In this final installment of our eight-part series on how doctors feel about health care reform, we pass on the reasons given for supporting or opposing the government's plans.
All told, 1,376 practicing physicians responded to our questionnaire mailed Aug. 28. Nearly 65% opposed government proposals then under consideration, and 33% were in favor. Two percent didn't answer.
Two-thirds of the reasons cited for opposing the government's plans fell into four categories. Twenty-four percent were directed at the government itself — that it has a poor record in running major programs, for example, or that it would interfere too much in the doctor-patient relationship.
Another 16% cited the proposals' cost and the impact on the federal deficit and debt. Each of two other concerns garnered 14% — quality of care and a lack of limits on physicians' exposure to malpractice lawsuits.
Seventy-two percent of the reasons in favor of reform also fell into four categories. A too-long-neglected need to cover uninsured and underinsured Americans was cited by 22%. Seventeen percent simply said health care is a right, not a privilege.
Another 17% said the current system either doesn't work or is "unsustainable," and that any system would be better. Sixteen percent said reform is needed to make insurers more accountable and competitive.
We begin the list here with the first response received:
1. Oppose: I oppose socialism in all its forms and incarnations. Get the government off my body! Government should be shrunk drastically, not expanded!
2. Oppose: Too vague, too expensive. Does not sufficiently address real problems of medical care or malpractice abuses.
3. Oppose: Poorly thought out. Very limited access to primary care currently. Can't imagine how limited access and resources would be if everyone's insured. Not enough doctors! Also would unfairly distribute the loss to those already paying for health care.
4. Oppose: Too much government interference. Stupid politicians.
5. Oppose: The government should try to fix only what is broken.
6. Support: Insurance companies already ration care and limit access. Insuring the uninsured will save money. A public option will provide a "transparent" bureaucracy that doctors and patients will at least have a chance of dealing with.
7. Oppose: No tort reform.
8. Support: We are all one serious illness away from losing our current standard of living. If people are too ill to work, or if they are laid off, they lose their employer-based benefits. Every American has the right to universal health care.
9. Oppose: Less freedom of choice for patients. Government intrusion into the doctor/patient relationship.
10. Oppose: No tort reform. Not enough doctors to cover increased services.
11. Oppose: I oppose government's every intrusion in our life. Government never solves anything. (Look at Medicare and Medicaid.)
12. Support: All citizens should have health care coverage.
13. Oppose: A government-run plan will be too expensive and will not be effective. The plan will expect doctors to take a lower fee for a given service. The private plans will follow, and outpatient medical services will be forced out of business.
14. Oppose: They don't know what they're doing.
15. Oppose: I do not support a government- run health care system. They should be looking to correct the problems that exist now.
16. Oppose: Government-run programs are inefficient and wasteful. This may also lead to further encroachment by government on people's privacy and liberties.
17. Support: To cover both uninsured and underinsured.
18. Support: Our system fails middle and lower class as well as those on Medicare.
19. Support: I am a family physician. Universal coverage and a public plan are imperative. Strong support for primary care is also necessary.
20. Oppose: Am aware of health care in countries with socialized medicine. We should oppose same care for our citizens.
21. Oppose: It will bankrupt our economy, overwhelm the health care system, result in poor quality of care and stretch the limits of physicians and hospital systems.
22. Support: Health care should not be a privilege or commodity to be transacted by for-profit insurance companies.
23. Support: I prefer to accept Government inefficiency rather than corporate thievery. We should rid the country of greedy insurance CEOs and all other branches of organized crime.
24. Oppose: Reliance on Medicare AB schedules for fee structure is unsustainable. No tort reform. No pressure on pharmaceuticals.
25. Oppose: Does not address major issues for proper health reform. Typical government — throwing trillions of dollars in one swoop to "fix" system. Need to slow down, dissect the system and fix it properly.
26. Oppose: I work in the Army, so deficits of a socialized system are known to me. They are abundant.
27. Oppose: Does not address the malpractice/litigation problem. Too costly.
28. Support: Common sense.
29. Oppose: High cost, low quality, more useless regulation and bureaucracy and lack of tort reform will lead to higher taxes and high waste and corruption.
30. Oppose: It is not the responsibility of the government to provide health care. Costs will rise. Quality will decrease. Does not include tort reform.
31. Oppose: It is not fair to physicians.
32. Oppose: As of right now, the details are missing — too vague, too general. How will it be financed?
33. Oppose: Service in VA hospitals shows how well government can render care. It's disgraceful (with) not enough money to function properly. Why would (it be) any different with national health care?
34. Support: Health care is a right, not just a privilege.
35. Support: Reduce waste due to unneeded procedures and drugs. Provide health insurance for everyone.
36. Oppose: What has the government ever run efficiently?
37. Oppose: Poor medical care. I worked in socialized medicine for 12 years.
38. Oppose: Don't trust them.
39. Oppose: There is no way that any of the stated goals will be achieved by the current legislation.
40. Support: Currently there is no reasonable alternative presented that would cut down the ridiculously high expenditure of health care in the U.S.A.
41. Oppose: Way too expensive. Will damage Medicare and limit access.
42. Oppose: Plans do not address the issue of malpractice threats and defensiveness over the use of tests, MRIs, etc. They also don't stress prevention.
43. Oppose: No proposed limits on malpractice.
44. Support: Health care for all. Stop insurance companies from denying care for pre-existing diagnosis.
45. Oppose: Does not address overuse of radiology studies by nonradiologists.
46. Oppose: Illegal immigrant care not addressed.
47. Oppose: Will lead to rationing of care.
48. Oppose: Increased government interference cannot make a huge endeavor function better. It will cost too much, and our nation is already in debt. There will be mandated protocols, long waits, rationing of care, infringement upon a doctors' right of conscience, abortion paid by tax dollars with eventual euthanasia and infanticide.
49. Oppose: Government is the problem. Free-market solutions give optimal results. Government influence impairs the markets ability to serve patients best.
50. Support: I believe in socialized medicine.
51. Oppose: Present system is preferable if tort reform was enacted.
52. Support: Wider coverage with aim to cover everybody. Better preventive care and lower cost eventually.
53. Oppose: Not enough physician compensation in Medicare "fix."
54. Oppose: Physician pay and fee-for- problem system (vs. fee for service) = physician motivation/effort = quality of care and volume of patients seen.
55. Oppose: Rationing of care. Government intruding in medical decisions.
56. Support: Insurance industry is grossly insufficient.
57. Oppose: Socialized medicine will be a disaster for our country.
58. Oppose: If we have a "public option" for health care, it will eventually lead to a single-payer system, which will eliminate the only thing that could bring the cost down and improve quality-competition and the free market.
59. Oppose: Any government system will be marginal.
60. Oppose: Will limit access to quality care. Those who will be able to pay cash for service will be taken care of.
61. Support: To care for more than 45 million under- and uninsured. To allow insurance to "follow the employee."
62. Oppose: We need to insure the working underinsured, not those who are capable but not willing to work and pay for their own insurance. (They get it for free now, why should they work?) It is not fair to get something I can't pay for and force my children and grandchildren to pay it back. Proposal is extremely expensive.
63. Neither: For cheaper, more efficient and better care, refer to Physicians for National Health Program for details.
64. Oppose: Everything they do costs more. They have no plan to restore personal responsibility needed to rein the costs.
65. Support: Covers a larger proportion of the population than current. It's about time government assumed some responsibility for people's health care
66. Oppose: Does not even consider tort reform. Will dramatically increase costs of care while decreasing overall health benefits. Sets up another costly, burdensome bureaucracy. Physicians will be expected to work more for less, so many will just opt out. Cost of plan will be final nail in financial coffin of our country. Many elements of plan will be left to whim of director of health care. Emergency departments will be overrun as private doctors opt out. Reimbursement not worthwhile
67. Oppose: They have no idea what they are doing! A power grab, pure and simple.
68. Oppose: Inevitability of care rationing. Complete absence of tort reform. Inevitable degradation in quality of care. Plan is anti-specialist. Will result in rapid and steep decline in number and quality of physician trainees and result in an influx of inferior foreign-trained physicians and a shift to lesser-trained physician extenders. Rationale for plan — i.e., cover more people for less money and no reduction in care — defies the logic of basic economics.
69. Support: We all need it!
70. Support: Must have health care coverage available for everyone at a price that both individuals and the nation can afford. Putting it off will only increase the cost.
71. Oppose: I am against more government regulation. Government is incompetent.
72. Support: Many problems with the system, which is set to reward making money, not caring for people. A well-managed program makes a profit, just not kind Wall Street wants or expects.
73. Oppose: It will actually end up costing more, and care will be harder to obtain.
74. Oppose: All the efficiency of the post office, all the compassion of the motor vehicle bureau.
75. Oppose: Too broad. Would prefer if one program after another could be addressed rather than a complete overhaul.
76. Oppose: Have you ever seen the government improve a situation? Look at the great job they've done with the VA health system or Medicare/Medicaid.
77. Support: Current health system is not patient-oriented. Big business and HMOs run the show and tell doctors what to do. Their profits paint the picture.
78. Oppose: Too bureaucratic and too much spending, damaging Medicare and retiree. Hurts innovative medicine.
79. Oppose: National deficit/debt. Will pay for abortions. Too much government control and rationing. Payoff to unions on HR3200. Draws us closer to single-payer socialized health care.
80. Neither: Don't support or oppose because hey didn't ask the doctors who are in private practice; they asked the doctors who work for big institutions who get paid. Too much government interference with public health. The more lawsuits against doctors, the more testing is done. The government never interferes with lawyers — why? They're either afraid or they're all lawyers!
81. Oppose: It is ridiculous for everyone to get Cadillac care. Not enough doctors and too expensive. Doctors would make less money and have waiting lines in all offices.
82. Oppose: I don't believe the U.S. has enough money for all the various "handouts," and taxes are already excessive.
83. Oppose: I believe medical care will suffer as it has in every country I have visited where a similar plan is in place.
84. Oppose: Too expensive and methods proposed for paying for it are unfair.
85. Neither: Don't know enough about it.
86. Oppose: No tort reform. System is already good. Needs changes, but not total overhaul. Cross-state insurance needed, same system for all — federal and private employees. Too expensive.
87. Oppose: No government "option" or government-run program should be allowed. It would ultimately lead to total government takeover of health care with high costs and low quality. Can't cede definition of quality to comparative research councils that put nonmedical persons in a position to decide what is quality health care.
88. Oppose: Too much government control, numbers do not add up, will completely lead to overburdened medical system, takes away incentives to work. I see it every day in the ER, people with gold teeth, chains, cell phones, eating McDonald's on Medicaid.
89. Oppose: Will take a complex solution.
90. Oppose: Rations increase health care and government interference in physician/patient relationship.
91. Oppose: Personal experience with government-run health care, dismantling of doctor/patient relationship, taxes, private financial disclosures, cuts in Medicare and overrunning of current insurance.
92. Oppose: 1) Too expensive. 2) Impossible to implement without withholding benefits. 3) There must be tort reform. 4) Consumers are not accustomed to waiting for appointment/procedures. 5) Government: Must show how and where they would save money — not hypothetical. 6) Why are we providing health care to illegals and to penalize the business/providers. 7) Define the role of death panels.
93. Oppose: There are no provisions for liability reform in the present bill. It may even penalize physicians.
94. Support: Nobody knows what the play will be, but we absolutely need to do something. Your question is misleading.
95. Support: Current system of rationing health care is arbitrary and irrational, leads to greater morbidity and mortality, negatively affects productivity/GDP, handicaps U.S. companies in global markets.
96. Oppose: The Canadian system, where they have a 55% income tax plus an additional 8% GST (sales tax for the government) does not work. 6-8 months wait for a joint replacement, inadequate investigative facilities.
97. Oppose: 1) Socialism doesn't work 2) The doctor has to control health, not the government, and the patient has to keep the right to choose the doctor and not to be assigned.
98. Oppose: It's too expensive. It'll lead to rationing. Our government drives everything (Medicare/Medicaid/Social Security) into bankruptcy. Our government can't run anything as efficiently or well as private companies can. The government doesn't know anything about medicine. Virginia isn't all that great.
99. Support: Need affordable options to current high premium.
100. Oppose: The government does not understand health problems. They know how to promise services to all without first investigating if the Treasury can afford the services. With no malpractice law, the end result will be failure.
101. Support: Any change has to be better than what we have now.
102. Support: Rising health care costs.
103. Oppose: Government control of health care is unconstitutional and will cause massive decline in the quality of medicine practiced in the United States!
104. Oppose: Rationed care is poor care. If not rationed, will be too expensive, increasing national debt.
105. Oppose: Poorly thought out.
106. Support: The current system is not working.
107. Oppose: Too expensive and will diminish care.
108. Support: Too costly for patient.
109. Support: 1) Universal care is important. 2) Health care costs are too high. 3) Current system provides poor care.
110. Oppose: 1) Will not change quality of care. 2) No tort changes or reforms 3) More about control of health issue by government. 4) No evidence it will control costs. 5) Increased tax liabilities on individuals and businesses.
111. Oppose: Increase cost of care, limited choice.
112. Oppose: My patients and I need to make health choices for them, not for the government. Cost — cannot insure 50 million more people and the same amount of physicians.
113. Support: I had been an employer, a provider that billed the patient directly, and now I am an employee of the hospital and a patient myself with cancer.
114. Support: The poor half of the population gets poor treatment, and the lower fourth of the population gets very poor treatment.
115. Oppose: It's rationing, socialism and tyranny.
116. Oppose: No good.
117. Oppose: Far too much intervention by government.
118. Oppose: Doing too much too fast.
119. Support: This will provide universal health care to all Americans.
120. Oppose: Broad-ranging change that hasn't been thought out, with options thoroughly investigated and readily understood, can't be good. Change for the sake of change is not the answer.
121. Support: More people covered.
122. Support: We need to fix the system.
123. Oppose: Patients and doctors need to choose, not government.
124. Oppose: It's time to know the Mayo Clinic is exceptional. The business is managed by the medical world.
125. Oppose: The plan is unconstitutional. Expected cost to implement will lead to so much paper money it'll destroy the dollar.
126. Oppose: Not enough information.
127. Oppose: Patients won't get adequate care, especially the elderly.
128. Oppose: Will make doctors provide lower quality of care because they'll need to see to many patients per day to cover their overhead costs.
129. Oppose: More control, less Medicare. More cost, less freedom of choice.
130. Oppose: Not doctor-friendly. No additional benefits for doctors, only cuts and sacrifices. Looks like a proposal made by lawyers for lawyers.
131. Oppose: Anything the government tries to run ends up a snafu.
132. Support: It is for the fairness. Everyone should have the medical care they need. It is not a business for profit.
133. Oppose: Will destroy a sound insurance system that actually satisfies 80%+ of people. Rather than government health care, I'd prefer making the individual cost of medical care tax-free, removing mandated coverage, (letting us) buy what we want and (adding) tort reform. Tax-supported clinics for the poor would be good.
134. Support: Current system is burdensome, broke and in need of overhaul.
135. Support: Too many people without adequate health care.
136. Support: Would cover almost all Americans and make private insurers more competitive and accountable.
137. Oppose: Government intervention/ guidelines. Lower reimbursement, higher demands. Restrictions on drug usage.
138. Oppose: Fiscally impossible for the government to provide and manage a quality health care system for this country. We should be thankful for the current system. Nobody is being denied needed treatment.
