Healthcare may need some reworking, but it does not need the government to run any more of it than it already does ["Obama Administration: GOP Using Scare Tactics on Healthcare," usnews.com]. Politicians are incapable of running any kind of business. If the healthcare that Obama wants is so good, Congress should abolish its healthcare system and get on the one that Obama wants to put the country on. Giving away money such as Cash for Clunkers is just a gimmick to buy votes.
Comment by Jesse M. Torrez of TX
I do not claim to know everything. What I do know is I have diabetes. There is no health plan I can afford at this time. I don't know where my next paycheck is coming from and I just had my car taken away because I can't afford it. I have had to go to the emergency room twice this year from complications. That bill is in the neighborhood of $17,000. Being a Democrat means absolutely nothing. I am a sick man first. People who oppose a universal plan can't possibly understand what the current system does to thousands like me. Better yet, maybe they do. That's what makes it a joke.
Comment by Bobby Dawson of FL
We are happy with our healthcare. We are retired and have Medicare and secondary health insurance. My husband is alive today and he has had two serious health issues. If we hadn't had Medicare and insurance he wouldn't be alive today. We need to address issues with healthcare but not have the federal government take over. They have enough trouble trying to keep the post office going and it isn't up to them to decide our fate. Other programs such as welfare and help for illegals need to be addressed. We the middle class are already taxed too much. We want to keep our American right of making our own decisions. Nationalized healthcare hasn't worked in any other country and it won't work here.
Comment by Jo Ann Leos of CA
A public option to healthcare will effectively put private insurance out of business as they cannot compete against a competitor who does not have to make a profit. It will also raise taxes on everyone, not just the rich or businesses. All taxes imposed on a business are passed on to the consumer. Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Just look at the Massachusetts state health system, which is going bankrupt because the state does not have the money to pay for it. Why should anyone pay for health insurance if they can get a government funded benefit? That is the future of Obama's healthcare—it is just that he and others are not willing to learn from the past.
Comment by Jack M. Baskin of WA
Both major parties should focus on finding some kind of workable solution instead of putting so much effort into damning each other's ideas. If everyone just faces the facts and stops projecting damnation on each other's ideas maybe something intelligent may happen for a change. I watched the Michael Moore film called Sicko and was very surprised at how efficient basic healthcare can be even in some of the poorest countries in the world. I work in cancer therapy. I have had this career for over 20 years. A few years ago when my hospital was making a choice about which company to go with for a replacement of one of our radiation therapy machines, I was invited to go tour a factory. I was very surprised to see how many different places around the globe were already ordering the same radiation therapy machine that we were considering. I had not been informed that the state of healthcare in many different places around the world was not much different than in my own hospital. This is what happens when you can't see beyond your own borders either by design or by a lack of foresight. I can only hope that as our representatives in our government attempt to float new ideas, they are not constantly sunk by fear-mongers employed to maintain the status quo for only just the few.
Comment by Michael K. Handy of CA