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I am really in the dark when it comes to this subject.......

The future of health care. Does anyone actually know what will be happening next year? And will a big change like Universal Health Care happen quickly or does that type of thing take a long time to make the norm? What does it mean for everyone? Does it mean private and govt. assisted health care will all become the same?

And if you could give facts instead of opinions it would help. Thank you.

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Asked by Anonymous at 1:17 PM on Nov. 2, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • There are not yet any facts. Read a major newspaper everyday (online is fine) and you will be the first to know.

    Answer by rkoloms at 1:23 PM on Nov. 2, 2009

  • Universal health care is not on the table.
    There are five bills or so right now each providing a somewhat different plan.
    Yahoo news is good at coverage, as is fox, I don't care what anyone says, check the majors online every day. They will tell you.

    Answer by lovinangels at 1:43 PM on Nov. 2, 2009

  • No one knows what will happen, BUT if HCR gets passed, it WON'T be Universal Health Care.  You will be required to buy health insurance or, if the government option is offered, you can pay for that. Medicaid will be expanded for the poor, and some people will get their health care subsidized.  If passed, HCR is not scheduled to go into effect until 2013, I believe.

    The bills change constantly, so nothing is set in stone. 


    Answer by mancosmomma at 2:03 PM on Nov. 2, 2009

  • No matter what happens, nothing will change next year. Even if the bill passes, it's structured that we will all pay for it for 4 years before we will see any type of impact from it. Once we do, there may be a public option - and all that means is instead of paying Blue Cross you pay the government. There is no provision for free (universal) healthcare. On the contrary, it reduces funding for the current "free" care we have - medicare and medicaid.
    The controversy over the public option is that it can create an environment in which employers find it more cost effective to stop offering health insurance as a benefit, leaving more people with no option but the public one, eventually leading to a program swelled a million times beyond what it is intended to cover, leaving the government "no choice" but to convert us to Universal care, which has been a failure for other much smaller countries where are trying to phase it out.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 2:04 PM on Nov. 2, 2009

  • The taxing part will start immediately so they can get money built up to pay for the plan and most of either plan aren't slated to start till 2013 so you won't have the care till then and I believe it is implemented over 5 yrs starting with the poorest people who don't have ins. The part that says Ins companies have to take everyone and they cannot drop people will begin right away as teh bill is written now.

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 3:01 PM on Nov. 2, 2009

  • itsmesteph--

    ...and THEN, won't it STILL only cover some 36 Million people without insurance? I thought the government was doing this so that the "50 million" (or whatever figure they are making up these days) would be covered?

    So the Obama Administration is going to "blow up" a system, that certainly has it's faults, instead of say, correcting the faults (ie: tort reform!), and taking care of the LESS than 10 million people who TRULY cannot get health insurance (not because they just haven't gotten around to it, didn't know they qualified, or are illegal) because of expensive pre-existing medical conditions, and STILL not accomplish anything productive except bring this country to it's socialist and financial knees?!


    (that would be sarcasm for those having trouble reading tone! LOL)

    Answer by LoriKeet at 4:23 PM on Nov. 2, 2009

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