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Not Such a Bitter Pill

Whenever I think about health care reform, I am reminded of the song from the film Marry Poppins that goes “Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.” You would think from the way Conservatives are always blathering on about the moral fiber of America breaking down because no one takes responsibility for their actions anymore, they could use a spoon full of fiber rather than sugar. They warn about the dangers of the “nanny state,” and “socialist ideas,” and deride progressives for “being enemies of success.” At the end of the day, so the conservatives say, it’s a matter of personal responsibility and personal choice.

You know what? I couldn’t agree more. It really comes down to the choice between a thick glass of Metamucil or a smooth glass of sweet tea. Which would you prefer?

Having everyone take responsibility for their own health care started as a Republican idea. And by and large, Americans agree. But a new poll out this week showed many Americans still have a long way to go in understanding what the new healthcare actually does, particularly on the “individual mandate” portion and in the face of continued right-wing attacks on health reform.

Simply stated, the new health care law makes sure everyone takes charge of their own care and gets affordable insurance, because when people without it get sick, the costs get passed down to the rest of us. For health insurance to work, it’s necessary to include people who are healthy to help pay for those are sick. Under the ACA, you can keep the coverage you have. Or, if you don’t like your plan, or don’t have one, you can pick an affordable insurance option to take personal responsibility for yourself and your family.

We have a choice: Everyone can take charge of their own care, or the rest of us can keep paying more when people with no health insurance get sick. It’s that simple. And since nearly 90 million Americans took advantage of the new health law’s prevention benefits last year, it seems the many have made their decision.

Nearly 3 million seniors with Medicare saved $1.5 billion on their medicines, and 24 million took advantage of the new preventive care benefit last year. Nearly 4 million small businesses can now claim tax credits for providing health coverage to their employees, up to 17 million children with pre-existing conditions now cannot be denied coverage and 2.5 million more young adults who are now covered through their parents’ health insurance as they finish school or look for a job. I think Julie Andrews herself would sing for joy.

Over 60% of Americans support the individual responsibility provision after they are informed most Americans would still get their health coverage through their employers, and thus wouldn’t be affected by the mandate. These people understand that without it, their neighbors might wait until they are seriously ill to obtain coverage, driving up insurance costs for everyone, or that insurers could (and again would) refuse to cover sick people.

So maybe the next time some blowhard is complaining about Obama forcing healthcare down our throats, you can tell him we do have a choice – Obamacare, or a pill that is even more bitter to swallow.

Kevin J. Rogers, JD is the Policy and Public Affairs Director at Action NC, a state-wide community organizing and advocacy organization. He works extensively in the area of health policy implementation and advocates on behalf consumer access and protection. This post originally appeared on Action NC and the Progressive Pulse.

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DeterminedMD
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DeterminedMD

Ahh, read this link and try to stammer your way through a defense of the mandate, oh lamer ones:

http://american.com/archive/2012/march/how-to-beat-obamacare-in-court

Face it, the author is right, insurance purchase is NOT a commerce item, and, face it further, you can’t mandate reasonable and fair choice.

Oh, and by the way, enjoying what this contraceptive mandate is creating across the land, lame defenders?

Nate Ogden
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Nate Ogden

If the Federal Government was required to comply with FASB 106 what would that number be? I have seen it argued that Medicare has always been pay as you go so there is no promise of benefit for those currently paying Medicare Taxes. The actual Medicare laws have no sunset so that would imply everyone is promised current benefits at current reimbursements, etc. If the government had to finally come out and openly admit we have 40 trillion in unfunded Medicare promises that would be the wake up for the public to deal with the problem. Assuming we aren’t as… Read more »

John
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John

This is an interesting critique on some of the growing discontent surrounding Obamacare. Although I don’t find it useful to engage in the bantor going on back and forth here, I would like to suggest that the author review the recent CBO release statistics regarding the financial unsustainability of Medicare. I don’t see how you can make an argument for Obamacare, which is likely to only increase the amount of debt accrued under Medicare. Be sure to look at the article below:
http://bit.ly/xvc7E3

Nate Ogden
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Nate Ogden

your inability to offer up even a single specific leads me to believe you don’t have any. Hope your better doctor then you are commentor.

