Health Care Debate - Owatonna, MN

Discuss the national Health Care debate in Owatonna, MN.

Do you support President Obama's health care policy?

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Kevin S.

Faribault, MN

#1 Nov 20, 2009
It is just a agteway to socialism. Limited Government is what made this country!
to the point

Owatonna, MN

#2 Nov 21, 2009
As a vet I get goverment health care, it's called the VA hospital. Trust me you don't want health care runned by the goverment

Since: Nov 09

Faribault, MN

#3 Nov 29, 2009
There are many hard working Americans that don't go to the doctor because it's too expensive in an attempt to be fiscally responsible and live within their budget. They did not have the advantage of working for a corporation that gives them good health insurance, and current premiums for private insurance are either out of range, or they are disqualified for pre-existing conditions.
Kevin S

Faribault, MN

#4 Dec 10, 2009
singingforjoy wrote:
There are many hard working Americans that don't go to the doctor because it's too expensive in an attempt to be fiscally responsible and live within their budget. They did not have the advantage of working for a corporation that gives them good health insurance, and current premiums for private insurance are either out of range, or they are disqualified for pre-existing conditions.
I agree prices are high, but I have to find a way to support my family and pay for Health care. We don't need to change the whole system to fix a few broken pieces. There are much better options then this. If your car needs brakes, you don't just go buy a new car, you fix the problem. It's the same thing with Health Care. Let all the insurance providers compete, not just the handful that are allowed currently. There are about 300 total providers and we or our employers get to chose from about 5. Also, tort reform would go a long way. Our society is a sue happy one. People see get rich quick and sue for everyting. McDonalds being sued years ago for hot coffee started that bouncing ball rolling.
Tom

Faribault, MN

#5 Dec 10, 2009
We don't need a complete overhaul. Taxes will be raised far too much.

Since: Nov 09

Faribault, MN

#6 Dec 21, 2009
Kevin S wrote:
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I agree prices are high, but I have to find a way to support my family and pay for Health care. We don't need to change the whole system to fix a few broken pieces. There are much better options then this. If your car needs brakes, you don't just go buy a new car, you fix the problem. It's the same thing with Health Care. Let all the insurance providers compete, not just the handful that are allowed currently. There are about 300 total providers and we or our employers get to chose from about 5. Also, tort reform would go a long way. Our society is a sue happy one. People see get rich quick and sue for everyting. McDonalds being sued years ago for hot coffee started that bouncing ball rolling.
Studies into Torte reform show that there is no passing off of the savings to the consumer: the individual doctor reabsorbs that savings because it was a business expense he no longer has to pay: it becomes part of his own profit.
As to folks working to provide health care for themselves and their family, the working poor do not have the option. Some work two and three jobs to get along as it is-the cost of insurance is out of reach. It is a reality that not everyone can get a job that pays more than minimum wage. Insurance companies work very hard to find ways to only cover people that don't need their services, so even if someone chooses to sacrifice enough of their pay to get coverage, they may find the answer is no before they start, or worse yet, they get a no after they file a claim.
The other issues being tackled in health care reform have to do with how Medicare is paid out, and changing the focus of treatment to outcome rather than fee for service.
For insurance companies to compete across state lines, there needs to be a regulated or required base of services in order to get fair comparisons and to prevent companies from having that "great low price" and find out it doesn't cover basic needs or has outrageous co-pays or some other "gottcha" language that leaves the consumer holding the bag.
R. Crooks

United States

#7 Jan 25, 2010
we can't afford it
Dick Anderson

Columbia, SC

#8 Jan 29, 2010
Congress has made a royal mess of this legislation. They
are scared to death of wasting all this time and money and
coming up empty...so scared they'll try to pass any junk at all. NO! NO! NO!
Dave Purscell

Winona, MN

#9 Mar 30, 2010
Congress passed and the president signed a 3,000 page law, written in secret, and which virtually nobody in congress actually read. Otherwise they might have noticed the enormous holes it the bill. It DOESN'T solve the problem.

It spends money we don't have. Some estimates are as high as $4.3 Trilion over 10 years. But the biggest problem is that it DOESN'T solve the problem. For example, as a small business owner I am still legally prohibited from pooling risk with other small business owners.

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