Reduced Freedom

The passage of the new health care bill will result in many more people having coverage.

Whether they want it or not.

The bill will require companies to provide health care coverage, or pay a fine.  Either way it will increase the cost of doing business in the United States.  That cost will be passed on to customers.  It will also be one more reason to send jobs out-of-country, where the cost of doing business is cheaper in many ways.

The bill also requires individuals to purchase health care coverage, if they do not have it provided, or pay a fine.  Yes,  there will be a subsidy, but for many people, the subsidy will not cover the cost.  It will be one more added expense for people who already are having a difficult time.

Comply or be fined.  Those are the options, and it is a reduction in our freedom to direct our own lives, and our own businesses.

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8 Responses to “Reduced Freedom”

  1. tjalexander Says:

    *sigh*

  2. JaCi Waldorf Says:

    As much as I want to be excited for the action that is finally being taken regarding health care, I can’t help the uneasy feeling I get in my stomach whenever I hear about it. Reduction in freedom is a great way to put it.

  3. Gloria Says:

    working with Medicare and Medicaid has clearly shown me that the government is by far not the expert on how to handle insurance. Then you have states like Illinois that process a claim but then tell you that you will get paid when the money is available. 6 months later and maybe there is a check.

  4. Cherie Bell Says:

    Working with private insurance isn’t always a walk in the park either.

    After watching uninsured friends and family suffer horrible, irreversible health consequences…I, for one, am glad the poor will have access to healthcare.

    We knew one family where the father had to quit his job so they could go on Medicaid to get coverage when his wife was diagnosed with crippling arthritis.

    I also have a dear friend with a severe neurological issue. She had no access to specialist health care unless she made a $2,000 upfront deposit. Of course, she didn’t have the money. And, of course, she didn’t receive the care. At this point, she struggles to walk and speak. Just the normal things…like writing and talking on the phone are pretty much lost to her.

    Could early medical intervention have saved her this?

    We’ll never know.

    And…I’m glad that private insurance companies will no longer be able to drop people with on-going conditions.

    Over the years, Tom and I have paid thousand of dollars in taxes for causes we didn’t believe in…outrageously expensive wars with no real benefit to anyone.

    I’m glad that at least some of our tax dollars will actually benefit people who desperately need it.

    I think those of us with access to private health care…may not realize the devastating effect to people who don’t have it.

    • Pastor Curt Says:

      Cherie,

      You offer specific examples of why health care reform is needed in our country. I, too, want to see people receive the treatment that they need. I am just not convinced that this bill was the way to go. Of course, I haven’t read it in its’ entirety. I hope and pray that it will work out for the best.

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