What’s So Bad (or Great) about Obamacare? (Part 9 of 9)

October 11, 2009
This entry is part 9 of 9 in the series Bad Obamacare

UPDATE: How does the most recently unveiled health care proposal, presented by Max Baucus, D-MT, and the Senate Finance Committee, compare? Very similar, in fact. Here is what Senator Jon Kyl, R-AZ, said on the 9/16/2009 Hugh Hewitt radio show: “It provides for a government takeover of health care…. [I]f you take the true costs, […]

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What’s So Bad (or Great) about Obamacare? (Part 8 of 9)

October 10, 2009
This entry is part 8 of 9 in the series Bad Obamacare

Abortion-funding: As usual, there are mixed signals on whether or not the proposed legislation will provide for government-funded abortions. The White House has not said much about this of late. But, in a 2007 speech to Planned Parenthood, Obama said “reproductive care is essential care. It is basic care. And so it is at the […]

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What’s So Bad (or Great) about Obamacare? (Part 7 of 9)

October 10, 2009
This entry is part 7 of 9 in the series Bad Obamacare

Impact on doctors: There are three major points to consider here. First, America already has a shortage of doctors, particularly primary-care and family practice physicians. Even doctors are advising their own children to go into another profession. One of the biggest reasons for this has been the outrageous costs of malpractice insurance – in many […]

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What’s So Bad (or Great) About Obamacare? (Part 6 of 9)

October 9, 2009
This entry is part 6 of 9 in the series Bad Obamacare

Impact on private insurers: The first impact is the just-discussed fact that those who offer private insurance plans will be subject to additional federal regulations. Some of these might be good (e.g., disallowing exclusion due to a “pre-existing condition” or cutting off coverage when you get too sick) and some will border on the ridiculous […]

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What’s So Bad (or Great) About Obamacare? (Part 5 of 9)

October 9, 2009
This entry is part 5 of 9 in the series Bad Obamacare

These seem like pretty valid concerns to me. Let’s look at a few more issues brought up by Obamacare’s critics: Less coverage: In addition to the above-mentioned home care and wellness services provided by Medicare Advantage, it covers several other things not covered by basic Medicare – e.g., improved prescription drug plans, screening for vision […]

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What’s So Bad (or Great) About Obamacare? (Part 4 of 9)

October 9, 2009
This entry is part 4 of 9 in the series Bad Obamacare

“Death Panel”: A few weeks ago, former Governor Sarah Palin caused a stir when she referred to provision for “death panels” in the proposed health care legislation, which would put the lives of the elderly and disabled at the mercy of some government committee (or some such thing). Hyperbole aside, it is certainly worth investigating. […]

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What’s So Bad (or Great) About Obamacare? (Part 3 of 9)

October 8, 2009
This entry is part 3 of 9 in the series Bad Obamacare

Rationing of care: If the experiences of those in similar systems in Canada and Europe are any guide, this means looooong waits and many treatments and procedures not approved or otherwise unavailable. It seems every week, now, that one hears reports of someone in the UK who, for example, had to wait a year for […]

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What’s So Bad (or Great) About Obamacare? (Part 2 of 9)

October 8, 2009
This entry is part 2 of 9 in the series Bad Obamacare

Contrary to what some Democrats and others in the press would have us believe, everyone agrees that the U.S. Healthcare system has some problems, especially in the insurance arena, and is in need of reform. But, implementing any change, just for the sake of change or to say “we did something”, is not necessarily good. […]

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What’s So Bad (or Great) About Obamacare? (Part 1 of 9)

October 8, 2009
This entry is part 1 of 9 in the series Bad Obamacare

Several weeks ago, I decided to write an article – something I’d never done before – on the current legislation being proposed by Congress to address various problems in U.S. health care. I figured the research would help me get a better understanding of the issues, and maybe I could even find someone to pay […]

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