Diabetes Self-Management Blog

Editor’s Note: Please be advised that Diabetes Self-Management is not affiliated with the American Diabetes Association and does not have an official position on the health-care reform bill.

In health-related news of the past week, one story was bigger than any other: The US House of Representatives passed the Affordable Health Care for America Act. This health insurance reform bill would increase regulation of the industry, provide subsidies to people deemed unable to afford health insurance, and create a public insurance option available to certain individuals not covered by employer-provided private insurance. (The bill must still be passed by the US Senate and signed by President Obama before it can become law.)

For people with diabetes, the position of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) on the bill may carry special importance. The organization issued a press release two days before the bill’s passage in which it announced its support and praised some specific aspects of the bill. These include regulations preventing insurance companies from imposing annual or lifetime caps on benefits and preventing discrimination based on preexisting medical conditions, as well as the creation of a Health and Wellness Fund and support of workplace wellness programs.

This statement of support should come as no surprise to those following the ADA’s rhetoric on health insurance reform over the last several months. The organization has devoted a special section of its Web site to the issue, the main feature of which is a petition demanding health care reform for everyone affected by diabetes. The section includes some sobering numbers: People with diabetes have medical expenditures approximately 2.3 times higher than they would have in the absence of diabetes, for an average extra tab of $6,649 per year. One out of five dollars spent on health care treats someone with diabetes, and the death rate due to diabetes has increased by 45% since 1987. This background may help explain the ADA’s criticism, expressed in its endorsement of the health care bill, that too much money and energy is currently devoted to treating complications of diabetes rather than preventing them or reducing the incidence of diabetes in the first place.

What do you think — do you personally feel that the current health care system is in need of serious changes? Do you trust the ADA’s judgment in endorsing the House’s bill on behalf of all people affected by diabetes? Have you experienced difficulty paying for diabetes-related medical expenses, or have you been discriminated against by an insurance company because of your diabetes? Leave a comment below!

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  1. I’m a little surprised that the ADA is so strongly in support of the proposed legislation. With the proposed tax on medical equipment (including insulin pumps and supples, as well as Continuous Glucose Monitoring devices)and a $2500 annual cap of FSA contributions, it seems that diabetics, in particular, are likely to be negatively affected.

    As a type 1 diabetic, I have experienced discrimination in the form of pre-existing condition limitations and outright denial of insurance coverage. I agree that some measure of reform is needed, but I do not support any bill that will raise taxes.

    Posted by Shannon |
  2. I think we need HealthCare REFORM, but NOT a robust Public Option. Take that out and add across state-boundary restriction lifting, and Malpractice reform and you have something I can support.

    Posted by Bob |
  3. In no way do I support the take over of the health care system by the goveremnt. I have too many friends in Canada and England who have died because deiabeties is not a problem to them. They
    just let you die. They are trying to pass the same system here. Our system is the best in the world. Why do the leaders of the other contries come here for mediacl care. Let fix the problems with our system not give the goverment controlpn one six of our ecomemy.

    Posted by W Lee Simmons |
  4. The bill does nothing to prevent the 90% of diabetes that is preventable by proper diet and exercise. It continues to treat diabetics as incapable victims, rather than encourage people to take control over their lives, their eating and exercise habits, and their disease.

    Posted by Victor |
  5. I cannot in good conscience support any bill proposed by the “almighty” members of congress if it does not include them and the members of the administration. If it’s such a “wonderful” program, lets see them be full participants.

    Posted by Lyle Sconzert |
  6. Kudos to you. Obviously you have not been listening to the majority of the people. Most people are satisfied and do not want government intervention. It’s just one more thing they can stick their nose in and get bucks for. It’s all about money. If it were not, they would have addressed the Tort Reform. It’s all about money. So, again, I’m glad you’re so happy.

    Posted by WEndie Coble |
  7. I can not see how a Government run health program will benefit anyone. And if you think this isn’t Government Control, you are not thinking clearly. I am firmly against any further involement in my life by the Government. Look what they have done to Medicare, the Post Office, Am Track I could go on by you get where I am coming from.. I just dropped my AARP membership after more than 20 yrs because they endorsed the program.. Please re-think your position… Robert Baker

    Posted by robert baker |
  8. Who is going to pay for the Pelosi tax on middle class Americans? This ?reform? will cost us all much more than we pay now. Of course,millionaires like her cannot see the forest for the trees when it comes to the impact on us common people!!!

    Posted by michael cermele |
  9. i can not support any goverment takeover of any thing.their record show they can’t do any thing except increase costs and gererate fraudulate practices with wath ever they get involved with.

    Posted by clarkmcclure |
  10. I believe it is unfortunate that the ADA and this article has taken a supportive stance on this Health Care Bill. It seems that the spin is all about the upside and nothing about the humanistic side and loss of freedom that dominates the effects of this piece of legislation especially for the elderly. We have been hearing for years how the coming of the “baby-boomers” will have an adverse effect on this country in terms of increased expense in Medicare, Social Security, etc. It follows that the logical way to curb these expenses is to cut back on benefits to the elderly and include coverage for abortion as a way to stem the tide of unwanted births and later unwanted people who will drain the entitlement programs. We would all like improvements in our system of delivering health care. Many adjustments could have been made to address specific problems in the system without “throwing the baby out with the bath water”. Shame on you and the ADA for being so short sighted and for not demanding more of our law-makers.

    Posted by Sharon Cornthwaite |
  11. This complicated bill has been rushed through by using strong-arm tactics, and, I’m sure, other means that the public will never hear about. That’s how government is run. I agree that health care needs many changes, but the size of this bill (1900 pages!), the unprecedented rush to get it passed, the complexity of how it was worded (many in congress said they would need an attorney to interpret so they simply did not read all of it) and the hidden agenda within, not to mention the huge amount of money that will be added to our already staggering national debt, leaves me a nonbeliever in its success. From what I have read in its present form, it will act like another “nanny state” program, which the government has shown time and time again, that it cannot run complicated public programs. Even with all the tax money they imipose on us to do so, it will be wasteful and overall ineffective. Government is accountable to no one, and therein lies a big part of the problem. Look at the sad state of Medicare and Medicaid–bankrupt! Prevention is key to reducing healthcare costs. I am a diabetes educator so I see firsthand how poor lifestyle choices have contributed greatly to the poor health I see in so many of my patients. I would like to see more money spent on prevention programs that target young people in schools, churches, anywhere they gather. I do admit getting the entire family on board will be daunting. But we have to start somewhere. Ohio RN

    Posted by Carol |
  12. As long as everyone is under different health umbrellas, or no coverage at all, everyone except for congressmen and rich people are at a disadvantage in medical treatent. A more universal system is badly needed. For every negative result you can consider, eventually the positives will outweigh the negatives. A more healthy population because of better health benefits will help the counrey as awhole.