139. Oppose: Government officials are corrupt.
140. Support: Need for universal health care.
141. Support: Benefits of universal coverage outweigh costs. No one can definitively determine the effects of such a proposal on the current system.
142. Support: Must have public health care or heath care will bankrupt country!
143. Support: Too many people are uninsured.
144. Support: Our present system cannot be sustained.
145. Oppose: Will drive out private insurance. Fees will be controlled by government. Will interfere with medical decisions. Many other reasons.
146. Support: Will decrease no-pays and underpays.
147. Oppose: Incompatible goals — cost- cutting and coverage-expansion — must result in rationing by government officials.
148. Support: If nothing is done now, I doubt if the system will ever be changed, and the present system is not sustainable.
149. Oppose: Too costly. No tort reform will destroy best medical care in the world.
150. Support: Private insurers interfere with medical care by denying coverage. Their goal is to increase profits, and they do it by making low payments to doctors and hospitals, denying claims and refusing to authorize procedures.
151. Oppose: Will increase federal budget deficit without gaining more than expenses to be paid later. Will slow recovery.
152. Oppose: Increased cost, decreased quality and access.
153. Oppose: Just a veiled attempt to get a one-payer system. Will lead to rationing.
154. Oppose: Government-run entities do not have a track record of efficiency. One more entity between physician and patient. I trained and worked in Canada before coming to the U.S. The same arguments were used there to launch "universal health care." It's anything but universal and free!
155. Oppose: Will mean more paperwork and less pay. MDs will get hit hardest. Pharma and insurance will reap benefits with little cuts because they have strong lobbies.
156. Support: Need to provide basic health insurance preventive services to all.
157. Support: Present system does not work.
158. Oppose: Socialized medicine has failed wherever tried. Care will be rationed.
159. Oppose: This unconstitutional plan gives sovereignty over our bodies to unelected, unaccountable, ignorant bureaucrats. Every governmental micromanagement of our lives has failed in its objective, and caused moral and economic bankruptcy in the process.
160. Support: 50 million without health care, present system too complicated for doctors.
161. Oppose: Government and complicated bureaucracy would make the plan a disaster.
162. Oppose: It will cause a tremendous deficit.
163. Oppose: We should have government-sponsored catastrophic care.
164. Oppose: No mention of tort reform. No viable funding mentioned. Limits placed on physician decision-making.
165. Support: Current system skewed to wealthy.
166. Support: Need nationalized system.
167. Support: Too many citiznes without health insurance.
168. Support: Having grown up in Europe and experienced European health delivery system, and having spent the last 40 years in this country, I know that national health insurance is the way to go.
169. Support: Tired of dealing with insurance companies that won't fund necessary basic care.
170. Oppose: We need efficiency. Government doesn't know the meaning of the term.
171. Support: Public option makes care available to everyone.
172. Oppose: Any time the government is involved in a program, it costs more.
173. Oppose: Substandard care will result and debt will increase.
174. Support: 48 million without insurance.
175. Oppose: It wasn't successful in other countries.
176. Oppose: Inefficient, wasteful, requires increasing the size of government.
177. Support: Change is needed.
178. Support: Private insurers/administrative costs are 30% of health care costs. Need a unified, nationalized complete rehaul of entire system that serves entire nation.
179. Oppose: Smacks of socialism and is based on a model that's already failed in Canada and Britain.
180. Oppose: It asks physicians, hospitals, researchers, health care workers to work more for less, yet expects improved performance. The president has refused to cap medical malpractice suit limits.
181. Support: The number of uninsured is a disgrace.
182. Oppose: Doctors will not be able to care for patients appropriately.
183. Oppose: Lower income for doctors.
184. Oppose: What government does now is too political.
185. Oppose: Higher taxes.
186. Oppose: Costs too much.
187. Support: Costs would be shared by all and uninsured cared for.
188. Support: Every American should have health insurance of some kind.
189. Support: Many can't afford private premiums.
190. Support: Ethically, I support universal coverage.
191. Oppose: Costs go up, doesn't cover all, government never can control costs, which will double and triple over years.
192. Oppose: Government is too big and does very little right.
193. Oppose: Doctors should not have an obligation to any person or entity other than patient.
194. Oppose: Doctor access will be severely limited.
195. Oppose: Too much unknown.
196. Oppose: No tort reform. Dislike socialized health care.
197. Oppose: Socialized medicine — run by non-physicians.
198. Oppose: Don't want government bureaucrats to determine the extent of medical care I receive or deny me the care I should receive. Will also bankrupt country.
199. Support: Increased patient access.
200. Oppose: It is socialized medicine and is not sustainable financially. It requires rationing, abortion and euthanasia. It is the Nazification of American medicine.
301. Oppose: Too expensive. Will lead to overworked, underpaid doctors.
302. Oppose: Too expensive.
303. Oppose: Federal government does a poor job with regards to health care. Biggest example is the VA.
304. Oppose: No tort reform. Big pharmacies and insurance companies are not taking a fair share of reduced reimbursement.
305. Oppose: Won't work.
306. Neither: I don't think there is a health plan that has been definitely decided upon.
307. Oppose: Will bring even more bureaucracy than already exists. Will increase costs just from increasing work staff to handle paperwork. Very detrimental to doctor-patient relationship. The end of personal and identifiable service.
308. Neither: Not in current form without tort reform.
309. Support: We need affordable insurance and affordable health care for every American. It's time to make changes because the old model doesn't work anymore. I think the president is on the right track.
310. Support: To allow affordable choices for those with illnesses and/or no job.
311. Oppose: Just look at Medicare!
312. Support: We need universal coverage.
313. Oppose: First, there is no specific detail of a plan to date, but I doubt that a government can develop a decent health care organization.
314. Support: We need to refocus on universal coverage, preventing costly health care for untreatable illnesses and appropriate and adequate support for primary care.
315. Oppose: It will inevitably lead to rationing of health care, decreased access to specialists, long waits for care due to not having enough primary care physicians and physician extenders. It also provides no relief from the additional expenses incurred because of our out-of-control medical liability crisis.
316. Oppose: Too massive a change, too socialistic, too leftist.
317. Support: The current situation in health care in the U.S. is broken and needs to be fixed.
318. Support: Single payer (non-profit) is most efficient and economical. Health insurance should not be for profit. All money should go to pay for costs of care plus administration of the plan.
319. Support: Health care should be a right of every human being, not a privilege.
320. Oppose: It won't save money. It will lead to rationing. Tort reform (meaning full) is not a part of any bill (I would presume that once the public option is universal, the U.S. Attorney General will have to defend all cases and the U.S. Treasury pay all settlements and judgments.)
321. Support: To get everyone under an insurance plan.
322. Support: Too may people are uninsured, and it is getting much worse very fast with no end in sight.
323. Oppose: It is socialized medicine at its worst. It will not just deal with the uninsured — which can be dealt with alone — but forces all to go with the government plan. We need freedom to choose which MDs we wish to see — if we can pay. And why is Congress exempt from this? I guess they feel the need to have freedom to choose their physicians. (And they know this plan is not good for them!!!) So they get out of it.
324. Support: We need to do something to control health care costs and access, and I haven't heard any better ideas.
325. Oppose: Not properly planned. Too expensive at this time.
326. Oppose: I am against politicians telling me how to practice medicine. The plan evidently destroys freedom of all Americans to control their health care.
327. Support: Health care should be a right for all citizens.
328. Support: This survey is big business at its worst.
329. Oppose: Agree with recently published patient's statement: "Expect government health plan to have the efficiency of the Postal Service and the compassion of the IRS."
330. Oppose: Lack of tort reform. "Public plans." How will it be paid for?
331. Oppose: Government should stick to paving roads and military defense. Don't want government to tell me how to take care of my patients.
332. Oppose: Will raise costs just as Medicare and Medicaid have done. Access will decrease. Care will be rationed as Medicare, Medicaid and managed care have done. Quality of care will definitely decrease. Medical advancements will slow. Fewer will aspire to become doctors.
333. Support: Health care leaves many people without any financial support. Therefore, we need to pass a health care plan to include a one-payer choice. Insurance companies must be regulated so as to maintain lower costs. Drug companies should be regulated. Tort reform is essential. We absolutely need health care reform. The lives of patients and physicians will be improved. Reimbursement for internists, family physicians and rheumatologists who spend a lot of time helping patients with chronic conditions should be improved (by higher reimbursements).
334. Support: Private insurance companies have no incentive to control costs. Rates increase as costs increase. Expensive sick patients are denied coverage. Little is spent on prevention.
335. Oppose: Socialized medicine has proven to be ineffective. Encourage competition.
336. Oppose: Socialism doesn't work!
337. Oppose: There are already too many entities standing between patients and their medical doctors. This is not a job for the government or government surrogates.
338. Oppose: Quality of patients' care would be compromised.
339. Oppose: Any health care plan should remain under market flow. If the plan is controlled by the government, the health care market will be destroyed eventually.
340. Oppose: System needs reform, but not at this level.
341. Oppose: Loss of freedom. Red tape. Too costly.
342. Oppose: It will take away consumer choice, drive up health care costs and drive down health care quality. It will sharply increase the demand for health care providers and sharply decrease the supply as doctors like me will retire early and students will avoid the field.
343. Oppose: Rationed health care, death panels, increasing taxes to pay for health insurance for those who aren't working, loss of my current private insurance.
344. Support: It removes the monopoly that health insurance companies have on American health care and thereby will make health care less expensive. Health care companies' profits will no longer be part of health care costs.
345. Oppose: Government has proven an inability to manage many other programs, including Social Security, Medicare, the Postal Service. Why do they think they can finance a health care program? I believe everybody's taxes would have to increase dramatically to pay for this.
346. Oppose: Medicare compensation is falling every year, and total government control will make it worse.
347. Support: We need universal health care for every American.
348. Oppose: Will lower the quality of medical care in the long run. Too expensive.
349. Oppose: No need to overhaul the whole system. Just find a solution to the 40 million that have no insurance.
350. Oppose: Am currently in the military. Government health care is broken, so why appropriate the problem? The military looks to the civilian world for efficiency.
351. Oppose: Government programs are susceptible to inefficiency, corruption, and inflexibility.
352. Oppose: Bad for patients. Too costly. Rationing.
353. Oppose: Americans are used to getting their health care when they need it. The government plan will put off important procedures for a long time.
354. Oppose: The government will be running medicine — socialized medicine, that is.
355. Oppose: Regulations of any type managed by government will decrease the quality of care delivered to patients. The VA system is a perfect example of government health care. Does anyone like it?
356. Oppose: It inevitably will lead to higher taxes, lower reimbursement.
357. Oppose: Who's had time to digest 1,000 pages?
358. Support: We have to do something about it, and I don't think the government's proposed health care plan is bad at all.
359. Oppose: Private insurance will disappear. Too much debt. Not based in reality.
360. Support: Best of limited options.
361. Oppose: Total government control of the health care system will destroy the quality of care and will ruin the competitive free enterprise system.
362. Oppose: Costs would force our office to close.
363. Oppose: Government-run anything is a disaster with poor management and increased costs. Let the private sector solve this.
364. Oppose: Will decrease quality and choice of doctors.
365. Oppose: Between the government and insurance companies, I now collect only 28%-30% of billed charges. No other business can function at that rate.
366. Oppose: Decreased quality, decreased availability through the inevitable government rationing and the wastefulness of any government plan such as Social Security, Medicare, etc.
367. Oppose: I oppose it strongly. It funds an abortion mandate.
368. Oppose: As evidenced by the Medicare "experiment," the government will reduce the care of the individual, reduce the remuneration of the provider and go bankrupt — all with equal ability.
369. Oppose: Government never does anything as well as the private sector. We have the best system in the world — why mess it up? A huge financial burden on taxpayers.
370. Support: Wider coverage that will include people who otherwise can't get health care insurance.
371. Oppose: Government has track record of poor efficiency. Bill has no provisions for tort reform or doctors' reimbursement. Dictated by government, but we don't get any benefits of public employees.
372. Oppose: Government-run health plans don't work. Its does not address torts.
373. Support: This survey is slanted toward producing a result to oppose the proposal. It's not a real survey.
374. Oppose: Too much government involvement and too expensive.
375. Support: We need a government-supported health plan to hold the cost of the private insurance from rising uncontrollably.
376. Support: If we don't change it now, we never have change and then the system would completely collapse.
377. Support: Every citizen needs health care.
378. Support: I have too many patients who can't get basic health care because the insurance companies have ruled they are uninsurable. I blame the piggy insurance companies for the mess we are in.
379. Oppose: It will increase costs, raise government interference, decrease care, and decrease my reimbursement.
380. Oppose: Our government can't manage and maintain the VA hospitals and Indian reservation health care. Medicare and Medicaid are a mess.
381. Oppose: The plan has not been defined. How can one tell if one should support or oppose it?
382. Support: Excessive administrative costs and executive compensation of private insurance companies who engage in recession. They fail to provide adequate information and pricing to people and they raise premiums unjustifiably. We need all legal citizens and legal immigrants to be covered. Aside from everything else, it is immoral to not make access to care available. This does not mean condoning lifestyles in opposition to good health (such as tobacco smoking, excessive imbibing of alcohol or engaging in various risky behaviors).
383. Neither: No final plan presented.
384. Neither: There is no plan yet — still being negotiated.
385. Oppose: Doesn't allow negotiation of pharmaceutical costs or tort reform. No effort to decrease administrative costs of hospitals.
386. Oppose: It is unclear to me what the plan would achieve.
387. Oppose: Federal government single-payer system would not control costs or improve quality.
388. Oppose: Bureaucracy, low physician payment rates.
389. Support: It will cover the currently uninsured and underinsured. It will encourage students to enter primary care.
390. Oppose: Government cannot run health care correctly.
391. Oppose: Government's proposal will cause worsening of health care quality, long delays of costly procedures and decreased physician incomes.
392. Support: It will cover the 45 million Americans who are uninsured and bring down costs and the national deficit in the long term.
393. Oppose: I don't think government should control our health care. I believe less governmental control on almost everything is better. We shouldn't be rushing into it. I've read parts of the bill's actual text, and it makes no sense.
394. Oppose: Too expensive to taxpayers. Not enough real reform — need to reduce or eliminate private health insurance cost burdens to societal health care costs.
395. Support: Our health care system is far less perfect than many other countries', especially when compared to European systems. No system can be perfect, but we need to cover more of our nation.
396. Oppose: Too fast at one time. I think we need pre-existing conditions reform and tort reform. Everyone should have to pay something for their health care.
397. Oppose: Without tort reform and penalties for lawyers who use the system for extortion with a legal degree, it won't work. It will continue to be too costly.
398. Oppose. Cost. Loss of freedom of choice. Degradation of care. Disincentive for future generations to enter the field of medicine.
399. Oppose: Huge government takeover will result in 20% more patients, 10% less reimbursement to doctors and lower quality of care with the resulting doctor shortage.
400. Oppose: Not well-thought-out. Many legislators haven't even read it. It will be mismanaged, as large, rushed government programs tend to be.
401. Oppose: Government lacks the fortitude to truly take on the issues and institutions associated.
402. Support: The USA needs health care badly. We are rapidly approaching unaffordable care for all Americans.
403. Support: The present situation is unsustainable.
404. Oppose: No socialized medicine.
405. Support: Insurance company reforms are needed. Covering everyone will increase MDs' services.
406. Oppose: Government should not control health access, drug choices, monitor/control doctor services or give health care to any illegal aliens.
