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Hi all! Im new to the US from Canada, and have had several people tell me their opinions of the new Obamacare program, but none of them worked in healthcare. Coming from Quebec, where healthcare is free (well, if you dont count the stupidly high taxes), and healthcare workers are overworked from hospitals being understaffed and overfilled by patients coming in with everything from a hangover or the sniffles and up. Im wondering if anyone here has noticed a difference in your work conditions, or what kind of a change you expect to come about as Obamacare is implemented more fully. Thanks for the input, I guess Im just trying to get an idea of what to expect when I start working!

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The main reason your health care and the health care in European countries is free is due to the high taxes. I believe Obamacare will prove to be unwise if it continues as is planned in the bill. Remember; the Supreme Court is rendering a decision on it by the end of August is what I understand. I think it would be great but how is it all being paid for? For starters they're taking $500 million from Medicare. Oh my goodness now the hospitals and doctors are expected to take less then they are already. I think Obama wanted somehting on his record to go down in history as the best president. It's not going to happen. He pushed that thing for a whole year while America was going jobless...now if he had put that energy into the economic state of the union we would be a whole lot better off. As it is, our debt is totally out of control...that's just my opinion.

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i support "obamacare."

i don't think there's one single reason on this earth that every person in the richest country on the planet shouldn't have access to healthcare.

people like to say, "everyone should pay for their own insurance," but the fact is.....people who DON'T work at ALL already have free medical care in the form of medicaid. it's blue collar people (i.e. people who work 40+ hours a week to pay their OWN bills vs. being on welfare) who can't afford to pay for insurance after the rent, utilities, food, etc. is paid.

people who are "taking advantage" of the government are on welfare, getting food stamps, and have free housing...sometimes they even have free childcare while they "look for a job" aka "sleep."

so, the people who don't work already have healthcare. the people who DO work, but don't make as much money as those of us with college educations and good jobs are sitting at home suffering for as long as they can take it before they go to the ER.

to be quite honest, i don't know how it's going to affect our jobs, but i don't care. if anything, i think more jobs will be available (even if it means more debt) but even if it means cutting jobs.....people in america should have healthcare!

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Right, I realize that all things supposedly free in Canada are actually not free at all when you consider the very high taxes. Which is one of the reasons I was wondering if people in the US realized what would happen to their country should Obamacare go through. The president is really looking to make the US a socialist country, and it seems to me like that doesnt meet the ideology of a lot of Americans Ive met. Just sayin...

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Well, again, coming from Canada where we have "free healthcare", it is really not free. The taxes are going to rise. People like us, who have a degree and make decent money will have more of our hard earned money taken in taxes. And believe me, there wont be more jobs, not if its anything like in Canada. Work conditions will deteriorate, hospitals will have less money for staffing because there will be less money earned from paid services. Less staff means higher work loads, more mandatory overtime, more burnouts. Less money for the hospitals means less functioning equipment, less advanced research. Dont get me wrong, I do think everyone should have access to healthcare. I just think that this will not be helpful to America as a whole. More people might have access to healthcare, but the quality of that care will swiftly and drastically decrease, as will working conditions for staff...

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don't care...don't care....don't care...

people who can afford to access 'quality care' will still be able to do so.

people who are destitute and can't afford care at all are ALREADY getting free care via medicaid.

people who work their butts off in order to avoid being on welfare deserve to be able to see a doctor. if you can't even see a doctor when you work 40+ hours a week, then why even work? why not just quit and go on welfare like the people who get free healthcare? where's the incentive?

as of now...we're rewarding the people who don't try at all and punishing the ones who do. there are people turned down for assistance because they made $2 too much to "qualify" while some skank who never worked a day in her life and has 12 kids is getting her "pain meds" for free.

i don't know what "the answer" is, but i know that everyone deserves access. i'm one of those people who pays my "hard earned money in taxes" and this is still how i feel. i would rather my hard earned money go to people who are trying when it's already going to people who are not.

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The Health Care act has done a lot more good than people realize. It got rid of 'preexisting conditions' that insurance companies could use to deny coverage.

Example: Two years ago, I had serious heart palpitations. Saw my MD, had a 12 lead done and some bloodwork. Went back to work the same day. Ended up calling 911 from my office after I almost passed out. Guess what? I paid for that whole danged ER visit because Blue Cross decided I had a preexisting condition. OKAY!

My daughter who has type 1 diabetes clearly would have been in trouble with her preexisting condition.