    Posted by David Lacombe |
  13. I do not support any healthcare bill that will increase taxes in any manner. I do believe that and support that no person should denied medical coverage due to a pre-exsiting condition. I do not support any form of a public opption. The federal government has no business running the healthcare industry. In my view a public option is nothing more than socialized medicine.

    Posted by Norton |
  14. I certainly agree that our health care system is in need of reform. However, looking to invasive government intervention is not the answer. Name one government program that has been effectively managed, achieved it’s targeted cost goals–and truly been in the best interests of all Americans. The current climate in Washington bends to the special intersts–those with deep pockets–and expects others to subsidize, fund their claims through redistributive programs. The government is bankrupting our country–and no one seems able or willing to stop the train. There was a time when, if you heard that something was going to help more people, provide better quality care, and cost less money–you would say “that sounds too good to be true”–and know that you were right. Now, seems more are “drinking the cool aid”–including you.

    Posted by Bettie reuter |
  15. I share the view posted by Shannon posted on 10/10/09. The ADA
    talking points are geared to those easily influenced by a shallow almost emotions only plea. Obviously, the ADA has a self serving agenda here. Shame on them ! I , like MOST people feel the need for health insurance reforms BUT, I don’t like the idea of forced wealth distribution. I am not willing to use my hard earned money to subsidize others by government force. And yes I really do give to various charities and my church programs. I am not uncaring or emotionally shallow / self centered. Medicare almost broke.Social Security will be broke soon. The Post Office is broke. The biggest
    “Thing” now is H1N1…. but children can’t even get the vaccine !
    This is the government health system ? C’mon now , get real.
    2,000 pages of health care reform and our congress won’t even post the new bill, online ? MORE …. I don’t want to get started.
    SOMEONE out there start looking into the ADA ….. What is their agenda with this support ?

    Sincerely, Mike

    Posted by Mike |
  16. I agree we need some reforms in the health care delivery system but I cannot agree with government mandated health care or the demise of private insurance.

    There are many ways to reduce the cost of medical care in the USA
    Craft legislation to allow insurance companies to sell health insurance across state lines.
    Increase competion between hospital and nursing home instead of limiting build addition facilities.
    Increase the supply of Doctors and nurses through sibsidies per graduate RN &Dr from accreditaed schools.
    Malpartice tort reform.
    Reduce the length of time for patent protection for perscriptions. This could reduce the most popular drug cost in America from $7 a dose to $2.

    The present bill does nothing for the small business owner or independent contractor and the actual cost of health care other than produce government funded demand and higher cost and higher taxes. A higher deficet is not in anyones best interests.

    Posted by Richard Saunders |
  17. The ADA (like AARP) has special interests in giving its support in this matter. The ADA neither represents diabetics nor has the best interests of Americans at heart. Democrats and supporters of this bill are attempting to take away our freedom of choice, forcing a 2,000-page piece of terrible legislation to the tune of $1.3 trillion in a government takeover of our health care. This is an irrevocable path to Socialism that appeals to liberals.

    Posted by BJB |
  18. We need health care reform - BUT KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OUT OF MANDATORY HEALTH CARE IN THE FORM THAT CONGRESS PASS THIS PAST WEEK. Government run programs are running this country into financial ruins.

    Posted by John Van |
  19. I am a type 2 diabetic and I have had no problems with insurance companies refusing me coverage due to an existing medical condition or any other reason.
    I am extremely disappointed that the ADA is supporting the government takeover of the medical industry!!!!!

    I am also going to turn 70 years old in January and WILL have my medical benefits curtailed radically under the government run takeover.

    Besides which it will cost the American taxpayers an astronomical amount above what medical insurance costs are now.

    No one is considering who is going to pay the taxes needed to fund anything the government is proposing when we have over 10% unemployment which is going to get worse and will dramatically decrease government revenues which will lead to radically rationed health coverage for all especially senior citizens and severely handicapped people.

    Congress would do better working to keep jobs in America instead of outsourcing them to foreign countries and creating and saving jobs here and stop meddling in things for nothing but political reasons.

    There are alternative ways to deal with the high costs of health care and it needs time and serious investigation to do it right without government takeover and control and without pushing through a bill that has’nt even been writtn yet and can be changed to suit their political objectives after the fact.

    Doesn’t it make sense to have a written bill,and read it before you vote it into law????

    Posted by Faye Terray |
  20. I can not believe any person or organization could support this “socialist” bill. If this plan is so good why are not these congressmen planning on dumping their present health care plan and jumping aboard this one? Here is a bill that no one has an understanding of what it encompasses but here they are ramming it down our throats for the sake of pleasing Obama and his socialist followers! God help us.

    Posted by Ron |
  21. I can no longer support the ADA after their endorsement of what the Wall Street Journal calls the worst bill EVER. It is a totally wrong-headed idea.

    Posted by Robbie |
  22. I agree wiht Shannon. I am very displeased with the stance taken by ADA on this. Even if you go past a diabetic perspective, this bill is wrong on many fronts. Again, agreeing with Shannon that some reform is needed, overall bad impact on the economy and future generations outweigh whatever little bit of goodness (carrot) hung forth by this congress. It is a total disaster and must not become law. As far as ADA is concerned, I had high respect for them until now. Unless they can catagorically show why they support this and it is for the overall goodness, I have to consider their stance politically motivated rather than for greater good.

    Posted by Maithil |
  23. Health care reform is one thing. Yes our system needs fixing. The House plan is a recipe for disaster. Far left Socialists want the power this bill brings to them. The Government in charge of healthcare…Wow…Very disturbed that the ADA supports this! Fix our current system that most people are very happy with. Do not blow it up and let our dysfunctional government be in charge of this important issue.

    Posted by Gary Somers |
  24. I don’t know how anyone could give a comment on a Bill that is 2000 pages and doesn’t have a bill to read at home and see all the loop holes that in it. I agree that there should be some changes made to Medicare but not a complete overal seems like its a little redicules

    Posted by Carl Mallonee |
  25. I agree with Shannon. I think it is a mistake to back the legislation. I think you are being bought by promises that may or may not come about. Don’t sell us down the river and at the same time let them raise our taxes.

    Posted by Nina |
  26. While this bill may include some features that are good for diabetics and others with chronic disease, it contains so much that is bad for all that I think your support is misplaced. Why not encourage them to do a good job? Eliminate the political junk and pass a bill that will benefit most if not all Americans. This support shows that a mediocre (at best) effort is supported by groups and encourages them to continue to do less than half the job they should.

    Posted by Alan |
  27. This is all great but who is going to pay for it?

    Posted by DJ |
  28. I am not neverwill support Goverment run Health care. I have seen what you get from the goverment in the Health care business. I and My family have a choice of health care professionals not Goverment cronies. We get care when we need it. not six months later. We have doctors and hospitals who give care as a chosen carrer not goverment cronies that are paid to keep an office open from 9 to 5. This will eventually cause the demie the great care available to us now. People from other countries will go elsewhere when they need that expert care when they need it. The only reason that people go to other countrie from the USA is because other countrie can pratice their procedures with out goverment restraints. perhaps what our Health care reform should be is to ease those restra ints for those who find hope those methods. I Have lost me respect for ADA, AARP and Those who support The Goverment take over of my health care.
    I do support care for those unable to afford get their own. But not for 1.2 TRILLION!!

