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Would some of the controversy go away if….

Would some of the controversy about the Health Care Reform go away if… buying the government insurance was optional and not mandatory?


Asked by VeronicaLee at 11:00 AM on Mar. 23, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (10)
  • Definitely. I think that most people oppose because it is mandatory.

    Answer by Sillybillymel at 11:02 AM on Mar. 23, 2010

  • That would help.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:01 AM on Mar. 23, 2010

  • No. It would be worse. They spoke of doing a public option and since the government doesn't have to make money they would make the insurance industry go the way of the dinosaurs, only with the politicians to be the last to go since they will get to keep their cadillac plans and only take public option when they have no other choice. Public option was a deal breaker for a lot of the Democrats, so don't bother blaming Republicans for that one.


    Answer by Anonymous at 11:02 AM on Mar. 23, 2010

  • the fact that i can't afford insurance, yet can't get on medicaid myself... thats what sucks. lol. my daughters have medicaid, but i have to be pregnant to get it. lol. (luckily, i am at the moment... but only till july) i honestly cannot afford it.

    Answer by gracefulsky at 11:02 AM on Mar. 23, 2010

  • I think that would probably make a lot of people happy, BUT it isn't going to change those people who make a decent amount of money having to pay a lot more than those who don't. DON'T get me wrong, we make more money and we're actually happy to pay more if that means others will be able to get health care, but I know a LOT of people don't feel that way. I have family members who have gone years and years without health care because they can't afford it, and I am so happy to help so that they can go see a doctor and not be killed with debt.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:02 AM on Mar. 23, 2010

  • If the mandatory went away it would be what we have already - there is no "government insurance" so yes, it would be a much better solution. Change the rules on insurers, add some incentive somewhere to make it worthwhile to have insurance for those who are better off paying out of pocket. One of the most ridiculous parts of this plan - every single 20something male in the US is now going to have to pay for OB/GYN coverage.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 11:04 AM on Mar. 23, 2010

  • If the mandatory went away it would be what we have already


    Answer by Sisteract at 11:31 AM on Mar. 23, 2010

  • No actually it wouldn't there is a lot of crap in this bill that needs to go away and much good that was rejected by the dems such as tort reform. The dems are the party of lawyers so they didn't want to cut their own throats. Just think how poor John Edwards would be if he was unable to scam juries with all his false info on CP.

    Answer by Carpy at 11:35 AM on Mar. 23, 2010

  • No, there is a ton of things wrong with this bill like the tax burden but on the medical industry, the throw them attitude about seniors, and unrealistic expectation can sustain this kind of thing.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:44 AM on Mar. 23, 2010

  • If you take out the mandate, the pre-existing conditon issue becomes pointless. If insurance companies will no longer be able to discriminate against those with pre-existing conditions and there is no mandate, no one would buy insurance until they got very ill, which would drive costs up. With a mandate, people should get regular care, well checks, and catch major health problems at earlier stages when they will be less expensive to treat.

    Answer by DEpley at 12:38 PM on Mar. 23, 2010