Is Obama's health care bill positive or negative? Is it good or bad to force everyone to have health insurance? How will the bill affect the economy, jobs..etc?

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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No matter how the emergency room is funded, taxpayers will pay for those who do not have their own personal insurance, be it a socialized medicine or as it has worked in which health insurance costs rise to cover those without it.  As post #1 suggests, you will want to do research.  1. Ask doctors how they feel. 2. Check with senior citizens and ask them the changes in their charges, availability of services, etc. since some of Obamacare has already kicked in. 3. Take a look at the socialized medicine of countries such as Canada, England, and Germany.  (e.g. Why do people from these countries come to the US for operations and treatments? Could it be that their socialized medicine excludes some treatments??!) The inimitable Nancy Pelosi told Congress to approve the Health Care bill and read it later. Could there have been some text that might have been less that beneficial?  Nothing is ever free, is it?

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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Ask yourself some other questions, as the Health Care Bill that actually passed Congress was not Obama's - he is not a legislator and can only propose and influence.  On top of that, large segments of the bill were heavily misrepresented by people who simply don't like Obama.  These people talked of non-existent death panels and "government-run insurance" and "socialized medicine", none of which were part of the actual bill being debated.

As to your question, if 51 million Americans had no insurance, they still sought medical care, right?  They still went to a hospital when they got cancer, or were in an accident, right?  So coverage is not the issue, the fact that everyone needs medical care at some point is the issue, and it needs to be paid for.  As it was before the bill, All Americans sought health care, whether or not they had coverage.  You and I and everyone who did have coverage paid for them when they could not pay for their bills.  If insurance is mandatory and affordable, then your premiums and mine go down because we don't have to pay for others anymore.  Sounds good to me.

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clairewait | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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It is a very bad thing. The government should not penalize people for not buying health care. It should not interfere with private insurance companies. But that's what happens when we as citizens depend on the government to bail us out of issues. Forcing us to purchase anything, is not only unconstitutional, but out right criminal. The liberty that we feel "entitled" is in jeopardy. Before we know what hit us, the govt. will own everything and will create multiple monopolies; we will be forced to purchase from all of them. 

I was just going to add that anything that makes government bigger and gives it more control, in my opinion, is a bad thing.

On the flip side, if health insurance was more commercialized (because more people were buying it) the cost would likely become more competitive.

On another flip side (this dang three sided coin) - just because a law mandates that everyone get healthcare does not mean everyone will get healthcare.  How many people in the US are driving vehicles without licenses?  Not to open a can of worms, but look at illegal immigration.  Look at the drug cartel.  Laws, in and of themselves, do not cause or prevent behavior.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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You will receive many answers to this question.  I would say that many of them are driven by one's own personal political beliefs because the reform of health care has become such a politicized issue.  You could certainly use the thoughts posted here, but in all honesty, it sounds like you need some factual analysis and given the strongly political climate surrounding this issue, it might be best to avoid this in the process of assembling your work. Doing your own research on this would be vitally important.  I think the web could be an excellent source for this.  A simple web search in which you type "positives and negatives of health care bill" into a search engine could yield much in terms of relevant information that can be used to construct your own analysis how the health care bill deals with mandates, and the positives and negatives of the bill.

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life-long-learner | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

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It is a very bad thing. The government should not penalize people for not buying health care. It should not interfere with private insurance companies. But that's what happens when we as citizens depend on the government to bail us out of issues. Forcing us to purchase anything, is not only unconstitutional, but out right criminal. The liberty that we feel "entitled" is in jeopardy. Before we know what hit us, the govt. will own everything and will create multiple monopolies; we will be forced to purchase from all of them. 

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