    Richard Peterson

    Posted by Richard Peterson |
  29. I am astounded that the ADA would support such damaging legislation. It does absolutely zero to improve health care but it does many things to further cripple the economy and ration health care. I’m a 63 year-old Type II and from what I’ve been able to understand my care will be greatly diminished in the future. Aside from the health care hit the vast majority of American citizens will feel, you’ll have to show me what the government does better than the private sector. It simply doesn’t exist!

    I am witholding my check to the ADA for as long as they support this legislation!

    Posted by Gary Madden |
  30. I agree with the above statements. I see no real advantage for diabetics with this bill…it needs revised before diabetics will benefit.

    Posted by Connie |
  31. I think those few things you mentioned about lifetime caps and prexisting conditions are good but the government does nothing good on the federal level accept oppress people. Even with fairly good insurance my out of pocket expences are thousands. We need more competition among insurance compamies to get better rates and coverage.

    Posted by Allen Robinson |
  32. There are a few things wrong with our health care system but does it make sense to destroy the whole country in an attempt to fix those few problems? Why not let insurance companys compete nation wide. Why do politicians avoid tort reform and aggressive fraud prevention and prosecution? Maybe the question answers itself when we mention politicians and crime in that same question. The whole health care issue has become a case of insanity elevated to an art form. Lets just slow down and try using common sense for a refreshing change.

    Posted by Gary D. Ginther |
  33. As a log time supporter of the ADA,I am extreemely disapointed in the ADA support of the current congressional legislation on health care. The added burden to my children and grand children’s taxes, the ADA approval of support of abortion, the ADA approving subsidising the illegal aliens health care and several other congressional health care inititaves dulls my support of the ADA and on any ADA future support. As a diabetic and a past President a an ADA Chapter I am no longer an enthusiastic supporter.

    Posted by Jim |
  34. If the ADA agrees with this bill, then I think they have lost their minds. Reform is needed but not at the cost to our future. This should be done and tested in stages since it involves such a large percentage of our economy. It isn’t going to do any good that all us are poor. The middle class, upper middle class and the rich have always shared the burden, but this is outrageous and “unsustainable” as the Democrats like to say. I hope everyone in political office that supports this garbage loses their jobs. They seem to forget who they work for.

    Posted by Angela |
  35. That’s an interesting assertion, Shannon - I read the entire bill (all 1018 pages, took me most of a day).

    I saw nothing about taxes on insulin pumps, supplies or glucose monitoring devices.

    Please quote section/paragraph if you have support for this assertion - I’d very much like to read & understand it.

    I did see much verbiage about paying into the govt. sponsored plan if, as an employer, you choose to opt-out. I saw how small biz owners get exemptions based on their size. I saw an 8% payroll tax to support the plan, exemptions for foreign nationals and US citizens overseas, etc. etc.

    Nothing about taxing medical supplies or services. If that’s in the works, it doesn’t seem to be in this bill.

    Posted by Zigbee |
  36. ADA GO FOR IT.

    Posted by JOSEPH . F |
  37. And just how will taking money from Medicare and paying docs less help to prevent diabetes? Yes, that is a laudable goal, but the massive debt we are assuming can never be paid, and we are cutting off our nose to spite our face.

    Why not require competition nationwide among the insurance industry, instead of state by state. Virginia has 200 companies competing for my health insurance dollar, while California has 6. That seems pretty stupid, to me, unless the state insurance commissioner gets a kick-back from the successful companies. Competition will lower the price for all.

    Why not reduce the liability for malpractice legal cases? Oh, I fogot that the Trial Lawyers contribute heavily to the administration and the Democrat Congressional people.

    Posted by Pete Straub |
  38. I must have missed something in all my research. I am with the ADA’s position on healthcare. I am presently on an MA plan and of course I am Medicare qualified, which is a government run system. I am not qualified because of my age but because other than having Type 1 diabetes I have also had strokes and am no longer to work or drive or even walk distances anymore. Without this government run healthcare not only would I find insurance impossible to find, it would be too expensive (if I could find it)to buy insurance but I coulldn’t afford the healthcare needed to keep me alive. Before I became eligable for Medicare and I had private insurance this was always the case. When I used to be able to go yo various health seminars all I ever heard where complaints about insurance companies and people would ask me what insurance I had. I am presently on Presbyterian Senior MA plan and I can’t say it’s perfect but it is a lot better than what was offered by other private insurance companies. Nothing is perfect and I can very easily say that I am happy with what I’ve got.

    Posted by Mike Romm |
  39. I was glad you announced your feelings on the health care bill. I will never again order Diabetes mgt. and I will destroy any information you send in the mail. Keep your magazine!!!!

    Posted by Linda Anderson |
  40. Medicare does need some changes. I agree that no pre-existing and no max out for long term illness.

    The Medicare D RX plan is a rip off for seniors.
    The insurance company gets paid by the government and the patient. One can get generics,but the brand names no you can’t afford sixty, ninety,or 105.00 for 2010. If I paid the copays for brand name drugs,(no generics)I would max out in less than three months. Each year the insurance company
    rolls the medicines to a higher category for money from seniors.

    Senior citizens thought Medicine D was going to be helpful, it does help with generics some.
    If you pay the insurance for a higher level you can get the generics even if you reach the max.

    Most pharmacies have the generics at a low cost and you don’t have to have insurance to get them.
    Take a look the insurance company is delighted to
    fall into a scheme that benefits them and the govenment is backing them with easy money. The insurance company is working over time to get more from seniors. NO ONE IS KEEPING TABS ON THEM.

    I believe it could be fixed. Let the Pharmacy
    present a complete list of all drugs at a reasonable cost(generics and Brand names) to Medicare D. Let pharmacy companies compete for
    best possible fees across the board.

    We don’t need an insurance company to render or fill prescription. The best people to do this is
    a pharmacy.
    I believe our money would be better spent paying
    the fee to a pharmacy and cut out all the middle men.Our money should be paid to those who provide the medicine. Maybe then every one get the medicine they need.

    It is shameful to see seniors hand their medicine back at the pharmacy because they can’t afford it or ask the pharmacy which one of these medicines do I need the most?

    Thank you

    Posted by Carol Breitzman |
  41. I have been Diabetic for Thirty plus years and have supported ADA. You do not speak for me. I will not support ADA anymore.

    Posted by Duane Cole |
  42. I am happy the ADA supports health care reform. It is refreshing to hear that you recognize the need to reign in the outrageous behavior of the insurance companies.

