Mandate should make Obamacare unconstitutional …
Last Stand George — If the GOP had a viable rationale alternative then I would say let’s consider it. However I do note see a voucher system which puts the control of health care costs into the hands of “for profit” insurance companies as the answer. We pay more than any other civilized country for healthcare yet we are no where near the top in quality of care. Costs continue to rise as healthcare providers push to stay ahead of the curve on what they actually get from the insurance companies vis-à-vis their billings.
Just sayin’ — The issue at hand is not health care, the issue is what is perceived as a “win” for Obama. The Republicans who created the individual mandate system would rather kill it than give the president a legislative victory. The Republican solution is to go back to the way it was, insurance caps, pre-existing conditions and emergency room care for the uninsured where it is too expensive and often too late.
Health Guy — Obamacare will survive the court challenge.
For Instance —I am not in favor of Obamacare. I don’t like the government deciding who my doctors are or if I can have a procedure. However, if Obamacare is struck down, will Republicans and Democrats work to reform our present health insurance problems? Or will they all just argue and take years to do reform just on ONE aspect?
Kevin Foley — I’ll bet if we looked in the archives, we’d find a very similar MDJ editorial written in 1965 condemning Medicare, which nearly 50 years later is, by far, one of the most popular government programs ever enacted. It has saved countless families (including my own) from economic ruin and improved the lives of millions of seniors.
RJSNH — The arrogance of your editorial is so indicative of your elitist perspective as to be blindingly callous ... “so what if you have to wait so long to see a doctor” you say ... how about the millions of Americans who will have no doctor to see” ... but, that is not your concern is it. Your “raise the drawbridge, I’m aboard” attitude is so typical of those on the right that could care less about the vast majority of Americans as the scream “class warfare” or “socialism.”
JA Bolton — What the President did was protect us from bankruptcy if we have a serious illness or injury (no more caps) and prevent insurance companies from dropping us for pre-existing conditions. And to those who cry about choosing your own doctor — the insurance companies already tell you who you can or can’t see and what procedures you can or can’t have covered. So either the greedy insurance companies control your health care or the government does. After a lifetime of being pushed around by insurance companies, I’ll take ma chance on the government.
Tired of it — Obama Care is nothing but a way to head this country into socialism, it doesn’t work in Canada and it won’t work here. Obama is a Muslim and is doing everything he can to ruin this country. If he gets re-elected this country is destroyed.
RJSNH — You’re not “tired of it” ... you’re “out of touch” with reality. The earth is not flat and there really were dinosaurs and we really did land a man on the moon ... and, this may be the biggest shock to you yet ... we have been practicing various forms of socialism since our country was founded. One of the great secrets of American success is we are not so much tied to ideology as pragmatism.