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ajm3: Why must it be as you project? You claim that America has "leadership in medical and drug development". That is undoubtably true but unfortunatly the leading edge in medical care is reserved for those who can afford it TODAY. Many of our wonder drugs are too expensive to obtain by millions who have a need TODAY. Yet, these same drugs are sold overseas for 2 thirds less than we must pay in our own country. Our elderly will see the dounut hole close under this new bill making many of these durgs more affordable to them. You also claim that "Not enough tax revenue to pay for all this care for everyone by the wage earners making over 250K and additional taxes". There are other savings and efficiencies in the plan to help pay for it. Those 30 million newly insured will not be receiving this care for free. The insurance provided under the exchanges will not be free. They too will pay a premium and that is 30 million new contributors to health care that currently pay nothing and cost all of us when they go to the emergency room. Obamacare is only a beginning. Those who have pre existing conditions will also pay a premium for their insurance. Nothing is being given away. Those who are too poor to pay will be cared for under same program they have always used, medicaid. The "net result" must be focused on the greater good and NOT the wealthiest of us. Those with excess money will always be able to afford to buy the medical care and drugs they require. Although we all will benefit, the wealthy will not be asked to pay more than they can afford. Obamacare is deficit neutral and by all accounts from reputable sources should not cost 98 percent of us any more then it does now. This bill will improve all of our lives for many years to come and cost our nation less not more. With the increased availabiity of health care to those who work but cannot afford it TODAY, many lives will be saved. Don't forget that now many small business people will receive tax credits to help them meet their obligations to their employees permitting even more employees to be insured. Perhaps that will help our empty stores downtown. Insurance companies will no longer receive subsidies by having seniors turn over their health care under medicare advantage without loosing the care they currently have. This bill is a good thing, not great but a beginning and within six months will be something our society will support as much as medicare is supported today. You betchya.
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