Nate Ogden
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Nate Ogden

If we lived in a pure Democracy would you still be unconcerned about public dissemination of incorrect information?

Nate Ogden
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Nate Ogden

Coincidently this was near the top of another blog, guess I wasn’t the first one to notice the problem; “The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn’t so.” Some day I need to read up on more of my history, appears to be a pretty intreresting speech all the way through. The commentary on it is pretty point on; “Liberals are not very good at checking facts. Is it because they are lazy or willful prevaricators? I’ll cut them some slack here. I believe that liberals tend to… Read more »

Nate Ogden
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Nate Ogden

“So, you are attributing that statement by inference to ME?” Not at all, I’m just trying to engage you in debate on the post, something that is starting to appear impossible. That was the last paragraph of his post which summed up his thoughts, I had an opinion on it and why trying to illicit yours. “But, again, it’s just a blog.” I had a pretty lengthing opinion on that comment that both you and lefty to chose to ignore in favor of attacking the messenger. Do you believe there is no harm in public misinformation? If so why do… Read more »

BobbyG
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I’ll repeat it more slowly for you from my earlier comment:

‘Look, Nate, the Poignant Mr. Rogers lost me at “Marry Poppins”.’

I’m not interested in your lengthy opinions on this post.

Nate Ogden
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Nate Ogden

I used that search function to see if you have ever actually contributed to a conversation, except for you concern in regards to spelling and grammer I couldn’t find any. Your welcome to engage in conversation related to the post but you don’t seem to have anything to contribute in that manner. Let me assist you; “So maybe the next time some blowhard is complaining about Obama forcing healthcare down our throats, you can tell him we do have a choice – Obamacare, or a pill that is even more bitter to swallow.” ignorning the blowhard remark, the author seems… Read more »

BobbyG
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OK… ” some blowhard is complaining about Obama forcing healthcare down our throats” et seq So, you are attributing that statement by inference to ME? http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2012/02/28/not-such-a-bitter-pill/ LOL Or, yeah, because I challenge YOU, it axiomatically follows that I buy HIS schtick. Anyone interested can quickly find out my opinions regarding the PPACA. “see if you have ever actually contributed to a conversation” Well, our respective records here with speak for themselves. “except for you concern” Yo. I Be Down Wit’ Dat. Ya Feel Me? CODA In fairness, I have to say I do appreciate the extent to which you more… Read more »

leftyMD
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leftyMD

I made two psych referrals this week, and neither was as delusional or inappropriately aggressive as Nate. Both were admitted.

Nate Ogden
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Nate Ogden

Care to be specific as to the delusions or are you just in the habit of labeling things you disagree with to make them go away?

BobbyG
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Y’know, there’s search function here on THCB. Search just “Nate Ogden.” you get at least ten pages of results. Beyond the clinically poignant spelling and grammar, it’s a treasure trove Memory Lane tour of ad hominem potshots at EVERYONE who posts articles here or comments on them.

Like, EVERYONE is an ___________ (insert one of Nate’s favorite epithets).

Gotta love it.

leftyMD
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leftyMD

You mean aside from the grandiose delusions?

leftyMD
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leftyMD

“We don’t disagree over the facts, Kevin is wrong and refusing to correct his mistakes.” That is the definition of disagreement. Is it possible you always think you are right?

