Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentOther - Politics & Government · 9 years ago

Are those who oppose healthcare reform independently wealthy?

In every case challenging the constitutionality of healthcare reform the plaintiffs have been people who did not carry healthcare insurance and who claimed they would prefer to handle their own healthcare needs as they arise.

* The average hospital stay in the US costs over $29k for people with insurance.

* The average cost of premiums in the US is over $12k per year

* 62% of personal bankruptcies can be attributed to medical costs

* The number of employers offering healthcare insurance to their employees fell by 7% during the Bush years

These plaintiffs claim they cannot afford the penalty for failing to carry health insurance, but seem oblivious to the fact it would be even more impossible for them to afford an average hospital stay. The HCR bill at least subsidizes the cost of the penalty for low-income families - in some cases even eliminating all cost. But the bill for a hospital stay will remain on your credit report until the day you pay it off or die.


@ Mjo - The Republican plan gave people the decision & control to carry no insurance and pass the cost on to taxpayers. Which explains why premiums are so high and why so many personal bankruptcies result from medical bills. The HCR bill doesn't tell you which company to pick - you're still free to choose. It just requires that you pick something so you don't pass on the cost of your medical care to others.

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  • 9 years ago
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    No as many who oppose it who are not wealthy. It is just that those who are not wealthy who oppose the reforms are not aware of the facts.

    I am always amazed how many Americans seem not to be aware about the real healthcare issues relying instead on FOX and other sources to spread lies about the healthcare system of the USA and those abroad. I mean, if healthcare in nations with universal coverage is so bad, why do they keep it?

    Obama wants to make insurance more available to all and change the system so that it gives the American people value for money [1]. He also wants change so that the insurance companies find it harder to get out of paying for treatment. The system he is proposing looks similar to that which works in Taiwan where private companies are involved in providing healthcare [2].

    Obama campaigned on reforming the healthcare system. He said he wanted to make insurance more available and he was elected to do this [3].

    FACT - the US has higher death rates for kids both for kids aged under one and those under five than western European countries with universal health coverage [4].

    FACT – American insurance companies pushed up prices and worked to stop paying out claims on those they covered before the reforms came in [5].

    FACT - the USA spends more on healthcare PER PERSON than any other nation on the planet [6].

    That means that a dead American four year old would have had a better chance of life if they were born in any western nation with universal health coverage.

    If you do not like the policies that Obama was elected to bring in, he can always be voted out of office in 2012. But if you disagree with the facts, please let me know. I am always willing to learn, but please provide proof. None of those who disagree with me have been able to do that so far.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    No. But people who oppose BAD healthcare reform are intelligent and know that the Democrat legislation is bad for people and bad for the country.

    Reform as proposed by conservatives was good, as it put the decision and control in the hands of the people, not the government.

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  • 9 years ago


    All you have to have to oppose universal health care is ethics.

    I am one of those people.

    I fear having to pay huge health bills.

    I also know that the reason for those huge health bills is that we have created socialized medicine, removing competition. Why lower prices? They have a promised income as medical personnel.

    End it.

    Enough of this garbage. Socialism is a bankrupt ideology throughout the world.

    It collapses economies. It is bereft of ethics.

    End it.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    No ,but I like to know how much a month something will cost .How can anyone say how good BHO care is when no one on the planet knows the cost .Bunch of naive people .

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    No, they're independently smart.

    Source(s): Libertarian
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