407. Oppose: Same plan in other countries is very bad. I have seen clinics in these plans — very poor.
408. Support: Universal health care will improve quality and, in the long term, decrease cost.
409. Oppose: Too expensive, will end up rationing care and bring poor service.
410. Oppose: There are so many reasons — just ask any Canadian.
411. Oppose: Seems to be poorly thought out, inadequately funded and similar to plans not working as well as touted (Canada). Tax increases will not work. Current system leaves few out. If health care is offered as a "right," then food, housing, water, exercise programs should be rights.
412. Support: We need care for the poor and those unable to pay.
413. Support: Private insurance companies have no competition and therefore are dictating rates.
414. Support: Only the government can take care of 40 million of uninsured people.
415. Oppose: It will bankrupt the system and doctors.
416. Oppose: Health care would be rationed: Take a number for service. Doctors would have to see more patients per hour and not give as good of care.
417. Support: To control increased premiums.
418. Oppose: I'm afraid our already diminished payments will decrease. Further malpractice reform is what we need.
419. Support: There are lots of uninsured patients using ER and applying charity care. As a result, many hospitals are closing down.
420. Support: We need a public option. It works well in Europe.
421. Oppose: This plan will eventually kill the Medicare program, leaving older people in desolation. It will be like living under a dictatorship. We would have to wait more for specialists.
422. Oppose: How do they pay for medical school?
423. Oppose: Unless the government uses magic tricks, it is impossible to care for so-called 47 million uninsured people and still lower the cost.
424. Oppose: It will be dominant, wasteful and increase the cost.
425. Support: It will provide care for those that cannot afford it, help reduce the cost and help reduce the cost of medication and medical equipment.
426. Oppose: Government never runs anything right.
427. Support. All people should have access and coverage for basic health care. The Post Office works very well. Of course, funding remains a problem, so what's new?
428. Support: Health care is a fundamental right for all!! We pay for it anyway, so now let's give it to everyone!
429. Oppose: Government does not compete with private enterprise.
430. Oppose: Government is never efficient.
431. Support: In my opinion, the premium for health insurance will keep rising. At the present time, the taxpayer is subsidizing those who can't afford to have their own plans. We all pay regardless, so why not have the health plan being proposed by the government?
432. Support: Current health care costs are out of control and unsustainable. Without government intervention we will face another equivalent economic crisis.
433. Neither. The plan is not all government. It is two-tiered with government and private insurance, as exist in Britain and New Zealand, for example.
434. Oppose: No tort reform — no means to decrease the cost of defensive medicine. Government can't run a successful business.
435. Oppose: The U.S. government is already bankrupt. Its health care plan is too expensive. The government will end up rationing health care. Taxes will surely go up for the middle class and upper class. We are in recession. This is not a good time to increase government expenditures and increase taxes.
436. Support: It will enable individuals to seek medical treatment sooner rather than later, which will make a healthier population.
437. Support: Health care is a basic human right. It should be denied to no one.
438. Support: See Canada. If you do not fix health care, the quality will go down. We are ranked 53rd. Turkey has better rating than the U.S.
439. Oppose: Too costly. I do not trust government to run it. Deficit is too high already.
440. Oppose: They refuse to even consider tort reform. This is a very dishonest approach to the issue.
441. Oppose: The government cannot run anything well. Featherbedding will raise cost. The government knows nothing about medicine. How do you run something you know little about? The government does nothing. With free medical care for all, the illegal population will explode, massively raising cost of medical care.
442. Oppose: Federalization has failed to lessen costs or improve services in any other field.
443. Oppose: Bad for patients, bad for doctors
444. Support: Current system is wasteful and unfair.
445. Oppose. I am a specialist with 15 post-secondary years after high school who didn't educate himself to this level to be dictated to by a socialist, leftward-leaning administration of non-physicians.
446. Oppose: Health care should be viewed as a capitalistic endeavor in which the patients should dictate the price based on supply and demand.
447. Oppose: Malpractice suits are causing defensive medicine — this is the primary cause \, then new technology.
448. Support: Current system unsustainable, too costly and too many uninsured.
449. Support: We cannot continue what we are doing. The health care ship is sinking fast — increasing costs and decreasing coverage.
450. Support: 50 million uninsured will have coverage. Medical costs will have some controls, changes will occur that will incentivize better-coordinated, evidence-based and higher-quality medical care.
451. Support: We need health care for all. More streamlined, less complex. Cost-saving strategy — still lots of wasted money. But leave the doctors to doctoring and teach them cost-saving strategies during and after training.
452. Support: It helps real health care, not businesses!
453. Support: Everybody should have health care.
454. Oppose: Tax-and-spend federal government is ruining our country. Exactly the same thing is ruining California.
455. Oppose: I am a former Canadian, and I am a physician. I know a lot about government-run health care. If it is so good, all members of Congress, the president, and federal employees should be the first to try it.
456. Oppose: Does not address malpractice crisis. It's too costly, takes away consumer freedom and will cause future students to forgo medicine as a career, further limiting \ access.
457. Support: Preexisting conditions should be covered. Tired of collecting deductibles/co-insurance from patients. Patients don't like that. All preventive visits/shots should be covered. (I oppose public health plan.)
458. Oppose: I support a government-run health care plan but not this kind. It would have to be its own private company, no freebies, just supervised by government, otherwise to be run as a private insurance company.
459. Oppose: We came from a socialist country, and we know socialized systems do not work!!!
460. Oppose: Funding issues unsolved. Government insurance option is concerning to our free market society.
461. Oppose: It costs too much and — selfish me — as a primary care doctor, I won't be able to afford to (stay) in business under it.
462. Support: Too many people are uninsured and/or refused coverage by for-profit insurance companies.
463. Oppose: It will make the overall health system worse.
464. Oppose: I don't believe Congress has the requisite knowledge to know what to do with health care. After experiencing Britain's health care system first-hand I cannot feel anything positive about government-run health care.
465. Oppose: Universal health care is needed. As a taxpayer I am willing to contribute. But the government has not proven to be able to administrate simple measures such as "cash for clunkers" and the COBRA relief.
466. Oppose: Government is always more costly than private enterprise and competition.
467. Oppose: We don't need a total government takeover of 20% of our economy to correct the problems that currently exist in our health care system.
468. Oppose: I don't trust the government's ability to run anything efficiently or economically. The government already interferes too much with health care. Rationing is inevitable with their plan.
469. Oppose: Socialization of medicine.
470. Oppose: Abortion issue. Health care rationing. Government committee decides treatments/benefits. Illegal aliens receive benefits of citizens. No one can sue the government. All physicians paid the same. Control of doctors. End-of-life decisions by government. Rationing mental health care. Destroys doctor-patient relationship.
471. Support: Anything is better than the current awful system.
472. Oppose: I think there needs to be some reform — tort and bundling groups together. All employees must pay some. Let's start here! A single-payer plan would destroy anesthesia practice!
473. Oppose. Too sweeping. Simpler solutions. Ignores tort reform.
474. Oppose. Lower-quality of medical care. Rationing medical care. Too much bureaucracy
475. Oppose. I have first-hand experience with European and Canadian national health plans — they stink. My medical training was at Mayo Clinic where people came from all over the world. Why did they come? Because we have the best in the world! There will be rationing one way or the other.
476. Oppose: Bill lacks addressing tort reform or the extreme tax burden on the middle class.
477. Oppose: It does not address health care reform or medical liability/malpractice reform.
478. Oppose: No tort reform. Medicare already underpays doctors.
479. Support: The only way to bring sanity to rising health care costs.
480. Oppose: I detest communism.
481. Support: Fee-for-service medicine is going to bankrupt my grandchildren and our country. Incentives are the problem.
482. Support: Universal health care works in every other civilized country in the world.
483. Oppose: Lower fees paid to MDs. Will create a large bureaucracy as well.
484. Oppose: It will lead to bigger government, higher taxes, lower quality of care, and rationing of health care services.
485. Oppose: Socialized medicine — the existing models have not worked. Rationed care. Socialist/communist. Can't afford it — costs too much
486. Oppose: Excessive cost of current health plans is directly related to inefficiency of delivery of health care. Throwing money at current system will exacerbate the problem.
487. Support: Because several good ideas have been floated and the best will rise to the top.
488. Support. We need alternative plans to compete with private insurance plans.
489. Support. Present plans have failed. Insurance companies have no role in health care and take too much money.
490. Support. There are millions of people without medical insurance. Many of my patients are finding they are unable to meet their medical emergencies.
491. Oppose: Socialized medicine results in rationing care for all. Look at the socialized countries.
492. Oppose: The proposals are a farce — not comprehensive enough, catering to pharmacist, insurance, lawyer and financial lobbies.
493. Oppose: Half of present physicians will retire if they are made slaves by Obama. At present time there are too few doctors to care for 40 million more patients.
494. Oppose: Will not accomplish any of the good. Will make whole problem worse. Way too expensive.
495. Oppose: Taking money/reimbursement from hardworking physicians is the wrong way to fix this problem. There should be reduced reimbursement in areas such as anesthesiology and more accountability for physicians who order unnecessary technology and procedures. This will force several physicians into early retirement to reduce headaches in their already bureaucratic practice of medicine.
496. Support: I accept all patients insured or not. A lot of my patients had no insurance. Most could not afford medicine so we had to assist them in accessing patient assistance programs.
497. Oppose: Interference in patient-physician relationship. Excessive regulations and paperwork.
498. Support: Current system isn't working.
499. Oppose: They never mention how to contain medical malpractice costs.
500. Oppose: While it has some good ideas and may be a start in the right direction, it in no way comes close to addressing the major issues of cost.
501. Oppose: Care will be rationed, especially for Medicare seniors. The current health care system (needs) certain improvements like portability, ability to shop across state lines and elimination of denial for existing illnesses. It does not need to be completely overhauled and blended into a public-option takeover by the government.
502. Oppose: A move toward socialism and Marxism.
503. Oppose: Bad for doctors, bad for patients, bad for the USA.
504. Oppose: Similar problems as Medicare — poor reimbursement and audits by personnel with minimal medical background resulting in denied claims for necessary procedures. No tort reform, which would significantly reduce costs.
505. Support: Charity care and private insurance have failed to keep up with needed basic health care, which is working in my clinics every month.
506. Oppose: Government always increases the cost. Government never accurately projects costs. This will lead to rationing. I believe in insurance company rating — smokers and obese people should pay more.
507. Oppose: It takes away individuals rights, the main reason both doctors and patients lose the right to chose freely.
508. Oppose: The quality of health care will drop. The uninsured can be covered by other means at much less expense. Actively promote preventive health care — including alternative medicine — through education in schools and in the media.
509. Support: 47 million uninsured need access to health care. Insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies consume too much of our health care money.
510. Oppose: Too much change too quickly. Get uninsured insured by mandate. Get tort reform to decrease unnecessary testing.
511. Oppose: It will lower the standard of care. There is no discussion on a restructure of malpractice lawsuits.
512. Oppose: Socialized medicine inevitably leads to limited access and lower-quality health care. Also, I strongly oppose tax dollars being used for abortion.
513. Oppose: We'll still have the same problems. Need to implement accountability and reward taking care of individual health.
514. Oppose: Too intrusive into individual lives. Does not address tort reform. Too expensive to change the whole system.
515. Oppose: There is no malpractice tort reform.
516. Oppose: It will limit health care to the elderly, but illegal immigrants will continue to receive it.
517. Oppose: Many elements of the program will raise costs. The quality of services will go down. Access to services will lower the quality of service providers.
518. Oppose: Restricted care for the elderly. Greater debt. Government-run plan competing with private plans. Abortions paid by health care. Higher taxes, less care.
519. Oppose: It will cost more, and you will get less. Timely intervention and the quality of health services will decline. Fewer talented people will be attracted to the profession.
520. Support: Future of health care relies on a government-supported option. I have seen the Canadian and U.K. systems up-close, and both work very well.
521. Oppose: Cost. Decreased quality of care. Government intrusion into medical decisions.
522. Oppose: Government can't run anything efficiently.
523. Oppose: Limits health care for the elderly, cannot be accomplished without a considerable increase in spending, does not include tort reform.
524. Oppose: I favor returning to free markets in both health care and health insurance. I believe government-imposed restrictions and mandates have caused health care and health insurance to become expensive.
525. Oppose: Too expensive. Will not be an efficient delivery system. Will not end third-party payers. Will lead to fewer doctors (treating) more people.
526. Support: Expands effective coverage for all. Breaks free from the shackles of insurance companies by providing alternatives.
527. Support: Need for universal coverage, more focus on information technology for medical records. Need for change.
528. Oppose: Care will be rationed, and treatments — including tests — will be delayed, which will be detrimental to patients' health.
529. Oppose: We do not have an adequate supply of active physicians to care for a sudden surge of 46 million new patients. I resent the added fiscal debt that is a burden to our children. Health change is best done incrementally.
530. Oppose: Plans are leaning toward for-profit insurance companies and poorly decisioned government programs. No one cares about non-profit management.
531. Support: Currently, there is a large group of Americans without health insurance. These people, when in for treatment, cost physicians, physician practices and hospitals a great deal of money. Why should doctors take on this financial burden?
532. Support: Too many people without health care coverage putting their lives at risk.
533. Oppose: A government takeover is inevitable.
534. Oppose: Too expensive. Health care will deteriorate. Physicians will not get paid for appropriate care.
535. Oppose: Not enough detail as to how it will ensure consistent, efficient care.
536. Oppose: The existing health system could be modified, not changed, to government-run. It will take out incentive to perform and see more patients. It will limit care for the terminally ill and elderly. Too expensive.
537. Support: Current system does not work and only helps the investors of the private industry.
538. Support: 100% of Americans should have health insurance. If the government can provide a decent plan like Congress has for its members, let's go for it.
539. Oppose: Restrictive on my type of practice, anesthesiology.
540. Support: The current health care "non-system" is unsustainable.
541. Neither: Don't know enough about it to make a decision.
542. Oppose: No discussion about tort reform, liability issues.
543. Oppose: There is no way the government will be asked to hold costs, enforce quality and maintain incentives in the industry that is the best in the world.
544. Support: Current health care is a mess, and the government is the only entity big enough to fix it.
545. Oppose: Too expensive as a government program. It will be wasteful, absurd, too much "red tape" and destroy the best medical system in the world.
546. Oppose: Jeopardizes quality and quantity of health care of my patients.
547. Oppose: I do not think it will work, and taxes will be raised to pay for this plan.
548. Oppose: Poor efficiency. Poor quality. Who will pay for it? What has government ever done well? Bureaucrats will be making decisions about health care.
549. Oppose: It will lower the quality of care and costs will not be lowered. Care to the elderly will be markedly reduced. Fewer new drugs. Longer waits for patients. Expansion of socialism.
550. Oppose: Government involvement tends to create a debacle.
551. Support: The most important issue facing this nation.
552. Oppose: Government cannot run anything right. Government has failed in other controlled programs — mail, rail, etc. Government is full of fraud and waste. People would have to wait and get poor care, if any. Rationed care.
553. Support: It's a way out of poverty for the poor. It's a way to better health for the nation.
554. Support: Too many people cannot afford health care. Even those who can afford health insurance often pay an exorbitantly high premium for the care they receive. Doctors care about the needs of their patients. Insurance companies are concerned with the welfare of their stockholders.
555. Oppose: There will be universal health insurance, government-run, but no universal care. Rationing will be the word of the day.