    Who can say it is a bad thing to put a ban on insurers’ lifetime payout caps and a requirement that insurers spend at least 85 percent of the money they collect in premiums on medical benefits, in addition to putting an end to ridiculous preexising conditions like babys 5 pounds too light or heavy.

    I think we need an even stronger bill than we have but am glad this is at least a start in the right direction.

    Posted by Tammy |
  43. Our health care system is a mess and needs reform. However, the proposals being put forth in Congress don’t address the real issues. Tort reform, employer based insurance, overly complicated insurance procedures, life style changes. These are what needs to be addressed. Polls show that 80% of Americans are happy with their health coverage. The question is, “How can we cover the other 20% without bankrupting the 80%?” I don’t think the House bill just passed takes this question seriously. Increased education and incentives would go a long way to reducing health care costs. I’m a Type 2 diabetic. I’ve told people that it was the best thing that ever happened to me because I am much healthier than before I was diagnosed. I eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly. Fourteen years after being diagnosed I have no signs of further complications. Too many people are unwilling to take control of their own health. They just want someone else to do it. I’m very willing to help those is need but, don’t ask me to pay for their bad habits.

    Posted by Art |
  44. @the majority of people on this thread:

    Wow, there are a lot of jaded and skeptical folks out there.

    Hello, people - miracle technology aside, the system providing health care in this country is BROKEN. Minor tinkering isn’t going to fix it.

    As related from the inside (I’m a type-I whose father was an anaesthesiologist and whose uncle was a GP) - our cutthroat, for-profit care and insurance model is exclusionary, wasteful and way too expensive. It sacrifices human capital for monetary capital. If it were a purely financial decision, what would have happened to people like Stephen Hawking? FDR?

    Considering that American health care saps the highest amount of GNP (higher even than military spending), yet the outcomes are _bad_ (we rank _below_ most of the other industrialized nations), what the heck is so great about it?

    I have seen a lot of emotion and NO FACTS so far.

    READ THE BILL. Anyone can get it - just go here:

    http://docs.house.gov/edlabor/AAHCA-BillText-071409.pdf

    Highlight the section that supports your argument. Then get back to me.

    Posted by Zigbee |
  45. No matter what they call it, this is not an “affordable health care bill”. This is a tax bill. Taxes go into effect immediately. Benefits (for want of anything else to call them) go into effect in 2013. This government is trying to make slaves of us all. Heaven help us….

    Posted by Arlene |
  46. I am disappointed that the ADA endorsed the bill. I think it will bankrupt the country. It has too many things in it that are not needed. I feel that the best thing to do would be to pass some things that would prohibit insurance companies from black listing persons for pre-existing conditions and make insurance available across state lines. Also, tort refort should be included to eliminate unjust lawsuits against doctors and medical facilities.

    Posted by George Walker |
  47. I agree that reforms are needed, but the complete overhaul of health care mandated by the House bill would hurt more than it would help. I lost my job recently, and have been assured by diabetes educators and diabetes medical device suppliers that I can get assistance with supplies if needed just by talking to them.

    Posted by Eric Fletcher |
  48. Now we will have “medical homes” for Medicare and Medicaid patients. Back to the bad old HMO gatekeeper days! It will be comforting to know that your primary care physician will have an incentive to deny you care by restricting referrals to specialists and by avoiding those costly diagnostic tests that you don’t really need. Doctors will just love being proxys for big brother and experts in rationing rules. When you go to the doctor, you might wonder whether you are seeing Dr. Jeykll or Mr. Hyde.
    No it will be worse. You will see ZEKE Emanuel! And you will be at the end of the complete lives bell curve.

    Posted by grimpygresh |
  49. Personally I AM SATISFIED with my health care I have type 2 diabetes. I think a government run health care is not fair to the people. especially since our President and the people passing it doesn’t think it is not good enough for them.

    Posted by Muriel Black |
  50. I very strenuously to the government getting involved in our health care. They already have some kind of agreement with drug companies, but are secretive about that (transparency?). The AMA, AARP and ADA now supporting it, I think is totally wrong. Only individuals should be the voice, not organized groups like that. Sadly, our govt cannot be trusted. After being on Medicare for a few years, I find many doctors do not accept new patients and mine of 30 years, now is requiring pmt up front and I have to wait for reimbursement. (He still does file the claim). Also, opening the borders for insurance and addressing medical liability insurance are two things that are so obviously left out. I guess the trial lawyers are supporting the bill IF that is omitted!
    No I do not support it. Janet Jensen

    Posted by Janet Jensen |
  51. I have been an insulin dependent diabetic for forty one years and I do not support the ADA position of support for the Health Reform bill.Therefor I can not support the ADA.

    Posted by Dr. J.J. Lukacs, Jr. |
  52. I have friends who think that Obamacare will be free. How stupid is that? I will never support a government run health plan. Our government does not have a good record of running programs, and we all know the middle class will pay for this dearly. I now say that I’m glad I’m old, because I do feel some sort of a government run health plan will be pushed down our throats. And this so-called health plan really isn’t about health at all, it’s about government control. My ancestors who settled and formed this country and government must be rolling over in their graves. I’m disgusted by it all.

    Posted by Franci |
  53. I will be canceling my membership in the ADA. If they support a bill that no one knows what it contains, tells me they will be anticipating a kick back of some sort.

    Posted by Roy Gorman |
  54. I too oppose the plan. Type I, 26 years. Thank you, Zigbee, for the link. Just one section of it here: “payment rates could be established to achieve offsets for efficiencies that could be expected to be achieved with a bundle payment…” In English, this means payments will be cut if you (the doctor) *should* have been more efficient. And we diabetics are just *so* stubbornly inefficient, when we don’t get over our colds, cuts, etc.

    Posted by Dr. S. Davis |
  55. For everybody who regards Obamacare as a bad idea, it’s actually worse than a bad idea. Please consider the following major constitutional problems with Obamacare.

    First, given that the federal Constitution is silent about public healthcare, the 10th A. automatically reserves government power to regulate healthcare to the states, not the Oval Office and Congress. The reason that the federal government now ignores that it has no constitutional authority to run healthcare programs is this. Pro-big federal government, outcome-driven justices nominated by FDR perverted the reasonable interpretation of the Commerce clause (Article I, Section 8, Clause 3) in the 1940s, wrongly opening the door for Congress to run healthcare. The USSC’s perversion of the Commerce clause is evidenced by the fact that a respected constitutional expert had noted the following about the clause.

    “For the power given to Congress by the Constitution does not extend to the internal regulation of the commerce of a State, (that is to say of the commerce between citizen and citizen,) which remain exclusively with its own legislature; but to its external commerce only, that is to say, its commerce with another State, or with foreign nations, or with the Indian tribes.” –-Thomas Jefferson, Jefferson’s Opinion on the Constitutionality of a National Bank : 1791. http://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/bank-tj.asp

    In fact, the USSC has already tested the idea of Congress regulating medicine, deciding against Congress.

