Can anyone please explain the Obama health plan?

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  1. peeples profile image89
    peeplesposted 11 years ago

    Can  anyone please explain the Obama health plan?

    If not can you provide a website that can. I am a little worried at how it may impact our family when it kicks in. At what income are you requird to pay for healthcare? We have several family members who can not afford to buy healthcare. Is there a certain pay that it starts at or is it varied based on the number in a family? All I find on the internet is a lot of rhetoric and not a lot of real info. Help?

  2. ChristinS profile image38
    ChristinSposted 11 years ago

    I do know it will expand Medicaid to cover a lot more people, so if any family members are low income they should be able to be covered under that.  Medicaid is not bad - I had it when I was younger and it was the best health care I ever received - imagine that.  Anyway, the law will mandate that you do carry health coverage or be fined.  If you are unable to pay the fine, the govt will take your tax return to cover it so there is no escape.  Everyone is required to have coverage period, regardless of income level etc., which is why so many are opposed because nothing has really been put in place to ensure that the insurance companies will not gouge everyone.   They are also no longer allowed to deny coverage due to pre-existing conditions and some other good parts to the law.  This ensures that everyone (in theory) CAN actually be covered - if they have the money.

    The idea was this system was supposed to lower costs by making everyone participate -  everyone then is mandated to be responsible to carry insurance etc. and with everyone participating, in theory (but not in actuality most likely) medical care costs should be more affordable for everyone. 

    Hopefully there will be enough competition among insurance companies to find reasonable rates, but if today's rates are any indication, particularly for those who are self-employed, I am not optimistic at ever having a tax return again wink

    1. profile image0
      il Scetticoposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Fantastic answer.  Something many don't realize as well, is that along with the "plummeting costs" there is a plummet in quality of care that patients receive when systems like this are universalized.

    2. ChristinS profile image38
      ChristinSposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I disagree with you on the quality of care aspect - most socialized countries do provide excellent affordable care.  I don't believe the corporatized version of Universal care is going to work. We should just have universal care IMO.

  3. Uninvited Writer profile image78
    Uninvited Writerposted 11 years ago

    It's a plan that used to be supported by several republicans but now who are against exactly the same plan.

  4. lburmaster profile image73
    lburmasterposted 11 years ago

    I only know part of the Obama plan. The part about a woman who becomes pregnant. If a doctor is aware that his patient is pregnant, he must tell the state who will then send a social worker to view the surroundings of the child's upbringings. Is the area safe, will they have what they need, etc.

  5. SPK5367 profile image68
    SPK5367posted 11 years ago

    You only find retoric and no real info because it is so massive even Obama supporters and the congressmen and women who passed it don't understand what is in it.

  6. profile image0
    JThomp42posted 11 years ago

    Peeples there not is not enough room to even try and begin to explain the Health care plan. ONE THING I DO KNOW The myth that it is free is false.

  7. Mitch Alan profile image79
    Mitch Alanposted 11 years ago

    No one, not even Obama or Congress knows everything that is in it...Pelosi admitted this.
    What is in it is an unConstitutional overreach of the federal government.  Both the (D) and (R) side of the equation was wrong for supporting it, but many fewer (R) did.


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