Healthcare Reform

Former President Bill Clinton told CNN this that President Obama should keep his promise to the American people. Period.
Former President Bill Clinton told CNN this that President Obama should keep his promise to the American people. Period. | Source
Former President Jimmy Carter thinks President Obama is incompetent. Well... I'm shocked!
Former President Jimmy Carter thinks President Obama is incompetent. Well... I'm shocked! | Source
Initial map disclosing states where individuals have lost their health insurance due to Obamacare. The number is rising.
Initial map disclosing states where individuals have lost their health insurance due to Obamacare. The number is rising. | Source

Open Enrollment Obamacare

Open enrollment in government healthcare markets began on October 1, 2013. Open enrollment closes March 31, 2014. The official government web site does not work. Healthcare.gov crashed on the first day in which only 6 people were able to enroll. In mid November the government released numbers (106, 000) are low and are blamed on the disfunction of the web site. Congressional hearings have been held to question Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebellius, the web developers, CGI Federal and the nations chief technology expert, Todd Park. As yet no one has been held accountable for the technology fiasco which has even brought Democrats who are worried about reelection to make public statements asking President Obama to keep his election promise that if you like your health insurance you could keep your health insurance. Period. That has not happened and even former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter say that President Obama needs to keep his promise to the American people.

Health Navigators

The government has hired Health Navigators in every state to assist people to sign up for the new health insurance in the government market place (Obamacare). These navigators will have access to each enrollee's social security number, bank account and all private information. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebellius, during her questioning before congress admitted that even prisoners who are now in jail or prison could possibly become healthcare navigators for new enrollees.

President Barack Obama, 44th president of the United States. The Affordable Health Care Act also known as Obamacare is his signature piece of legislation.
President Barack Obama, 44th president of the United States. The Affordable Health Care Act also known as Obamacare is his signature piece of legislation. | Source
Kathleen Sebellius, Secretary of Health and Human Services during U.S. Obama Administration.
Kathleen Sebellius, Secretary of Health and Human Services during U.S. Obama Administration. | Source
President Obama's Press Secretary, Jay Carney. 29th Press Secretary to hold this position for a president.
President Obama's Press Secretary, Jay Carney. 29th Press Secretary to hold this position for a president. | Source
Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruz is the junior Senator from Texas who led a Republican attempt to repeal Obamacare by shutting down the government in 2013.
Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruz is the junior Senator from Texas who led a Republican attempt to repeal Obamacare by shutting down the government in 2013. | Source

Obamacare and the American People

The American healthcare discussion is viewed with great interest and trepidation for many Americans. Older Americans are wondering what will happen to them if access to medical care or treatment is limited or reduced. There are so many rumors and lies about that one really has a hard time knowing what to think.

Most Americans would agree that the cost of medical care is rising and has been skyrocketing out of control for a very long time. Insurance companies have profited from their strong position in the market. There is no doubt that fraud exists in some areas. President Obama recently made a statement that was extremely offensive to most people who work in healthcare when he stated that unscrupulous doctors would recommend a tonsillectomy or other surgical procedure based on increasing revenue. This is an attack on the very core values of doctors who take an oath to do no harm.

Such a statement shows a gross lack on information about the medical profession. The truth is something else. Right now it is difficult to get an appointment to see a doctor in under two weeks. Most appointments must be made 4-6 weeks in advance, and specialists like to get their appointments 3-6 months in advance. These doctors do not have a lack of legitimate business. They do not need to drum up business to increase revenue fraudulently. Most doctors can barely handle the large numbers of patients currently in their care.

Primary Care Physicians and Specialists

This morning (March 2010) my mother kept her regularly scheduled doctors visit that was made three months ago. She did not see her primary care physician, but a physician’s assistant (PA). The PA handled my mother’s case because she needed routine blood work and a blood pressure and medication checkup. It is a fact that it is difficult to get an appointment with this doctor.

Fewer medical students are choosing to go into Family Practice because of the great expense in becoming a doctor. They have to make large amounts of money to pay off the educational expenses. No one wants to work round the clock for little monetary reward.

November 2013

Most doctors are unhappy with the way this insurance has been implemented. The law is confusing and difficult to understand. The more everyone learns about it the worse it gets. Some doctors are refusing to see patients who have been under their care for many years because they think it might be against the law if they continue to see them. As more people lose their health coverage a genuine crisis in healthcare is taking place. Some doctors are choosing to retire and get out of it all.