556. Oppose: The master plan for health care reform is obsolete. To lower costs, regional health centers should be created with a mandatory patient-base registration to have full knowledge of every single patient of that region. Patients should be followed by their regional health center (same as in private practice) to avoid catastrophes in the health of the patient. These regional health care centers should work 24 hours a day to facilitate all patients registrations despite their work schedule.
557. Support: Philosophical.
558. Oppose: Government-run businesses never work efficiently because the government is a monopoly.
559. Support: There needs to be an alternative to commercial health insurance that provides essential coverage affordable for all.
560. Oppose: Our health care system now needs improvement. Big government (Democrats or Republicans) never manages anything better than free enterprise. We want freedom from government.
561. Oppose: Too costly. Lack of choice. Rationing. Long wait times. Limited resources (CTs MRIs, etc.) No tort reform.
562. Support: Cover the uninsured.
563. Oppose: The only effective plan would be a single-payer system.
564. Oppose: I do not believe the government is capable of running an efficient/effective health care plan as demonstrated by everything they currently run, i.e. Medicare, Medicaid, Cash for Clunkers, Post Office. I also don't want to be a government employee.
565. Support: A lot of young uninsured patients flood the health care system each year, most hospitals have to swallow the costs, rising costs of Medicare, bankruptcy inevitable, something has to be done urgently.
566. Oppose: Too many reasons to list. It will lead to salaried doctors, no incentive, poor quality care, rationing of care.
567. Oppose: Medical decision-making will be compromised by bureaucratic intrusion. Government bureaucratic business inefficiency is monumental. Will be slower and more costly.
568. Oppose: The plan does not have any provision enabling physicians to avoid defensive medical practice. Also, the plan will make medical practice into socialized medicine.
569. Oppose: Too costly, will restrict health care for seniors, will degrade the quality of health care, will be a disincentive for drug companies to develop new drugs, will prompt a shortage of health care providers.
570. Support: We need universal health coverage. It is the only moral thing to do.
571. Oppose: You can't cover more people at less cost without decreasing quality of care.
572. Oppose: No significant effort to control costs. Too much government control.
573. Neither: I support reining in insurance companies who make HUGE profits.
574. Support: We need reform. We need coverage of the uninsured and we need cost control.
575. Oppose: I don't support a government plan/socialization of medicine.
576. Support: Too many uninsured.
577. Oppose: Will bankrupt the country. Will force seniors to lose essential medical care. Will place medical decisions in the hands of incompetent government workers.
578. Oppose: Will not improve health care, Will be too expensive.
579. Support: Tort reform must be included. Must apply to all Americans to include Senate and House members. Public option must be a basic, no-frills plan, but it must be accepted by all medical facilities and practitioners. Insurance carriers cannot cancel policy when serious illness occurs or deny coverage for pre-existing conditions!
580. Oppose: Eventually the patients will end up with single-payer and restrictive medical services and restrictive choices.
581. Oppose: Because it is a no-win situation for all participants — patients, doctors, hospitals, all providers. It will ration care and leave the most vulnerable of society to the mercy of the government. It's fascism.
582. Oppose: Many reasons: Medicare and Medicaid are virtually bankrupt, and we think they can run a national health system? Much can be done: Medical insurance = car insurance. Sell insurance across state lines. Handicapped people who don't take care of themselves = higher rate. End state and federal mandates.
583. Support: National health care is needed and more cost-effective in the long run.
584. Oppose: Government is wasteful. No plans to bring in tort reform. Most Americans have fine medical care. Need to improve on those who do not.
585. Support: Health insurance is a necessity.
586. Support: By international standards, our health care is expensive and mediocre. It may not cost less money but the quality will be better.
587. Oppose: Socialized medicine.
588. Oppose: We cannot pay for it. Health care will be rationed.
589. Support: For moral and economic reasons I support it.
590. Oppose: Government-run health care insurance is more wasteful and expensive to taxpayers than private-run plans.
591. Oppose: Government cannot run any efficient program.
592. Oppose: Federal control of policy will control all; seniors, sick patients will see death criteria panels, cost-cutting in all health care provider systems, following an automatic tax increase burden for all, etc. Most private physicians will be on a controlled salary level.
593. Support: Cost of health care is bankrupting our economy. People deserve health care.It is a right!
594. Oppose: Poorly planned.
595. Oppose: Government is incompetent to run health care. Taxes will increase much. Care will be rationed.
596. Oppose: Poorly conceived, not enough changes to review. Does nothing to address major areas of cost excess — insurance company excess overhead (administrative costs) and excessive industry (pharmaceutical, surgical company) costs.
597. Oppose: Will raise taxes.
598. Oppose: Not all people who are uninsured can't afford it. Not enough mandate for personal health accountability. Plan is too expensive.
599. Support: 47 million uninsured, 27 million underinsured. Poor return on monies now spent for health care.
600. Oppose: Government plan will destroy competition of free-market business.
601. Oppose: Eventually will lead to rationing of cases.
602. Oppose: Poorly thought-through, quickly-written legislation that has many unintended consequences.
603. Oppose: 85% of citizens are happy with the present system.
604. Oppose: Government can't control any system.
605. Oppose: No benefit for the patients or the physicians.
606. Oppose: The government is incapable of successfully running any large-scale system fairly.
607. Oppose: Will not have sufficient medical personnel to take care of the millions added to an existing system that is already quite strained. Will be rationing of health care. Will be more expensive than estimates given by government. Government is the least-efficient manager of anything it undertakes. Health care will be no different.
608. Support: A usable, comprehensive plan. Lower costs to the American people.
609. Oppose: Public option will drive out private. Bad money will drive out good. Established standards are misplaced guidance.
610. Oppose: Will eventually force private plans out of business, and competition is key in any market economy. Will place undue burdens on physicians and allow legislators, politicians and insurance companies to plan patients' health care, not doctors and patients as it should be.
611. Oppose: Reimbursement based on flawed Medicare rates. No fiscal responsibility -- plan does nothing to control costs. No tort reform.
612. Oppose: I think there will be even more waste of resources and benefits for special-interest groups.
613. Support: Health care is a basic social service like fire (and) police. It makes our country stronger to have a strong community.
614. Oppose: No tort reform. Rationed care. Increased costs. More government control.
615. Oppose: To be independent and a free nation we must be the solvers of the problems and not the government. Greed . . . has led the Washington elite to spare no expense in health care plan for themselves. It appears that the servants of the people go first-class and offer far less to the masses.
616. Oppose: Fiscally irresponsible. Government manipulation of physician judgments. Endangers people's health and lives.
617. Oppose: Limiting access to diagnostic tests without having tort reform will make doctors more likely to be sued.
618. Oppose: No tort reform. Public option will destroy private insurance.
619. Support: Millions of Americans are uninsured and do not have access to health care.
620. Oppose: I have not read the 1,000+ page proposal. Would like to see a two-page summary. Can't support what I do not know.
621. Support: The system is broken. Medicare and Medicaid are the easiest programs I work with right now. Insurance should not be run by "for profits."
622. Support: Business has had 30 years to correct the problems of a noncompetitive environment, then chose to rob the candy store. Need the public option for competition.
623. Oppose: We are already providing a lot of free medical care. Under government plan even though more people will be insured, reimbursement rates will be lower and we will be taxed higher. You make the math. Even more freebees! Which means less quality care.
624. Oppose: The government has never run a company with any success or even close to budget. Medicare, Social Security, Amtrak, Post Office are all big money pits.
625. Oppose: A one-payment plan is unsustainable for quality care. Medicare is a prime example of government interference gone wrong.
626. Oppose: Will only add a wasteful bureaucracy that will raise the cost of medicine without improving medicine's ability to serve the patients.
627. Oppose: Government is inefficient.
628. Oppose: Government control, socialized medicine, wealth distribution, etc. Guaranteed failure, as with all federal programs.
629. Support: Everyone will have health coverage. No one will have to worry about losing health coverage because of layoffs, pre-existing medical conditions or women wanting to cut back on the number of work hours to devote more time to family.
630. Support: Need to provide coverage for all citizens that will benefit the general health of the nation both economically and medically.
631. Oppose: Increased deficit, increased taxes, rationing of care, increased bureaucracy, decreased reimbursement to health care providers, decreased access to life-saving treatments.
632. Oppose: Government does poor job of taking care of people. VA system, Medicare are two glaring examples. Increase in paperwork and hours, and decrease in time to care for ill.
633. Oppose: Too expensive. No tort reform.
634. Oppose: Bureaucracy as a rule decreases the quality, increases the cost, interferes with standard of care and doctor-patient relationship. Applies "anecdotal" problems to the entire population.
635. Support: Along with the AMA.
636. Support: Too many people without care.
637. Oppose: We have to maintain high-quality health care to people who have a freedom to choose, not controlled by government. Otherwise, low-quality, high-cost and inefficient care will happen like in other industrialized countries.
638. Oppose: Not fair.
639. Oppose: Doesn't address tort reform. I don't want medicine in America to become socialized. I don't support a single-payer system in any way, and the increase in government bureaucracy will be outrageous.
640. Oppose: When looking at health care in Canada and England, the practice is to not cover many items at certain ages even though it could be life-saving. Specialists will become non-existent -- no reason to work harder if no payback. Two-tier care system -- government (president and senators) one care system, public option other plan.
641. Oppose: You could not run or operate a business the way the government runs, so they have no business running health care.
642. Oppose: When you have all you-can-eat buffets, people stuff their plates.
643. Oppose: The proposed health plan is not been present in a way that the average citizen can form a decent opinion. You must make it cleaner and more concise for me and others to get a handle on it.
644. Oppose: Plan contains no tort reform. Potential government mandates will lead to increased costs and lower-quality care.
645. Support: It would be more humane.
646. Support: I support the idea but worry about the details. But I would take a poor plan over none.
647. Oppose: Single or a controlled multi-payer system will create a monolithic pricing structure and will have to attempt severe cost-cutting to stay afloat. That means much lower reimbursement to physicians. We can (at least primary care physicians) barely keep our offices open at present.
648. Oppose: It will bankrupt the government, which has no idea how to run a business or health care--as witnessed every day by Medicare, Medicaid, etc. Either MDs or hospitals will be paid less (like Medicare) or taxes will be raised on the public.
649. Neither: It doesn't matter what I think!
650. Oppose: There are too many reasons to list.
651. Oppose: Does not deal with causes of problem. Does not lower cost. Does not include tort reform. Does not assure access to care.
652. Oppose: Government — no one — is savant enough to manage health care centrally. Also, Obama's plan is a surrogate for larger plan to control and manage the entire country.
653. Oppose: It's not good for people, especially the seniors.
654. Oppose: Cost.
655. Support: Provide affordable option for those without insurance. Help curb and regulate private insurance companies.
656. Support: Tired of doing business first, patient later. Wasting too much money on dying patients who have no chance to recover.
657. Support: Health care is not fair for all where I work. I am a patient with high blood pressure can be denied coverage if he applies for individual plan. A patient with seizures, cancer, heart attacks can get it if he gets his insurance from his job. This is not fair. People with company plans don't have to pay taxes on it; individuals do. People with individual plans cannot control costs of rising premiums and co-pays. It's not an even playing field. Individuals should have the same rights as company plans.
658. Oppose: Patient or doctor has no say-so. Difficult reimbursement. Poor quality of care.
659. Oppose: We need some health care reform, (but) government's plan will be too expensive.
660. Support: Have been an ER physician since 1975, and I know how bad the present system is. Everyday I see people in the ER who (1) can't get in to see their own doctor and (2) are in the ER because they are sick because they couldn't afford their medicine and have no primary care doctor to see. If one has money, care is good. If one doesn't have money, God help you.
661. Oppose: No more government programs at this time. We're bankrupt as a nation. Phony crisis except for anecdotes. More than 80% of population is satisfied with status quo.
662. Oppose: Evidence that AMA is in pocket of insurance companies.
663. Oppose: Decreased benefit/care to patient. High cost. Bureaucrats in charge of medical decisions. Illegals will get free world-class health care. Decreased physician wages.
664. Support: Insurance and pharmaceutical companies abuse the people. Everybody should have health insurance.
665. Oppose: Rationed care. No reasonable cost-reduction.
666. Oppose: It will degrade the medical system.
667. Support: We cannot sustain what we have now.
668. Oppose: Much lower quality and efficiency.
669. Oppose: The U.S. government has never been able to run a program without tremendous waste and inequities. Why should we expect healthcare to be any different?
670. Oppose: Cost too much. Will socialize medicine. Will decrease good care. Will come between a doctor and the patient. Will limit access to care. Other government programs have failed or are going bankrupt — Medicare, Medicaid, etc.
671. Support: Access and affordable health care should be a right of every citizen.
672. Support: The goals of the pharmaceutical industry and the insurance industry are profit, and these goals are pursued without regard to patient wellbeing.
673. Support: For-profit private insurance is not health care. "Pre-existing condition" exclusion should be illegal. Everyone should be able to have health insurance, and everyone would be willing to pay something. It shouldn't be free but should be affordable.
674. Support: Individual options and fair competition.
675. Oppose: No reason.
676. Support: Need reform.
677. Support: Too many people have inadequate access to health care. Insurers interfere with medical decisions and unnecessarily complicate delivery of care.
678. Support: Too many uninsured.
679. Oppose: More government involvement leads to inferior product.
680. Support: Extreme need for reform.
681. Oppose: Not appropriate. A lot of spending and no savings. Does not (address) the tort reform problem. Will increase taxation of the people who are taxed the most.
682. Support: Increase number of patients in my practice and able to do more preventive care.
683. Oppose: I simply object to the public option. There should be changes in how insurance companies operate and tort reform included.
684. Oppose: 1) Does not address the real problem — liability protection issues that drive up cost. 2) Quality of care is going to decline. There will be no personal care.
685. Oppose: Lower-quality care, long waiting for patients to get any medical care. Government health care will wipe out the private insurance companies. The majority of people who are currently insured are happy with their health plans. Most of the doctors in private practice will give up the practice because of a low reimbursement from the gov't. Medicare, Medicaid programs are good examples of government-run health care.
686. Oppose: No tort reform mentioned. Some changes are needed, (but) we do not want 100% government-run system.
687. Support: The system is broken.
688. Oppose: Lacks important reforms. Patients should be responsible for their insurance premiums and should have high-deductible means test.
689. Oppose: Government meddling into Medicare might not be beneficial. Lack of medical cognizance of politicians. Longer wait time for patients. Restrictions imposed by government for patients and doctors.
690. Support: Because it's guaranteed to cover you and me till death. Private insurance can impose restrictions.
691. Oppose: Government-sponsored health care utilize cheapest providers, less doctors, more physician's assistants or nursing practitioners.
692. Oppose: Not specific. Health care will be rationed and denied for many patients. Low quality of care.
693. Oppose: No way you can add 40 million people and take care of them in a safe fashion.
694. Oppose: Will ration care and cost more.
695. Oppose: Without massive tort reform at federal level and redefinition of what legal resident is. An American citizen should be a child born to two legal residents not just someone born in the U.S.
696. Oppose: Possibly expensive. Quality of care will go down. Rationed care.
697. Oppose: Public plan will lead to one payer which will lead to lower reimbursements and lower access to care.
698. Oppose: We can't afford another entitlement program.
699. Oppose: Plan is not complete. No one in office has read any portion. Government medicine has lowered MD charges 20% and more to come.
