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These are a few reasons why each group is against Obamacare. With individuals — It requires nearly all Americans to get health insurance. Some do not think that the government should force citizens to buy health insurance and penalise them if they do not do so. There are taxes that Americans have to pay should they not buy health insurance. This is also ...


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The short answer to this question is that 2019-nCoV is new. All the other diseases you mentioned are known quantities: epidemiologists have a good idea how they behave, how they spread, what is likely to happen in a variety of different scenarios, etc. But this disease represents a new mutation that behaves differently from other coronaviruses. It's far more ...


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The short answer is because complaining is louder than passive agreement. It often doesn't matter if a bill is popular if there's a vocal objection to it by a sufficient minority. The objection can be in the form of protests, or a special interest or in some cases, an issue that can swing votes, but some kind of objection, with enough teeth to get noticed ...


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Tax cuts I could understand a candidate promising tax cuts and then after being elected scrapping Obamacare to pay for them. Obamacare repeal includes tax cuts: .9% Medicare tax surcharge on high income Americans 2.9% Medicare tax on capital gains, dividends, etc. Medical devices tax Individual mandate Business mandate And it expands certain tax ...


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In a nutshell, the income threshold necessary to qualify for Medicaid (the poverty line prior to Medicaid expansion) is lower than the amount of income needed to pay for the medical care that Medicaid provides to people who are eligible for it. For example, if you need dialysis to stay healthy (which is not ER room care), it costs more than $70,000 per ...


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Medical If your question is: Would the military be obliged to pay for the transition? Then the answer is yes. Prior to Donald Trump's tweets, the US Military had promulgated guidance on how it would support members transitioning. Following a diagnosis of gender dysphoria, the Military member would be supported through medical treatments, to include ...


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Respectfully, I think complacency is misplaced. Malaria is locale-specific, and doesn't really affect rich first world countries. While it certainly could receive better funding, it is also easy to see why it doesn't affect the average European or American much. HIV/AIDS is partially tied to lifestyle and one is at low risk if not in a risk category. In ...


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This is a bit of a phony question on several levels. To answer, they absolutely HAVE emphasized the healthcare cost savings. First of all, you claim that they focus on "increased healthcare spending," in the title, but then you talk about increased GOVERNMENT spending in the body of the question. In a system that is based on PRIVATE, FOR-PROFIT healthcare ...


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Your question seems to be equivalent to: why don't Democrats start acting like (small-government) Republicans when it comes to healthcare? Because that's not their idea of healthcare, or rather it's not what their electorate wants/expects: (Some Democrats like Bill Curry even blame Obama for promising [in 2008] but eventually failing to deliver a federal ...


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Universal health insurance which is affordable for everyone can only work when the healthy people subsidize the people with chronic health problems. If you have a completely unregulated private insurance sector, then the private insurers would be free to choose their customers. Given that chance they would reject anyone with pre-existing conditions, because ...


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A government can try to ban anything, but in case of tobacco there are various reasons not to. There are people who insist on their right to smoke. They might tolerate state-imposed health-advise, but being entirely prohibited from smoking might cause them to no longer vote for the politicians who supported the ban. There are economical interests. ...


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Skeptical answer One could give a skeptic's answer for any form of this question in the context of a political campaign: presumably the candidates feel this answer will be more likely to get them nominated by their party in their campaign for President of the United States. However, although this position is not made explicit, it is consistent with the ...


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There's a couple of other factors in play here as well Obama intentionally lied about the effects of the bill A politician lying is nothing new, but your typical political lie is of the statistical variety. In other words, you oversell the benefits and undersell the impact and make it look like you're just arguing about numbers (Obamacare also sold a $2500 ...


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Government fiat, by design, infringes on the liberties of it's citizens. Frequently such infringement is desirable or at least acceptable: enforcement of property rights, maintenance of public infrastructure, etc. But the gains have to be carefully weighed against not only the loss of liberty in a specific case, but the possibility of creating the unintended ...


