I have mixed feelings about this whole health care thing really. I haven't been able to have a good opinion on it yet. For one, my whole family and extended connections are conservative right-wing Republicans so all I ever hear about is how stupid the health care bill is and why. So it's hard to think straight.
My biggest problem is with being forced to have it and paying for it.
My problem with health care NOW is that either you're poor and get it free, or you're just above the "poverty line" and can't afford it! There's a huge gap between the poverty line and the next step. As a college kid with a husband, I dance around this line. Last year I had FHP, the free insurance provided here in NYC. When I moved out, shortly, I was supposed to be transfered to the current county's insurance and didn't until it expired and I was left, again, uninsured. I couldn't reapply because I was making too much money, but not enough to afford insurance.
Medical bills cripple this country. With our free insurance, my husband needed emergency surgery. He was in the hospital for almost 3 weeks and came out unable to work for 3 months. We were crippled. I wasn't working then and focusing on my schooling. I was forced to work because we were drying up our savings fast. Even though the insurance covered the bill.. which is a miracle and a blessing, the insurance refused to pay one portion of the bill. Why? I have no clue. But this bill totaled 1.5k!! That's a lot of money to college kids!!
Yet insurances pull that all the time. To people who can not afford it. It cripples people financially. Besides that 1.5k bill, there was another 1.5k on my credit report that I had NO IDEA was being charged to me! All for a blood transfusion I desparately needed during the first year of our marriage. Now I have a ruined credit report/score, and between me and my husband, we owe 3k in misc. medical bills.
So my beef is, if they want to fix anything, FIX THAT! If you're going to cover "all," cover all! The sliding scale isn't such a sliding scale in this country.
Another beef, get rid of malpractice insurance. Get rid of peoples' ability to so easily sue doctors! Prices would drop exponentially.
Actually, come to think of it, I have a lot of problems. A lot of problems this bill isn't fixing. And I'm one who totally believes in the body's ability to maintain health via placebo effect positive emotions and all that, but things happen.