700. Oppose: It does not include lawsuit problems. It interferes with personal choice. It does not include competition.
701. Oppose: Can't afford it.
702. Support: Too many un- and under-insured. Too many denied health insurance due to preexisting conditions.
703. Oppose: Medicine cannot be practiced by cook-book non-medical rules.
704. Support: We need health care for the uninsured.
705. Support: 40 million Americans with no health insurance resulting in those insured paying exorbitant premiums. I personally pay $900 a month! As a physician myself, I cannot turn away patients who have no insurance, cannot pay both on moral and legal grounds. Many of the uninsured use the local ER as their primary care means. Who pays for that? We do.
706. Oppose: Limitations on areas to qualify doctors; long-term increased cost to Americans; decreased reimbursement; government influence on doctor/patient relationship; fewer quality physicians and more liberal, lazy doctors.
707. Support: Insurance companies are out of control as far as: premiums, dictating what medications to prescribe or not to prescribe, very strict criteria for hospital admission and discharge before medications take effect or patients show any improvement, revolving door admissions/discharges.
708. Support: Medicare and Medicaid are working.
709. Support: Change is necessary. It may not be perfect. It needs ongoing work to remove the big kinks.
710. Support: The expensive piecemeal system we have does not serve most peoples' needs or the country's. The U.S. currently pays greater than 50% of all health care bills.
711. Support: Successful in all industrial nations in which I have traveled and studied!
712. Oppose: The Post Office, Medicare, the budget. I oppose tax increase, bureaucracy. They have no clue what the practice of medicine entails.
713. Oppose: He seems to have no plan except to push government takeover of health care, rationing and increased spending.
714. Support: 50 millions of Americans have no insurance. All the middle- income class is in danger of bankruptcy when serious illness strikes just one member of the family.
715. Oppose: More administrative hurdles to deliver care.
716. Support: We need to fix the health care system.
717. Support: Our health system is tragic compared to European and Canadian neighbors. This includes uninsured, underinsured and too high a cost per person.
718. Oppose: The health care system is very complex and need locally sensitive solutions. Government-run system cannot manage this complexity with every individual's rights.
719. Oppose: Need new system (but) not Medicare, not national system. 30% of expenses due to obesity. 30% of expenses to protect against malpractice and money spent in the last four weeks of life. We spend five to nine times more with no extra advantage.
720. Support: Under the current plan, the private insurance companies make too much profit and they cover too little. They increase the premium without any regulation. Too much waste in hospitals.
721. Support: Private insurers are lining their pockets at the expense of subscribers while denying them proper coverage. Lots of people do not get insurance. E.g.: young adults. ERs and ORs get dumped with uninsured people. It is a burden to the health system.
722. Oppose: Rationing of care, waste. Government inefficiency, bad models. Canada, France, U.K. are waste. No competition.
723. Support:Universal health coverage.
724. Support: Health care in the USA is very cost-inefficient, predicated on the bottom line of hospitals, providers, pharmaceuticals and insurance companies. We have expensive facilities, 60%-80% underutilized and across the street from one another.
725. Oppose: Public plan is indirect first step to government takeover and socialized medicine. Medical school/residency is 8-12 years post grad rigorous training (privately funded by students/families). Low final salaries, huge student and government delays/inefficiencies in management will hurt patients.
726. Support: We need 300 million Americans covered.
727. Support: Health care is a right.
728. Oppose: I grew up and was trained in Romania. At the time, it was a communist country with a socialist medical system. The system continued after the communist regime fell. I found this socialist health care system a complete disaster with real horror stories being heard every day with huge limitations in health care and huge bureaucracy.
729. Neither: Not clear exactly what is proposed. HR3200 has had too many partial interpretations.
730. Oppose: Not necessary. Do not want government control.
731. Support: So 47 million uninsured could be covered.
732. Oppose: Quality of care will go down. Care won't be provided on time. Rise in tax for the public.
733. Support: 1) Need to provide health care for uninsured. 2) Give options.
734. Support: Need uniformity of care and coverage.
735. Support: Everyday, I see the results of patients that cannot afford health care. Insurance premiums are too high, and these companies need competition.
736. Oppose: Government. End-of-life mandates. Abortion on demand.
737. Oppose: Too much loosely-worded (legalese) information that allows too much government control/regulation over too much of the medical/health care of everyone. It needs to be re-written in simpler terms instead of being rushed through before those (that can help improve) can have a chance to read and respond to it.
738. Oppose: Socialized medicine in any form and government control does not work. Quality of care and access to medical care will suffer tremendously.
739. Support: Every American should have medical insurance.
740. Neither: This is not a yes-or-no issue. Look what is right and feasible. Think it through to the end. If we look from all angles, a happy medium could be obtained.
741. Support: I believe every citizen should have affordable access to a primary care physician with a push toward higher precaution.
742. Support: Universal health care is a need for all people in all countries. Our country is morally bankrupt, our leaders are morally bankrupt. We should have passed universal health care in 1962!
743. Oppose: 1) Step one in reducing health care cost is meaningful tort reform, which is not considered in this bill. 2) It is clear that the goal is government-controlled health care.
744. Oppose: It's not federal government's business. It should only be concerned with public health matters.
745. Oppose: No clear perspective or plans. Doctors have not been involved in these decisions.
746. Oppose: Government programs are inefficient and will only increase costs. There will be rationing of care.
747. Oppose: It will progress to one payer.
748. Oppose: Too costly. Does not address waste.
749. Oppose: It will be inefficient. Disempowers the doctors and patients and violates the Constitution.
750. Oppose: Look at Indian health services and/or the VA.
751. Oppose: Too expensive, unreasonable, even bigger government.
752. Support: I do not support all specifics of the plan, but I do support ideas contained within the plan as well as the concept that status quo will not work.
753. Oppose: I am a physician, and the government already underpays me (actually it rapes me) of my hard-earned dollars for the time and care I give my patients.
754. Oppose: Plan unclear. No explanation as to how it will be paid. Legislation must change form.
755. Oppose: Government cannot run any business effectively -- e.g.: defense, postal, Medicare.
756. Oppose: Does not give people incentive to take responsibility for themselves.
757. Oppose: Does not address the real "issues," some of them being quality of care and malpractice.
758. Oppose: Socialized medicine does not work in Europe, Canada or anywhere. The other issue is U.S. citizens (and non-citizens) have different expectations than those in other countries. A socialized plan will not work and will impose increased tax burden on everyone.
759. Support: The current system is wasteful, provides poor outcomes on average and is not sustainable.
760. Support: Change is needed.
761. Support: U.S. health care system requires change. Millions of citizens are without health care coverage.
762. Oppose: Government rationing health care for elderly. No tort reform included. Government access on health records, little irrelevant of professionals/doctors during development of health care plan.
763. Support: Because I do believe that medical care is a right of each individual independent of age, gender or ethnic background.
764. Support: At this point, not sure what the plan is. I favor a plan with government option. Ideally, I think totally nationalized health care system would be better.
765. Oppose: Doctors lose control. Bad for patients. Unethical.
766. Oppose: I can't afford to have more patients on a "Medicare-type" fee schedule. A public plan would lower reimbursement, and I can't afford that. All my expenses (rent, salary, insurance, materials) are going up. I can't afford anymore cuts in revenue.
767. Support: We need universal Medicare.
768. Support: Current situation is already destroyed. Good medical care and more people (patients) suffer, and it's impossible to practice medicine for doctors.
769. Oppose: There is nothing in the plan to address the compensation in malpractice suits. To add medical care to the government's already overextended management scope will only cause more problems for the American people.
770. Oppose: Decreased overall quality of care.
771. Support: I support a health care plan, but none of the plans is satisfactory.
772. Oppose: Government-run organizations have historically been inefficient.
773. Oppose: Combine the government's inefficiency with the eventual cost of this program will result in the final economic ruination of this country.
774. Support: The present health care system is not working.
775. Oppose: No tort reform. Single-payer options will ultimately limit care.
776. Oppose: Too complex, discards the good with the bad.
777. Support: It will provide coverage to a lot more people.
778. Support: Current system is criminal.
779. Support: Too many uninsured. Too many red tapes and controls by insurance companies, HMO — services inadequate, not addressing people's needs.
780. Oppose: Cannot have concessions from medical field without tort reform.
781. Neither: Government run everything has failed.
782. Support: The physician/pharmaceutical/hospital abusing the system.
783. Oppose: The plan is reportedly to include "cost changes" it's finding. The only way to do so would be government caps on earnings by physicians and health care entities (such as hospital systems). Rather than improve reimbursement to primary care while encouraging (by incentive) the medical home concept, I would anticipate mandated distribution of medical school graduates into less popular fields (such as primary care). I would also anticipate "health care reform" to cap future earnings while leaving education costs uncapped.
784. Oppose: Reduces individual care. Less care, slow care, higher taxes, more interference. It is a failure in every country.
785. Oppose: It has never worked where it has been tried.
786. Oppose: Government is inefficient and bloated. Democrats have resisted positive reforms so they can call the whole thing broken.
787. Oppose: Too comprehensive. A proper health reform is warranted — not Obama's.
788. Support: We desperately need reform. In fact, it won't go far enough to eliminate the confusion of so many insurance companies. Create tort reform.
789. Oppose: No tort reform and too much continued involvement of vested health insurance industry interests.
790. Support: Need to make health care more accessible to all Americans.
791. Oppose: Too much government intervention and control! too little input from front-line doctors who know first hang what's wrong and how to make only those defects healthy.
792. Support: USA people deserve universal coverage on a health plan.
793. Oppose: 1) The reason why we spend so much on health care is that the public wants/demands it. It should be available to all when needed. The proposal will decrease cost by decreasing availability, especially when needed most later in life.
794. Support: Should have universal coverage. Need a single-payer system.
795. Oppose: Will cause rationing, decrease quality of care. Too much power to the government. Too much deficit for the generations to come. If it's is so good, how come Congress is not going to have the same plan?
796. Support: I became a doctor to care for people — not to endorse the insurance and pharmaceutical industries.
797. Support: Everybody in the U.S. should have health care, especially all the children should be cared for!
798. Oppose: It is a system doomed to failure. It has failed everywhere it has been tried.
799. Oppose: Increased costs. Government panels making medical decisions. No tort reform.
800. Support: Universal coverage is essential.
801. Oppose: Will lead into single payer system. Remove good competition.
802. Support: 50 million uninsured.
803. Oppose: Government's involvement in the health care system will increase cost by introducing bureaucracy and take choice out of doctors' and patients' hands.
804. Oppose: The government run insurance programs Medicare, medical, the VA.
805. Oppose: The cost, and it will still leave 10-15 million people uninsured. Find waste and fraud in Medicare and Medicaid.
806. Oppose: Government will mismanage it. Will markedly increase the deficit.
807. Oppose: Nationalized health care is only good for preventative care and not for people that are actually sick. It will also reduce physician availability and medical school applications.
808. Oppose: Do not want more government involved in health care. They have ruined VA and Medicare systems.
809. Oppose: Go to the post office! Look at Medicare and Medicaid.
810. Oppose: It will lead to socialized medicine.
811. Oppose: Show me a successfully run/managed government program. It will be more expensive and less efficient then today.
812. Oppose: No provision for tort reform.
813. Support: I support health care reform but we must also have tort reform and equal taxation for health care insurance expenditures. Start with cutting costs!
814. Oppose: Too complex. Overly broad. Bills leave too much to "interpretation" and outside agencies. Does not address malpractice/Tort reform. Too expensive.
815. Oppose: It will slow down the rendering of care to lots of people. There will be too many people to take care of/overflow the system. Health care costs to get good care - I think it will subsequently be abused.
816. Support: 50 million uninsured/30 million partially or marginally insured is a disgrace and not tenable. Health care inflation is not sustainable.
817. Support: Competition for private insurance, primarily the four companies - Aetna, Cigna, Wellpoint, UnitedHealthcare.
818. Support: Private insurance companies are too difficult to deal with. They have no held down costs. I see too many patients who lose everything when they lose insurance.
819. Oppose: Medical care is no guaranteed in the constitution.
820. Oppose: The private sector is always better at running things more efficiently and at lower cost. No socialized medicine. In form of health spending accounts, Tort reform must occur as part of any plan.
821. Oppose: Need tight regulation of insurance industry, and this bill doesn't do this.
822. Oppose: Financing such a system is unfair and excessive. It will put the nation into further debt. Does not address fundamental drivers of escalation health care expenditures.
823. Oppose: Entitlement programs by the U.S. government are bankrupting us. Government control results in a "bottomless pit" of taxation.
824. Support: Will give everybody some kind of health coverage.
825. Oppose: Socializing medical care in America work like the veteran's hospital works: slow, inefficient bureaucratic etc.
826. Oppose: Nothing wrong with the health care at present, but fraud and abuse of the system has to stop!
827. Oppose: It will delay (waiting list) or reduce (limit choice) medical care.
828. Support: The current system is far from optimal. One of the greatest obstacles we face is the large number of uninsured people. I believe that most are underestimating the long term benefits and cost-savings of the proposed reform. I work at both an academic hospital and the VA. If the VA is good enough for our veterans, why is it so abhorrent to those on the right?
829. Oppose: Will not work.
830. Oppose: Need to know more specifics about the plan before approving it.
831. Support: Medicare, Medicaid, UK #1 in quality based on cost. Who else has size to enter a marker with high barriers to entry; who else cares if 45 million folks have no life boat (I know they do not care, but they will say they do and spend the money).
832. Oppose: Take away patients' freedom and right. Government take over.
833. Oppose: Given the experience with Medicare Medicaid and the VA, I can only see deterioration with further government involvement.
834. Oppose: It is a complex and personal service and government is unprepared and unable to improve it. If it did, there would be depersonalization and exorbitant waste and expenses.
835. Support: Because the current system does not work. Many services are denied even when having medical insurance.
836. Support: All Americans are entitled to health care.
837. Support: It is reasonable and makes sense.
838. Oppose: Government control? Give me a break. Look what they have done to social security, the port office, the bail outs, etc. Medicare and Medicaid are not paying doctors enough and the paper work to participate is huge.
839. Oppose: Government is not the answer. Government is the problem. Individual liberty and choice must be always preserved. Government = waste.
840. Oppose: Unnecessary, expensive, poor death cord.
841. Support: Necessary for healthier America.
842. Support: We already pay for the uninsured with higher insurance premiums for those who pay. The uninsured can always go to the ER for mandated care (screen exam/stabilization/referral).
843. Oppose: Too much, too fast, too expensive, too vague, too late.
844. Oppose: I feel most people cannot read a 1000 page bill, understand it and make a decision on what is best. I have worked in a government run hospital (VA) and it was poorly run. There is already Medicare and Medicaid. Let's improve that instead of beginning a new expensive plan.
845. Oppose: No real tort reform, Medicare will suffer cuts.
846. Oppose: They can't do an adequate job with the VA system. How could they deal with a larger system?
847. Oppose: It will, undoubtedly, decrease the quality of care for the 85% of Americans who currently have health insurance currently. Future health care of Americans will be poorer because fewer qualified people will want to be doctors. Research will diminish and many current doctors will opt for retirement.
848. Oppose: It looks like a "socialized medicine."
849. Oppose: Every socialist system in operation today denies care to patients. It is illegal to seek private care in these systems which operate in Canada and England. Several countries are working to eliminate the "government option." Ex: Germany. This info comes from my wife, a German physician who came the USA 5 years ago.
850. Oppose: Implicit coverage of abortion. Government mandates for employees and individuals. Government intervention/control has never made anything cost less. Potential for government rationing of care. Nobody knows what is contained in the 1,000+ page bill and all of the potential ramifications. There is no health care emergency - the problems did not happen overnight and they can't be fixed in one fell swoop. Our legislators need to take time to listen to their constituents.
