Quote from labcat01
This topic has been debated before. If Obama became president, it wouldn't be worth it for me to work. I imagine the nursing shortage would get worse. I couldn't afford to drive- the gas prices would be worse due to his "windfall" tax and the tax increases needed to pay for his programs would be too big for me to afford child care. Not to mention, I'm betting that malpractice rates would increase since there would required federal reporting on medical mistakes. I'm betting though that he won't get anything past congress and the next four years will be a lot like the last four years.
This is what we moderates call the "sky is falling" reaction to change, and every time I see it I'm more and more inclined to vote for
The gas prices would be worse? That's a bit straight out of 1984, ignoring the realities of the past leading to the present in fear of a future unknown. Chocolate rations come to mind.
Required federal reporting on medical mistakes? The horror!
Imagine patients (consumers) aware of unsafe practices! We can't have that!
The reality is little will change. The insurance industry is a huge industry backed by powerful lobbyists and they will fight tooth and nail any change that doesn't benefit their bottom line. That's some mighty inertia for anyone earnestly seeking to enact major change to overcome. The reality is there will be a minor change or two-- perhaps for the better, perhaps for the worse. Of course the conservatives will do the chicken little act for anything proposed or passed, because that's how the political machine works.
In the end, it's a plank to win voters, not dissimilar to the empty promises offered on the other side, such as the promised end to abortion. It gets voters into the booths pulling levers.