I'm not afraid of it. But I'm not in favor of it. The government screws up a lot. You can't always trust them when it comes to money. I would like the government to stay out of it as much as possible.
It is true that governments can screw things up. But why single out governments? ORGANIZATIONS screw things up: look at GM for example...
Having lived in Canada, the UK, and Germany, I can tell you that people in much of the rest of the world are very confused about why ANY American would PROTEST universal health care.
For us it is like protesting a publicly-run military (perhaps you prefer private contractors instead?), or a publicly-run police force (as opposed, again, to a profit-driven one; whatever that could be), or free education...
There is definitely something very fishy going on, I think, when you hear people mention the word "socialism" in reference to public health care, yet everyone accepts the common sense of non-fee-paying public schools.
What's the difference? You don't have to pay to send your kids to school: why should you have to pay to go to a doctor? Mysterious...
See my hub http://hubpages.com/hub/Is-America-the- … -the-World for more on this.
Government health care seems to be working pretty well in every other industrialized country. Lower cost and better results.
I'm not American and live in a country that provides a great health and social security cover.
But that doesn't prevent me from thinking to others that have less chance than I have and I'm wondering if all Americans have to subscribe to a health insurance, how will do those that have nothing, that don't have a job? How will they pay for it?
Can you say Walter Reed hospital ? That will be an example of Gov,t run healthcare . Be afraid be very afraid !
I'm afraid of people who are afraid of government run health care.
As a Canadian who enjoys better over-all health than Americans (this is a fact), and who believes that a basic level of care is a right (based on being a privileged nation), just as basic education is a right. I dunno, maybe you think only some children should receive an education just as only some children should receive medical care?
My understanding of Obama's Universal Health Care plan is that it would not be a 100% public system, but rather a mix of public and private. Why are you afraid of it? But more importantly, why would you deny a basic level of care for all your citizens? Are you afraid of a public education system too?
Canadians doen't have health care issues because they're clear and everybody can see whats wrong with them. We need something but I don't think we need a program that has so much potential for abuse. Now lets see if our school system is the benchmark for this discussion. The biggest problem there is the lack of parental involvement which leads the lack of discipline that causes breakdowns in the system that we blame on underpaid teachers. So, if we use that as a comparison we'll have a bunch of ignorant people who will abuse a system meant for everyone to the point that you won't want to go to the doctor and it will be the doctors fault that they are ignorant.
The government doesn't have a good track record for using good common sense. They will find a way to screw it up with they're greed and before you know it they'll make it mandatory for all women to have an abortion so the rest won't have to feel bad about killing someone. We'll all be the same and we'll all be included. Peace.
Obviously you never read the fine print. You will not be able to keep your individual health plan. If you work, what you have will be thrown out the window in favour for the government run bullshit. If you're special needs or on medicare/medicaid, you'll get restricted coverage. If the government doesn't like what you are going to do with your deceased loved one, they can take over and do what they will with it.
I suggest you look at my hub and find out more little tidbits about the piece of shit health care program.
A resounding no!
We have been fed the line that "government is the problem" for 37 years (since Ronnie boy was in office) and apparently Madison Ave and their benefactors have made it sell. Given proper resources and sound procedures for carrying it out, a public plan will work. Just as Medicare works.
The hue and cry orginates with the powerful insurance and pharmaceutical lobbies, bolstered by the minority of upper income folks that have policies that they are ok with becuase they can afford them, and currently they do not have to "mingle" with the masses who will be in the same offices waiting for care with them.
There is mass profit in the denial of care that is the method by which these industries profit. For profit healthcare is a disgrace to our nation.
I like the idea of everyone being able to receive health care, cancer treatment, o.b. care, etc regardless of whether they can pay for it or not. BUT I want the CHOICE of keeping my private insurance and CHOOSING which doctors, treatment centers and clinics I go to. I want the CHOICE of saying yes or no to cancer treatment at age 75, regardless if doctors and 'officials' say, "It's no use..you've lived a long life..." Then government benefits won't pay for any treatment. It's MY decision, not the government's, to choose. However, if I CHOOSE to take government paid health benefits and NOT private care, then so be it. I'll get what they WILL ALLOW, as there will possibly be restrictions.
Only after reading this piece of legislation am I afraid of government run health care. In a sense they already control and regulate a great deal of our health care system and that doesn't bother me too much. Now what is being proposed is not good from a care standpoint (requires rationing), from a coverage standpoint (there will still be something like 30M uncovered people by 2015) nor from a cost standpoint (adds ~$1T to an already ballooning debt). So the question is why now and why the rush? Medicare will be out of money in like 2 years. Fix that mess. A mess I will remind everyone that was completely owned and created by the very same government body that wants to 'fix' my health care. I say fix that mess first and show me you know what you are doing then we can talk.
