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One more question about the health care bill...

Those of you that supported the bill when it had a public option, do you still support it?

Those of you that didn't support the bill because of the public option, would you support the bill w/o the public option?

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Asked by Anonymous at 4:13 PM on Dec. 16, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

Answers (11)
  • I dont want government control of our healthcare at all..and no I still do not support this bill its garbage and now all it will do is serve the pharma companies and give control to the govy..while mandating that everyone must purchase health insurance or be fined and possibly jailed...

    Obviously a real POS bill

    Answer by tnmomofive at 4:18 PM on Dec. 16, 2009

  • I don't support the bill even without the public option because it isn't designed to help anyone that is actually in need. I think reform could be accomplished with smaller specific bills that don't come close to the cost of what is being proposed. Telling us that we need reform to make health care affordable while taxing us at a higher rate for four years () before any benefit will be seen, and even then only helping those that fit the criteria set by lawmakers seems like they are saying one thing and doing another. Their figures don't add up and the thought of government legislating health care makes me afraid to get sick.


    Answer by QuinnMae at 4:26 PM on Dec. 16, 2009

  • In view of everything else which is in the bill - which NOBODY is broadcasting to the public! - the public option is entirely beside the point.

    Here's one crucial aspect: throughout the bill, whenever there is a definition needed as to what exactly insurance companies will be required to add to their policies; or how much exactly the additional taxes; fees on employers and the penalties are going to be; or what new requirements every doctor, clinic & hospital will be forced to fulfill to stay open; etc. etc. ... what does the bill say? It says that the "Director" or members of a "Board" will determine/ define those details.

    Who is this Director, who ARE these all-powerful Board members? No clue. They will be appointed AFTER the bill becomes law. Dept. Head Sebelius will do some of the appointing.

    So, the fact is that our Congressmen are signing us up for a huge contract full of blank space to be filled in later !!

    Answer by waldorfmom at 4:45 PM on Dec. 16, 2009

  • The bill is crap and without a public option is still crap. The congress could simply regulate the insurance industry by not allowing max life caps, not allowing a person to be denied for preexisting conditions and a person cannot be dropped when they get sick. That right there would help the middle class who are hurting right now. Then they could open it us so people can buy across state lines so competition is created and helps bring prices down. Over 50 billion would be saved by implementing tort reform. That one will never happen since all Democrats in office are blood sucking attorneys.

    I think many have finally figured out this is not about healthcare anyway. It is about collapsing a system so the afraid and uneducated cry out for bigger Government. These guys are supposed to work for us instead we work for them and pay our high taxes and get nothing back for it.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:49 PM on Dec. 16, 2009

  • No, no, and NO! This ill-conceived bill on the floor of the Senate would raise taxes, cut Medicare and cost $2.5 trillion in the first 10 years of implementation. Perhaps worst of all, the Senate bill would increase health care premiums for millions of American families and small businesses. Several independent studies confirm this. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that families who buy coverage on their own would see their premiums rise by up to $2,100 a year and that up to 10 million Americans would lose their employer-based coverage altogether. Another comprehensive study estimates that the costs of individual coverage would be 54 percent higher with the Senate bill than without it, including 61 percent higher in such states as Texas. Big Pharm is getting a sweet deal out of this....keeping the prices high for supporting the bill.

    Answer by pvtjokerus at 5:56 PM on Dec. 16, 2009

  • I agree with Waldorf. This bill is a growing disaster and know one really knows how packed with pork it actually is, or how much it will actually cost.

    One thing is for sure: No government plan has ever come in UNDER budget. This one is going to be a doozy.

    Answer by mancosmomma at 6:23 PM on Dec. 16, 2009

  • Not then, not now, no time, no way, no how!!!!!

    Answer by jesse123456 at 6:53 PM on Dec. 16, 2009

  • One more thing....the idea of taking $500 billion dollars from Medicare is more than ironic. The democrats have used the "if the republicans are elected, they will cut Medicare. You can't vote the republicans in. We will protect your Medicare." just to get elected. Now, the bait and switch of all times, the demcrats are the ones hoping to cut Medicare when the republicans really never threatened to make cuts in Medicare of any significance. They (democrats) are playing with our lives, the lives of my parents and yours, my children's lives, my grandchildren's lives for what? They convinced the greedy that the government should pay for everything in exchange for power (and our souls).

    Answer by jesse123456 at 7:03 PM on Dec. 16, 2009

  • This bill is a pile of steaming crap! I do not support it in any way, with or without a public option. In case people don't realize it, we already have a public option, it is generally called medicaid, medicare for those over 65. Both programs are quickly going bankrupt. Just like any other program run by the Federal gov't.

    Answer by 29again at 10:43 PM on Dec. 16, 2009

  • I never supported it at all. I want the government as far away from health care as possible. abortions, chips implanted under your skin, its all disgusting.

    Answer by kittymommy at 11:35 PM on Dec. 16, 2009

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