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Health Care Reform Issues Question & Answers

2014 April 13
by Sarah Fields

John asks…

How is Obama’s health care reform supposed to cover everyone?

Suppose a person works for a place that does not provide health insurance. How is this new health care reform supposed to “help” them? And is everyone eligible? Or just people with children?

Sarah Fields answers:

The bill itself was so big ( 2,500 pages ) that NOBODY even read it, let alone understands it. One of the things that it did include, ( if you can believe this one ) and 3.8% tax on new home purchases.
In addition, high-income households would also be subject to a new 3.8% Medicare tax on investment income starting in 2013.”
Now how is that one for a health care tax.

Government will have real-time access to individual’s finances and a National ID Health Card will be issued!

Government mandates linguistic appropriate services. Example — Translators for illegal aliens.

Any NONRESIDENT Alien is exempt from individual taxes. (Americans will pay.)

A lot of this stuff has nothing to do with “health care” but the govt invasion of your life and raising taxes. This was & is a bad bill and needs to be repealed.

P

Daniel asks…

Can someone explain in simple words the current health care issue?

I know I am to blame for not being informed about this, but I prefer science rather than politics. However, I know the health care reform is an important issue right now and would like to be a bit more informed.
Can you explain to me why there were conflicting town hall meetings and what are the two side of the issue? Please don’t make this an essay.
Thanks :)

Sarah Fields answers:

Everyone agrees that health care costs are spiraling out of control.

Most Democrats want to do some combination of the following:
1. Stop health insurance from denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions and dropping them when the do get sick.
2. Force everyone to have health insurance – employers who don’t provide it are penalized, individuals who have to purchase it on their own get a subsidized rate. This is similar to the successful policy that was instituted in the state of Massachusetts.
3. Establish a non-profit health insurance company to compete with existing private, for profit insurers in order to force insurers to be more competitive and drive down costs. The initial start-up cost would be paid for by the government, but it would be self-sufficient afterwords (kinda like the post office). This is referred to as the ‘public option’.

Most Republicans favor:
1. Tort Reform – capping the amount that courts award malpractice victims.
2. Allowing health insurance to be purchased across state lines (which, in theory, would create more competition and thus lower prices).

Republicans consider the Democratic plans either too expensive and/or too disruptive, or don’t like the precedent it would set on principal (they fear ‘socialism’). Democrats think that republican plans wouldn’t lower costs significantly to the consumer.

The public option is the most controversial idea being seriously discussed.

Betty asks…

Which is more important, fighting terrorism or reforming health care?

Obama and his people have spent months fighting for “health care reform” and now seem to be paralyzed when it comes to supporting the military mission in Afghanistan.
Which issue is more important?

Sarah Fields answers:

Everything Obama does is for votes, try to think of one single thing he has done that won’t produce votes for the Democrats…next year he will spend 200 billion dollars more on welfare than Bush spent the entire time he was in Iraq. Unpopular wars don’t produce votes and Pelosi has already told Obama the House will not support sending more troops. Obama is not in a position to buck his own party and the first move of all socialists is to take over the health care system, it has happened all through history…its called “control”.

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