I am not sure where the word fear comes into play here. We are going to be forced into this program whether we like it or not. Fear does not come from God. I do know this. I also know that alot of the things in the "new plan" are just flat not right....I hope this answers your question....is this like who's afraid of the big bad wolf??? No fear here, just dislke....we are Americans and by the Constitution have rights which are undeniably being taken away one by one....hmmmmmm
I hear over and over and over again, the Government will ration your care. Are you from Mars? Do you think that Big Insurance Companies don't ration care? Don't you know that Insurance companies get to approve or disapprove of any treatment your own doctor proposes. Don't you know that they set rules about what hospitals and medical services do and charge. You can keep your insurance for a limited time if you leave your job if you can afford the very high premium, but only because the Government forces it by law. You are being lied to by big business to protect their bloated profits. In the meantime people are dying because they can get no insurance at any cost. I can't believe all you complainers or that rich or that dumb.
Afraid? Yes indeed. Why? Because the U.S. government bankrupts everything it touches, or controls at the very least. They can barely deliver our mail without putting the postal service millions of dollars in debt. Not to mention our multi-trillion dollar national deficit. Now we want to trust them with health care? If a private organization racked up debt like the government does they'd probably do the smart thing and cut their losses, but the government doesn't. They just throw more money at the problem, after all, it's not theirs. Government-run programs are always incredibly wasteful and substandard to their private sector counterparts.
The insurance companies may be greedy, but at least they're not stupid AND greedy...most of the time.
I am completely mortified by the thought of government run health care. Look at how successfully they administer all their programs. My dad always said be happy you don't get all the government that you pay for!
Yes! The government needs to stay out of private businesses and the every day lives of the American people. We don't need a dictator telling us what we have to buy or what to buy! We have lost enough freedom as it is! The elections are coming soon, but not fast enough for this American!
I think the healthcare system should be reformed. I also think that universal healthcare is a lousy idea.
I had a friend who went on a trip to Canada and her brother broke his arm. After hours spent in the waiting room, the doctor told them to return to the States because the hospital didn't have the materials to make a cast. Think about that. The hospital didn't have the basic materials to make a cast.
I'm not saying the healthcare system isn't flawed. But how does handing it over to the government, which is already full of bureacratic red tape nonsense, any better?
And as far as cost, we will be still paying for it. Either we are paying the insurance companies or the government, but either way, we pay for it. Don't delude yourselves.
In the end, there has to be a better way.
We have had Gov. run health care for over 70 years (medicare and medicaid) which has not been perfect but has worked well for many people.As far as our recent government failures goes, we are under a much different governing body now with different priorities. I don't know what all of the costs and quirks will be, but I say, give it a chance. As to other countries government run health care systems, they are not "AMERICA"!
What it will and what it won't do is a real concern. Right now the government believes it knows best what healthcare is and how to implement it. It is based on the premise that all Americans must have health insurance. I don't disagree. It is important to each of us living longer lives and living them more prosperously as we get older. This is a choice we make. Each of us have to be responsible for our own health. When the government suggests it can do better, then freedoms are lost. It is no different than what our forefathers fought for in 1776. England was working to control the new colonies with taxes and laws created in England, then enforced by its military power. The plan is this will be forced taxation to cover the cost. Forced acceptance of the plans the government offers. The bureaucracy to manage this plan will be so high it will reduce the amount of funding available to provide the program. We will be affected. We will lose our freedoms one at a time. Healthcare could be better provided when free enterprise will allow for the market to set the programs focused on what everyone would like to have and then offered by our employers. Yes I am afraid of what will happen when our government takes over healthcare. It is a powerplay at best to show the democratic power is now in control in both congress and the Presidents office. When they really believe in people and what they do will it be an option for all of us to than and only than allow us to believe in the wisdom of our kids. Lets hope for the swift rejection of the bill. Lets hope healthcare stays with the customer, US citzenry.
I'm concerned b/c, as so many of us know, once government 'takes over' the distribution of goods or services, the best of the goods or services usually go to the privleged class; that's what sucks most; the benefits go directly to those who need them less.
Are you afraid of Gov't run health care
Due to the mess they made out of Fanny , Frddie Mac, Social Security, medicare and medicaid
Government-run healthcare is Medicare and Veteran's care. Many veteran's and military will tell you they have the best care available. When our Politicians need care, they are usually taken to Bethesda Naval Hospital (a veteran's facility).
The new healthcare is not government run. In fact, Politifact called such an assertion "the year's biggest lie". The new healthcare is nothing more than regulation.
Not really, since I'm a military veteran and service connected. It's not a club that anyone wants to join, but stop with the anti government run nonsense!
Actually, its the insane rush to privatize that has caused Amtrak, the USPS, and a host of other essential functions to be run into the ground! Businessmen suck at running government functions and that will never change.
Obama managed to complete a chaos program with the present Health care system so I have faith in them screwing up any kind of government controlled anything! Not everybody needs a forced Health Care Policy!
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