    “Direct control of medical practice in the states is obviously beyond the power of Congress.” –-Linder v. United States, 1925. http://supreme.justia.com/us/268/5/case.html

    The bottom line is that the Congressmen who vote yes on Obamacare will make a handy list of lawmakers who need to be charged with treason for blatantly violating their oaths to defend the Constitution.

    Finally, the following words of Thomas Jefferson are appropriate for the federal government’s exercising of constitutionally nonexistent federal powers where illegal Obamacare is concerned.

    “Where powers are assumed which have not been delegated, a nullification of the act is the rightful remedy.” –Thomas Jefferson: Draft Kentucky Resolutions, 1798. http://tinyurl.com/oozoo

    Posted by B. Johnson |
  56. I am a type 2 diabetic and I have learned that it is a disease that requires self-management. The government cannot do that for you. It seems that government managed diabetis control will only tend to increase the affliction due to the “you (goverment) are taking care of me” syndrome. No thank you on this health care “reform”

    Posted by John Sekishiro |
  57. We do not need more goverment programs. We need to get gov. out of our lives. Because you chose to support this bil please do not expect to receive more contributions from me.
    W. Clark

    Posted by Willuam Clark |
  58. I dropped my membership with AARP, and, I’ll no longer support AARP or ADA, because they supported this US House of Representatives’ Affordable Health Care For America Act.
    Yes, we want Health Care reform. But, not at the cost of bankrupting our nation and hurting our citizens. The Gov’t must be stopped from their drunken spending. Why not support some of the Republican’s plans, which offer Health Care Insurance reform?
    A large number of retirees, are currently insured by a Medicare Advantage plan. AARP is willing to sacrifice these Seniors, by agreeing to let the Gov’t take away their Medicare Advantage plans to help offset the cost of the Gov’t Health Care plan. Pres. Obama lied when he said people could keep their current health care plan if they want to. This hurts Seniors who will have to, if they can afford it, obtain supplemental Medigap Insurance at a high cost.

    Posted by Ken Mangen |
  59. I’ve had Type I diabetes for more than 68 years and I’m grateful for my present Medicare D insurance coverage.
    Obviously, I think there should be no term limits or caps on diabetes-related insurance.
    But–one thing is obvious: research should be fully funded, one way or another–it might show promise of making huge reductions in medical costs in the future.

    Posted by Heartha Whitlow |
  60. I’ve had type 1 diabetes since 01/20/1976.By God’s grace,advances in diabetes treatment,an awesome treatment team,& focused effort on my part to manage my diabetes b4 it manages me in the form of complications,I am complication-free.Had I not had means to utilize intensive treatment modalities,I believe I’d be among the multitudes suffering complications.I see healthcare coverage providers’ not covering preventative measures for diabetics as assenine & a no-brainer in terms of cost-effective care in order to prevent &/or prolong the higher costs of covering treatments for diabetic complications.I am an RN, & I daily see the war-wounds of the disease.Many of these “wounds” were preventable or could have been prolonged in their onsets.Please,please,please, seriously consider the benefits of providing funds for quality diabetes management in order to better the quality of life for we who endure this condition that we didn’t opt to receive.

    Posted by JANA KUEHNE |
  61. I have been denied life insurance multiple times due to having type 1 diabetes.MAJOR DISCRIMINATION!!!INFURIATING!!!!

    Posted by JANA KUEHNE |
  62. I do not agree with this bill. As for myself, I have always been able to get the company insurance plan. Without which I would be paying half of my income for medical expenses. Without any, and who knows what they will provide, I will have to give up something, my house, my car, or maybe even my job.

    Posted by Cindy Keily |
  63. ADA was on the list of charities that I automatically contribute to every month through my employer. No more. I will not contribute to an organization that supports the socialist government takeover of almost 1/5 of the U.S. economy.

    Posted by Mark |
  64. Zigbee- try your link again. There is no health care bill there.

    Posted by linda |
  65. As a senior with a Medicare Advantage program, I must say that I have been completely satisfied. I have never been denied anything that I needed or my doctor felt I needed or should have. Some of my prescriptions are quite expensive, but other than that I have had excellent care, specialists when I need them, surgeries when they were necessary, hospitalization when it was required.

    If this Obama healthcare goes through, Medicare will suffer and seniors will suffer. I see my doctor the same day if necessary, no wait, no problem. Same with getting into the hospital. I went to the ER for an infection in my leg and was put into the hospital within a couple of hours. I cannot complain about my care.

    I do agree that we are in need of some reform in healthcare overall, however, a 2000 page bill that no one has read, is scary to me. I would feel much better if more time was taken to get it right.

    Posted by Marilyn McIntosh |
  66. Reading these comments leads me to belive by supporting this bill the ADA is completely out of touch with its supporters (count me as a former supporter). There is already a massive shift away from the AARP over this and I think the ADA will be next.

    I think I can say without doubt that everyone wants health care reform but America can’t afford a TRILLION $ take over of medical care. This is not about health care reform this is about govenment power.

    Posted by Paul Cohen |
  67. While I agree with some aspects (very few) of the health care plan proposed by Congress, there is too much I don’t support to want it to pass as is. And I’m surprised that Diabetes self-Management is supporting it. Therefore, I am removing this newsletter from my computer and when my subscrption to the magazine expires, I will not renew.

    Posted by Alan Barton |
  68. I too am sad that the ADA has chosen to support the current health care bill the house just passed. I never realized how many people are so misguided and believe that the government can successfully run our health care. It is time for Americans to wake up and let your voice be heard.
    We do not want the proposed health care system. I worked all my life and paid for my health benefits. If an American is disabled and does not have health benefits, of course I think we should
    help. In saying that, many things are not broken in our health care system and therefor do not need fixing. I am glad that Diabetes Self-Management has not taken a position and nor do I think it is appropriate to do so. I am with others, no more support to any organization that steps out to favor the health care reform.

    Posted by Patricia L Toler |
  69. I believe the leadership in our government is evil and their policies treasonous and against the best interests of the United States and its citizens.

    The proposed health care legislation will raise taxes and smacks of communistic control of the free enterprise health care system. It will also cost medical care and social security dearly.

    It advocates the wholesale slaughter and butchery of our most precious citizens, those of pre-born children.

    Posted by Paul |
  70. This is another good reason for me to never again make any contribution to the ADA. For the same reason, I will never, ever join AARP. These organizations simply do not represent my views and interests.

    Posted by Phil Nuetzel |
  71. I am 53 years old and have been a type 1 diabetic since I was 14 years old. I am getting divorced, am self-employed and have been on my wife’s health insurance for many years. Although I know COBRA coverage is available after the divorce, who will insure me after that? I doubt any company will do so. So, if we have a “great” health care system that I can’t buy my way into, it does me no good. I look forward to a public option. A Medicare type program sounds alot better to me than no insurance.

