Please let's not let this be a political debate if possible:) I have a serious question for parents of type 1 children who are against the Healthcare law. Can you tell me why? For me, the parents I know who have children with pre-existing life threatening conditions, knowing our children will not be kicked off our health insurance policy because of this is such a blessing. Insulin would cost probably 80% more without insurance. We would have to afford it of course but it would break us. So just wondering why others do not feel the same, unless you can afford to buy your diabetes supplies cash of course:) The co-pay we can afford, but to pay cash- wow! Just wondering. Hope my question does not upset anyone. Thanks in advance for your answers.
That's a 2009 article and does not reflect the final healthcare law, which was passed in 2010. It was specifically about a plan to create a government run insurance plan.
In fact the AMA (the Doctors) support the Affordable Care Act. Read the AMA press release when the Supreme Court upheld the act:
AMA: Supreme Court Decision Protects Much-Needed Health Insurance Coverage for Millions of Americans
For immediate release:
June 28, 2012
Statement attributable to:
Jeremy A. Lazarus, MD
President, American Medical Association
The American Medical Association has long supported health insurance coverage for all, and we are pleased that this decision means millions of Americans can look forward to the coverage they need to get healthy and stay healthy.
“The AMA remains committed to working on behalf of America's physicians and patients to ensure the law continues to be implemented in ways that support and incentivize better health outcomes and improve the nation's health care system.
“This decision protects important improvements, such as ending coverage denials due to pre-existing conditions and lifetime caps on insurance, and allowing the 2.5 million young adults up to age 26 who gained coverage under the law to stay on their parents' health insurance policies. The expanded health care coverage upheld by the Supreme Court will allow patients to see their doctors earlier rather than waiting for treatment until they are sicker and care is more expensive. The decision upholds funding for important research on the effectiveness of drugs and treatments and protects expanded coverage for prevention and wellness care, which has already benefited about 54 million Americans.
“The health reform law upheld by the Supreme Court simplifies administrative burdens, including streamlining insurance claims, so physicians and their staff can spend more time with patients and less time on paperwork. It protects those in the Medicare ‘donut hole,’ including the 5.1 million Medicare patients who saved significantly on prescription drugs in 2010 and 2011. These important changes have been made while maintaining our American system with both private and public insurers.”
Here is the AMA's page on the health care act.
Here are two points that I think are important when considering this debate:
Years ago, we decided that providing public education was a common good; that is, we decided that everyone benefits from ensuring that children have access to free, basic education. That is how we justify making everyone chip in and pay for our public education system. I don't understand why health care isn't seem the same way.
At the risk of sounding overtly political, I tend to be a bit of a radical on this point. It becomes clearer and clearer that healthcare is a human right. Either everyone deserves it, or no one does. Sometimes I'm not sure which.
Hi Sam. Rather than sounding political, I'm going to sound like a Star Trek time traveler: I believe that every person in the world has the right to healthcare!
Wonderful explanation, My bustedpancreas!! Health care IS a public health issue!!
And dare I get political and ask Did you see how well President Bill Clintion tackled the issues last night?.. Well. let me stop, if I can. My political leanings are all too obvious,as If I care..lol
I so agree Brunetta. One of my favorite parts of Clinton's speech was when he asked what kind of country we want to live in... a "we're all in this together" society or a "you're on your own, winner take all" society. Sums up my feelings perfectly.