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Should The Senate Pass The American Health Care Act?

by Bradley Matthews

American Health Care Act - AHCA

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  1. Leonard Challenger

    Hi Ellen,

    I think you make an excellent point, although I am not sure how subsidies, which are nothing more than re-distribution of wealth, benefit the Republicans, other than to allow RINOs to get re-elected by currying favors with those who insist in having others pay for what they redefine as a human right.

    May 7, 2017,11:59 pm


  2. Leonard Challenger

    Recognize that prior to Obamacare, the medical care market was not allow to operate according to free market principles.

    Let us start with facts – contrary to popular perception, government funds almost 2/3 of ALL healthcare costs. This was prior to estimates estimating hat the so called affordable care act will push this figure to 67.3%, which is more than the 2/3 it was already covering.

    What programs get the lion-share of the share? Medicaid, Medicare and medical care benefits appropriated to veterans through the Veterans Administration.

    In other words, even before the mis-labelled affordable care act was passed, Government already dictated the content of medical plans that directed 2/3 of ALL the payments to healthcare organizations and providers.

    In addition to that, you nor anyone has been able to purchase medical insurance like you would buy most other articles, especially on-line.

    For instance, even prior to passage of Obamacare, no one was and still no one is able to purchase an insurance plan that isnt approved by the state in which you reside.

    The point is that removing bureaucratic control of the medical care market would lead to improved products in the form of an increased variety, many of which would suit different people, according to their own situation.

    May 7, 2017,11:56 pm


  3. Bev Hines

    People do die! My sister did in 1999 pre Obamacare. She could not afford treatment and they would not “give” it for free. It does happen. And when it is covered for indigent it’s the tax payer covering it, so one way or another we are all chipping in, that’s how insurance works.
    My child was denied coverage by all major insurance companies due to a preexisting condition prior to Obamacare. That is immoral!!!! So he had NO insurance and had a major illness.
    NOW as of 2010 he IS covered because of the laws passed.

    So if we leave it to the free market their decisions will be based on profit and not the good of the people. They will deny deny deny if it does not serve a profit motive.
    What is the solution?

    May 7, 2017,5:44 pm


  4. Eileen Primiano

    Not until it benefits the public instead of the republicans

    May 7, 2017,4:41 pm


  5. Leonard Challenger

    Bev,

    The only way to be compassionate to all is to remove the Federal Bureaucrat’s ability to dictate health care options for states, individuals and families.

    It is not only bureaucrats who have been increasingly in control the way insurance companies and plans should be designed, but the same is also true of officials at the state level – this is accomplished through the office of State Insurance Commissioners.

    The ONLY way to ‘make’ medical insurance accessible and affordable in the US is to remove – TAKE AWAY – the governments’ (Federal and State’s) ability to micro-manage the medical insurance industry.

    Only then, ALL Americans will increasingly have access to inexpensive (i.e. affordable) plans specifically tailored to their and their families needs.

    May 7, 2017,2:46 pm


  6. Laura G. Holmes

    I wish that just once there would be honesty in this debate. The elderly in this country are covered by Medicare and the poor children are covered by Medicaid. America is and has always been one of the most generous countries in the world. We feed more people across the world than any other country. If this country was judged properly, this would be the truthful information that would be somehow, even through the media and democratic deception, revealed. No one dies in this country. People cannot be legally turned away from a hospital facility for any care at any time. These are all lies and deception being perpetuated on the American people. The bible says that in the end times deception will run rampant on the earth. The devil is rampant on the earth. It is the middle-class that is being squeezed and hurt by this purposely calculated law.

    May 7, 2017,8:52 am


  7. Bev Hines

    We need preexisting cond covered- don’t leave it to the states. We need to provide insurance to all people, in this day and age people shouldn’t die because they can’t afford treatment, get denied coverage or go bankrupt due to an illness. We need to figure this out. Put people over profit please.

    You judge a country by how well they care for infirm ( which includes mental illness) , elderly and children.

    May 6, 2017,11:06 pm


  8. Georgia Rich

    We need the government out of health insurance get rid of the law that doesn’t insurance sales across state lines, let people shop for insurance that fits them. More competition the better.

    May 6, 2017,9:18 pm


  9. Georgia Rich

    they are not repealing Obama Care only making little changes. They promised to repeal it. when they were running for election I hope the voters don’t forget.