    Posted by Paul |
  72. Oviously you aren’t worried about where the money is coming from to pay for this. I am on SSI and can hardly afford insurance now. And this bill is being paid for by medicare and the people of this country. what happened to the constitution and fredom. If nothing else has been proved, we all can see that this is slowly becoming a communist country. Today health care tomorrow ?

    Posted by Brenda |
  73. The ADA, AMA would support it. More money from your lobbyist organizations to Congress. More cost to the taxpayer (middle class). Why not work on a cure for Diabetes, like stem cells, instead of just concentrating on more pills to keep us buying drugs, monitors and test strips. Lets not forget the labs that do the blood testing. It’s a money grabber!

    Posted by John Eddy |
  74. I simply cannot believe that the American People are so stupid. At least the ones that are supporting this bill. How in the heck does Congress have any knowledge at all of health care. Wake up, People. Just take a look at Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid and see how well those programs are going. Government waste and government spending and many, many citizens taking hand-outs. I agree that some things need to change, such as prior conditions and insurance denial, but why throw the baby out with the bath water? The majority of American people do not want this huge overhaul and are our representatives listening? It is the Liberals. Who is going to pay for all this? Guess who- the Middle class.

    Posted by Kathy |
  75. I consider the American Diabetes Assoc. traitors to the American cause. I will never give a cent to that organization even though I and several others in my immediate family have Diabetes. We need tort reform not a liberal take over of America.

    Posted by Carol Persell |
  76. I can’t believe your supporting such a ridiculous bill. I thought your website had some credibility but the White House must have gotten to you. JD.

    Posted by James Davin |
  77. The health care bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives is the most overblown piece of legislation ever written.
    The number of words used is over 200 times as many as in the U.S. Constitution which covers a much broader and more important subject than this minor health care reform.
    The bill costs too too much. The Congress is going to bankrupt the Treasury and destroy my pension and health insurance in the process.
    Congress needs a much simpler bill to require that existing insurers cover existing conditions. Congress needs to eliminate the vast number of litigations against doctors, unless gross negligence is provable.

    Posted by ADRIAN J. COMBE, III |
  78. I think this health care bill is one of the most repressive bills ever passed. It is so complex that it can be interpeted any way the powers to be want it interpeted. This bill does’nt take effect for 5 years, thank goodness, may be by then same people will repeal it.

    Posted by Arthur West |
  79. NO!!!!!I do not suppotrt health care reform. I have good insurance now. I have not had any problems with coverage for diabates or any other health issues. Government takeover of healthcare (and be assured that is what it will be) will only make my insureance premiums go up and coverage go down. Don’t you people see what has happened in Canada, England, etc. No matter what Obama and the Democratic congress says Government takeover WILL make taxes go up for the middle class and healthcare less effective. Do you really think the government can run healthcare any better than it has MEDICARE, SOCIAL SECUREITY, the Post Office and all other government operations.

    Posted by Charles Cradduck |
  80. While I agree with many who believe that we need health reform - I do NOT support the current bill AT ALL. Whether you ( ADA ) endorse it or not. I know ADA has done fabulous work and made awareness it’s priority. I will no longer fund your efforts as long as you promote the Progressive movement who continues to sell ( or giveaway )our freedom into bondage. EVERYTHING coming out of the present regime is nothing but LIES and they schmooze things over just to calm the waters so that they can look for another way to begin another round of the illicit agendas. FREEDOM CANNOT BE NEGOCIATED, IT MUST BE TAKEN. WE the American FREE people cannot nor should we wait for the next election to start to rid ourselves of this anchor that is pulling down the road tyranny. There needs to a revolution. NOT one of violence. Those days are gone but we do need a government reform to replace the cheaters, dishonest and low morals. We do NOT trust the current occupants. So let’s begin to find the right people with just character and integrity to lead this nation.

    Posted by ALLAN |
  81. i do not support this bill and i am cancelling my member ship with aarp and i don,t want anymore information from ada, if the bill is so good why don,t congress join the plan or why can,t we get the insurance they have that we are paying for

    Posted by orean fail |
  82. The only thing not good about this health care bill is that it allows illegal aliens to get free health care in the U.S. This will still be a burden on the taxpayer who pays medicaid taxes. It’s not fair that American citizens have to pay for illegals. It’s bad enough they are taking jobs away from citizens daily and the gov’t. is importing 125,000 a month; and we are already burdened here by 10% unemployment. All other aspects of the bill are good for the citizens, but it should include e-veryfying before giving free health care.

    Posted by Diane |
  83. If you want to know how we feel, my wife and I just resigned from AARP because they supported the health bill that the house passed. We hope the Senate has better sense. I wonder what the administration dangled in front of the ADA to get their support.

    Posted by ROBERT HARDESTY |
  84. If the ADA is FOR the current Health Care proposals/Bill, then I am AGAINST the ADA.

    Your organization should be HELPING, not SELLING US DOWN THE RIVER to HIGH taxes, LONG waits & and GOVERNMENT RUN health care. They will only take more of our freedoms away, not help us.

    What has government EVER made better? What has Government EVER done at their PROJECTED costs? Free enterprise is the key to American success all these MANY years, and will ALWAYS be our best approach!

    SHAME on you & shame one all the politicians that will lose their jobs in 2010 & 2012.

    Wake up!!

    Posted by Ron Ford |
  85. I am glad to see so many people agree with me that I am satisfied with my insurance coverage and my doctors and do not want the government to intervene. Too bad the ADA thinks it is a good bill. I do not.

    Posted by Charlotte |
  86. I can not believe ADA is supporting This Health Care Bill… Has anyone stop to think about if you can not afford health insurance not how in Gods name are you going to afford it if it passes… I understand about needing health Care and people needing it But if you don’t have it and you get penalized and have to pay a fine where are you going to get the money to pay the fine…. This really up sets me… so of these young people can’t afford it now… I am a diabetic..( controlled ) but my medicare is not growing… in fact It is now less…. What the government needs to keep there greedy noses out of our choices….

    Posted by Pat Luchini |
  87. I have been fortunate enough all my life to have had some kind of health care. Many of my friends and relatives have not. I have watched them sweat over the fear of going banqruptif they should get ill or wait until they are on their death bed to go get medical care. I think many of the points some people have brought up are hooey they have heard it from other people, not in the bill. Don’t even get me started on that death panel crap. I think the goverment has to do something because the insurance companies only care about their profits and are willing to take millions of the money they collect in premiums to line their pockets and pay off legislators. If you look at statistics the ones who are to fervently opposed to the reforms they are the ones getting the most in contributions. As for being diabetic my hubby has been a diabetic for 42 years and sometimes with out insurance, paying as much as $300 a month in medications alone and that was 20 years ago. I currently belong to a good non-profit HMO that believes in preventative care.I bet most of you have Medicare and why can’t we all have a system that good? Oh gee and it is supported by a tax. I pay for your Medicare. One of the reasons we all pay high premiums is to offset the cost of those who can’t pay their bill so we are actually already paying for their care. I will still support ADA and always will because I feel they have Diabetics best interest in mind.

