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March 25th, 2010
05:59 AM ET

Sound Off: Your comments 3/24/10

Editor's Note: After last night's AC360°, many of you wrote in with opinions and questions about health are reform. Many of you also had quite a lot to say about a shortage of primary care physicians. Finally, we heard from some people in anticipation of our series “Scientology: A History of Violence,” who are curious to learn more about our investigation.
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Anderson, the democrats feel threatened and need protection? How do you think they are making us feel with their invasion of our privacy and threatening to imprison us depending on our quality of insurance? They are out of their minds if they believe we are all going to sit back and watch our freedoms stripped away!!!!

We have a new health care package that looks like the seniors may suffer. This bill isn't the law of the people, its the law of the democrats. Anytime you can't get at least one vote from the opposite party something is wrong and it shouldn't have been able to be passed. I've been a democrat all my life but as of the last year, I'm no longer a democrat. I would be ashamed to say that I'm one.

On the issue of the shortage of primary care doctors, a couple of thoughts. There is a shortage of nearly every medical professional, especially nurses. Also, it is not just a lack of doctors entering the field causing the shortage; it is also impacted by the baby boomers. The large number of baby boomer medical professionals retiring and the increased number of boomers needing care. As a last note, it will certainly not be solved simply through tort reform, as most Republicans claim.

Dr. Gupta presented about the shortage of GPs. This has been a condition for years. Large group practices (Kaiser) have been hiring from other countries.

About the passing of the healthcare bill, Sen. Hatch made the comment that Americans don't want to be forced to pay for something they don't want yet we are forced to pay for car insurance whether we want it or not.

I believe that Healthcare for all legal Americans is a moral obligation, but why is it OK for people to enter our country illegally and receive free benefits? Cutting that alone would save our country millions of dollars?!


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