Congressional Party Leaders

Nancy Pelosi. Democrat "We have to pass the bill before we can read it."
Nancy Pelosi. Democrat "We have to pass the bill before we can read it." | Source
Harry Reid, Majority Leader of the Senate.Democrat During the 2013 government shut down he refused to allow any resolutions to be brought to the floor of the Senate even though members approved of individual resolutions.
Harry Reid, Majority Leader of the Senate.Democrat During the 2013 government shut down he refused to allow any resolutions to be brought to the floor of the Senate even though members approved of individual resolutions. | Source
John Boehner Republican  of the House of Representatives
John Boehner Republican of the House of Representatives | Source
Eric Cantor Republican
Eric Cantor Republican | Source
Darrell Issa is the representative from California's 49th Congressional District. Issa has served as the ranking member and Chairman on the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. He is a vocal opponent of the Obama Administration.
Darrell Issa is the representative from California's 49th Congressional District. Issa has served as the ranking member and Chairman on the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. He is a vocal opponent of the Obama Administration. | Source

Lack of Trust in the Government

Most Americans believe that this country has the finest healthcare available. I do not believe the quality of American healthcare is in question. The question that must be addressed is how should healthcare be financed. At present health insurance is tied to job benefits. This system works for some people, but when income barely meets a family’s basic needs it is not possible to afford health insurance. Clearly, something must be done to relieve this situation.

Government intervention is feared by many people because there is no trust that the government will deal faithfully with everyone. Rules will be set up that will limit access to healthcare or other needed treatment. I know personally of a person who is disabled and worked for over twenty-five years paying into the Social Security Disability System. Due to declining health this person did not pay the minimum amount of money into the system during the last ten years of work on the job. There is no question about the facts that this person is disabled. He is disabled. He was denied SSD solely according to the amount of money paid into the system during the previous ten years. The merits of his claim were never reviewed. A lifetime of paying into the system was totally disregarded. He has no access to health care and no income to support himself. Is this what the American people can look forward to when the government is in complete control of the health care system? I hope not.

Republicans, Democrats, and the People

The battle is fully joined between the Republicans and the Democrats. Unfortunately, this problem is one that everyone in this country shares and should not be decided by partisan politics. As a conservative person who knows something about health care I am opposed to universal healthcare run or administered by the government. Universal healthcare has been proven a failure in the most important goal which should be getting adequate and timely healthcare to all the people. When people die around the world because they must get in line for treatment, tests, or surgery, then that health care system is a failure. That being said, there is no doubt that something should be done that will bring together the two points of view and offer something everyone can live with.

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Smireles 7 years ago from Texas Author

Canadians do not pay 50% of their income tax for healthcare. The highest tax rate is in Norway who offers top of the line healthcare to their people who pay 40% unless something has changed in the last year. I have a former coworker with whom I am in regular contact who is a Canadian. She went back home during her first pregnancy, stayed off with her first child and became pregnant again with twins. Hers was a difficult pregnancy and one of the babies lost his life. The Canadian healthcare system works for her. I think you meant to say it is ok to wait several months if it is NOT an emergency. Unfortunately, everyone does not get good healthcare if there is a serious illness. That is the flaw in the system. I will do some checking on finding the statistics.


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Alexander Mark 7 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon

I definitely think you have valid reasons for your distrust with the Canadian system. I wonder about the numbers though, another anti-NH conservative told me that Canadians pay 50% of their income tax for healthcare. 20% doesn't seem bad if the system worked, but in your experience it doesn't I see. If people are dying on Socialized Medicine, where can you and I find the statistics and proof? If it is really true that parents can take a year off, then work 6 months, that sounds very imbalanced. I don't like that either! But waiting several months for an appointment doesn't seem bad if it's an emergency and everyone gets good healthcare.


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Smireles 7 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Alexander Mark for your honest comments. I worked in healthcare for many years and many of my coworkers through the years were Canadians. Canadians have a 20% tax on their income to pay for the program. The program is excellent for the young who have wonderful maternity benefits. The mother and the father can take off work with a year's salary. They return to work for six months and then can do it all over again for another year. While this is good for younger citizens people with serious health problems must get in line for services. It is not an exaggeration that people die because they cannot get testing or surgical procedures. My hospital routinely offered charity care to Canadians seeking healthcare. I know this for a fact as I was present when this took place.

I believe we need to take a very long loog before fixing something that is not broke. It is not the quality of care in this country but the manner of financing the care.

Many Americans say they are not happy with the healthcare system but what they really mean is that they do not want to wait for anything. It is a pain waiting weeks or a month or so for an appointment. I am as guilty as the rest. But this is much better than the alternative.

I agree with you about Obama. I do not trust him and I do not mind if you are opinionated.


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Alexander Mark 7 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon

Nationalized Healthcare does work in some countries. I hear a lot of conservative radio talk show hosts and conservatives I meet everyday spout that Nat. Health does not work anywhere, and then say: "look at Canada," or "look at England." Ok, so? I have met plenty of Canadians and few of them are upset over their health care. I think there is a lot of hype without basis. One can look at several European countries where it does work.

But as far as having NH in America, I think it is a bad idea and another major step in the effort to turn America into a second USSR. McCain's plan was brilliant and straightforward, and it would preserve our freedoms, since it would not be government controlled, but allow everyone to choose their insurance provider, and in that way encourage the free market in this area.

I don't trust Obama, I think he is a Communist, not a socialist. Socialism is not what people make it out to be, but for America it is a dangerous choice, and lays the groundwork for a dictatorship.

I am very opinionated about this subject, but I think your hub is great and pretty much sums up the choice we face.

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