    Posted by Robin Shaffer |
  88. I am wondering what ADA and/or Quinn Phillips is getting from the President and/or his party to support what is obviously a bad bill.

    Posted by Howard Becker |
  89. I wonder how much the ADA is getting for their support. I can tell you that as long as the ADA supports this trillion dollar mess that they back door through I won’t support the ADA, I’ll cancel my suscription, you can get the funds you need from Obama care. I’m glad I did not yet pay my bill so its not too late to give the ADFA the boot!

    Posted by Joe Giannetti |
  90. I do agree with certain aspects of the bill, but I don’t think we need that much bill to solve a few problems. You say you endorse it because it contains a couple of things that is needed. That’s fine, but what about all the extra things in there that aren’t needed. Let’s do this right and not make our children and grandchilden pay for something that a few liberal want. The biggest thing we need that I can’t seem to find out if it’s in the bill is to get the greedy lawyers out of medicine. You want to cut medical expenses - start there! I have never had a problem being covered because I am a diabetic.

    Posted by Patsy Renz |
  91. Nowhere in our Constitution does it say the Government can take over our health care. They have run the Post Office into the ground and many other government run departments. Why do you think that they can borrow money to run health care? It will go broke just as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, etc. has. I do not believe this Administration has our best interests at heart. I worry about all the trillions being spent (or given away).
    I am very pleased with the health care and coverage I have and want those uninsured to get what Medicare gives. It would have been so simple and much, much cheaper.

    Posted by Marie Wright |
  92. Now I have medicare and a sub, 6 months after my husband retired I had no insurance unless we paid for Cobra at the tune off $600 a month,I did not do that, thank goodness my meds were cheap and I stayed healthy till I got medicare, no other company would insure me with diabetes, thank good ness we always had group insurance till he was forced to retire at 65
    Linda in texas

    Posted by linda |
  93. What the heck are you thinking ADA? You are short sighted and can’t see the forest for the trees. This government takeover of our health care system will be a disaster that will drive the national debt so high our poor grandchildren will be sold into financial slavery. We are being lied to and deceived when they say the program is deficit neutral over 10 years. The government collects the full tax burden for the 10 years, but only provides health care for 6 years at a cost of 1.2 Trillion dollars. In the 11th year when the program has to stand alone and doesn’t have all that excess money the cost will be 3 times higher annually. How are we going to pay for health care when that time arrives? I for one am not willing to bet the solvency of this country on what the economy may look like at that time. Nobody tells us that. Come to your senses and retract your endorsement if you want my support in the future.

    Posted by Joe Simonton |
  94. The fact that the ADA supports the house bill as does AARP is enough for me to stop contributing to and being a member of either group.

    This bill is bad for people with diabetes and anyone on medicare which will loose $540 in the process.

    People with diabetes will not be able to get gastric by passes (too expensive) and I also see a day, if this is passed, when other services will be denied.

    If you honestly think that congress will be able to increase coverage and reduce cost with this bill, STOP smoking that medical MJ

    Posted by George Herbert |
  95. Thank you for letting us express our opinions about this legislation.
    I lived in Germany for many years and experienced their government insurance. My income tax was 55% of may salary and there was a 13% VAT as well. Property tax was very high. Medical care was terrible and there was a big lack of medical professionals because of the small amount of salary they received. I was thrilled to come back to our country to experience our excellent health care at a comparatively inexpensive cost.
    The new legislation will be partially paid by reducing Medicare by $400 billion plus. That can only mean rationed and reduced care.
    I believe our health care system needs some revision, but over 80% of Americans are satisfied with their health care. Why, then is it necessary to tear the whole system apart to help so few people when the system could be corrected to cover those in need at a cost they can afford.
    Certainly, it makes a person wonder what the ADA is gaining from this endorsement.

    Posted by Jean F. |
  96. I am against government run health care. This is just an unconstitutional liberal grab for power and a loss of one’s liberty.

    Posted by Mike |
  97. I am upset ADA is supporting this government controlled health care bill. It will cost high taxes, higher primiums, and eventully a one payer system. When the government money runs short which it has none now the benefits will be harder to get and some even denied.

    Those of us already ill are a expence to this government brought on by ourself indulgences and should not be rewarded for them.

    Where is ADA’s brain?

    Posted by Mary Moore |
  98. Over the History of the world ,all goverment health plans have failed or are failing and causing severe financial problems for their countries. We have in USA the best health care system and the best doctors available in the world. All, that has to be done is monitor the drug industry , hospital charges , malpractice insurance and the doctor’s charges more closely and thus regulate the cost to the public by the goverment control. LOOK at what damage GOVERMENT control did with ANTI-TRUST laws and set our country’s financial growth back for centuries. Vern

    Posted by Vern Olson |
  99. A public mandated health care system will serve to increase taxes and encourage fraud as has medicare. When the government gets involved in anything there is unbridled waste. The percentage of citizens (and illegal aliens) a public health care would help is small compared to the cost involved.
    In short, the status quo can be tweaked by encougaging competition, tort reform, and fraud investigation and prosecution.
    If we continue to have lawyers running the country being fueled by the money of lobbyists, things will only get worse.

    Posted by Bill |
  100. Most of my feelings have been respresented in the previous posts. The far left government take over of this country is well under way and the new “heath care bill” (aka Pelosi Bill) will likely be the final nail in the coffin for the US as we know and love. The mindless agreement and lack of support for our Constitution is beyond belief. Whoever represents this ADA is obviously just another talking head attempting to create some false belief that the American public wants this new giant tax and socialist takeover. The major problem is that our public will not band together and stop what is about to happen and will likely only open their eyes when it is too late. CONTACT your Senators now! Stop the takeover of America now!!!

    Posted by Lee |
  101. I will not support the ADA. This is a terrible bill for the country.

    Posted by Shelby Thomas |
  102. Please be advised that this blog has been targeted by various far-right wing groups who have instructed their members to flood the comments with anti-reform propaganda.

    Sincerely,
    Someone who uses this site for medical information, not a platform to advance a particular political agenda.

    Posted by Still too fat |
  103. I applaud the portions you supported, but I feel very strongly that the bill, if enacted will actually harm more people than it will help. It is full of contradictions that would cancel the agreements Obama, Pelosi and Reid are saying to those who, like the DM assoc., American Nurses Association, AARP, and others have discussed the proposed bill with them. How can anyone in their right mind agree that cutting huge chunks out of medicare and medicaid, and adding millions of people to the list of insured is going to result in no tax increases and no rationing of health-care. We will continue to line the pockets of the special interest groups who unlike the DM people are out to scam the public into thinking this is a good thing. We will owe our souls to China and our children and grandchildren will be paying for this from now until eternity.

    Posted by Joyce |
  104. “Still too fat” is misguided if they truly believe that most of the comments are prompted by some far right group. The Pelosi Health Care Bill will do more to stifle research and innovation to cure this terrible disease than it will to help any of us who suffer with diabetes.

