Tampa locals speak out on the new Health Bill
With the health care bill passing the U.S. House last night, many Republicans are outraged, Democrats are encouraged, and some donât 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 Floridaâs Tampa campus.
I think itâs a good thing, just because so many people are uninsured in our country. And Iâm 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 shouldnât be the caseâespecially in a country developed like the United States.
Yeah, I will be getting health benefits. But right now, you know, Iâm still in college, so I still have my parentsââIâm under my parentsâ health care. And then Iâm thinking how itâs going to affect my bosses, and how itâs going to affect my own paycheck and taxes, and, yeah. Where Iâm at right now, I feel like I donât need it as much, but I know that in the future, you knowâI work with some older people, and theyâll definitely need it, too. So Iâve got mixed feelings on it, to be completely honest.
I want to talk to someone who actually knows whatâs in the health care bill myself, âcause I donât know. But I do know that Obamaâs promising a lot of big things, and I want to know where this moneyâs coming from.
It could really do a lot of good for a lot of peopleâif they implement it, you know, well. If they donât screw things up.
You know, thereâs a lot of people who canât 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 canât afford any health care. And just wondering, you know, are they going to be fined? Whatâs going to happen to people who canât 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 donât provide it, or they donât have jobs, or they just plain wouldnât be able to afford it. So to fine people that donât 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.
Iâm 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 Iâve lost my health care. And Iâm really hoping this bill will be able to provide health care for those who canât get it otherwise.
You know, I think itâs a step in the right direction. It might not be the best step in thatâit might not be the best step, you know. I think that weâve 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 didnât want this exact bill. But either way, itâs a step in the right direction. Hopefully, itâll 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 wonât do it. I wonât do it. Iâm not a Canadian; Iâm 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 Iâm 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 saidâI donât really know much about, like, whatâs going on. But I do feel like in the long run, it probably will help out a lot of people for sure. And if itâsâif thereâs a way that people are going to be able to get health care, and benefit themselves in the long runâlike, as far as, obviously with their healthâI mean, I think itâs going to make it easier for them. And thatâs definitely good. I donât see whatâs 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 pointsâso they know what theyâre 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 wonât sign it into law until tomorrow.comments powered by Disqus