I agree with Nick and shnozzola. But Obamacare is a compromise which placates those who benefit from government subsidies of the FOR PROFIT health care industries.
There are no more compromises to be made on behalf of these for-profit industries. Period.
If our elected officials want to open negotiations again, (after decades of attempts at creating health care reform) then the only acceptable starting point is single payer.
The people who are not happy with the current system, the teaparty following sheep who are not happy with the current system, don't even understand the source of what they are unhappy about.
They are unhappy about their out-of-pocket expenses. And they only way to eliminate out of pocket expenses is to go for single payer - at the expense of these CEO's and their 7 figure government subsidized salaries. I would rather have my tax dollars go to subsidize the Walmart cashier, rather than the CEO's.
I have exceptional health insurance through my employer.
But I live less than a mile from the city's busiest public hospital, where low income families have traditionally used the emergency room as their family doctor. Folks with chronic diseases that they couldn't afford to treat, such as asthma, diabetes, even mental health issues, sat in the emergency room with kids who have ear infections and vomiting folks with stomach viruses and guys who were on the losing side of a bar fight. Now, most of those folks with chronic illnesses will be able to receive ongoing treatment, and not wait for a crisis severe enough to warrant an emergency room visit. And the folks with ear infections and stomach viruses will have primary care physicians. And folks with mental health issues will be able to see specialists and take necessary medication. And the emergency room will be able to focus on car crash victims and kids who managed to get the childproof cap off of their delicious infant Tylenol, and downed half a bottle.
Because that is what emergency rooms are supposed to do.
But a lot of immigrant families will find themselves in a situation in which some members of the family are insured, and some are not. And those without insurance will find themselves sitting in the emergency room when they have a REALLY BAD asthma attack, rather than treating their asthma on an ongoing basis. And the kids who are in school will have their vaccines, but the parents won't. And all those kids who legalized under deferred action for childhood arrivals will be ineligible to buy health insurance.
It is not a good system. It is better than the system we had before. But it is not a good system.