Law puts needed limit on health care profits

The answer is no. Other developed nations take the profit out of health services.

HMOs are paying annual salaries to their CEOs $10 million and above. Aetna paid $34 million to its top exec, Healthnet paid $21 million to its CEO last year.

Obamacare puts a limit on those profits.

Marv Tripp

Oakland

Approve of effort to defund Obamacare

I approve. Obamacare will make you sick.

Leo T. West

San Leandro

Obamacare is better than previous system

I disapprove of the congressional effort to defund Obamacare.

My brother in Canada, who lived in the U.S. most of his life, said medical care in Canada is much better than in the U.S.

In Canada everyone gets free medical care -- it's paid for by taxes. And his medicines cost less in Canada than they do here.

Even though Obamacare isn't as good as socialized medicine, it's better than what we had before. Insurance companies can no longer condemn innocent children to death by refusing to pay for the medical treatments they need. Insurance companies can no longer deny medical insurance to people with pre-existing conditions. And children can remain on their parents' insurance plans longer now.


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Let's keep Obamacare. It's better than what we had before.

Camille Holser

Oakland

Shutdown is result of war within GOP

About 30 GOP house members have terrorized most of their colleagues in an attempt to overturn ACA. On the surface it looks like a principled stand, but beneath it is the desire of one man for leadership of the GOP and possibly the presidency.

The civil war is between the conservatives and the hard-core, take-take-no-prisoners conservatives. That man appears to be Sen. Ted Cruz.

The ACA, while not perfect, will be a boon for the citizens. Private health insurance has bankrupted this country and something had to be done. And the Republicans participated in creating ACA! In fact it is modeled after Mitt Romney's plan in Massachusetts. But the shutdown is a red herring for the civil war going on in the Republican Party, and Americans are indeed the hostages.

Anne Spanier

Alameda

People must stop and do the math

Has anyone really done the math? Obamacare may be a godsend for low-income families, but what about middle-class families who don't qualify for subsidies and need Covered California insurance? As a single parent with two dependent children, my income would not qualify for premium assistance or cost-sharing subsidies. Choosing the midrange Silver 70 plan could lead to annual health care costs of $11,166 in premiums, $2,000 deductible and maximum $12,700 out-of-pocket expenses, for a grand total of almost $26,000, or about one-third of my annual income before taxes and other monthly expenses like mortgage, utilities and groceries.

In 2012, my 17-year-old daughter was diagnosed with cancer, requiring chemotherapy for several months. With the Silver 70 plan, I would likely have faced bankruptcy due to my daughter's treatment costs, including brand drugs, hospital admissions, ER visits, radiology tests, lab tests and surgery.

Under Obamacare, shifting of health care costs to the middle class continues, while health insurance industry interests continue to be protected for making profits off the middle class.

Melissa Brauer

Oakland

Common sense says Obamacare won't work

I completely approve of Congress's efforts to get rid of this monstrosity of a law called Obamacare. I applaud the efforts of Sen. Ted Cruz and others for their hard work in getting the word out as to just how bad this 2,700 page monstrosity is for all Americans.

Premiums are going to rise for most everyone, quality care will be something of the past, and many people will lose their jobs or have to work reduced hours because of Obamacare. Common sense just tells us that this is unworkable.

My hope is that this bad piece of legislation ends up in the dustbin of history, under the title, "Worst Legislative Idea in the History of this Republic." Hopefully this bill will just die from the sheer weight of the problems it creates for the majority of Americans.

Dorothy K. Baker

Newark

Sounds good, but it reeks of socialism

I approve of congressional efforts to defund Obamacare in its present form.

Health care for everyone is wonderful, but when subsidies and special payments for pre-existing illness and lower payments for some and higher payments for others this affordable health care for all the haves giving to the have-nots, does Obamacare reek Socialism?

Robert Beaudreau

Fremont

Haven't discussed how to fund properly

I strongly support the House of Representatives' efforts to defund Obamacare. But the Senate and president have failed (as of Oct. 1) to even discuss funding for that monster.