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Jeff Lambert has found the Sanders proposal. SEC. 107. PROHIBITION AGAINST DUPLICATING COVERAGE. (a) IN GENERAL.—Beginning on the effective date described in section 106(a), it shall be unlawful for— (1) a private health insurer to sell health insurance coverage that duplicates the benefits provided under this Act; or (2) an employer to provide ...


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Future potential For a new disease, it doesn't matter how many infected or dead people there have been as of now, it matters how much infected or dead people can we expect in the future if we don't do anything. It's possible and plausible to stop a new disease before it reaches it's full potential. If we stop a new "malaria-2" before it has the chance to ...


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Evidence based medicine really only dates from the 1980's. In the UK that era was dominated by the Thatcher government, which valued freedom of choice and decentralization. Having the NHS act more like the private sector was seen as a positive thing. Towards the end of the century the focus changed to promoting best available practice, in particular with ...


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Bernie Sanders tweeted the graphic below in April of 2019, it was accompanied by the following text (emphasis mine): Every other major country has made health care a right for all. Anyone who says the United States cannot do the same is selling the American people short. #MedicareForAll While not a definition, the examples speak for themselves. Indeed, ...


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Costs Yes the military provides health care for soldiers, which covers necessary medical treatment, including treatment for gender dysphoria (also including SRS if necessary). The costs to the military for this are negligible. RAND estimated the cost for transition-related care for trans people to be between $2.4 million and $8.4 million annually: ...


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One reason might be that many Americans apparently did not know that the vilified Obamacare is what is paying for their health insurance.


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This answer is meant to supplement others here with some further reasons why conservatives are against the Obamacare system. Obama falsely promised the public some critical things about the system that came to be called Obamacare: ...No matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your ...


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You can expect truth in campaign speeches, but not scientific definitions. For an approximation of major countries, try the G7. Of course the G7 misses China, India, Russia, Brazil, which are quite important in the 21st century world. Canada: Yes. France: Yes. Germany: Yes. Italy: Yes. Japan: Yes. UK: Yes. Those "yes" are never absolute. Some procedures ...


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TLDR: because Europe prefer to be cautious, and it's worked nicely thus far. why is policy regarding GM food so different between USA and EU? Because history tells a story. Europe is stricter in what they want to be consumed and produced. The development of GMO foods in Europe played out at the same time as the initial steps toward integration of ...


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While @userLTK makes a point that fits quite generally on creating a policy popularly accepted but vocally opposed, taxing soda has some issues unique to it. Taxing soda could be justified as a Pigovian tax as it would lessen the use of sugar that already creates health care costs to the society. This means that the evil isn't soda itself, but rather the ...


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It's a lot easier to keep a public health system reasonably well-funded if the rich and powerful are in the same boat as everyone else. If they can just buy better coverage for themselves and their families without subsidizing the poor along with it, they'll push for budget cuts and more budget cuts and never a budget increase. They only have one vote ...


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First, read @Panda's excellent answer. Second, note that about 70% of Democrats, and 15% of Republicans favor the Affordable Care Act, and this has been consistent over the past couple of years. This partisan discrepancy is at the core of the problem. Anything with any level of complexity has both costs and benefits. This is certainly true of the ...


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What you are asking for is government charity. Libertarians don't believe in government charity but in private charity. So the person would have to raise money privately. Another alternative is to loan the person the money and collect from their future income. Another alternative is to buy medical insurance ahead of time. Then the insurer would be ...


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Universal healthcare systems can be harmed by competition from private healthcare, such as when the private companies pay more and make it difficult for the state system to recruit staff. It can also make it harder for national systems to buy medicine at reasonable prices, when manufacturers can rely on the private sector paying more and people desperate for ...


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AIDS Trump Administration Secures Historic Donation of Billions of Dollars in HIV Prevention Drugs. The agreement between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Gilead will last until at least December 31, 2025 and possibly through December 31, 2030, and will provide medication to treat individuals who are at risk for HIV and who are ...


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