I live in Signal Mountain. I am an emergency physician.
There is a myth that the emergency room is the place where the uninsured get their care. However, studies have shown that the uninsured are more likely to not seek care they can’t afford, at least not until their condition becomes more advanced or critical.
It is time to move forward in this debate. It is also time for Governor Haslam and the State of Tennessee to provide insurance for those left out of the ACA.
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I live in Chattanooga. I am one of those that is left out of ACA.
Let's talk about insurance. I have insurance on my car in case of an accident that damages my vehicle. Health insurance should be similar. Health insurance should keep you from going bankrupt in the event of an accident or sudden illness. Preventative care does reduce the possibilities for later problems, however, all other insurance policies don't cover maintenance. I would love to go talk to my State Farm agent and ask him to cover my tires or my brakes so that I don't end up rear ending someone and causing more damage, but I know his response. It is my responsibility to make sure that I am living as best I could to prevent those issues. I avoid fatty stuff and I replace my tires when worn.
I think we need to reevaluate what we expect from insurance because health care takes some personal responsibility. If it is preventative care that everyone is entitled to, then we need to have an optional maintenance plan. Don't confuse the two. Everyone is required to get health insurance and unfortunately, the ones with the maintenance plans are far from affordable. Most folks are getting catastrophic insurance instead.
I agree that everyone should have a safety net to prevent death or total collapse, but one's health should take precedence over smart phones, bigger TVs and new cars. I think the best thing to come out of the ACA is the pre-existing conditions, period.
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It is not listed in the Bill of Rights that all Americans are entitled to free healthcare or free insurance so they can obtain free healthcare.
It is not the government’s business to take care of the medical issues of anyone, regardless of income.
It certainly is not the state’s responsibility to take care of the poor’s medical care and insurance and in doing so bankrupt the state.
It is not time to provide insurance for those left out of ACA. It is time to get rid of ACA, before it bankrupts us all.