Maybe next year we'll get a chance to elect someone with a Taxed Enough Already (TEA) party approach to represent us in the East Bay.

Robert S. Allen

Livermore

Just wait, it's going to get much worse

As a lifelong registered Democrat, I wholeheartedly approve the congressional efforts to defund Obamacare for the following reasons:

This disastrous bill was concocted on deceit and strictly on a partisan level.

It's already drastically affecting our economy, employment and national debt. It is a job killer. It's turning a standard 40-hour workweek for the American middle-class worker into a part-time workweek.

Families cannot survive on the uncertainties of part-time jobs caused by Obamacare policies and regulations. I watched Terry O'Sullivan, president of AFL/CIO denounce Obamacare for what it will do to union workers.

We need a bipartisan comprehensive health plan that covers everyone, that doesn't exclude big businesses or waive certain groups. Maybe then we can prevent the massive train wreck that's approaching created by Obamacare, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.

I hope the American people are keeping note of the thousands of employees who will be laid off and work hours reduced caused by Obamacare. You ain't seen nothing yet. Wait until January 2014.

Rudolph Jimenez

Newark

Repeal law, establish health care accounts

An alternative to Obamacare is very simple:

First, scrap Obamacare.

Second, everybody gets a health care bank account, which they can access at any FDIC insured bank. The government deposits money into the account every year, based on whatever it determines to be the average annual health care costs for individuals throughout the entire country. The deposits will be paid for by an increase in the income tax (which is progressive).

The point here being that if a person simply spends the money, then it's almost as if they weren't being taxed in the first place. If they save the money, then it will gather interest, and help them pay for any health care disasters which might come their way. Either way, it's in control of the individual.

A person could have their health care bank account located at whichever bank they want, and individual banks could market their options.

Ronald Hennig

Concord

The Democrats caused government shutdown

The Democrats shut the government down because they -- the "party of compromise" -- would not make common-sense concessions regarding Obamacare.

President Barack Obama has changed Obamacare unilaterally and illegally 17 times. Thus, the Democrats' "It's the law of the land, and can't be changed" defense does not hold water.

During the last government shutdown, the Republicans balanced the budget for the first time in decades (for which President Bill Clinton took credit), lost a few weak House seats and gained three Senate seats. That is hardly "suffering politically."

As the Times is unlikely to ever clearly state this, it bears repeating: The Democrats and, particularly, Obama, shut the government down because they will not compromise under any circumstances. The Democrats, and Obama in particular, care more about their misguided utopian ideology and their unaffordable, job-destroying forced-insurance law than the Constitution and the American people.

Michael Bassett

Pleasant Hill

Shutdown due to tea party crazies

I emphatically condemn the Republican attempt to defund Obamacare.

Speaker John Boehner solidified the strident tone of his party in an interview during last year's campaign. Asked how available he was to compromise with Democrats, he bellowed, "I don't like the word."

How would Republicans react if a House controlled by Democrats threatened to shut down the government if they didn't capitulate to Democratic demands?

The Affordable Care Act passed both houses of Congress, was signed into law by President Obama, and affirmed as constitutional by the Supreme Court.

Republicans failed to muster sufficient votes to defeat the bill, so they're now employing strong-arm tactics to achieve what they couldn't accomplish legislatively. They should grow up or go home!

Our country will survive this Republican charade and Obamacare will be preserved to assist those Americans without health insurance.

Responsibility for a government shutdown, and its duration, rests with the House tea party crazies.

Ronald Entwistle

San Pablo

House's GOP terrorists must be stopped now

The Republican terrorists sitting in the House of Representatives, who wish to harm the government, should be arrested and escorted out immediately.

Everyone knows they are thugs and bullies -- paid and controlled by certain of the ultrarich and far-right wing of the GOP.

They are ignorant and must be prevented from causing irreparable damage. Please act quickly on behalf of the American public. Without them, the people's House will come to its senses.

I am so embarrassed.

Terry Cochrell

Berkeley