American voters spoke loud and clear when elected officials passed a lousy bill they didn’t understand against the will of the people. Americans by and large still think that government is composed “of the people”, and should act “for the people”. In March of 2010, they did not.
Now, we the people have an opportunity to go back to the drawing board. Before we talk reform, we need to define what we didn’t like about healthcare.
Let’s start by defining healthcare. What is it? Is it your doctor’s bedside manner? Is it the amount of time he/she spends with you? Is it the cost of medical care? Maybe it is the decision on who should pay for your medical care?
If we can’t decide on the above, then how can we define the problems, the causes, and the solutions?
Let’s assume that “healthcare” is all of the above. The obamacare package addressed only one aspect of it, while making the rest worse.
Here’s what we did not like about “healthcare” before this monstrosity passed:
- We didn’t like that medical care costs a lot
- We didn’t like that some people obtained medical care, and did not pay for it, and then the rest of us got stuck paying to cover their unpaid debts
- We didn’t like the short period of time many doctors spend with us
- We didn’t like what we perceived as lack of access or choice
- We didn’t like that we could lose our employer sponsored health plan if we lost our employer sponsored job
- We didn’t like that insurance companies did not cover pre-existing damage or health issues
I’d like to see some comments below on other things that we didn’t like.