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senate Bill S. 647

Eliminating ACA Mandates and Letting Consumers to Buy Health Insurance Across State Lines

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Repealing the health insurance coverage mandates and allowing consumers to buy their health insurance across state lines is a sensible way to make the health insurance market more competitive -- which will help drive down costs.

BTSundra's Opinion
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08/20/2016
We have to get rid of unnecessary restrictions and allow the free market to take its place.
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operaman's Opinion
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08/19/2016
Let's do this. In a few months ACA will finally be history. Then Congress will have to do their job and repeal this Socialist Democrat bill. This is a example of the IQs of the members of Congress. Thank you Nancy Pelosi, with your IQ as Speaker, the Democrat IQ surpassed 80 and ACA became law "so we could read it." We didn't like it, but you passed it without Republicans. so this Total Failure is on you. Time to retire and get another facelift.
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coldkeyes's Opinion
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08/20/2016
No one should be forced to buy obamacare in the first place. This law is NOT doable, its not enforceable, this law doesn't respect your civil rights. Your gonna arrest someone for not buying healthcare insurance? Your dumber than a bag of hammers.
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It is not clear what will happen to people with existing health insurance policies if this bill were made it into law, and uncertainty about coverage rightfully makes people nervous. No changes should take place that can’t provide those assurances.

jesus.figueroa's Opinion
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08/20/2016
Honestly? I simply do not trust Ted Cruz to represent the interests of the most marginalized amongst us. There is still plenty of room for improvement in our health care sector. The ACA took a step forward. For many reasons it did not get us quite there. But millions more are now insured. Let's not undo that progress. Let's build on it.
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James's Opinion
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08/20/2016
This bill is a massive giveaway to health insurance corporations that already shouldn't exist. The individual mandate isn't the best part of the Affordable Care Act to be sure (you can blame Rahm Emanuel for convincing Obama to abandon the public option, even though the Democrats had a large majority in both houses of Congress). But the second part which is "buying across state lines" is the worst section of is bill. Essentially what it does is allow you to buy health insurance from another state. So a state like Texas, has less regulations on healthcare, but a state like New York has more regulations. This law would allow you to buy the health insurance from Texas while living in New York, but comes with the risk of less regulations on prices, quality, and other things. The devil is always in the details, and I feel sorry for people who fall for the argument that if we let corporations run wild, then everyone will prosper equally. Health insurance companies profit off of making money at the expense of your welfare, and to allow them to not just continue to screw, but to allow them to royally screw their costumers is disgusting.
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Diego's Opinion
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08/21/2016
A national public option would be well received. Insurance providers will always put profits before people unless the law reigns them in from being fixated on their profits. Single payer is the only solution
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    We have to get rid of unnecessary restrictions and allow the free market to take its place.
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    Honestly? I simply do not trust Ted Cruz to represent the interests of the most marginalized amongst us. There is still plenty of room for improvement in our health care sector. The ACA took a step forward. For many reasons it did not get us quite there. But millions more are now insured. Let's not undo that progress. Let's build on it.
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    Let's do this. In a few months ACA will finally be history. Then Congress will have to do their job and repeal this Socialist Democrat bill. This is a example of the IQs of the members of Congress. Thank you Nancy Pelosi, with your IQ as Speaker, the Democrat IQ surpassed 80 and ACA became law "so we could read it." We didn't like it, but you passed it without Republicans. so this Total Failure is on you. Time to retire and get another facelift.
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    No one should be forced to buy obamacare in the first place. This law is NOT doable, its not enforceable, this law doesn't respect your civil rights. Your gonna arrest someone for not buying healthcare insurance? Your dumber than a bag of hammers.
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    Get rid of all controls that are not a free market. Let consumers decide what best fits their families needs. Government controls simply pick winners and losers. The taxpayers are always the loser.
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    There is no good reason to deny freedom of choice to Americans when it comes to buying health insurance. Which is why this idea isn’t a new one: let people save money by purchasing insurance coverage from another state where policies might be cheaper. The largest concentration of power in health care does not lie with the insurance companies looking for profit; it lies with the government looking for "fairness" Our society has elected to provide health care for the elderly and the poor through Medicare and Medicaid, but since the dawn of those programs, both Federal and State governments have added more agencies and more bureaucracies that all take their portion of the health care pie. You can debate the merits of many of these agencies and their regulations but I'm pretty sure that most of them have outlived their usefulness and simply cost money without producing much of anything. Not that they really ever did. Opening up health care markets to interstate competition may hold down the costs of healthcare by a small portion, but the biggest reason that America spends so much on health care lies in the incredible rise in associated non-clinical costs and until our legislators start cutting back on these regulations, health care costs will continue to rise.
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    Open markets and competitive vendors is the way to go.
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    I guess this might be okay, but Senator Cruz, one of your campaign promises was that you would fight to get the ACA repealed!!
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    This bill is a massive giveaway to health insurance corporations that already shouldn't exist. The individual mandate isn't the best part of the Affordable Care Act to be sure (you can blame Rahm Emanuel for convincing Obama to abandon the public option, even though the Democrats had a large majority in both houses of Congress). But the second part which is "buying across state lines" is the worst section of is bill. Essentially what it does is allow you to buy health insurance from another state. So a state like Texas, has less regulations on healthcare, but a state like New York has more regulations. This law would allow you to buy the health insurance from Texas while living in New York, but comes with the risk of less regulations on prices, quality, and other things. The devil is always in the details, and I feel sorry for people who fall for the argument that if we let corporations run wild, then everyone will prosper equally. Health insurance companies profit off of making money at the expense of your welfare, and to allow them to not just continue to screw, but to allow them to royally screw their costumers is disgusting.
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    Absolutely. Not having more options in terms of competition is what's keeping prices high. Being able to buy insurance across state lines will create more competition amongst insurers.
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    Eliminate Obamacare and eliminate managed health care. Allow the medical community manage their patients health care. And, do what's best for them.
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    Yes! This is so important. Why would there ever be a reason why people shouldn't have access to more options? The way it is currently, the states are little monopoly zones where healthcare companies can charge whatever high prices they want to due to a total lack of competition. We need to allow these healthcare giants to compete across state lines and have prices dictated by the free market. More competition in a high demand industry = lower costs and increased innovation for everyone involved.
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    "Healthy" competition is the way of USA!
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    Yes! Yes! Yes! That will increase competition and create more value for the consumer!
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    Freedom of choice. Point and Case
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    I support buying health insurance across state lines.
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    Yea get government out of healthcare entirely.
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    Repeal Obamacare immediately!
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    Yea, I shouldn't have a government, that is corrupt, and doesn't care about my well being, dictate to me what health insurance I should have.
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    Open markets = lower prices
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