851. Oppose: Doesn't address the true problem that solving would improve health care. Tort reform isn't even on the table due to special interests — trial lawyers' donations to Obama.
852. Oppose: We need to fix problems before starting new programs. U.S. needs to understand where and why health care costs so much un U.S. U.S. citizens/residents do not understand limits of health care/treatment.
853. Oppose: Health care plan is not supposed to be under government's control.
854. Support: With changes.
855. Oppose: Because I've lived for over 20 years in the country with government health care system and I experience on my own skin what it is unlike to most of the politicians from Washington D.C. supporting government plans.
856. Support: Health care is a right!
857. Oppose: Cost.
858. Oppose: The health care system needs to be changed in the U.S. but any system must make individuals responsible for their wellness. Stop individuals from abusing the system (ER visits, law suits against providers) and reward providers justly to promote our nations most gifted individuals to become caregivers, i.e. doctors, nurses, technicians etc.
859. Oppose: Need tort reform, Medicare payment equity and less paper work. Many practices cannot afford EHR and electronic which is too expensive. For no purpose in a small practice. The number of uninsured is grossly exaggerated.
860. Support: I think health care is a right, not a luxury, for every citizen.
861. Oppose: The government is not fiscally sound as it is right now. More expense to the taxpayer is not the answer. People the lose are the taxpayers. How can we believe in a government that paid billions to bank executives when they were a major cause of this recession?
862. Oppose: Government grab for power. It is unconstitutional. The government has no right to ration care, dictate who gets care and when. It will increase cost, decrease quality of care and access to care. It would decrease our liberties. Government would raise taxes, demand direct access to all our bank accounts force people to buy health insurance even if they don't want to.
863. Support: Objective data indicate the current system is inferior.
864. Oppose: Rationing of care. Canadian system = Euthanasia. Death panels. Government interference in patient/doctor relationship. Everything the government runs is badly run. Look at public housing.
865. Oppose: Medicare/Medicaid/post office/social security are all huge failure. Why would we want them further involved? Also, poor reimbursement.
866. Oppose: Increased government regulations, control and rationing. Potential for corruption within government programs and agencies. Loss of freedom and accessibility of medical care.
867. Oppose: Cutting physician reimbursement will only discourage the best students from becoming physicians and will not share significant money.
868. Support: Something needs to be done, but any plan must address all these ridiculous medical malpractice suits designed to make attorneys rich at the expense of doctors/patients.
869. Oppose: People need to be responsible for their healthcare. Health is not going to happen unless emphasis is placed on prevention and wellness.
870. Oppose: Where is the tort reform? Why are we providing health care to illegal aliens and people who won't provide it for themselves even thought they have the money?
871. Oppose: It is too expensive to cover illegal aliens and not enough physicians to deliver quality medical care.
872. Oppose: I do not even know what exactly is in the proposed health care plan.
873. Oppose: Stifling of competition and further inhibition of a free market that always proves best situation for all parties. More bureaucracy in an industry where more time spent on paperwork than caring for patients. Smother innovation as financial incentive gone and costs of bringing new procedures/products to market too high.
874. Support: It's time to attempt coverage for everyone; too many are uninsured.
875. Oppose: Lack of tort reform will keep costs up secondary to continued practices of defensive medicine. Lack of incentives to build and maintain primary care work line.
876. Neither: Final detailed plan not yet published. Ask again when a plan is published. Present questions are based on conjecture.
877. Oppose: Obama is trying to save money by hastening patients death. Physicians and hospitals have always cared for the poor. Health care decisions should be made by trained physicians acting as consultants for the patient. Pro-abortion bureaucrats are not able to make prudent medical judgments especially in complicated cases and end-of-life decisions.
878. Oppose: Medicare/Medicaid already are run by the government and operate poorly. Many people access medical care when they don't really need it because they pay nothing. Huge misuse of ER. Rationing of medicine would likely ensue. Cash backs would have no incentive to work hard.
879. Support: The current wasteful system is unsustainable.
880. Support: Too many uninsured and underinsured people.
881. Oppose: Government should never come between a patient and his/her physician. This will be bad for the patient as well as for the physician.
882. Support: Too many gaps in insurance, especially for young workers.
883. Oppose: Too expensive. It will sink the economy and Americans will get Medicare care. Why do you think hospitals on the US-Canadian border do well? Because they take care of Canadians selling care in the US!
884. Support: The current system does not work--too expensive for less results. Too many under/uninsured.
885. Oppose: Government makes decisions on "one size fits all" and how it will ultimately benefit government financially and politically. I am trained to take care of my patients' best interest medically on an individual level.
886. Oppose: It limits our freedoms, the rights of the individual to choose--which is what our country is based on. The free enterprise business system works; government-run entities don't.
887. Neither: The government hasn't formalized a proposal. One thing for sure: No one should be getting filthy rich administering health care, and that happens all the time now.
888. Oppose: Too much unnecessary government control and too expensive.
889. Oppose: Rationing of care.
890. Oppose: Government run medicine, e.g. VA, is not quality, but rather is a ruse of "performance measures" that drive practice, diminish patient contact rather than quality practice driving measures.
891. Support: Better health care for all at lower, reasonable and sensible costs.
892. Support: Basic health care should be a right for all citizens. That should not include fancy, latest gadgets in procedures. They can buy extra coverage for that. We are all paying for the uninsured and untreated.
893. Support: All people deserve quality health care that is affordable and accessible. Our current system does not support it and the money goes to companies and insurance instead of back to the people and caregivers.
894. Oppose: Most government programs do not run well. This is the first step to socialized medicine!!!
895. Oppose: Competition among private insurers is the key to lower cost. Government control will worsen situation, not improve it.
896. Support: I spend all day taking care of patients with no coverage and hence lots of problems getting care.
897. Oppose: Government cannot run Post Office, cash for clunkers, bank bail out. Government needs to let free market play out.
898. Support: Because I see so many patients who have hard time to pay for their care, have no insurance, sometimes they only come when they are really sick. Mo primary care for lots of patients.
899. Oppose: Does not address Tort Reform. Foot in the door for a more socialist plan. Government will ration care for elderly and for preventative and run insurance companies out.
900. Support: Health care should be a right. It should be provided without worry about losing your insurance due to job loss or pre-existing conditions. Doctors should be free from the tort system.
901. Support: Health insurance costs are much too high. United, Aetna, BC/BS are raping the American public.
902. Oppose: Some of the people who are not buying health care will continue not buying at all.
903. Support: Provide coverage for preexisting conditions, for unemployed, for the poor.
904. Support: Universal coverage is pre-eminent responsibility of the government to the population.
905. Support: Better, bigger coverage.
906. Oppose: Too costly. Too restrictive. Too much government intrusion into practice of medicine (socialism).
907. Support: Believe in coverage for all. Our system needs change, any change at all, then re-evaluate from there.
908. Oppose: Government has no expertise in running any type of care or business.
909. Oppose: Quality of health care will diminish.
910. Oppose: Because Medicare and Medicaid are awful. They incentivize mistreatment of patients' abuse of the system, fail to reward good behavior for both patients and doctors, and treat doctors like crooks. What makes the Feds think they can do the right thing with everyone else?
911. Support: 41 million Americans do not have health insurance. Richest country in world should give health care as a moral right like Europe and Canada.
912. Support: That way more people will have medical coverage and can be seen by doctors on time.
913. Oppose: Unnecessary as 70%-80% of Americans are satisfied. Unaffordable. Will decrease quality of care. Impossible to implement without rationing. Public plan will quickly kill all other options.
914. Oppose: I support the "concept" of universal coverage in a modern democratic society. Need to go slowly and proceed cautiously; these are people's lives you are talking about, not military toilet seats! Ill-conceived and poorly planned. Medical care should be "prioritized." What is needed the most by the majority should be decided first, costs ascertained, projections made and policy implemented. Then if it works you can add to it later, if society can afford it (and still wants it). I recall my father telling me that the initial projections for Medicare were 900%) less than (actual spending).
915. Support: Everyone gets healthcare, no one is denied for pre-existing conditions.
916. Oppose: Slow costs.
917. Oppose: Too much government control is destroying our country. It is not in our Constitution, and we are a democratic republic, not a socialist country.
918. Oppose: Too much government control. Not enough emphasis on individual responsibility.
919. Oppose: It will not solve the problem, will make it more confusing, less efficient.
920. Oppose: Will lead to rationing with government bureaucrats making life and death decisions.
921. Support: Remove insurance companies from health care - have non-profit BX-BS regional cooperatives licenses but not run from Washington. Everyone must join and all are covered - either by self or by federal government if necessary.
922. Oppose: Big government, exorbitant spending, government control, anti-life (abortion and euthanasia), inefficiency, lack of research, no tort reform.
923. Support: Government programs more efficient/fair/effective. The only people that argue that have a conflict at interest.
924. Support: We are the only major industrialized country in the world without health care coverage for its citizens. How is that defensible?
925. Oppose: Medical insurance companies need to be regulated!!!!!
926. Oppose: Government should NEVER be the administrator of America's health care. If everyone is given access to "Free Health Care" the system will be overwhelmed and doctors will be retiring leaving the system that's much more overloaded.
927. Support: Single payer for all. No profit motive in medicine.
928. Oppose: Freedom of choice, freedom of consultations, freedom of prompt emergency and/or optimal surgery treatment, and treat patients health (what's best for patient) at priority and with doctor's education, training, clinical expertise and training at the helm.
929. Support: Need to shake up the system to make it more efficient.
930. Oppose: No malpractice reform in current draft of legislature.
931. Oppose: Physician reimbursement and no malpractice liability reform.
932. Oppose: It is not addressing the real issues that physicians and patients are having. I also oppose government making health care decisions for physicians and patients. America was founded on democracy.
933. Neither: There is no plan yet. Only proposals. No bill even.
934. Oppose: Socialization.
935. Oppose: Big government has never operated cost effectively or wisely.
936. Oppose: First, government can't afford to pay its plan. Second, it will take away individual's freedom for one's health care.
937. Support: Up to 46 million new customers in the health care market. New opportunities to teach low-income patients. Lower turnover in employees with government health care.
938. Oppose: Doctors' fees are already cut by PPIs, Medicaid, etc. Many doctors can't afford to be family doctors at this time.
939. Oppose: I believe in a free market system — NO GOVERNMENT.
940. Oppose: Regulated medical care will damage the best medical care in the world.
941. Oppose: Multitrillion cost, decreased quality and availability of care.
942. Oppose: 1. Destroys physician-patient relationships. 2. Dictates health care rationing. 3. Makes many seek health care outside the system.
943. Oppose: It will result in rationing. Those under age 5 and over age 65 will be put at risk. Quality of care will fall. It will be an attack on personal beliefs such as payments for abortions, turning us into ciphers.
944. Oppose: It is not better health care. It will give patients and doctors fewer choices. Overall, it will not save money and definitely will not improve patient care.
945. Oppose: We need a universal health care plan for all legal Americans. We do not need a plan that is not being properly planned and rushed through Congress. We also need malpractice reform and help for those who wish to attend medical school, but are unable due to the incredible cost.
946. Oppose: We don't need government control of medicine and other care. Health care delivery needs changes and improvement, but system change is counterproductive. Government control is likely to lead to strict rationing provisions due to a cost of a national program.
947. Oppose: No tort reform. Need to make everyone buy insurance themselves from insurance companies. No employer-paid plans. Make insurance companies compete.
948. Oppose: Quality of care will diminish for the majority.
949. Oppose: Centralization of health care will remove competition, introduce more areas of potential waste and bureaucracy.
950. Oppose: Keep insurance honest.
951. Oppose: Too expensive. Quality will decrease. Doctors will be replaced by nurse practitioners.
952. Oppose: No tort reform. Medicare is going broke.
953. Oppose: The simplest answer is that government has never run anything efficiently and always underestimates the cost involved.
954. Oppose: I believe it will negatively impact the quality of care and will make it more difficult to practice medicine. I don't think it is the government's business, honestly. This will not only lower the number of doctors, it will eliminate a huge chunk that the government is getting from my paycheck if we leave.
955. Oppose: The government has shown it is incapable of running such a program. Costs would increase, availability of care will decrease, quality will decrease.
956. Oppose: Denies care to those that need it the most — the elderly. Too much regulation and control, too little compassion.
957. Oppose: Opposed to total remake of the delivery system. Fix what is broken! Plenty of money in the present system but not helping the patients.
958. Oppose: I oppose.
959. Oppose: Do not want the federal government to be involved in any way in the practice of medicine. Thank you.
960. Support: Everybody deserves to have health care.
961. Oppose: Too expensive. Most people have excellent health insurance.
962. Oppose: The government does not have the moral right or expertise to run a health care plan.
963. Oppose: Too expensive! Government makes patient decisions for the doctor and patient and the government couldn't run a lemonade stand efficiently. Look at Post Office and compare to FedEx and UPS. The government took our Medicare monies and now wants to take it away from the seniors and give 535 billion to the 47 million uninsured.
964. Oppose: Any plan with government option will drive out private insurance and will lead to limiting of care, especially for the elderly.
965. Support: I think there are too many people without insurance.
966. Oppose: For me this is not such a simple yes or no answer. Health care costs, as well as complexity, have gotten out of hand. I think change is inevitable, and I do welcome some reform. However, there absolutely needs to be tort reform along with this which the president does not want to deal with.
967. Oppose: I don't like the idea of government running the business.
968. Oppose: Will not solve the problems of the poor, children and the elderly.
969. Support: It's time. We have an outdated system of paying for care that relies too much on provider charity or patients going into debt. All principals are at the table and ready to figure something out.
970. Oppose: Need tort law reform. Need class action suit reform. Patients need to take more responsibilities for their actions. Plan "D" is an absolute mess — need clarification of government monies. If politicians get raises, why not the individual provider? Hospitals and drug companies can raise prices, why not providers?
971. Oppose: Too much government control — too socialistic.
972. Oppose: Too costly. Lower quality of care. Government has proven that it cannot efficiently run Medicare or Social Security. Will lead to rationing of health care
973. Oppose: We don't have enough resources (hospitals, doctors, nurses) to cover all patients. Government expenses will be sky-high. It did not touch the most important issue — malpractice abuse.
974. Support: Primary care is suffering under the current; not only are there uninsured, the underinsured are one illness away from medical bankruptcy.
975. Oppose: U.S. has excellent medical care. If medical care is so bad here, why is it that everyone in whole world comes to the U.S. for medical care? The cost is excessive because of insurance companies and needs new tort reform.
976. Oppose: All government-run entitlements are strangling the tax base. Another government-run program will overburden the deficit, the national debt and breed dependence.
977. Oppose: It will not lower health care costs, will increase deficit and inflation, and will lower health care quality, especially for seniors.
978. Support: Present care with multiple third-party "for-profit" corporations in control is national/worst of threatened aspects of "socialized" medicine without adequate coverage.
979. Oppose: It places value on life, which is unethical. Will lower the quality of care.
980. Support: Our country should not have 40 million uninsured people.
981. Support: Our system is fundamentally unfair to citizens and to small business. The middlemen (insurance companies) are sucking the money out of the system.
982. Support: Would put us up to par with Western nations who are taking care of everyone.
983. Oppose: Forces private companies out, rationing will be returned, too expensive. What does the government run well?
984. Support: Can't continue with rising number of uninsured and resulting rise of health care cost.
985. Oppose: The method of financing the plan is unclear. To provide care for more patients will either raise taxes or decrease physician reimbursement. Physicians cannot continue to be dis-incentivized by decreasing reimbursement — those in practice 30+ years like myself will just quit!
