Health Care Reform-Now or Later?
I know that Health Care Reform is a very touchy question for many people, and is a very divisive subject at this time.
I would just like to pose the question, how many of you are actually against improving health care for many who do not currently have access to it, and how many are just concerned that during the middle of a recession is just not the right time to be pursuing it?
As a fiscal conservative and a social liberal, I am torn by the bitterness this seems to be creating. On the one hand, I think we need it, on the other, I don't think we can afford it at this time.
We also seem to be rushing through the whole process and I am afraid that what we will end up with is an expensive program, that will not help as much as needed, and will cause long term, unintended problems.
I realize this is not about investing persay, but spending massive amounts of money on it at this time, will have an impact on the economy that will have an impact on investing.
My wife and I are among the lucky ones who have good coverage, paid for by our employeers, and I am thankful for that, but at the same time I am worried about what impact a hurried, ill thought out program might bring about.
If there are funds available to pay for this program, than perhaps a short term solution would be to put into place a Fed. safety net to insure that those without any resources other than tips to the emergency room, would have the opportunity to visit a doctor when needed.
Then, when this recession is finally over, a deliberate, well thought out program, taking into consideration the unintended and unexpected side effects of a hurried up, thrown together plan, could be brought into being that would truly help everyone.
It needs to be addressed, but can we afford it now?
Would be interested in seeing your thoughts on the subject.
Please refrain from mindless, extreme conservative vs liberal posts, and try to think in more moderate and meaningful terms.