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Yes, as far as it goes. But it doesn't go nearly far enough to bring US healthcare up to the level of most of the rest of the developed world.
One more step towards socialism. FYI Eddy, the US is the world's gold standard of healthcare, and like anything else, you get what you pay for.
Larry, this health care bill is mostly about getting more people covered, including those who lose their jobs or have preexisting conditions, and setting up insurance exchanges to help bring costs down for the self-insured. How would these things harm the quality of care in the U.S. ?
Lawrence J, “The US is the world's gold standard of healthcare,” only if you have a lot of gold, or for people with incomes of $100,000 or more a year. For everyone else, the US healthcare system is mediocre at best. In fact the US ranks #37 in the world, just below Costa Rica. Two years ago the US was #35. Did we slip to #37, because we’re the “gold standard for healthcare?” I thought that the US is #1 in everything, guess not.
Health care reform is absolutely necessary. Unfortunately, this was not reform. The additional taxes that will be required to support this coverage is staggering. This will do to our country what runaway health care costs have done to medicare and medicaid; it will bankrupt us. Our representatives acted irresponsibly by passing this flawed, unaffordable legislation. Those who think this was better than nothing will be wishing for nothing when the true costs are tallied. They needed to change the cost trajectory and reform the way we pay for health care. This was not done.
Now I know what happened to Monty Hall; we sent him to congress.
Donald, you are right that runaway health care costs are slowly but steadily bleeding us dry. Of course, there are many who work in the industry, or have financial investments in it, who want to see that cost trajectory bend ever upwards from here to eternity. But the real problem is there are still too many average folk who don't know how much their employers are paying for their health insurance, and don't much care. So it is a truly a blessing that average folk are now being required to contribute more and more for their own health insurance. Maybe after another five or ten years of double digit cost inflation, they will begin to notice that their paychecks keep shrinking, and the pain will become such that even Fox News viewers can no longer deny it. Apparently, things have to get worse - much worse - before they can get better. So stay tuned for the sequel... Health Care Reform II: SIngle Payer or Death.