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   Posted 3/23/2010 4:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Obama is doing amazing things for your healthcare. *HUGS* It's a historical moment  to hear the reforms taking place in your country regarding the health of your citizens. I've read many post's from people who aren't sure if insurance will cover this/that operation or drug. I've also read the horror stories of people who don't have a healthcare plan, and that's just scary. My mum and I were talking about all my operations/drugs/strokes/MRI's/CT Scans...and everything else I have had and we realized, WOW! if we as a family had to pay for everything, we'd be beside the poor house, not even being able to afford to be IN the poor house.  It is wonderful to hear that all of you, regardless of your insurance/coverage...will receive the healthcare every human has the right to.
RX Crohn's 1999, over 30 surgeries, 3 strokes, permanent colostomy and rectum removal.
"The most unfortunate thing that happens to a person who fears failure is that he limits himself by becoming afraid to try anything new."

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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 3/23/2010 6:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you. I supported the new healthcare plan. Our family's medical insurance plan has drastically changed over the past 11 years (since I had my surgeries). We now have $30-50 Rx co-pays, $30-60 office co-pays, ER $250.00 co-pay, $2500.00 individual deductibles too. On top of that any test ordered by our doctors was ideally supposed to be applied towards our deductibles but they often were not. Consequently, I've been negligent on my doctor appts. Yes I've let some things slide. Focusing on my daughters. I haven't had one medical concern in 11 years either. In the beginning I had annual check-ups (flex-sigs, colonoscopies, etc.). Then they dropped me down to 3 years. Which is fine but truthfully it will be nice if my husband's company (under 10 employees) can purchase the more substantial plans large companies offer their employees.

We used to have $3 Rx co-pays........those days seem like lifetimes ago.

Every time my daughter sees her ENT doc, our co-pay is $60. The billing staff is just aghast that our part is that high. This is when I'd launch into, let me tell you why I support healthcare.

I usually lost them though. Because they had excellent insurance.

See the thing is people with great insurance right now, would have been in my shoes in just a few short years. They just didn't realize it was that dire.

Until it's gone, you just kind of take great health insurance for granted.

My first surgery's co-pay? $800! That's it. I cringe imagining what United Healthcare would charge me or if they'd even approve surgery.
- Rectal CA 4/29/99, Stage I, 90% sigmoid/15" of colon/GB removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 6-26-99
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Colace 50 mg each evening

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   Posted 3/23/2010 7:01 PM (GMT -6)   

I am so happy!

I have always thought it odd that our government will provide, at no cost, an attorney for those convicted of serious crimes but will not provide healthcare for all.  After over 50 years of trying to get some type of national care we are on our way.  I am positive there will be bumps along the way and many sacrifices but overall it's about time.


dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free

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   Posted 3/23/2010 7:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't think it is a good idea. If you read deep into the plan, it does not sound good for the chronically ill or the elderly. Please go read the hundreds of pages and then make a decision.

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Date Joined Feb 2010
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   Posted 3/23/2010 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree totally with answers4me. This plan was not well thought out at all. The people that are going to benefit from this is the same people that already get free healthcare through the state they live in. People like me, who actually have insurance, are going to get hit the hardest with premium hikes. We are already paying 600 a month for insurance with only 80 percent coverage with a 600.00 deductible. There are many other things in there that were not well thought out and I agree that you should go read through them all.

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   Posted 3/24/2010 1:38 PM (GMT -6)   
heres the thing that noone thinks about.
No matter how this works out, people with insurance who pay taxes were already paying for those people.
And here is why, when people who dont have insurance need treatment they go to the ER, and no matter what they have, even a splinter, they MUST be seen, by law! That takes up time, and resources, AND those people dont pay. So the hopstial has to charge more to everyone hoping they can make up some of that. And people with actual problems, have to sit there and wait while someone with a stuffy nose is being seen.
DH is the director of an ER in a small city, and at this time, he writes off over a million dollars in expenses in one MONTH!!!
Pysch patients often sit in the ER for 5-10 days, because they dont have insurance and the hospital doesnt have to admit them, but the ER cant turn them out until they are "stable" and since they have no insurance they cant afford their meds so they end up right back there.
OR they end up in jail, and we pay for them there.
Ever since the law was passed that all people must be seen and cannot be turned away from the ER we have been paying for people without insurance.
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007! 
-I have gone to find myself, if i get back before i return, keep me here-

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   Posted 3/24/2010 1:49 PM (GMT -6)   
   I don't know if this forum is the place for politics,  just my thought.
Leslie King
 1984 Tubligation
1992 Diagnosed with Thyroid tumor, has to come out, but not till I am darn good and ready,  its not bothering me so .....18 years later I still have it.....
1993 Gallbladder Removed
1997 Hysterectomy
1998 Carpol Tunnel Right Hand
1999 Spinal Cord Surgery for a Anacroid Syst
2001 Lower Lumbar Fusion L4-5
2003 Sigmoid Colon Resection
2005 Breast Reduction
2006 Right Knee Replacement
2008 RE-did the Lower Lumbar Fusion/ lamanoctomy
2010 Total Colectomy diagnosed with CI

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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 91
   Posted 3/27/2010 8:15 PM (GMT -6)   
The cost of this plan will far outweigh the benefits..

I strongly suspect that most insurance companies will simply get out of the health care business and insure homes, life and automobiles... Also most companies will simply healthcare coverage altogether as the cost of offering it will become exhorbant...

This, however, can be a good thing as hospitals and doctors are not immune to the marketplace of supply and demand. Without the insulation between the patient and paying for healthcare, expect prices to come down....

However, I also strongly suspect that the Federal government will have to step in and become the single-payer for healthcare by default. It will take a generation for the system to sort itself out; with much suffering by many people until a balance is found to allow people to receive the healthcare they need.

What was passed by Congress was a poor solution to a serious problem which I believe will cause more problems than it solves...
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