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Poll Results: Give Health Care Law a Chance

A majority of Patch readers responding to an unscientific poll want to give the Affordable Care Act a chance to work.


Give the Affordable Care Act (ACA) a chance.

That was the opinion of a majority of readers who responded to an unscientific Patch poll asking whether President Barack Obama’s health care legislation should be given time to season, be repealed or changed.

Of the 637 people who took the poll, 370 alone to see how it works, 198 want it repealed and 69 want to repeal objectionable parts and keep the rest.

wants to change parts of the law keeping provisions like letting children under 26 remain on their parents’ coverage and prohibiting insurance companies from denying coverage because of pre-existing conditions.

the Democrat opposing Dold in the Nov. 6 general election, said after the Supreme Court decision no changes should be made before the law’s provisions are given a chance to work.

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Evanston) agrees with Schneider’s position praising the bill for already helping 86 million Americans.

There was no shortage of debate among Patch readers as the story introducing the poll motivated 212 comments with scores of opinions. Reader Richard Schulte is one who favors repeal.

“The truth is that a majority of Americans support the repeal of Obamacare,” Schulte wrote. “Democrats say that they believe in majority rule. Well, the majority of Americans say repeal Obamacare. I agree with the Democrats on the issue of majority rule.”

Doug Daluga immediately responded to Schulte writing the vote Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) promised Monday will never reach the President’s desk for a signature or veto.

“Of course the house will vote to repeal the ACA,” Daluga wrote. “The Republicans know it gives them cover with their supporters. They also know that it will go nowhere once it hits the Senate. It's yet another example of the Republicans wasting time on futile shows of partisanship.”

Other readers like Ken Smith like parts of the legislation, but are opposed to the individual mandate requiring people to have health insurance under certain circumstances.

“I agree some parts such as the kids to age 26 and no pre-existing conditions should stay but the dang mandate telling millions who can afford it to buy it should go,” Smith wrote. “I work in the industry and I know insurance companies are just waiting to charge much more in premiums.”

Another reader, Alan Nudelman, thinks the new law will help Americans in the same way Medicare assists older citizens.

“It's been 47 years since Medicare was enacted,” Nudelman wrote. “I have not heard a single person or politician say it should be repealed. It's a blessing for people facing the rising costs of getting older. It guarantees medical care for people over 65 and some other groups as well.”

Fred Spagat just wants the bickering between the parties to end. “This partisan politics needs to end,” he wrote. “We are not the United States of Republicans, nor are we the United States of Democrats.”

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Gary July 09, 2012 at 04:56 PM
130. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Office of Minority Health (Section 10334, p. 2272) 131. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Office of Minority Health (Section 10334, p. 2272) 132. Food and Drug Administration Office of Minority Health (Section 10334, p. 2272) 133. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (Section 10334, p. 2272) 134. Grant program to promote small business wellness programs (Section 10408, p. 2285) 135. Cures Acceleration Network (Section 10409, p. 2289) 136. Cures Acceleration Network Review Board (Section 10409, p. 2291) 137. Grant program for Cures Acceleration Network (Section 10409, p. 2297) 138. Grant program to promote centers of excellence for depression (Section 10410, p. 2304) 139. Advisory committee for young women's breast health awareness education campaign (Section 10413, p. 2322) 140. Grant program to provide assistance to provide information to young women with breast cancer (Section 10413, p. 2326) 141. Interagency Access to Health Care in Alaska Task Force (Section 10501, p. 2329) 142. Grant program to train nurse practitioners as primary care providers (Section 10501(e), p. 2332) 143. Grant program for community-based diabetes prevention (Section 10501(g), p. 2337) 144. Grant program for providers who treat a high percentage of medically underserved populations (Section 10501(k), p. 2343)
Gary July 09, 2012 at 04:57 PM
145. Grant program to recruit students to practice in underserved communities (Section 10501(l), p. 2344) 146. Community Health Center Fund (Section 10503, p. 2355) 147. Demonstration project to provide access to health care for the uninsured at reduced fees (Section 10504, p. 2357) 148. Demonstration program to explore alternatives to tort litigation (Section 10607, p. 2369) 149. Indian Health demonstration program for chronic shortages of health professionals (S. 1790, Section 112, p. 24)* 150. Office of Indian Men's Health (S. 1790, Section 136, p. 71)* 151. Indian Country modular component facilities demonstration program (S. 1790, Section 146, p. 108)* 152. Indian mobile health stations demonstration program (S. 1790, Section 147, p. 111)* 153. Office of Direct Service Tribes (S. 1790, Section 172, p. 151)* 154. Indian Health Service mental health technician training program (S. 1790, Section 181, p. 173)* 155. Indian Health Service program for treatment of child sexual abuse victims (S. 1790, Section 181, p. 192)* 156. Indian Health Service program for treatment of domestic violence and sexual abuse (S. 1790, Section 181, p. 194)* 157. Indian youth telemental health demonstration project (S. 1790, Section 181, p. 204)* 158. Indian youth life skills demonstration project (S. 1790, Section 181, p. 220)* 159. Indian Health Service Director of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment (S. 1790, Section 199B, p. 258)*
Gary July 09, 2012 at 04:57 PM
It isn't about health care folks.
Gary July 09, 2012 at 05:02 PM
My personal favorite is number 3! 3. Committee to review administrative simplification standards (Section 1104, p. 71) Positively Orwellian.
Me July 09, 2012 at 06:52 PM
81. Grant program to promote health professionals entering geriatrics (Section 5305, p. 1339) . I guess that doctors who treat old people aren't real doctors after all. It would be easier if they just died quietly.


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