Obamacare: good, bad, or ugly?

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    Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as obamacare, is coming. What are your thoughts on the subject? Please keep it to the topic and not party talking points, but would love to hear what my fellow nurses think about this.

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    Not wanting this to go through at all. There are some pros and cons of it. Though mostly cons. First of all… If it’s such a good health care plan than why is the gov’t officials exempt?????
    This has and will cause MORE taxes increases on the middle class who are already struggling to keep up with the welfare “needs” of others. Not including the funds that have been stolen from medicare to fund it.
    This plan takes our choices away from us, limits our care that we are allowed to have. We either get it or we get penalized. Also forcing businesses to give coverage and offer/pay for things that may go against their religious beliefs.
    I do agree that all should be covered by some kind of insurance. But this bill is NOT the answer. Many people can not afford it or do not believe they should have to have it or that they need it. Hospitals take a big lick when patients receive care VIA ER and don’t pay for the bills. I believe that Hospitals should have a right to refuse care to some point for people age 18 and up. A free triage should be done to help weed out emergency and non-emergency issues.

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    Healthcare definitely needs reform, but this plan is not the way to go about it. They need to start by putting ceilings on costs and trying to standardize costs. Maybe make all insurance companies have a STANDARD priced 2 or 3 tiers of insurance to choose from. There needs to be an end to the different pricing of supplies and services and make all the same. Yes, specialty offices and hospitals should cost more, but general practice and general procedures need to have standardized pricing. I don’t see how making everyone have insurance will fix the system…..

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    You think it’s busy now in the ER’s or Mental Health facilities? And we already feel the burden of being short staffed at most places. The DSM V will be hitting and new conditions will be diagnosed, and all those who have legitimate health issues who didn’t used to have insurance and couldn’t afford to go t the ER, will now be able to. I don’t know the exact numbers, but I would say it will be a close to a 12-20% increase in people who use the emergency system. From FFs to Medics to EMTs to Nurses and Doctors and everyone else in between, they are the ones who will be affected negatively by the changes. What do you think? My mind is thinking about the shortage of medical providers and the burn out it will cause.

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