3. Other-all of the above, but top of the list is the mandates.
It penalizes the poor who may have too much money to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to buy insurance. It puts them in a "Do I eat, or buy insurance, or risk being penalized and even criminalized if I don't buy the insurance?" position.
12. You're not the only DUer who has expressed such feelings
The main concern is that once a bill is signed by Obama, most of our current legislators will never touch health insurance reform again, and Pelosi and Reid won't even schedule debate on any attempt to amend the new act. So we want people to get the health insurance they need, but we want it done right the first time - otherwise millions of Americans will continue to suffer at the hands of Big Insurance because of the deficiencies of the reform act.
Once this is done Obama and the Democrats will have established their cred on the issue and will not revisit it unless there are serious problems with it. There are many other issues that must be dealt with.
And no, we can't walk and chew gum at the same time. Even after months of public focus on health care we can barely mobilize any resistance to really bad proposals.
"Like it or not, we move forward in this nation in fits and spurts, because our government was established in such a manner that we are forced to hash things out.
Right now we are working on a giant step forward, one that was started decades ago. Civil rights and womens right and workers rights and now health rights are being fought. None have been resolved by a single piece of legislation or a single court decision.
The battles are fought on many fields to move the nation forward."
6. You left out, "all of the above and more." I have not found ANYTHING that is improved
by this atrocity. Any of the predicted benefits are mired in complex legalese that will lead to negative outcomes once implemented by the corporate types in government and the insurance corps. It is so far from good that it is not even in the same universe as perfect.
The worst thing is that it effectively kills any chance for real reform of healthCARE for the rest of my life. Maybe my grandchildren...
Which is why the House will have to hurry back under the dome in order to pass another health insurance reform bill before the end of the year - one that satisfies Obama's requirements, but also gives Americans real reform and puts Big Insurance on notice instead of in the driver's seat.
Without a mandate, at least I could continue to just ignore the National Joke that is healthcare in the US. With a mandate though, it's like having the government send Revenuers around to rub my nose in the horseshit that this bill's healthcare would remain- at gunpoint.
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