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Proposed public healthcare system draws mixed feelings

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Wednesday night, President Obama was on WWAY and ABC talking about where he sees the nation's healthcare system going. There has been a lot of talk about a proposed public healthcare system, which would offer insurance coverage to every American, including those who right now can't afford it, don't get it through their employer or from Medicare or Medicaid. As WWAY's Meghan Packer reports, folks around here have mixed feelings about the plan. Plantation Building Corporation President/CEO Dave Spetrino just found out his insurance coverage for his employees is going to go up by about 20 percent. "That was one thing I always felt was very important. I felt like giving and providing the benefits of health insurance, at least to the employee and extend those to their family, was good," said Spetrino. Anna Toconis is a former business owner and is on the opposite end of the spectrum. "I'd rather pay an employee $25,000 and let them pick their own health insurance than pay them $23,000 and have me pick their health insurance." For Spetrino, it is just getting too expensive. He has 30 days to decide what to do. Down the road, he may have the option of government-run, public healthcare. "I never believe that the government is going to do a better job, more efficiently than the private sector,” he said. “I think there's going to be a lot of pressure on the private sector to really figure out how to do this correctly so we don't have a nationalized healthcare system." UNCW assistant nursing professor, Kae Livsey said, "We can't continue on the path that we're on because the costs are killing us." Livsey broke down some of the basics about public healthcare. The pros: Livsey said, "Having a big government program can help contain costs, and that's really been the case with Medicare, which is our largest government-run healthcare program." The cons: "People say they don't want government-run healthcare. They're concerned about what it might mean for taking clients away from the private insurance market," described Livsey. Opponents fear high costs, waiting lists, and sub-par care. "Even now, in the private sector, you could make the argument that they're not doing that great a job in terms of quality," Livsey said. Toconis added, "I just don't think the government's efficient in running anything. The far fewer encroachment that government has in our lives, the better we are." "The challenge is how do you pay for it? Because anytime you increase access, it's also going to increase cost," Livsey questioned. And that is a central issue: How do we pay for it? Some provisions suggested by congressional Democrats would tax high-end health-care benefits. That is something Mister Obama campaigned against when he ran for president.

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Biased Much?

This article is extremely biased and just flat ridiculous. If the government is so terrible at running things, don't accept your Medicare, Medicaid benefits, and don't accept your Social Security benefits. There are millions of seniors who get social security every month that wouldn't have saved when they were younger, yeah, the government is a big scary thing that takes your money and leaves you with nothing, except roads, schools, clean drinking water, police, fire, yadda yadda, the list goes on. If you think the government is so inefficient try to find the person who murders your mother by yourself next time instead of calling the city government-run police, or maybe try to put out the fire that is burning down your house yourself instead of the Socialist Fire Department. Public health care would not be putting a bureaucrat between you and your doctor, it would be taking away the cold unfeeling insurance company out from between you and your doctor. Health care for profit will always care more about money than your health. Also, if you had ever read the Constitution or the Declaration of Independence you would know that you are the government. So if the government is doing a bad job, it means it's your fault.

LETS NOT FORGET

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