Health Care
The Left believes universal healthcare is a right. They support President Obama's passage of the Affordable Care Act (PPACA), aka ObamaCare. The middle are afraid of ObamaCare because they don't know what's in it, it means more taxation and higher federal debt, but they are equally afraid of skyrocketing healthcare costs. The Right believes that healthcare is an individual choice just like buying a home and the individual should control their personal healthcare decisions. Therefore, the Right believes PPACA (ObamaCare) is a misguided attempt at Socialism and should be repealed. The Right also believes the US cannot afford such a program when other countries are trying to relieve themselves of their previously instituted universal healthcare programs, and, under its current design more people will just opt out so it does not help access. Because ObamaCare is a federal program, costs will certainly rise in the form of both taxes to pay for it and the services it provides. The individual mandate was believed to violate the Constitution, but on June 28, 2012, SCOTUS issued an opinion which affirmed ObamaCare as a tax and as such was allowable under the Constitution. The fight now returns to the political arena. A very good healthcare blog where you can follow Healthcare and ACA issues can be found here. Below, and in the associated sub-categories, you can follow the arguments on both sides.

Mending Our Tattered Health Care Safety Net

from Forbes,
Here’s the good news. We are probably as close to universal health insurance as we are ever likely to be. Only a tiny percent of the uninsured who are lawful U.S. residents lack access to subsidized health insurance. Here’s the bad news. Families at the bottom of the income ladder find that as their income goes up and down and as their job opportunities ebb and flow, they bounce back and forth among eligibility for Medicaid, eligibility for subsidized insurance in the Obamacare exchanges, eligibility for employer-provided coverage and sometimes eligible for none of the above. Consider these headlines:
  • Infant Mortality Rises for the First Time in 20 Years
  • For Those Without College Degrees, Life Expectancy Reached Its Peak Around 2010 and Has Been Falling Ever Since
  • Almost Four in Ten Medicaid Enrollees Delay Care Because of Cost
  • Traffic to Emergency Rooms Is Higher Than Ever. The Average Wait Time Is 2½ Hours
  • Patients Wait 13 Hours for Free Health Care
What’s a better answer? Take money already in the system and give everyone a risk-adjusted tax credit to buy long-lasting private coverage in a competitive market. We are already doing that with seniors in Medicare Advantage. Why can’t we do the same for people who are being ill-served by the current system? How to fix our tattered Healthcare system. More From Forbes:

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