OK. I haven't posted in a while, but after reading this article, I felt I had to. I don't see how ANYONE can support the healthcare bill as it is. Are democrats stupid are do they all just want to be on the same bandwagon?
First of all, even being somewhat conservative, my biggest issue is surprisingly not the extra taxes. The $250,000 limit is a little low I think, but Obama already said he was going to raise taxes on anyone making more than that, so it's not a big surprise.
My biggest issue is the fact that this bill will actually make MY healthcare WORSE and MORE EXPENSIVE. In the order of the CNN aricle: 1) Extra fees on healthcare companies, as if healthcare isn't expensive enough as it is, these fees will certainly pass along to all consumers. 2) Cut healthcare tax breaks - again making my healthcare more expensive. I already have $2,500 in out of pocket expenses from a childbirth, now I can't even use pre-tax money if I spend any more than that? 3) Long-term care insurance - what exactly does this have to do with healthcare? Oh right, as CNN said they wanted to REDUCE the budget shortage for the first year of the program, so they decide to INCREASE it going forward (that makes logical sense).
Now these are just the big issues. Presumably, the cost of healthcare will be reduced because we won't have to pay for "all those" uninsured people who use medical services and then declare bankruptcy because they don't have the money to pay their bills. They will obviously choose to purchase insurance for $500 a month rather than pay tax of $1,000 a year (my guesstimates for an individual making $50,000). Has anyone actually done a study to find out WHY healthcare is so expensive? And if so, why isn't it being quoted in all of these articles regarding healthcare reform. If we don't even know what the problem is, how can we fix it?