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Health Insurance: Are Politics Putting Lives at Risk?

By September 19, 2011

Last week's CNN-Tea Party Express Republican debate included a discussion about health insurance--and whether the government should provide health insurance and healthcare benefits to citizens.

U.S. Rep Ron Paul promoted the ideal of communities caring for people who need help--but is that realistic? A vast majority of people who don't have health insurance are children, the poor and older adults--who simply cannot afford to buy health insurance policies.

Read about the politics of health insurance, and how privatizing Medicare, Social Security and other government programs could hurt the people who most need help. Then let us know where you stand on this issue by leaving a comment below.

Comments
September 25, 2011 at 8:33 pm
(1) Robert L. Plummer says:

Yes, I agree with Ron Paul that Privatizing Health Care would
definately hurt the people (the young, seniors and the poor) that need the it the most. These people most likely would not be able to buy health insurance.

October 4, 2011 at 10:17 am
(2) rose enyeart says:

It seems strange to me to cut the people who most need community support. When we leave the most vulnerable to fend for themselves, it seems very un Christian. We are to help our fellow humans, not ignore their needs.

October 4, 2011 at 10:50 pm
(3) Mary Anne says:

It seems to me that government sponsored healthcare will lead to health care rationing with the government deciding who gets health care and who isn’t worth it.

October 4, 2011 at 11:13 pm
(4) Iris Roberts says:

I am sick of hearing politicians who say that healthcare should be privatized. Any senior who would vote for any of them should think twice unless they themselves are extremely wealthy and willing to spend most of their money on their own healthcare. Over and over, we have seen how corporate greed has ruined our economy and they think this won’t happen when corporations take over healthcare. Yes there is fraud in medicare and medicaid and it must be stopped. However, privatizing it is not the solution. As seniors, we already pay more for Medicare part B premiums and supplemental policies as well as dental care than we did when we were working and had a higher income. I’m sure those costs would rise significantly if healthcare was privatized.

October 5, 2011 at 6:24 am
(5) Virgil Koon says:

It is amazing how ignorant some are. One must note that caring for the elderly was Medicare and the Social Security. The ignorant are suggesting the Health Care Bill or Obama Care helps seniors or children? It has already taken 30 billion from Medicare but one does not hear this on Liberal TV.
A pimp can now take any of his ladies, who have become pregnant and get a tax payer funded abortion.. How wonderful Obama Care is? It is one sick bill with no choice for those who do not agree with abortion on demand. It is our Constitutional right not to fund what many consider as inhumane. At present I do not pay anything for my health care because I do not go to the doctor. Obama care would have me paying and not using!!! This is interesting after robbing Medicare and then wanting us to pay for insurance that many cannot afford. Let the pimp use his income for abortion, since it is still legal.

October 5, 2011 at 6:58 pm
(6) Ed Hahn says:

This is in response to Good ol’ Virgil,

First why do you use some weird example like prostitutes getting abortions as if that were all there was. It’s nice to know you don’t get sick or need to go to the doctor, but lots of people do. Let’s get real.

I imagine you applauding the statement during one of the debates that if someone can’t afford health care, we should just let them die.

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