Tampa locals speak out on the new Health Bill listen03/22/10 Joshua Lee Holton
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With the health care bill passing the U.S. House last night, many Republicans are outraged, Democrats are encouraged, and some donâ€™t seem to really know anything about the bill. Today, WMNF asked students and Tampa locals what they thought about the bill outside the Marshall Center at the University of South Floridaâ€™s Tampa campus.
I think itâ€™s a good thing, just because so many people are uninsured in our country. And Iâ€™m actually uninsured, and going to the doctor, when I have to go, costs me 300 dollars for the visit, another 600 for lab work, and that shouldnâ€™t be the caseâ€”especially in a country developed like the United States.
Yeah, I will be getting health benefits. But right now, you know, Iâ€™m still in college, so I still have my parentsâ€™â€”Iâ€™m under my parentsâ€™ health care. And then Iâ€™m thinking how itâ€™s going to affect my bosses, and how itâ€™s going to affect my own paycheck and taxes, and, yeah. Where Iâ€™m at right now, I feel like I donâ€™t need it as much, but I know that in the future, you knowâ€”I work with some older people, and theyâ€™ll definitely need it, too. So Iâ€™ve got mixed feelings on it, to be completely honest.
I want to talk to someone who actually knows whatâ€™s in the health care bill myself, â€™cause I donâ€™t know. But I do know that Obamaâ€™s promising a lot of big things, and I want to know where this moneyâ€™s coming from.
It could really do a lot of good for a lot of peopleâ€”if they implement it, you know, well. If they donâ€™t screw things up.
You know, thereâ€™s a lot of people who canâ€™t even afford health care. And this will help them be able to do that. But at the same time, there are some downfalls with that, you know, for the people who canâ€™t afford any health care. And just wondering, you know, are they going to be fined? Whatâ€™s going to happen to people who canâ€™t afford any insurance, and that type of thing. So those are just a couple of my thoughts on it.
If anything, I would be scared by the requirement to have health care, because there are many people whose jobs donâ€™t provide it, or they donâ€™t have jobs, or they just plain wouldnâ€™t be able to afford it. So to fine people that donâ€™t have an income that provides health care, and then fining them for not having it, would be my biggest worry if it got to that point.
Iâ€™m hoping that it will actually come out to help the public, you know. I just lost my health insurance this year; they changed eligibility at work, so Iâ€™ve lost my health care. And Iâ€™m really hoping this bill will be able to provide health care for those who canâ€™t get it otherwise.
You know, I think itâ€™s a step in the right direction. It might not be the best step in thatâ€”it might not be the best step, you know. I think that weâ€™ve been needing health care reform for a long time, and we definitely are getting some type of health care reform. I think it might have been a little sneaky the way it was kind of pushed through in a lot of ways; people made it clear that maybe they didnâ€™t want this exact bill. But either way, itâ€™s a step in the right direction. Hopefully, itâ€™ll give some more coverage to millions of more Americans.
Better than the public option. I was not for the public option, because I will not wait three months for a sniffle. I wonâ€™t do it. I wonâ€™t do it. Iâ€™m not a Canadian; Iâ€™m an American.
I think the health care bill, if it makes health care accessible for everyone who needs it, would be a good thing. My only concern is the cost, and the reimbursement for medical offices, which Iâ€™m not real sure right now what those items are going to pan out to be. But if we can make the health care bill have health care accessible to everyone, and it would be affordable for America, that would be a great thing.
The health care bill, I feel, like I saidâ€”I donâ€™t really know much about, like, whatâ€™s going on. But I do feel like in the long run, it probably will help out a lot of people for sure. And if itâ€™sâ€”if thereâ€™s a way that people are going to be able to get health care, and benefit themselves in the long runâ€”like, as far as, obviously with their healthâ€”I mean, I think itâ€™s going to make it easier for them. And thatâ€™s definitely good. I donâ€™t see whatâ€™s bad about that at all.
I do think it should be made more clear, more accessible, to everybody. Not everyone has time to sit down and read the entire bill. I think there should be something where everybody would understand, basically, the high points, the low pointsâ€”so they know what theyâ€™re getting themselves into, what to expect, since it was just passed.
Although the health care reform bill passed the House of Representatives late last night, President Obama wonâ€™t sign it into law until tomorrow.