Can America make up its mind?
This week, the Republican-controlled U.S.House will consider -- and likely approve -- legislation to repeal the health care bill. The GOP gained control, mostly on the strength of lingering anger that the bill was passed in the first place, according to many analysts.
Fast-forward from November, however, and it gets more confusing. A new poll from the Associated Press says only 1 in 4 of those surveyed favors repealing the health care bill.
Even among Republicans, the desire to repeal the law completely has diminished.
At the same time, however, opposition to the mandate that everyone carry health insurance remains strong.
Beyond that, however, the poll tells us nothing about why people's overall attitudes about the bill are changing.
I don't see it as that confusing. People don't like being told they must by health insurance, but they like the benefits of the other things the bill does. The trouble is, they can't really have it both ways.
I'm all in favor of removing the requirement for health insurance for those who believe they have a right to not be forced to have it. They can sign a health insurance conscientious objector registry which can be looked up online by any hospital or clinic. If you're on the list, it's cash up front for service. Don't have the cash? Carry your butt out to the curb and bleed out over there since you were so sure you'd never need health care or that the rest of us should have to foot your bill.
We need a way to cover those who can't afford it, but those who refuse health insurance on principle should get what they ask for.
Americans in part elected Obama to get health care insurance reformed. Then, in all the propoganda efforts of the insurance companies and Republicans, Americans got confused. When they realize (and I hope it's not too late) that health care reform will benefit Americans, they will support it. As for mandatory coverage, imagine any of us laying unconscious on the ground and NOT having an ambulance called for you - this could happen to anyone. We need to be prepared for the unexpected emergency. That is why we all need to pay our share of insurance. It is called being responsible.
Maybe more people lost jobs and health insurance.
This debate reminds me of the case last year of the fire department leaving someone's house to burn since they hadn't paid the fee.
I think anyone that thought the fire department should have put out the fire anyway should support the health care mandate. If we aren't willing to let people that don't pay die without help then we need to require those people to buy coverage.