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Bob Haase's Another Can of Worms


Affordable Care Act

I must be crazy because I downloaded and read a lot of the Affordable Care Act which is commonly known as ObamaCare and found it very complicated and confusing. It creates an even larger bureaucracy with the potential of more fraud and abuse than we have now.  I can still remember Nancy Pelosi making the statement that we need to approve the ObamaCare bill so we can find out what's in it.  I think the wise thing to do is to know what you are approving before you approve it.  It also does very little to control the cost of health care.  The United States currently pays more for health care than any other country and yet ranks way below many other countries in the quality of care.

Having said all that you must think I am against the Affordable Care Act.  I believe that there are a lot of good things included in the Affordable Care Act that are long overdue. It is however very unfortunate that we have a congress that acts like a bunch of little kids and are more concerned about their party than the people that elected them. Based on this they must be more concerned with the health of their party than the health and care of the people that elected them.

If the parties had worked together we might have ended up with a plan that both parties could be proud of and was in the best interest of the people.  Neither party wants to approve anything that would make the other party look good even if it was in the best interest of the people.  They would rather shut down our government than work together.  Both parties are equally at fault.

We need a health care plan that would provide insurance coverage for those that have pre-existing conditions that now prevent many people from getting affordable insurance. We need affordable catastrophic insurance coverage for those that have extremely large medical bills that no family could afford to pay.  We need to have a system where doctors and patients work together to make decision concerning the best patient care and not the insurance companies.  I think most people would agree that our current system needs changing but we will never end up with a good health care system in our country if our elected representatives don't work together to achieve this.  If our current elected representatives are not capable of doing this, we need to replace them and elect someone who cares.

It does not seem like nothing will change until we change the people that are representing us now.  Congress now has around a ten percent approval rating.   Most employees with a job review that bad would be fired.  If we want an affordable health care plan I think we need to elect new representatives that care more about the people than their party and start working together.

Bob Haase is the host of “Outdoors Thursday” heard Thursday mornings at 9:10 a.m. on News-Talk 1450 KFIZ.


Comments 4
Anonymous commented on 03-Oct-2013 08:36 AM3 out of 5 stars
I agree with the first part of this, but why are you blaming congress? They want the very thing you want and that is all they are asking for. There are even congress members who are willing to give up their pay to spare you from paying for this unreasonable act. The government shutdown is coming from the Senate and President who like bullies force their way on others in order to get what they want. They are not willing to give up anything, but they will be asking you to give up more of your money, in the way of taxes, to fund this act. Could be people are thinking this will help them escape from the high cost of medical bills, well that may be true, but now you will have unbelievable taxes instead, and if you think you can negotiate that… good luck! The problem is the congress has agreed to fund everything except the, so-called, Affordable Care Act, but the democrats won’t even come to the table!
Many of us don’t want to fund an act that was forced down our throat that so far has made health care and insurance a nightmare. Can someone explain to me how turning over our health care records to the government (who ever they maybe) and letting them will decide what kind of treatment you will receive is a good plan? If people are having a hard time now just trying to sign up to the Affordable Care Plan (something they have had plenty of time to prepare for) what will happen when everyone is trying to get help for their medical issues? This is not good for the American people!
If you don’t work for the government you already know that nothing this act has done has made anything more affordable! Tell me please, if this act is so wonderful, why are so many including the government exempt from it? If it is good enough for us, it should be good enough for them. They should have nothing better than what we have and they should not be able to pass a bill and then exempt themselves!
Anonymous commented on 03-Oct-2013 12:05 PM3 out of 5 stars
Another good article, Bob.
Anonymous commented on 04-Oct-2013 09:46 AM3 out of 5 stars
I think the last poster has the bullies wrong. The bullies are the Republicans who have taken the stance that they do not wish for 50 million uninsured Americans should not have insurance and an untold number more have riders preventing insurance on pre-existing conditions. I for one hope that the Democrats stand up to those bullies and tell them "no, fund the government already agreed upon".

For one I would have rather seen a different system where the government maybe paid for doctor's schooling and they then had to pay it back with services, or maybe give a tax level break to doctors that treated qualifying individuals with no insurance. But that didn't happen and under the Republicans NOTHING happened except rich people getting richer. They need to get back to work, get this country funded and then move on.
Read the truth commented on 04-Oct-2013 09:59 AM3 out of 5 stars
I have already heard numerous stories about people with pre-existing conditions that are now able to get insurance and yes it is at a higher cost, but with their family tax deduction for it , yes it is "affordable". Why are the Republicans against people being allowed to pay for their insurance? I do not understand that. A system is now in place to take control away from insurance companies and the Republicans are against that too. I think pretty much that Republicans just don't like people as much as they like the money that special interests pay them to be such jerks. Republican govenors are working to make the insurance plan fail, telling their workers to answer no questions and refusing to set up exchanges. Our own govenor cancelled Badger Care and is now puching to remove all insurance for state employees. Wow...htat is just evil in motion. Wake up people!!!

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