    May 6, 2017,9:08 pm


  10. Mary Berry

    Replace obamacare totally, fraud and lying by
    Pelosi and. ObAMA. Pass AHCA

    May 6, 2017,8:41 pm


  11. Laura G. Holmes

    Let’s think about this from a realistic perspective. This law was originally passed by the democrats (headed by the snake Obama) to force Saul Alinsky’s vision on America. He stated that the Healthcare system should be taken over and then communism may follow. Obama and Hillary are both disciples of Saul Alinsky as evidenced by their college thesis papers. The whole law was a calculated, manipulative FU to the American people. Now, you have many who rely on it. The only people who are happy with it are the people getting it for free. The deductibles are so high that unless you have a catastrophic illness, you never meet your deductible. It is useless to call it insurance. The premiums are through the roof for those who have to pay for it. It is ridiculous that people have to choose between having a roof over their heads and medical insurance. They are penalized if they cannot afford it. The whole thing is a sham. The Senate had better do something. We, the American people, are tired of the same old Washington, D.C. B.S. that has been shoved down our throats for far too long. The Republicans are in charge and they better do something about it. I work in the medical field and am buried in paperwork on a daily basis. It is completely unnecessary and takes away from patient care. They better rid the American people of this albatross.

    May 6, 2017,4:52 pm


  12. kathleen m austin

    yes and then try and fix the problems that will make this shine

    May 6, 2017,3:29 pm


  13. Jim

    It needs to be fined time to resemble what healthcare is. It needs to be underwritten..

    May 6, 2017,2:02 pm


  14. Pat

    Let’s see, 20 million will lose their healthcare, pre-existing conditions might not be covered, or as a premium and Paul Ryan is saying this is such a good deal B.S. They never should have put this bill forward. If the house members are MORONS, maybe the Senate will have more sense and nix this bill. Trump needs to kick Ryan to the curb. He’s become a liability to this President.

    May 6, 2017,1:40 am


  15. Forrest

    Lets just pray for GODS will on this and all things and go however he leads us

    May 5, 2017,10:09 pm


  16. Donavan kittleson

    es nothing well enough about Obamacare

    May 5, 2017,7:49 pm


  17. mark

    Automobile insurance doesn’t work if you wait to buy it until you have an accident ! How can health insurance work if you wait to buy it until you are sick or injured ?? sincerely, Mark A Mumm

    May 5, 2017,7:17 pm


  18. Gertie Preyer

    20M w/o a preexisting condition clause is ludicrous!!!

    May 5, 2017,6:33 pm


  19. Elaine

    The republicans should leave well enough alone and Paul Ryan should resign

    May 5, 2017,6:17 pm


  20. Fergus O'Reilly

    You dipsticks who support this are stupid and will insure that Republicans never again control either house of Congress. I am retired and dependant on Social Security, but I am not yet eligible for Medicare. Since I am on a limited income and I have pre-existing conditions, I will be forced to forego any insurance coverage until I qualify for Medicare and, quite possibly, I will have to go on Medicaid. Paul Ryan is a smug, snarky, dipstick.

    May 5, 2017,6:00 pm


  21. Karen

    We are on a “Roll” now….Let’s stick together in Unity…and Take back Our America! Let’s “Win, Win, Win for America’s sake!” The House, Senate and Congress needs to get off their “slothiness” of the past 8 years of Obama-misery…and Start Working Together to insure America stays A Conservative America as our Founding Father’s meant it to be. Get rid of Socialism, Communism, and Islamism in America…Everyone here in America needs to be Vetted, and if you are not For America the Way it is supposed to be….YOU ARE OUT. GET OUT OF OUR AMERICA.

    May 5, 2017,5:08 pm


  22. DARWIN BARFUSS

    BUT I HOPE BEFORE THEY GO ALL THE WAY WITH IT THEY MAKE IT RIGHT TO WORK WITH FOR EVERYONE. AS FAR AS 24,000,000 BEING OUT OF INSURANCE BY 2026 DOES THAT TRULY OF THOSE HALF OF PEOPLE WILL DIE THE OTHER HALF ARE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS AND THE OTHER HALF ARE PEOPLE WHO DON’T WANT AND NEED INSURANCE SO GIVE ME A BREAK ON THE NUMBERS ALREADY AND SCHUMER, PELOSI, CRYING WITH WARREN AND SANDERS CRYING THAT THEY ARE LOSING AGAIN AS WELL AS LOSING MORE SENATE SEATS AND CONGRESS ALSO.

    May 5, 2017,4:58 pm


  23. Bob

    “We were smaller then,you see,but soon we gathered like a storm, and they don’t understand what that thunder meant at all.”!!!!!!
    Get the gov. out of the healthcare business,and quit giving our money away to people that don’t work for it,including other countries.
    The CONSTITUTION is for the PEOPLE,and no one else,especially the WAR MACHINE and the,and BIG CORPORATIONS.

    May 5, 2017,4:55 pm


  24. April

    To be very honest, I want to see PP defunded.

    May 5, 2017,4:42 pm


  25. Bill Lynch

    Problem is that Obamacare broke the system prior to 2010, and it also created, in effect, yet another entitlement program which federal government cannot afford Agree with Krauthammer we are headed to single payer (i do not agree wtih) because Obamacare is in process of destroying the private health insurance market, which was probably the intention

    May 5, 2017,4:31 pm

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