What Would You Like to Know About Health Care?

We’re all waiting for the Supreme Court to announce its decision on the health care overhaul today, but we’d like to know what you’re worried about. We’ve talked a little about how people without health insurance can get access to health care, and media outlets are reporting more about medical tourism options, from dental care in Mexicali, to cancer specialists in Japan. What else would you like to know? Tell us in the comments, or send us an email.

[Update: Things are looking up. "Basically, the justices said that the individual mandate—the requirement that most Americans buy health insurance or pay a fine—is constitutional as a tax."]

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12 Comments / Post A Comment

bgprincipessa (#699)

I’m not sure why NOBODY is commenting because I really wanted to see this but don’t really have any questions at the moment myself. Besides WTF CNN, you totally confused me with your wrong headlines. But yay health care!

MuffyStJohn (#280)

@bgprincipessa The CNN thing was Bush/Gore 2000 all over again. Someone’s getting fired over that mess.

But I’m with you on not having any questions. Mostly I’m just happy that I’ll be receiving my preventive services at no cost from now on, and so will many other millions of Americans who need the help. I hate to say it, but thank you Chief Roberts.

Spinach Party (#253)

@MuffyStJohn @bgprincipessa
Ditto to all of this. oh CNN…. i just have no words….. But yay!

moreteawesley (#545)

Yeah, CNN was just a massive fail. I don’t really have any questions, though I’m not entirely sure how this will effect me personally either, aside from the pre-existing condition thing, which I do have so I am very thankful for. Kudos to Roberts for doing the right thing – I don’t always have faith in the supreme court (citizens united, anyone?), but this time they came through.

If you could find someone to do a guide on what the law actually means for people without health insurance, that would be helpful for a lot of people. I have insurance, but I’m still unclear on what the law does for whom, and when. Like, have they even begun setting up the state exchanges yet?

charmcity (#1,091)

@stuffisthings A few states have, but many states have done absolutely nothing. I am worried about implementation, because even in my state, which has been working hard on the exchange since day 1, the deadlines for creating these intricate systems are very, very tight. The current health care system is so fragmented, trying to streamline and unify through the health care exchange is going to be like solving a jugsaw puzzle made out of jell-o.

boysplz (#56)

@stuffisthings I found this guide to be pretty helpful. It allows you to tailor it to your situation. I think that none of the provisions except for the pre-existing conditions stuff, lifetime cap limits and upping the age that kids can stay on their parent’s plan will be in effect till 2014 though. But then I may see modest savings on the insurance that I bought, hooray!

@boysplz Haha, I actually just sent that along to Mike & Logan in an email, but I couldn’t be bothered to come drop it here in the comments, so thanks!

CubeRootOfPi (#1,098)

Perhaps a post explaining the specifics of the affordable insurance exchanges?

Also perhaps a conversation on the individual mandate – been hearing grumblings about it, esp. from some unemployed folks.

@CubeRootOfPi You don’t have to pay the penalty if the least expensive plan in your area is above 8% of your income. 8% of $0 is $0, so unemployed people would not have to pay.

CubeRootOfPi (#1,098)

@stuffisthings Unemployment compensation counts as gross income, though.

@CubeRootOfPi Interesting, I didn’t know that!

However, depending what state they live in, being on unemployment would likely qualify them for Medicaid.* Otherwise, it’s very likely that the cheapest plan in their state would be more than 8% of their income — though that part is hypothetical at this point, I suspect that most if not all plans will be close to the maximum allowed price.

Anyway, clearly a “would you have to pay the penalty?” post would be a helpful thing.

* Because unemployment maxes vary by state.

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