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“Although the effort to achieve health care reform has been arduous and ugly, progressives can't merely brush off their hands, move on to other issues and hope the stars will align again for "real" reform. When you stop and think about the bottomless pot of money that health insurance companies constantly replenish by diverting part of our premium dollars away from paying for medical care, it is in some ways remarkable that we have accomplished as much as we have with this legislation. So instead of sending more "Kill the Bill" emails, we need to turn our attention now to leaders in the House, insisting they stick to their guns on important elements of their bill and improve on what the Senate has passed. It will not be easy to merge the two bills to the satisfaction of reform advocates, but at the very least the House should add language to strengthen the regulation of insurance companies and close the loopholes that would allow them to circumvent the intent of the legislation.”—Wendell Potter
This morning I was sitting in the Johns Hopkins Occupational Heath office, reading the latest Hopkins newspaper. The cover story was about how Hopkins is preparing to deal with whatever changes the AHCA bring.
The end result was that most people within Hopkins (who kind of know healthcare about as well as anyone else in the world) think the bills, acts, and debates are too much about insurance and not enough about how to make healthcare better and more affordable.
Now, let’s take a moment to think of what the most successful process of making a product better and more affordable could be… Hmmmmm….. Could it be government regulation? Nope, that one doesn’t seem to work very well historically. Oh wait, isn’t there that thing called a free market system that is known for driving down cost and improving quality of the product? How about we give that one a shot.
If the care is cheap, insurance is cheap. If the care is good, we need less of it. Sounds like a good place to be.
So... I've recently tried not to get too much into politics online..
but AHCA is a good natured law which has horrible horrible consequences.
I mean… really?? Under this law PRIVATE health insurance companies are no longer allowed to charge higher rates to people with pre-existing conditions or disabilities.
Let’s really think about this.
A privately owned for-profit company is being forced by the government to charge the same rate for someone who is going to cost them thousands or tens of thousands every month as a regular Joe who is going to cost them a hundred a year.
Let’s look at this outside of the healthcare field. Car insurance, for instance.
Basically the same law placed on the vehicle insurance companies would mean that a person who wrecks a car every single month gets to pay the same as a person who has never wrecked a car in their life.
How does this make sense?
Affordable Health Care Act
Yeah yeah yeah we know you brainwashed, immature conservatives. I know the GOP has been drilling in your thin fucking skulls how communist and socialist the AHCA is over the past few years. I mean, just like with abortion and gay marriage, you think its such a horrible tragedy that somebody wants to make health care affordable for the less fortunate. Its the END OF FUCKING WORLD. The people who say “if you can’t afford it, you don’t deserve it.” What kind of sick dictator, anti-humanist scumbag are you? OF COURSE EVERYONE DESERVES HEALTH CARE. Its about time somebody stood up for this. I’m young and not in desperate need of health care, but you know what, I would like to know that I have it available to me in case I need it. I have enough compassion and sympathy for people who need this law to pay for their insurance. Doctors and medical facilities are crooks in this country, just like the police force, who will only help you if the cash amount attends to their liking. So next you think about flapping your gums about this, use your brain and study the bill