986. Oppose: Socialism always fails in the long run and is a vast waste of resources.
987. Oppose: I will not support any plan that does not include tort reform. That is a big part of elevated health care costs. I also believe more emphasis on insurance company regulations/reform/competition is needed.
988. Oppose: Too expensive and not necessary.
989. Support: Health care in the United States should be of the highest quality, affordable and accessible to all. There should be a public option, causing the insurance companies to be more competitive and decreasing the greed. The proposed health care plan is needed, is advantageous, practical, it will work, and fiscally, it will decrease the national debt through wellness centers, preventing illness.
990. Support: As it is currently structured, health care financing regularly forces American citizens into bankruptcy. This is morally wrong.
991. Support: To support our crumbling health care system.
992. Support: Medical care to more people.
993. Support: Will cover everybody who are poor who cannot afford health insurance.
994. Oppose: It doesn't address some of the biggest costs, namely the middleman (insurance companies) and increases bureaucracy, thus cost.
995. Oppose: The financing is sketchy.
996. Oppose: This is another step in controlling our lives and promoting a dictatorship (via socialism.)
997. Oppose: It will lead to nationalized health care (as in Canada, the U.K.) Cost is too great unless you limit care.
998. Oppose: Socialized medicine is not a good solution to the health care problem of the people.
999. Oppose: No tort reform component. Money will be saved through health care-rationing. Decreased reimbursements to physicians. More government regulation.
1000. Oppose: No government plan worked. Medicare, Medicaid, VA — all are cost-shifting.
1001. Oppose: Trying to rush through change in a very complicated system by those with limited experience. Taking biased, money influenced input can only have unintended/negative consequences. Very limited details. Impossible to increase access without cost. Too much money for no real improvement.
1002. Oppose: Don't want government controls - cost.
1003. Oppose: Obama does not understand that the reason for high cost of health care is too many people trying to make a living off of health care.
1004. Support: A failed (solely profit-oriented) private health care system, with no genuine interest in patient welfare. Exorbitant private insurance rates. A government system (Medicare) that runs much better than private system. How many reasons do you want?
1005. Oppose: Medicare and Medicaid represent current government involvement in medicine. Are broken and bankrupt.
1006. Oppose: Too many regulations. Doctor can't practice as doctor. They have to follow protocols. They delay a lot of medical decisions. The elderly will suffer.
1007. Support: All Americans are entitled to health care. It's more expensive to provide emergency care to the uninsured. Insurance companies and drug companies are controlling health care.
1008. Oppose: Not for profit hospitals are really for profit. No tort reform. Medical schools abuse the system--overpaid. Lack of control of physician investing in surgical imaging.
1009. Support: The insurance industry needs to be regulated. They need to offer coverage to all. They need to be limited on CEO stock option amounts and backdating options should be illegal.
1010. Oppose: It leads to rationing of health care; it allows bureaucrats in D.C. decide health issues that should be between patients and their doctors; it will lead to euthanasia decided by non-doctors and to medical decisions based on how much they cost and if the cost is socially "justified" based on who is in control in D.C.
1011. Support: 50 million Americans without health coverage.
1012. Oppose: I think change is in order to decrease the number of uninsured and underinsured. To do so, all businesses should be required to pay/provide for their employees' health care plan. If they are "part-time" employees, say 50%, then that business should pay for 50% of that employee's health care plan. Ultimately, such a plan would never pass in Congress, as businesses have a very strong influence/lobbyists to dismiss such a plan.
1013. Oppose: Current economic state.
1014. Oppose: The government wants more control over the American people. A fascist ploy.
1015. Oppose: Concerns that it will become a monopoly and private insurance companies will be forced out.
1016. Oppose: Government takeover of the health system would bankrupt the country!
1017. Support: Insurance companies (have) too much power. Against dropping people to pre-existing conditions.
1018. Support: Most anything should improve care in state of Florida. Must control escalating cost. Better coverage. Coverage extended to present uninsured. Preventive care coverage primary care base.
1019. Oppose: The Government can't run anything efficiently. Get tort reform and regulate insurance companies that gouge the patient.
1020. Oppose: Too expensive. Doesn't address inefficiencies and inequities in current system. Creating too much additional government control.
1021. Support: Current system inefficient, too costly with relatively poor results.
1022. Oppose: I don't believe that health care should be guaranteed for everybody.
1023. Oppose: Control too much what the doctor can do.
1024. Oppose: The principal issue, as I see it, is not addressed. Costs are too high and outcomes are not considered. Medicaid is not efficiently based.
1025. Support: Moral reasons. Number of uninsured — 12% of our fees go uncollected. Insurance companies are very difficult to deal with.
1026. Oppose: It is clearly not in the best interest of the people and it is ill planned; there is no input from working physicians.
1027. Support: It is important you have basic affordable health care if you are a legal resident in the USA.
1028. Oppose: Multiple reasons. Really does not address rising medical costs.
1029. Oppose: It will complicate delivery of health care and interfere with doctor-patient relation and ultimately result in significant rationing.
1030. Support: We need to decrease the amount of uninsured, in hope that we can provide more preventive medicine. People who are uninsured wait until disaster happens before they are presented to ER. This leads to an unhealthy population.
1031. Oppose: The plan should be directed to fixing the problems identified, not overhaul and destroy the whole existing system. Should clarify financing before enacting another unbearable benefit.
1032. Oppose: Too expensive.
1033. Oppose: The country can't afford it. No tort reform means higher taxes.
1034. Oppose: Fear it is prelude to total government control of medicine. Our current medicine is the best in the world. Most of the uninsured can be brought into system by other (less expensive) means.
1035. Support: It will be better for all of Americans, including insurance and drug companies because they are human beings who run the companies and have families too. Everybody will go to preventive tests rather than going to ER when they are sick.
1036. Support: It's time to cover everyone, stop cost increase and join the rest of the world.
1037. Oppose: Hippocratic care will be no longer expected. Deterioration of quality of care. Development of life-saving research will be ceased. Global Medicare will be repressed.
1038. Oppose: Abortion will increase even more and will be covered with our taxes.
1039. Support: It currently is a broken system. I work in the Rio Grande Valley serving a 90% to 95% Medicaid population (not to mention the hordes of uninsured). Private health has failed, at a miserable financial cost. Fight all you want, but government must step in to direct.
1040. Support: We need a public option as a way of decreasing the influence of insurance companies. Actually, we need a single payer system and the public option approach is one way to get there.
1041. Oppose: I have already started accepting Medicare patients and tons of people have lost revenue. I guess I will have to find a different job.
1042. Oppose: Already have the best care in world. Will cost too much. Won't address tort reform.
1043. Oppose: Oppose any cuts in Medicare. It barely pays enough to stay in practice as it is.
1044. Support: About time to become a civilized country that offers health care for all -- free of charge.
1045. Support: Continued present course is unhealthy for patients, the many who cannot afford coverage and the country in general.
1046. Oppose: The government can get us involved and the wrong people in control. Nothing could be worse than Obama being in control. He wants all old people to die, and anyone who disagrees with him.
1047. Oppose: Too high a cost, too much bureaucracy, future rationing. Will be more difficult for seniors to get the medical care they need. Government-run plans will tell people what is good for them.
1048. Support: Need a coherent national system guaranteeing insurance for everyone.
1049. Support: Covers everyone. Lowers cost.
1050. Oppose: I worked so hard for 27 years with the federal government, contributed a lot for my "Medicare share," then worked for 10-11 years and contributed for "social security." We will pay higher sales taxes.
1051. Oppose: Removes free market incentives; depresses medical education/research; lacks tort reform and ignores impact of legal system; enslaves medical industry to political whims.
1052. Support: 47 million people have no insurance. Medical insurance reform is imperative. U.S. economy will be destroyed by increasing medical costs.
1053. Oppose: Inefficient government efforts -- postal service, Amtrak, DMV. Bureaucrats to run national health care? I don't think so.
1054. Support: Health care is a right not a luxury. Patient care should be the center of whatever plan is proposed.
1055. Support: Iowa physicians warrant a higher reimbursement; coverage for uninsured and under-insured. decrease drug costs.
1056. Oppose: I oppose government increased intervention in medical care.
1057. Oppose: Quality of care will decrease. No incentive for the best and brightest to enter or remain in the field. Oppose government takeover of a major growing sector of the economy.
1058. Oppose: The "Public Option" will set fees and reimbursements progressively lower as they force others out of business.
1059. Oppose: Physician's autonomy is threatened to even greater degree than with Medicare and Medicaid structure. Rates are set and physicians have no ability to decrease rates to those with financial need.
1060. Support: Health care access to millions of uninsured Americans
1061. Support: Medical expenses are soaring when general population is less covered
1062. Oppose: Inefficiencies and unable to control cost and put responsibility of individual's health with each person.
1063. Oppose: Will cost too much; the government does not do things well; too much negotiation; government will find doctors to practice their medicine
1064. Support: There are too many people who cannot afford or qualify for health insurance.
1065. Oppose: Will increase national deficit further. Not enough physicians to expand care. Government generally is poor manager of health care.
1066. Oppose: Politics should not control health care. Best reform is Health Savings Accounts. People are not responsible for own bills. Need reform to cover bankruptcies due to illness, higher lifetime policy benefits, tort reform.
1067. Oppose: The quality of health care would be decreased.
1068. Support: So more Americans can be insured.
1069. Support: The system is broken.
1070. Oppose: Not financially sustainable.
1071. Oppose: Additional bureaucracy and overhead between doctor and patient.
1072. Oppose: Expensive, unnecessary, not practical. Would lead to rationing of care or not enough physicians.
1073. Support: We need a public option.
1074. Support: Need some mechanism to provide health care to uninsured. I see no other option.
1075. Neither: There's no "government plan" other than continued corporate welfare. I support single-payer national health insurance!!!
1076. Oppose: Doctors are human. Yes, we want to provide the best care to our patients. (Do you see wealthy foreigners going to other countries for care? No.) But if you become like other countries, it's cheaper to let people die like Canada, France, England, etc. There will be no incentive to keep older people over 65 alive.
1077. Oppose: Don't have enough information. We do, however, need a major overhaul of the system, including limits on medical products/pharma, tort reform, insurance regulation.
1078. Support: It's time we had health reform so doctors could actually take care of patients.
1079. Oppose: Socialized medicine not the best medicine.
1080. Support: Health care system in this country is broken. Insurance companies are mainly interested in profit. The way they are doing it is by cutting reimbursement to hospitals. There has to be competition to reduce the cost of health care.
1081. Oppose: I want specialist doctors to be paid for good reputation (and) more work, rather than increase government spending on entitlements which waste money in administrative costs and decrease doctors' motivation.
1082. Support: Physicians and hospitals will be paid for each patient.
1083. Support: People with preexisting conditions will not be denied health care.
1084. Support: Health care is a right, not a choice.
1085. Oppose: We already have Medicaid and Medicare. These programs have problems that can be improved upon. Access to them needs to be easier and less bureaucratic so they can be more readily utilized.
1086. Oppose: High cost, low quality
1087. Support: Too many people are denied care due to no insurance. (There are) too many reasons for lack of insurance.
1088. Oppose: They are overspending now and can't manage a budget. Add trillions on top and we will be sinking in debt. The government can't even control its own top officials, and they think they can manage our entire health care system. Enough government control. We are a democracy, not a socialist society.
1089. Support: Current system is too favorable toward insurance companies and grossly unfair to self-insured or individually insured
1090. Support: Because millions of Americans have no health insurance.
1091. Support: Tort reform is needed. Fraud in medical and Medicare (must be eliminated). Advertising drugs on TV must be stopped. Illegal aliens should not be included.
1092. Support: Changes are needed, pre-existing conditions do not allow people to get insurance. There should be more options that are more affordable.
1093. Oppose: It will evolve into one payer, no competition and rationing of health care.
1094. Support: Universal health care should be a right, not a privilege.
1095. Oppose: Government programs are not efficient.
1096. Support: Too much abuse in the current system. Eliminate all HMOs (and PPOs) -- they are a disgrace to the medical profession, They turned medicine into a business, rather than art and science. Copy the French system. It works very well -- no intermediary between doctor and patient.
1097. Oppose: Total government take over is total anarchy. MDs will not be able to decide what's best for their patients
1098. Support: Best way to provide universal health care.
1099. Oppose: Uninformed comments by President Obama, accusing surgeons that they would prefer to "cut someone's legs off" for $50,000 rather than treat medically, when their actual payment may be $700-$800 not $50000. I used to be an Obama supporter. now I am embarrassed of him.
1100. Oppose: All it does is limit care to some individual (elderly). It doesn't reform health care.
1101. Support: Cover uninsured.
1102. Oppose: Slowness of diagnostic and treatment process.
1103. Support: Need of universal health care for citizens and lawful residents of the U.S.
1104. Support: The health care plans are not helping people. The new plan will help all the people. An opportunity to great health care.
1105. Oppose: I feel the proposed health plan would lead to rationing of care to poorer quality care and the government becoming the authority of who receives health care. the government needs to stay out of health care.
1106. Support: Our health care system is failing as evidenced by rising costs due to chaos caused by insurance companies. Confusing mixed array of insurance coverage, no oversight committee, mixed array of medical records.
1107. Oppose: Government will run health care into the ground. socialized medicine has failed in all civilized societies.
1108. Oppose: Complicated.
1109. Support: It's unethical for millions of Americans to be uninsured. We need to become more efficient in our health care delivery.
1110. Support: Present system is getting out of control; we cannot continue spending 40% of patients' health care expenses for treatment in the last few months of life of patients who can not and do not benefit from those treatments since they are terminally ill.
1111. Oppose: Rationed care, increased paperwork, poorer care for those with chronic medical conditions because they are a poor investment to government - down's syndrome, cystic fibrosis, sickle cell disease, etc.
1112. Oppose: Any payment schedule based on Medicare is unacceptable. Any health care reform without tort reform is not acceptable.
1113. Oppose: I refuse to let a politician or a bureaucrat to make medical decisions for me. I will never relinquish my freedom of choice for matters that concern the welfare of me or my family.
1114. Oppose: It will destroy free market more and quality. Will result in rationing. Americans will be forced to seek quality by obtaining needed care in other countries. Rationalized health care is a coffin nail for quality and availability.
1115. Neither: System should provide doctor patient direct relationship with no intervention from insurance companies, managers and government. Maybe doctors' associations like AMA (could) devise the system and set the budget.
1116. Support: It is our moral responsibility to provide health care to all Americans. It is shameful that richest country in the world cannot provide health care to all its citizens.
1117. Oppose: Lack of tort reform, no public option like Medicare and Medicaid. will drive costs up and balloon deficit. Reimbursements to providers will be determined by government squelching.
1118. Oppose: Expensive and unnecessary. Fix what needs to be fixed.
1119. Support: Need change, increased accountability (patients and physicians) to improve overall health care before bankrupting the country.
1120. Oppose: Does not address tort reform or a system for medical justice. The likely eventual destruction of private insurance sector will lead to loss of financially marginal hospitals.
1121. Support: That will get rid of too many giant blood suckers.
1122. Oppose: Too expensive, hurts employers.
1123. Oppose: It will be more problematic and poor quality.
1124. Oppose: Will stifle competition, incentive; do not want total control - being dictated to by government. Government cannot run anything well, disaster! The health system needs a few tweaks, but not total replacement.
