Health woes of the uninsured here in the U.S.A.

By MAYS Latest Reply 2012-10-29 16:58:26 -0500
Started 2012-03-28 16:45:21 -0500

This can happen to anyone, at anytime.
Being uninsured is a big issue today in the United States of America.

Regardless of the U.S. Supreme Courts final decision concerning healthcare for the uninsured, millions of Americans are in need of some type of health insurance.

Just remember, this can happen to anyone here in America.


13 replies

BobbieNJ1000 2012-03-31 12:47:39 -0500 Report

I think the primary provisions of this bill - allowing everyone to have access to insurance and thus health care - are too important to overlook. If I lose my insurance and have to try to buy it, without coverage for pre-existing conditions, I'll be bankrupt. No one wants to take on another Type 1 Diabetic! And why should a working person - or anyone - be in that position?

With so many young people unable to find full time jobs with benefits in today's economy, it's so important that they can stay on parents' insurance for a few more years.

In medical ethics justice is recognized as a primary principle - and our current system is astonishingly unjust. People die, people live with poor health, because they do not have access to medical care because they are uninsured or "uninsurable." What does that say about our country? What does it say about us if we don't care?

MAYS 2012-03-31 13:07:36 -0500 Report

The current bill, as it is currently written is unconstitutional.

What makes it unconstitutional is that it is being "forced" on the states, as well as the people of this country without the provision for either to say "no" without some sort of penalty!

The "idea" behind it is a great one, but one must take into consideration "what" is written into our constitution concerning the powers of the federal government and it's ability to implement programs as well as change upon the people.

It's unfair to compare our program to those in foreign countries, our government structure (document wise) and powers differ from theirs, thereby what applies in one country may not apply in another.

If it doesn't pass the U.S. Supreme Court, at least the blueprint for such can be modified based on the hearing leading up to the final verdict and (if necessary) tried again at a later date and time!

There can always be a silver lining, we just have to be willing to look for it.

Bamberg 2012-03-28 19:30:50 -0500 Report

It's working in Massachusetts. We have, in essence, universal health care. The thing is that we are paying for it anyway. When people without health care get really sick they go to the emergency room, which is the most expensive health care there is.

granniesophie 2012-03-28 19:25:10 -0500 Report

If you can't afford the health insurance, how the heck can you afford to pay the fine?? If you could afford the health insurance, you wouldn't have to worry about the fine, now, would you? It makes no sense to me to make the people who can least afford it pay a penalty for somerthing they can't afford in the first place.

BobbieNJ1000 2012-03-31 12:37:07 -0500 Report

I think that's mainly aimed at people who can afford it but choose not to buy it - taking their chances, often because they are fairly young and healthy. If the risk is spread, then an individual can buy in without having to pay a fortune for individual coverage. Isn't there also help for people who can't afford the insurance?

annesmith 2012-03-31 01:40:29 -0500 Report

I agree…I wonder how much the penalty is? Unless there is a small penalty, then I'm wrong. How can people who can't afford any health insurance afford the penalty? I've been thinking the same thing..ANNE

Gambling 2012-03-28 17:35:05 -0500 Report

I dont think they should mandate paying health care as many can not afford it .Lots of countries have health care( kinda freefor its country men) look at Canada .

jayabee52 2012-03-28 17:28:18 -0500 Report

Mays, this is a highly charged issue with a lot of contoversy around it.

I don't know what the answer is either, but I don't believe that the new healthcare law is the way to go about it with a mandate from the federal govt that I MUST have health insurance or pay a fine. But that is just my personal opinion.

I have had the same problem when I was disabled from my job as a Certified Nurse Aide. I had a "paper shirt" disability policy and medical insurance, but I went through that within about 6 mos. It wasn't until after my Kidney shutdown and being put on dialysis that I was eligable for Medicare and Soc. Sec. disability payments. I had to go bankrupt in 2009 due to the expenses from that time in my life between 2005 and 2007.

What this legislation would do if enacted as it is would cause a major backlog of patients vying for services, and it would again be those who could pay are brought somehow to the head of the line. And the medical Drs are not coming into the profession due to the healthcare law as they are seeing the handwriting on the wall. They're gonna be hard pressed for time as there will be too many patients waiting in line for the Drs to do an adequate diagnosis of their medical maladies.

So rather than getting better care, it will have the UNINTENDED consequence of rationing healthcare for many folks, while those who have the money to pay to get to the head of the line, will get care. Not much different than things are currently!

I don't expect many will agree with me, (but I've been married so I am used to disasgreements LoL!)

annesmith 2012-03-31 01:43:34 -0500 Report

I agree with you completely..seriously, it is not much different than what is has been really. I good friend of mine said many doctors will leave the field of medicine altogether because of all the stress of the many lines of people needing help…ANNE

MAYS 2012-03-28 18:09:52 -0500 Report

Marriage does have its good points!

On a serious note, I am not in favor of it either, not in state that this bill is in based on how it is currently structured, it's to demanding and by being such it is unconstitutional.

The bright spot is this, if a future president of this country, or if congress itself will decide to pursue this in the future (if it doesn't pass in the supreme court) the "Do's" and "Don'ts" as well as the "Can's" and "Can Not's" will be documented, thereby the guidelines for trying it again will be established.

Just like the concept of this great nation of ours is an experiment, so is this attempt (of ours) of mandatory health care for all Americans.
I do not wish for it to fail, (it can, and will benefit millions of those in need) but if it does, at least they will have a blueprint to work from, something is better than nothing!

I stand by whomever the president is at the time, all I can do is vote, I believe in this great nation of mine, even if I don't always agree with the decisions of its politics.

Whenever the U.S. Supreme Court decides that something is the "Law of the Land" I will abide by it, so I will stand by its decision, whatever it may be.