I am both a huge supporter and detractor of Obamacare for good reasons. Without it, millions of people would have no access to health care and has been the reason for the deaths of millions of people for decades now. The states that have not expanded Medicaid for their citizens, for no other reason than because President Blackenstein wanted it, are still killing at least a hundred thousand people every year. Any so called "Christian" who bitches about Obamacare better get to confession stat because the sin they are committing is the worst one they can as they are ultimately responsible for all those dead people whether they like it or not. If they work for a pharmaceutical company, thus being paid in blood money, they can probably expect a hot seat when they kick the bucket as well.
Obamacare is based on Romneycare and both have good and bad points. The bad is that it has done nothing to hold down costs, rising prices or the fact that serious illnesses will still result in bankruptcy. A friend of mine had to do just that after he was forced to spend over ten thousand dollars out of pocket to get better. I wiped out my life savings doing the exact same thing six years ago. Now without Obamacare, I never would have had any insurance and probably would not be alive today. But at the same time, I am dead broke because of my illness which will be with me forever.
The main problem with the overhaul is that hundreds of thousands of people are still going bankrupt as our for profit medical system is raping us blind. People have health insurance now, but stagnant wages are not helping with savings, and a recent poll from the AP say one in four know that a major illness will still bankrupt them. This is not good news for a society struggling with trust issues. The fall of Rome happened for that exact reason. When no one trusts anyone, not the government, not their doctors, not the police, not even each other, society is doomed and that is where we are headed.
No one believes the President anymore and with good reason: he's as big a liar as everyone else in Congress. His idiotic "if you like your doctor you can keep him," showed he knew less about how insurance works than most and he's the guy supposedly fixing the problem. Instead of ditching private plans and going for the far superior single-payer plan, Joe "Douchebag" Lieberman threw a hissy fit and scuttled any chance for this, as the state of CT stood to lose millions if it happened. Nevermind the fact that 400 million people would have been saved from going broke, once again, corporations are more important than people and both democrats and republicans follow this party line.
Here are some more findings from the poll:
— Nineteen percent of all privately insured adults said they did not go to the doctor when they were sick or injured, because of costs. Among those with high-deductible plans, the figure was 29 percent.
— Seventeen percent skipped a recommended test or treatment; it was 23 percent among those with high-deductible plans.
— Eighteen percent of all adults went without a physical exam or other preventive care, 24 percent among those with high-deductible plans.
-A majority of those with private insurance, 52 percent, would rather pay a higher premium and limit out-of-pocket costs than lower their premiums and potentially face higher out-of-pocket charges.
—Overall, 33 percent said they cut back on entertainment; it was 43 percent among those with high-deductible plans.
—18 percent said they used up all or most of their savings, 24 percent among those with high-deductible plans.
—19 percent said they dialed down their contributions for retirement savings, 28 percent for people with high-deductible plans.
Plan-switchers who said they are paying more outnumbered those who are paying less by 45 percent to 29 percent. Of those paying more, 11 percent said they are getting higher-quality care for their dollar.
Everyone knows that when your car starts making some weird noise, it's best to take care of it right away because otherwise the costs are much higher. But when it comes to our own bodies, we have decided to run it in to the ground first, which is why health problems are still the number one reason for bankruptcies in the US. As a matter of fact, even with Obamacare, bankruptcies have not moved an iota downward.
Overall, Obamacare needs a lot of work but as the Republican party has no interest in doing that, they are willing to let a lot of people die for their stubbornness. This is what some of you are voting for: your own deaths. Enjoy come November if they somehow take control on the Senate. Gridlock will continue and real problems will fail on epic scales.
Look at how our health care system has responded to the Ebola virus. The Texas health care system, already considered one of the worst in the country, is proving to be just that after idiotic mistakes allowed a sick Ebola patient back out into the world, possibly infecting dozens (although at this point that looks unlikely) and now a nurse is infected from the hospital treating the now dead Liberian. The CDC was so vague about how the nurse caught the deadly disease even the media questioned their response.
The fact that 150 people from hot zone areas are arriving PER DAY by plane is the most asinine thing I have ever heard. That means approximately 4000 chances for airborne Ebola arrive every month. And while the chances for an airborne strain is unlikely, it is not zero. And if it does happen, this world will end.