1125. Support: Financial incentives are all wrong in health care. it doesn't pay to be a good doctor; it pays to take are of acute illness and perform procedures.
1126. Support: I am deeply ashamed that we have no health care system for all citizens and I deeply oppose the fear-mongering special interest lobbies that are spending/wasting much money to oppose OBAMA'S plan.
1127. Oppose: I'm open to any public option and to any attempt for the government to take greater control of the health care system. However, medical insurance reform would be helpful.
1128. Oppose: Expect significant decrease in quality and massive increase in Government.
1129. Support: Health care is every citizen's right - not privilege.
1130. Oppose: Oppose public option.
1131. Support: Nationalized health care will better serve the majority of individuals and insure health care for everyone.
1132. Oppose: Details of health plan needs to be discussed/changed.
1133. Oppose: Government hasn't done well with medical social security or the USPS. How will it run health care better?
1134. Support: The current system is a travesty for a first world nation.
1135. Oppose: Fails to address key issues - tort reform, in-home care, need to ration care in final days of life, mandated care for illegals.
1136. Support: I believe a single-payer system like Medicare is the only way to provide cost effective care.
1137. Oppose: Needs to include tort reform.
1138. Oppose: It's not clear. Needs to be an overhaul. We are yet to hear the full plan. Fewer people will take up Medicare, overall quality will suffer
1139. Oppose: The government screws up.
1140. Oppose: Lower quality of care. Higher taxes. Doctors will lose control of health care decisions made in the interests of their patients.
1141. Support: Insurance company makes too much money. Everyone should have medical coverage.
1142. Support: Current system not sustainable. Need insurance and tort reform.
1143. Oppose: Excessive number of patients per physician and patients subject themselves to government decisions about their lives.
1144. Oppose: It is not a simple answer of "universal care". It hasn't worked in other countries, and many other countries have added "private" care. The first priority of government should be regulation of health insurance companies.
1145. Oppose: Bill over-reaches the powers given to the federal government by constitution.Bill addressed too much such as ability to unilaterally effect fee schedules, address physician numbers, contains authorization for federal government to intrude in financial accounts. I would rather give free care to those in need than give in to big brother.
1146. Oppose: It encourages poorly trained and educated people to seek governmental support and assistance.
1147. Support: More than 40 million uninsured. The health care system in the US is broken. Volunteering at a clinic that serves the uninsured on a shoe-string budget, I see the cost of not having universal health care coverage.
1148. Support: Too many uninsured Americans. Ever rising health cost. Cost of health care much higher than other industrialized nations. Very high administrative costs.
1149. Oppose: It's too complex and I don't believe the congressman and senators know what's in the bill. I believe best way to get a package to pass is to offer everyone the same insurance plan Reps and Senators have.
1150. Support: Health insurance industry needs regulation. Public option is a good idea.
1151. Oppose: Will not fix increasing expenses associated with medicine/health care.
1152. Oppose: The government can't run the VA system, Medicare system that exists now economically, efficiently and high quality.
1153. Oppose: Controversial cost issues, who will receive what benefits, and medical practice litigation issues - all of these issues are not clearly addressed in any bill now under review.
1154. Oppose: Tremendous waste in current system. Can attain universal coverage without government intervention.
1155. Support: Need change, so people who need health care in this country may have it or they will have provision.
1156. Oppose: Too cumbersome. No attempt at tort reform. Overlooks basic motivations of people - if perceived as free then I'll take all I can get and I don't appreciate it.
1157. Oppose: Coverage and access.
1158. Oppose: Cost to taxpayers. Limits on Access. Inefficiency of Government. Negative impact on pharmaceutical research and development.
1159. Oppose: I don't want to be owned by the government. They will have total control over everyone's life.
1160. Support: Government sponsored proposal will have much less overhead administrative costs. It will give completion to private health insurance.
1161. Oppose: Many reasons, primarily it's unconstitutional. In the preamble to the Constitution the only thing Government is to provide is for "the common defense".
1162. Support: Current system medically and financially insane
1163. Oppose: Government screws up everything it gets involved in! Most of our current problems are the result of governmental interference.
1164. Oppose: Rationed care - decisions will be based on the economic cost to society and not what is best for individual patient - expert consensus panel will base decision on what care works best for 60-70% of people - 30-40% won't get the care they need as doctors are forced to comply.
1165. Oppose: Too nebulous and does not address true issues causing health cost escalation.
1166. Support: Our health care system is inadequate and unjust, inasmuch as it is fine for those with good/high incomes, but not for those without. It is wasteful and has excessive administrative costs.
1167. Support: Too much greed in current system.
1168. Support: We have a moral and ethical obligation to provide access to health care for all of our citizens. Healthcare should be a right and not a privilege. Soaring health care costs need to be controlled. We need more value from our health care dollar.
1169. Support: Our costs are high and our quality is low.
1170. Oppose: Too expensive and all inclusive. Needs to address specific problems including tort reform now missing.
1171. Oppose: First step to socialized medicine and Government "red tape".
1172. Support: I believe in the principle that every human being is entitled to a minimum standard of health care.
1173. Support: Too many people uninsured!!
1174. Oppose: Not enough details and no clear explanation how the major issues will be addressed.
1175. Oppose: People should choose the health care they want and need. They should not be forced into anything by their government or forced to have certain conditions treated if it does not fit the Obama plan.
1176. Oppose: We will become socialized medicine. People will not get the same kind of care.
1177. Support: Too many people have no healthcare insurance. The health of American people shouldn't be based on a capitalistic structure.
1178. Support: The current system is not working. Too many people are uninsured and are losing insurance daily. This is not health care as it stands.
1179. Oppose: We will spend more money for less care. We will have even more government interfering in the relationship of doctor and patient.
1180. Oppose: Don't feel it will be a better system.
1181. Oppose: It's not effective. It will be worse healthcare for everyone.
1182. Oppose: Like to do my own choosing of health care provider. Not enough doctors as it is so cannot take on more patients without rationing. Cannot take anymore pay cuts.
1183. Oppose: Already too much control of private sector which reduces incentives to work. Overall answer is in reduction of corporate taxes to stimulate jobs, economy and overall increase tax revenue from a working-for-profit America. The founders of this country originally had it right establishing by law the right to vote depending on paying taxes. The idea of people who are on "the dole" for survival being able to vote themselves more is ludicrous. Basic agenda should include limited term for all members of government and flat taxation rates for all working individuals. Go do it if you can!
1184. Support: Every person is entitled to health care. It is a right and not a privilege. We're the only industrialized country in the world who does not have universal health care and has 47 million uninsured. It is a shame for the richest country.
1185. Oppose: Government doesn't understand health care and has very poorly managed Medicare & Medicaid. There are no incentives for doctors to see these patients since the reimbursement is so poor and so many doctors are refusing to see Medicare & Medicaid already. Their patients get poorer health care because of all the red tape doctors must go through to do what they know their patient needs.
1186. Oppose: Does not take into consideration tort reform; nor the amount of medical school loans that doctors have when they finish residency.
1187. Support: No adequate actual services. Too expensive, unaffordable (for example, medications; Medical insurance restrictions to service; arrogant medical services made an Industry, loss of humanity and of interest and quality).
1188. Support: Strong need to increase efficiency, access, ability to practice.
1189. Oppose: Many private companies may stop insuring employees and let them go under universal care. Still unsure about health care changes--need to go over every detail carefully.
1190. 01282. Oppose: Tort reform should be the primary goal of new legislation.
1191. Support: Poor sick will cost society either way, but will cost less under organized plan.
1192. Support: Universal access to care is basic Christ-like compassion.
1193. Oppose: Early plans figure to pay Medicare rates -- many doctors will go out of business/retire/become hospital employees.
1194. Oppose: The government will start dictating what the doctors should do and should not do.
1195. Oppose: Enough deficit already run up by government. Taxes will increase one way or another for working Americans. Health control should be by doctors. No provision for tort reform.
1196. Support: Need to control costs and care for poor. People with insurance are billed full costs. Those on Medicare or with private insurance are billed full cost but insurance pays only 1/3 plus/minus of that.
1197. Support: Coverage will be available to more people.
1198. Support: Medicine is a wonderful program. We should have it for everyone.
1199. Support: Current system is unfair and unsustainable.
1200. Oppose: It is unrealistic, unsustainable and will lead towards an overall decrease in the quality of health care offered today.
1201. Oppose: I think it is more like socialized medicine, which has been shown to give less options to patients.
1202. Support: Support only partially. It will take years.
1203. Oppose: The Government's proposed health care plan would lead to rationed health care, as seen in other countries with socialized medicine.
1204. Oppose: No freedom of choice for patient. Our taxes pay for people who did not pay taxes, attempt to make equal health care for everyone means equally poor care.
1205. Support: I support it because we desperately need a change in the current system. However, I am afraid that because of pressure from Republicans and insurance companies, the current plan still will not cover all of our country's needs.
1206. Oppose: Loss of Innovation in medicine and we don't want Government bureaucracy.
1207. Oppose: Going toward Socialized medicine. I do come from Socialist country - I know how it is - the country is going to be bankrupt.
1208. Oppose: Do not like government rationing health care. Increase cost and ultimately increase taxation.
1209. Oppose: No need for socialized medicine.
1210. Oppose: It hurts hard working people who pay insurance. It helps the lazy and unemployed by giving them free health care any time they want.
1211. Oppose: It'll decrease the average person's good care.
1212. Oppose: Too intrusive, too controlling, loss of privacy, too expensive. Ploy for bigger government control of individuals.
1213. Oppose: Don't support it as it has been published. I support Health Insurance changes(stop increase in prices, denials for several reasons). I also support tort law reform.
1214. Oppose: Not needed. Will further decrease number of physicians, especially primary care physicians. Will actually increase costs.
1215. Oppose: Don't know the details--should go in slow steps forward.
1216. Support: Too many without insurance who are working to pay for welfare and immigrant's who aren't working.
1217. Support: It needs to be done.
1218. Oppose: It addresses not issues to benefit my patients, it does not address tort reform. It will only lead to bureaucracy and rationing.
1219. Support: Universal coverage.
1220. Oppose: Not tort reform.
1221. Oppose: We do not need government control.
1222. Oppose: Don't want government in health care.
1223. Oppose: There must be tort reform as part of any health care plan because there is tremendous expense related to defensive medicine through unnecessary testing.
1224. Support: I believe health care is a human right and no one should worry about not having it or not being able to afford it.
1225. Oppose: I'm an anesthesiologist-government based fee schedule would destroy practice of anesthesiology because of our poor medicine rates as compared to other specialties.
1226. Oppose: Medicare/Medicaid are both so inefficient. There is no accountability for patient's responsibility to make good decisions and no incentive for good outcome other than good health. We will not ever decrease costs without resolving the liability crisis. There is no understanding of the need to accept some degree of risk without blaming someone for an occasional bad outcome.
1227. Support: I agree with general plan to insure so many uninsured people.
1228. Oppose: I don't see how government can pay for free health care and make it quality. Someone said you can have quality, access or cost savings. You can have 2 of the 3, but not all three.
1229. Oppose: Feel each American has the right to choose his/her health plan, physician and level of care. Should not be mandated how need to want for services.
1230. Oppose: Too expensive. Many who can afford health insurance choose to not spend their money on it, and I don't really want to pay more taxes to cover them.
1231. Oppose: It is nothing more than a thinly disguised attempt to assume greater control over the lives of people. It's financial, social and moral implications are staggering and untenable.
1232. Neither: Not sure what proposed health care plan.
1233. Oppose: I prefer Private Sector and incremental change, not overhaul.
1234. Support: If we do not control costs, the healthcare system will collapse.
1235. Support: Our national health is poor due to lack of accessible care.
1236. Support: Too many uninsured, healthcare costs increasing more with present system, lot of paperwork.
1237. Neither: I support a government health care plan, but not the one designed by OBAMA. It will prohibit good health care in the U.S.
1238. Support: Insurance companies are unnecessary; Government does OK with road, airways (controllers) and education; why not health?
1239. Support: Most will be insured.
1240. Oppose: Decrease in overall quality without decreasing costs.
1241. Oppose: Multifactored.
1242. Oppose: Too much Government.
1243. Oppose: Socialism won't work.
1244. Support: Costs unsustainable.
1245. Oppose: Government history of incompetence in running everything it attempts, high cost, increased federal debt, loss of personal choice of doctors and treatments, bureaucratic nightmare.
1246. Support: Current system provides overall medical health care results and is most expensive system in the world.
1247. Oppose: Single payer systems do not deliver quality health care in reasonable time frame.
1248. Oppose: Do not support public option, should further address tort reform.
1249. Oppose: Government should look more at waste and loss of money in home health care, liability, unnecessary use of procedures, etc.
1250. Oppose: I don't know any specifics of a health care plan at present. I need to know exactly what the President and his administrators are proposing.
1251. Oppose: Likely to result in fewer practicing physicians accepting low reimbursing patients thus reducing access to competent doctors and specialists.
1252. Oppose: The government has no business controlling healthcare. They will ration care. We will have fewer medicines available. Choices of care should be between the patient and physician-not the government.
1253. Support: Our system is too expensive with too many uninsured.
1254. Oppose: It will lead to care rationing for myself. It will lead to increased volume and increased work for me without clear advantage of making more money or protection from malpractice claims.
1255. Oppose: Gives government too much control, which historically is more expensive and inefficient (i.e., Medicare, VA, Medicaid).
1256. Support: Need to cut insurance premiums. Better reimbursements.
1257. Support: Support government healthcare plan. Think if you were among the 47 million with no health insurance.
1258. Oppose: Need tort reform. Government has difficulty with running things as it is without taking over health care.
1259. Oppose: Vastly too expensive and 80% of the population do not want it.
1260. Oppose: Massive expense and passed on to future generations. Health consumers more cost conscience when co-payments involved. No commitment to Tort Reform at national level. Public option will drive private providers from market. Politics will play a role in health care availability.
1261. Oppose: Socialization of medicine, do not like the idea that government is responsible for my health, equal footing for insured and uninsured, bureaucracy.
1262. Support: Broader coverage, fairer pricing, eliminating pre-existing condition exclusion for coverage.
1263. Support: The present system is broken.
1264. Neither: For a health plan to work the whole system needs to be improved, including tort reform, not just certain "emotional hot items" that are politically expedient.
1265. Oppose: Increase in deficit.
1266. Support: Too many people do not have health care coverage.
1267. Oppose: Private practice will be affected.
1268. Oppose: Federal government programs are not efficient, have waste and fraud. Need a system requiring patient involvement with all decisions (financial involvement).
1269. Oppose: Concerns for patient-doctor relationship in terms of choice or place of treatment. Government mandates. Who's going to pay for it?
1270. Oppose: The Government is incapable of running anything. This program will require additional taxes which are the exact opposite of what we need to do in this economy.
1271. Oppose: Will destroy health care in this country over time.
1272. Oppose: Drawn up too quick. Government does not have enough money to pay for it.
1273. Support: It will work if the corruption in our government stops. Look how well the system worked in Canada and other countries.
1274. Oppose: Unrealistic plan, quality care measures do not clearly represent what a "good doctor" is.
1275. Support: An advanced country does not leave any of its citizens without health care.
1276. Support: Fair and balanced.
1277. Support: Anything to reduce cost and increase coverage would be great.
1278. Support: Universal coverage. Controlling the waste. Check the over-charges of insurance companies.