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Barber: Congress needs to get to work, stop political games

The Affordable Care Act needs serious improvements, and Congress should come together to find bipartisan fixes to improve this law. Rather than focus on real solutions to the problems embedded in this law, leadership in Washington has wasted many days – and millions of your dollars – trying to repeal the law rather than make the necessary changes.... Read more»

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May 23, 2013, 12:46 pm
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First off, anyone who gets elected the way Barber did in the special election has no right whatsoever to accuse others of playing “political games”. His campaign was based on everything that is wrong about politics, and he told many outright lies, but of course the brain dead sheep around here bought it because it was the “D”...

I applaud and support those to are trying to repeal Obamacare, or to put it another way, to make a wrong right. No one could possibly know everything that is in a 2700-page bill. No 2700 page bill about anything whatsoever should ever be passed. It should be broken up into sections and then each section passed or not passed based on the individual merits of that particular section. Add to this Pelosi saying “well, you got to pass it to see what’s in it”...were I in Congress, that right there is enough all by itself to vote no, regardless of the topic.

Obama wants us to live in a country where you have to prove you have health insurance, but you don’t have to prove you’re a citizen. How in the hell does that work?!?!?

I’m not opposed to health care reform, but it needs to be done in the right way, and it needs to be done by people capable of seeing the real world and not just living with their head in the clouds. One of many examples: any plan that adds millions of patients but zero doctors is a recipe for disaster. I say take Obamacare, throw it out, and let’s try again with a much better, more realistic approach once we have a real president.

May 23, 2013, 12:57 pm
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The ACA authorizes money to increase the primary care workforce by training more doctors, nurses, nurse-practitioners and physician assistants. It includes more graduate medical education training positions, with priorities for primary care and general surgery, and more money for scholarships and loans for all health professionals. The law expands the number of patients seen at community health centers in areas with too few doctors and increases the number of staffers who work in the centers. It also expands nurse-managed clinics at nursing schools where nurses in training see patients who live in the area.


May 23, 2013, 1:01 pm
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@Dylan Smith

Well, that’s wonderful news. Now, are we going to train these millions of new patients to be sick, or are they already sick?

And, does this new personnel take overnight crash-courses, or are they going to endure the years upon years of training that existing doctors do? And, if they do, then what do all these already-sick people do in the interim? What does the heavily-overburdened system do in the interim?

May 23, 2013, 1:10 pm
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@Bret Linden

What are those sick people doing now, Bret? They’re not going untreated; they’re costing those who can afford to pay for health care even more by using emergency services, driving up expenses.

What’s your solution?

May 24, 2013, 9:05 am
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To your first question I say touche.

To your second question, I say it is invalid. If was asked on the faulty premise that the absence of a better idea automatically converts a bad idea into a good idea.

I personally don’t trust the same government who is trying (and not doing a good job) to convince me that closing the Cherrybell station somehow saves money to run healthcare, or even be in the business.

Though I’m a capitalist, I will concede that there are some scenarios where it is just not working as it should under the current system. Gas prices is one scenario. Healthcare would be another. I wouldn’t mind less regulations in some respects to health care, more regulations in others (especially in price controls), but as far as the government actually entering the business…that’s a disaster.

As I said, throw out this crap and try again the right way. 2700-page bills, and have to pass it to see what’s in it, are NOT the right way to do things.

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