess profits.
Quite amazing, no?

 
catalina2 Author Profile Page :
 

While the President of your country has finally tackled the Health Care System problem, in Europe our Public Health Care Systema is being slowly privatized. In Spain, for example, less budget is assigned to Public Health Care (and especially in the Madrid area) and our taxes go to private clinics, laboratories - that is for private profits - instead of public hospitals, care centers, etc.
It seems our welfare states have suddenly discovered the harsh neo liberal economics, inspite of the achievement of our Public Health Systems.
Amazing, no?

 
Hopeful12 Author Profile Page :
 

Obama’s healthcare reform is a joke. It’s nothing more than a sad attempt to say he did something without doing anything. If anyone really takes a look at the actual key points of the bill, it would be hard to deny that this is insurance reform rather than healthcare reform.
This act is comparable to treating the symptoms, not the disease. The sad truth is that the insurance industry has evolved in response to the growing profit margins that hospitals wish to attain and the increasing wealth that doctors achieve. Hospitals are now full-blown corporations with investors and boards of directors, all of whom seek to make their living by reviewing pricing strategies and having plenty of time to play golf. Doctors have gone from earning a decent living and being comfortable to buying porsches and living in exclusive communities by profiting from the suffering of their patients. If you look at the direct correlation, the more dire the diagnosis of the patient, the more money the doctor charges.
Before anyone runs off on a rant about how doctors are compensated because of how highly trained they are, I would like to point out that there is definitely a difference between being comfortable and actually acquiring multi-million dollar portfolios. Perhaps some salary caps would be helpful in easing the strain on the cost to the insurance companies and the patient. It really isn’t a radical idea. In fact, states already have all of the information on reasonable costs when it comes to doctors, procedures, and tests. States don’t fork over any amount that is charged when billed for a patient on medicaid; they pay what they deem as fair. Insurance companies do the same thing, but leave the patients holding the remainder. The big question is that if everyone agrees that hospitals and doctors charge too much, why not start there? Why not prevent these people from profiting in extreme amounts from the suffering of people who have no other choice?
I laugh at how little this great breakthrough acheives. There is nothing that actually helps people. There is no price regulation at all, so the situation for people who can’t afford healthcare now is not going to change. They will still struggle to get by, praying everyday that they never have to go to the hospital. These people will still spend days telling themselves that something that seems like a serious symptom is nothing.
The only silver lining in all of this is that Obama will hopefully be outed for being a fraud. He is a great showman, a wonderful entertainer, and he gives a very passionate speech. As for a president, the man who promised to change it all for the better, those were just pretty words from a script read during one of his performances. Perhaps he should take a step back and start where Arnold and Ronald did-on the big screen. Maybe then he would be able to stay in character for the entire four years.

 
carneyrosiegirl Author Profile Page :
 

As I sit here, without a vehicle, without a job and without money, I wonder when is it my turn and the millions of others like me? Where is my incentive, where are others incentives? When money was passed out to big business and big banks, that made their money for years and years and couldn't manage to make their money work for them, except to line their own pockets. That works for them, but not for the common man or woman. When we have problems, where is the handout? Certainly not in my direction. People are losing their houses everyday and where are those big banks? They couldn't care less. They are so far removed from the common man, they have no idea what people are going through and if they have a clue, they just don't care. By now, everyone must know, it's all about the money. Everything is. Healthcare reform has a very pleasant ring, but what good is it really going to do? Insurance companies may be forced to stop rejecting people with preexsiting conditions, but I'm sure it'll still cost an arm and leg to be covered. And if you think one politician is any better than another, think again. They are all the same, they all have the same agenda, big business knows that, when will the people realize that? I'm frustrated, shouldn't be, but I am. Good luck to everyone out there, we need it.

 


 
 
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