US and Health Insurance

United States
June 22, 2009 12:40pm CST
I need to know if I am understanding this correctly. I came across an article on how they want to pass into law that all Americans have to have health insurance. Even if we have to pay for it? (I have not found a full article on this yet, so I do not know the full story.)
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• United States
22 Jun 09
Nothing is finalized yet, and there is much debate how they will do it. I personally believe all US citizens should have access to good, and affordable health care. I also believe all citizens should, and can pay something. No one gets it for free. With over 300 million Americans everyone could pay 10 dollars a month, and the expense would be covered. It will be a very sad day if they can not get this done this time. The system is very unfair, and cruel the way it is currently set up.
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• United States
22 Jun 09
Ten dollars a month would be awesome! For good health insurance right now for me and my husband alone it would cost us between $200-900. I think that is insane, we are lucky we are surviving right now as we are.
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• United States
24 Jun 09
you and your wife are the exact people Obama's plan is supposed to help.
@smileonstar (4013)
• United States
22 Jun 09
HI, as far as I know. The reason they want us to have health insurance cuz they dont want us to end up with a big problem when you become sick and you will get well care when you get older. It is a good thing and help everyone to stay healthy all the time. Im sorry, I am not good with politic but that's all i know about it
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• United States
22 Jun 09
Thanks, I am not great with politics either. I just trying to understand it a little more and trying to make sense of it, I just can't find the whole story anywhere. I think it is a good idea, but my question is I hope they don't except me to pay for health insurance at the price they are now. I can't afford it.
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• United States
22 Jun 09
Here are some option that might available for you. I am under healthy family program and I pay only $14 per month. You can call or go to Medicare place and ask... they will help you for sure. If you qualify then it costs nothing to have health insurance at all. Try it and it will help you.
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@goldeneagle (6775)
• United States
22 Jun 09
Well I hope they plan to make it so that everyone can AFFORD to pay for it. That is the ONLY reason I do not have insurance now...I can't afford to pay for the damn stuff. For this reason, I just suffered with severe back pain for a week because I was unable to afford to go to the doctor. I also missed an entire week of work because I couldn't walk or stand up. Perhaps if health insurance, or health care was more affordable, people wouldn't have to suffer because they can't afford insurance or can't afford to go to the doctor. The cost of health care and health insurance is out of control. The government could step in and put a limit on the amount doctors and other health care professionals could charge for their services if they would do it. Then the cost of health care, and in turn, the cost of insurance, would not be so outrageous.
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@jen_barre (104)
• United States
22 Jun 09
jerseygirl it is true that our president is attempting to pass into law a way of nationalizing and mandating health care. He is doing this through fines, penalties and raising taxes so that working Americans have to now pick up the tab for people that can't or WON'T afford it on their own. It's similar to....Marxism actually. Currently there is a cost associated with healthcare - depending on the plan your employer participates in and your preference in coverage compared to cost - this was nice because it reflected "freedom" which is outlined nicely in our constitution...however this president feels that our constitution should be null and void, and we should now NOT benefit individually from hard work, but my neighbor who stays home to collect welfare should benefit from my hard work...sort of a new theory for the United States of America....
@iriscot (1290)
• United States
23 Jun 09
I'm sorry you feel that way jen about the president and what he is trying to get done for the people of this country. You bring up the Constitution, that was written shortly after the Revolutionary War. There are things in the Constitution that really don't fit too well in today's society. For one thing, there was no such thing as health insurance then, there were no hospitals in those days. People didn't make $20,000 - $100,000 per year wasges. They scratched and clawed to make enough money to feed and cloth their families. When they moved westward for a better life, they even burned down their cabins to salvage the nails and hardware. What the President is proposing has nothing to do with the Constitution and will not harm it in any way, but it may help people who don't make the wages that the well-to-do get in their pay checks. I don't believe that anyone should be able to sit at home and live on welfare if they are able to work, but there are a lot of people who have no way of earning a living. I will get off of my soap box now and you can answer any way you want.
• United States
24 Jun 09
The only thing I agree with what jen said is that those who chose not to pay for insurance because they want to spend that money on something else should be forced to. So long as it is affordable, it should be available and required.
@anniepa (27238)
• United States
23 Jun 09
The bill isn't even close to being written yet so there's nothing to fear so far. I don't think anything that would force everyone to pay for something they can't afford would ever pass. However, I definitely believe everyone should be covered by health insurance and that there should be a public option. That's the only way to bring costs under control which will save everyone money in the long term. In my opinion this isn't all about money at all, it's about over 18,000 Americans dying each year because they have no insurance or not enough. Annie