We tallied the votes and compiled your comments, discovering a striking display of distrust from you, our readers, in Obama’s healthcare reform. A week after posting “Questioning Obama’s Healthcare Reform…,” 17% who read the article decided to vote in the poll that accompanies it, resulting in 73% of that group expressing their doubt of the presidential candidate. While it is understood that these polls are certainly not representative of the audience that visits this site, it is, however, representative of the people who read this particular article.
So what did you have to say?
• “I am concerned that his lack of experience, age, and what favors he will ‘owe’ large private interest groups will hinder him, thus leaving the largest private interest group, the American people, to fend for themselves.”
• “This guy doesn’t have a clue ... his idea of ‘change’ for the American public is to tax anything that moves and give it to the pork in our national budget or to those who don’t contribute. If we can’t even get oil at the worst situation or pay high prices as is the current crisis, seniors will be WAY DOWN THE LINE of what matters and gets attention. God help us!”
• “Much of his words are seemingly platitudes: They sound good but have no substance or basis to actually create change. In addition, he relies too heavily on national level initiatives (i.e., Interagency Coordinating Committee on Transportation), which creates MORE red tape. Rather, send money locally to organizations who are more in touch with actually doing something for people (i.e., the local Area Agency on Aging folks).”
• “Unfortunately, those who make decisions on healthcare have no clue what is really going on. All politicians need to consult medical personal such as myself. Universal health coverage is not the answer, especially to the public who care not to take care of themselves, then in later years have to pay for it. More money needs to start with preventive medicine.”
• “I am curious how Obama intends for LTC facilities to recruit and retain quality workers if the facilities cannot afford to pay comparable wages due to Federal funding cuts.”
• “Ensuring financial stability—that (Medicare Advantage) program is controlled by so many people, and a lot of them don’t want to get on board to control costs. They only want to make lots of money while they can. There is no thought given to the future of the time when they will be in the LTC. THAT WILL BE INTERESTING!”
These are harsh sentiments. Yet, having been burned countless times by the political arena as a whole, it is to be expected that most of you would not trust a fledgling candidate of either party. Some of you gave Obama the benefit of a fresh start though, saying he was indeed fit for office, with, as one reader pointed out, “the help from Congress and the Senate.”
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