Nate Ogden
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Nate Ogden

Here is another definition; “A conflict or difference of opinion.” The fact that PPACA requires those on Plans with Deductibles over $2000 to change plans is not an opinion or debatable. It’s a fact which Kevin got wrong. “Is it possible you always think you are right?” On the two points being discussed am I right? Always being right isn’t that hard if you research your facts before you open your mouth. Am I always right, no. Am I right 99% of the time, yes, because I research my facts before running my mouth. I notice Kevin, yourself, and the… Read more »

BobbyG
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Look, Nate, the Poignant Mr. Rogers lost me at “Marry Poppins.” Something we’d fully expected of you. No need to go any further. You can infer whatever you like from that. But, I am indeed a “Leftie,” net, I guess: – Write leftie (as did my Pop, Grandad, and late Daughter). – Bat both ways (better eye leftie, more power rightie; hmmm…). – Throw leftie – Play hoops leftie -Play tennis leftie -Swing the golf club rightie – Play guitar, bass, drums, and piano rightie Beyond those Heinz 57 physical attributes, I am smack-dab at the mean/median of the sociopolitical… Read more »

Nate Ogden
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Nate Ogden

“As leftyMD noted, “it’s just a blog.”” Is it? If this is “just a blog” when does it start to matter? When the newspaper picks it up is it just an article in the paper? When it’s on the evening news is it just a story on the news? What about when politician X bowing to public pressure proposes a bill, is that just a bill? What is public pressure or demand? Is that not an aggregation of blogs, newspapers, and TV? At what point prior to a law passing is the right time for the good people to stop… Read more »

BobbyG
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Gotta love it.

You never disappoint.

leftyMD
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leftyMD

Nate, we get it. You disagree. Your comments are longer than the stinking blog post. It’s just a blog – calm down.

Nate Ogden
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Nate Ogden

No I corrected, your not entitled to your own set of facts. We don’t disagree over the facts, Kevin is wrong and refusing to correct his mistakes. Just because its a blog post doesn’t me we should suspend honesty and allow misinformation to stand. People read post and skip the comments all the time. Kevin should do the right thing and fix his mistakes. Why would someone knowlingly allow incorrect information to stand?

BobbyG
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It’s “ignorantance.”

Nate Ogden
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Nate Ogden

“you fail to provide any factual basis” Please explain what is not factual about the maximum deductible being $2000 which will force the tens of millions of people with deductibles higher then $2000 to change plans? http://www.naic.org/documents/committees_b_Exchanges.pdf What about the fact that the CBO says 23 million people will remain uninsured under PPACA? There are two clear facts you seem to have ignored. Now we both know the reason you choose to attack the form of my responce instead of the facts is you were wrong. I would wager this is the point you stop responding, you will claim its… Read more »

Kevin Rogers
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Kevin Rogers

Nate – You seem to have quite a lot to say, though you fail to provide any factual basis for your comments, so let’s just keep this professional and not stoop to personal slander. Perhaps if you spent half the effort you invest in tearing down the work of others, and channeled it into composing a cohesive argument of your own design, more people may take you seriously. Not that being taken seriously seems to be a huge priority for you right now, but it could be a start.

Nate Ogden
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Nate Ogden

I was going to let this go but it’s probably the biggest annoyance of the left. “the effort you invest in tearing down the work of others,” I know when you use the word work it means the post or product you put up but right or wrong it implies actual work as well, as in effort. And to the last one of you when it comes to Liberals talking Healthcare Reform, Insurance, etc your lazy. It really bothers me to no end when someone that has no education or comprehension of what they are talking about makes up a… Read more »

Nate Ogden
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Nate Ogden

“who is fond of dissing all of “ignorant, naive, sheltered liberals” Well jeez Bobby when you ignorant liberals make mistakes like this; “Simply stated, the new health care law makes sure everyone takes charge of their own care and gets affordable insurance,” It’s a little hard not to. How stupid do you have to be to make an argument like this? The new Healthcare law doesn’t even come close to making sure everyone gets affordable insurance. That is without even debating the subjective term affordable. “The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that about 32 million individuals will gain health coverage… Read more »

BobbyG
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“ignorantance”?

Priceless.

No further questions, Your Honor.

Nate Ogden
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Nate Ogden

no concern about the 3-4 major factual errors that undermine his entire article but you do feel the need to comment on a typing error.

100% inaccurate factual argument = typing error.

Why would anyone question your inteligence?

BobbyG
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“inteligence”

I rest my case.

Paxton Price
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Too funny lefty…lol