Health Care Debate - Santa Cruz, CA

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Sacramento, CA

#1 Sep 17, 2009
We are required, this is a mandate. Very close to socialism. We will lose our freedoms. Employers will pay for it, that is not right.
What in the World


#2 Oct 30, 2009
wasteful, overtaxing, full of lies and deceit.
jet fuel

Santa Cruz, CA

#3 Nov 3, 2009
only reform that is needed, is to limit any medical related law suits to settlements decided by board of doctors and eliminate huge punitive damage settlements that mostly enrich plaintiff attorneys.
Compassionate Voter

Soquel, CA

#4 Nov 18, 2009
The well being and the freedom from harm of all citizens is essential to Social Order
Idiots Uber Alles

Santa Cruz, CA

#5 Nov 20, 2009
all he's doing is buying votes while not fixing the real problem - tort reform. But then again, look who makes the laws - lawyers!
Public Option Supporter

San Jose, CA

#6 Dec 3, 2009
If we can just keep the politicians from wasting tons of cash in government programs that have poor or no oversight (such as the "stimulus" and contractors in Iraq), we'd have plenty of money to fund the healthcare this country's citizens need. I support the public option -- public option health insurance for on-the-job injuries (workers comp) has worked for decades and keeps costs down. Do the same for health care in general.

Santa Cruz, CA

#7 Dec 19, 2009
will cost too much and cause deterioration of service for people who have maintained health insurance and does not address the key problem which is unreasonable costs for human error or the stealing of the tort bar known by the euphemism of malpractice law suits

Hayward, CA

#8 Dec 31, 2009
Health should be a public service, like the police or fire department. Although I don't particular like the details of what they are managing to get in Washington, I approve their efforts.
Brian Heath

Santa Cruz, CA

#9 Jan 3, 2010
Its not a perfect bill, but its better financially and medically. It provides more equitable coverage for middle class people and the unemployed than the current insurance company driven model that doesn't live up to its advertising and is not available, because of cost, for those that really need it.
old timer

Fremont, CA

#10 Jan 4, 2010
The president is to busy trotting all over the world vacationing to give a hoot about this issue.
Sean Williams

Andover, MA

#11 Jan 15, 2010
If only 10% of Americans cannot afford health care, then why is our government overhauling the entire system?

Why not use the money they're proposing they need to create this enourmous undertaking and pay for med expenses of that 10% and leave the rest of us alone?

It appears that this proposal has NOTHING to do with supplying health care, and everything to do with extending government control in a socialized fasion - something which the MAJORITY of Americans do not want, yet Obama and his thugs do not care what we want or do not want, because if they did they would listen to us.

They're not listening to us.

Furthermore, it is unconstitutional that this bill stipulate that American citizens be fined and imprisoned for not accepting this plan.
This is an OUTRAGE!!!

This fact alone is the most dangerous insane communistic government proposal I have ever heard in my life.

We can be arrested....if we don't sign up for health care???

I lived in Italy for one year.
They don't arrest you if you don't want the health care plan..and they're quazi socialist.

Obama's plan is more than socialistic; it's reminiscint of a dictatorship.

Citizen Riverside

United States

#12 Feb 8, 2010
In most civilized, modern, industrialized countries, people feel that healthcare for all citizens is no less a human right than freedom of speech or religion. Though some may have worried when a national healthcare plan was first conceived in their countries, no one would want to do without it now. This is according to Australian and European friends of mine. They have full coverage for checkups, medications and emergency care. They may have to wait a bit for elective procedures but can also carry private supplemental policies to cover those elective procedures if they don't want to wait for the public plan. That only applies to elective procedures. Most of the fears of public health plans are based on lies promulgated by HMOs and pharmaceutical companies. Do you want big business dictating what medical care you're entitled to?
Barros Serrano

Morgantown, WV

#14 Feb 16, 2010
Every other developed nation manages to have universal healthcare access. Any motion in that direction is an improvement in the USA.

Naturally with our bitter and obstructionist politics what we get will be highly flawed. Perhaps we will see it evolve in a positive direction subsequently.

United States

#15 Feb 16, 2010
Public Opinion
Canadians strongly support the health system's public rather than for-profit private basis, and a 2009 poll by Nanos Research found 86.2% of Canadians surveyed supported or strongly supported "public solutions to make our public health care stronger."[3][4]

A 2009 Harris/Decima poll found 82% of Canadians preferred their healthcare system to the one in the United States, more than ten times as many as the 8% stating a preference for a US-style health care system for Canada[5] while a Strategic Counsel survey in 2008 found 91% of Canadians preferring their healthcare system to that of the U.S.[6][7]. In the same poll, when asked “overall the Canadian health care system was performing very well, fairly well, not very well or not at all?” 70% of Canadians rated their system as working either "well" or "very well".[citation needed] A 2003 Gallup poll found only 25% of Americans are either "very" or "somewhat" satisfied with "the availability of affordable healthcare in the nation," versus 50% of those in the UK and 57% of Canadians. Those "very dissatisfied" made up 44% of Americans, 25% of respondents of Britons, and 17% of Canadians[8]

In November 2004, Canadians voted Tommy Douglas, Canada's "father of Medicare," the Greatest Canadian of all time following a nationwide contest sponsored by the CBC.[9

Since: Jul 10

Pacific Grove, CA

#16 Jul 13, 2010
Pretty much anything Obama does I oppose.

RON PAUL 2012!
ru kidding

Effingham, IL

#17 Jul 13, 2010
SN0W M0NSTER wrote:
Pretty much anything Obama does I oppose.
RON PAUL 2012!
Please get him past the primaries, or Palin.

Since: Jul 10

Pacific Grove, CA

#18 Jul 13, 2010
Barros Serrano wrote:
Every other developed nation manages to have universal healthcare access. Any motion in that direction is an improvement in the USA.
Naturally with our bitter and obstructionist politics what we get will be highly flawed. Perhaps we will see it evolve in a positive direction subsequently.
Africa is more developed than Europe ass crack...
ru kidding

Effingham, IL

#19 Jul 13, 2010
SN0W M0NSTER wrote:
<quoted text>
Africa is more developed than Europe ass crack...

Since: Feb 08

Santa Cruz

#20 Jan 10, 2011
Too many unfunded mandates. The only way I'd even consider supporting the policy would be if all gubmint officials were included so they could reap what they were sowing.
Juan Taco

Watsonville, CA

#21 Jan 10, 2011
I support this plan ,this is good for me .Muchas gracias.

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