Also, it enabled college age kids to be eligable to stay on their parents insurance until 26 if necessary.

FYI, anyone care to take a guess how much it costs to be a diabetic in the wonderful USA? Let's see, Lantus is about 160.00$ a bottle, and you need a new bottle every month. Lispro, pretty expensive. Test strips, lancets, syringes, glugagon.When she was diagnosed I HAD INSURANCE and it cost me about 600.00$ AFTER INSURANCE to pay for her FIRST MONTH of supplies.

I am a single mother, who has been working full time without interruption since becoming an RN ten years ago.

Do I support the Health Care Act? Oh hell yes.

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The proper name is the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010. Most of the provisions in this act have not taken effect yet, so we haven't seen what the result will be. In the US, the type of health insurance you have (if any) and your situation in life can mean that levels of service and access vary widely with individuals. The poster above states she is a single mother and has had trouble getting covered due to pre-existing conditions and has faced a lot of out of pocket health expense. I'm a DINK (double income, no kids), don't have any chronic conditions, and have gold-plated private insurance through the large bank my husband works for. I've never had a problem getting the care I needed, and rarely have I had to pay for anything out of pocket other than a $20 office visit copay or a $10 copay for a prescription. Like everything else in the US (public education, access to decent food, good housing, etc.) it's patchy. The bottom line is that if you have a household income of $100K+ here, the US is one of the most awesome places in the world to live. If you have less than that, it stinks.

If this is a project for school about the ACA in comparison to the Canadian health system, please do your research instead of asking for opinions on the internet. The World Health Organization, The Henry J. Kaiser Foundation, the OECD website, Fraser Institute, the Congressional Budget Office, and the White House website all have reliable information on this subject.

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The Health Care act has done a lot more good than people realize. It got rid of 'preexisting conditions' that insurance companies could use to deny coverage.

Example: Two years ago, I had serious heart palpitations. Saw my MD, had a 12 lead done and some bloodwork. Went back to work the same day. Ended up calling 911 from my office after I almost passed out. Guess what? I paid for that whole danged ER visit because Blue Cross decided I had a preexisting condition. OKAY!

My daughter who has type 1 diabetes clearly would have been in trouble with her preexisting condition.

Also, it enabled college age kids to be eligable to stay on their parents insurance until 26 if necessary.

FYI, anyone care to take a guess how much it costs to be a diabetic in the wonderful USA? Let's see, Lantus is about 160.00$ a bottle, and you need a new bottle every month. Lispro, pretty expensive. Test strips, lancets, syringes, glugagon.When she was diagnosed I HAD INSURANCE and it cost me about 600.00$ AFTER INSURANCE to pay for her FIRST MONTH of supplies.

I am a single mother, who has been working full time without interruption since becoming an RN ten years ago.

Do I support the Health Care Act? Oh hell yes.

yes!

I can see everyone concerns about the overall plan, I'm not sure how wise it is in its entirety. But certain aspects of it are certainly helpful.

I graduated nursing school last year (at 22).. I was on my parents insurance through school but as soon as I graduated they dropped me(& of course it took a few months to find a job). luckily I was able to use this Obamacare to my advantage and get back on the plan for free(til in 26!!). I work FT as a nurse but I also have addisons, which means it would be very hard for me to get insurance and i'd be paying so much more. for that, I support (at least) this part of the act! ^not to mention I have insurance but an ER copay is still $100... if I were unemployed and on government money an ER visit would be free........ something's just not right there.

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I am glad our Canadian posters have mentioned their high taxes as being part of their "free" health care system. We, the 49% of us who do pay federal income taxes, already pay enough tax. What the plan needs to do, but doesnt, is use what they already get from us and use it more wisely. Oh, and everybody, except the TRULY disabled, need to pay sonething in taxes and co-pay, also. Because maybe then they would realize there is no such thing as free.

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It would have been better if the President hadn't caved and instead just went "socialized." But we have to protect the insurance companies, since they're paying off all of our representatives.

Insurance companies are a great big money sucking entity that are using up healthcare dollars that could be going into actual patient care instead.

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We anticipate an increase in census if healthcare is available to more people. No problem with that, but the plan does not call for an increase in reimbursement, so we would be caring for more people with no increase in resources, human included. I live in a border state and resent paying for healthcare and other benefits to people who are in this country illegally and do not pay taxes. We already have to educate their kids and give them housing, etc. I do not believe healthcare is a "right", but a "privilege".

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