    Health care needs thoughtful reform but this Bill isn’t about improving health care or reform.

    Posted by Gary Madden |
  105. I have a few questions. Who decides what person/people get to die and who live. Obviously, the ADA didn’t think this through very well. We have a system that allows people to go to the ER and get treated that is based on what they make. Just sign the forms and let them know that you can’t even make payments and they cannot (by law) refuse to treat anyone. My second question–when it comes their turn to die–are they going to get the medical care that is afforded now or are they also going to be denied the treatment that could have saved their lives. Are they just going to pay someone to to die for them–maybe swap out a couple of vital organs? Would dying people take a payment to help their loved ones? Are people going to start killling prisoners and others just to get the organs and sell them r use them for themsevles or family? What is the world coming to. We have a free workd force with the prisoners that are not being rehabitated because of the way that they are treated in the prison. That’s another story. Are they going to be the first line of involuntary organ donors or prisoners of war or our family members because they may have to wait too long for an appointment or organ? By taking control of our medical treatment, etc., we are allowing them to control us. This nanny state needs to stand up to the people that think that they can live our lives for us and do a better job. They won’t be doing you any favors–believe me. Some of the guards treat the prisoners like trash–on lockdown –the guards tear-up the pictures that they get form home, they ramsack the cell (if there is a real reason–I can understand them searching for contraband),they curse/cuss at them, call them names.feed them food that may be out-dated, and harass the prisoners by taunting them with [sic]“we don’t want outsiders in our business.” Someone very close to me is in prison and the horror stories are unreal. Rape isn’t uncommon either. Are these prisoners going to be the first to go? The Feds need to stay out of our medical system–ours may not be the best but it works for the most part–and help where the real needs are. Thanks!

    Posted by Deebra Lohman |
  106. I’ve been diabetic for 27 years and have supported
    ADA all this time. You are no help to me and the others.I will NOT support you any more and keep your magazine.

    JH

    Posted by Juanita Hildreth |
  107. I cancelled my membership to ADA just because of their stance on this issue. I will support a health bill from Congress when THEY and every other person working on that bill will also be affected by it. When Congress and the other lawmakers come up with a bill that they are not exempt from - THEN we’ll have great coverage because they will make sure that their coverage is the best money can buy. Until then I am happy with my insurance coverage and I pay for it - I don’t think its fair that I also pay for other people to have insurance. I do without other things to afford my coverage and others may have to do the same. I realize its a financial hardship on some people. I have delayed my retirement just to keep my insurance coverage for a few more years.

    Posted by Cathy |
  108. There is no tax increase for the middle class. The public option is optional. People can keep their health plans if satisfied. The fears I read in these posts are the result of misinformation.
    JL

    Posted by JL |
  109. Are you crazy? I can’t believe you endorsed National Health Care. There are too many loop holes and questionable policies in it. The government cannot even manage the Postal Dept.; how do you expect them to run National Health Care? It may sound good in theory but it will never work. We will have less young people entering the medical field because they can’t pay for their educaiton. The rural areas already have a shortage of doctors. The elderly will lose coverage. You notice Congress refused to be covered by National Health Care. They are still covered by their “Cadilac” policies.

    Posted by Dorine Chambers |
  110. I’m glad you’re supporting the health reform bill. I see most comments are against the bill due to an increase in taxes. I think the tax increase will depend on your household salary and weigh heaviest for upper income and may not even impact the middle class. I feel a tax increase is worth it for reform, for a public option. Americans need to stop being so selfish and worrying only about themselves and taxes. If the increase in taxes brings about universal coverage then it brings about the betterment of society as a whole. It’s a small sacrifice to make so that we can eventually drive down the overall cost of insurance and make insurance affordable and available to everyone.

    Didn’t we all make sacrifices in WWII with rationing, so that everyone could have resources. Where has that mentality gone? Don’t we care about others in our society?

    Posted by Charlene |
  111. It’s interesting to read all the assertive comments about a bill that none of them, let alone congressmen, have even read! It has been my experience that those who vehemently oppose legistration are the first in line with their hands out for the benefits. Right now the noise level on both sides is deafning. It is always thus!

    Posted by M. Stod |
  112. As a certified diabetes educator for 15 years and a person with a strong family history of diabetes, I support the ADA position.
    People with diabetes are discriminated against. They are literally unisurable unless they have an employer sponsored health plan. Even if they have health insurance, many plans don’t cover the eduction and preventivie testing supplies needed to management effectively.
    I for one, am doing everything I can to prevent getting diabetes, and so far, it has worked, but it is a stuggle. I only work part time and have been able to do it. I may still get diabetes through no fault of my own other than having the misfortune of the family history. If I did get diabetes, I would not be able to buy health insuracne and would have to remain working whether I wanted to or not.

    Mary Luparello, RN,CDE

    Posted by Mary Luparello |
  113. This is not a health care bill. It is a health and wealth control bill. I am absolutely against it.

    Posted by Kay Simpson |
  114. I am against federally mandated health care. I live in Massachusetts and under Mitt Romney our state adopted a state health care system. While it is costly to our state, it has given everyone the opportunity to obtain health insurance. I do not want to pay for the rest of the country. I believe that each individual state should take initiative to put to a vote through their legislature and voted by the people the choice for state health care. Each state has state senators and state congress people to listen to their constituants. The Federal Government should not force a federal program on us. I do not want the government to take my health care choice freedom from me.

    Posted by Kathleen A Macmber |
  115. Healthcaree does need some improvement but the Pelossi monstrosity is not the way to go. We need to look at ways to control costs. More medical research like the Manhatteen Prrogram, a draft of docttors too man small local clinics.More insurance is wrrong.

    Posted by Carl D Taulbee |
  116. ridiculous

    Posted by sandra k payette |
  117. I DO NOT support this suggested law.
    This is a blatant attempt to steal freedom of choice.
    That may sound radical, far from it. When the opportunity to make choices is taken, freedom is taken as well.

    I am for reforming health care, reforming…not destroying it and killing people because they get sick or old or infirm and just aren’t into the preferred list…whatever criteria frames that list.

    I do support the provision to REQUIRE, not just suggest, but REQUIRE all elected government officials to have whatever health provisions they deem appropriate for the general public and take them off free health benefits. They have no part in what they want the country to “get by” with, and if they are REQUIRED to use the same plan, they will see needs they do not now see and find ways to do a better job.

    Posted by Linda Gantt |
  118. WHAT ARE YOU PEOPLE NUTS TO SUPPORT THIS BILL. HAVE YOU READ IT. ARE WE GOING TO SUPPLY FREE HEALTH CARE FOR IMMIGRANTS ( IT IS IN THE BILL) ARE YOU GOING TO PAY FOR IT. THERE IS A DEATH PANEL IN THIS BILL. I AM ALL FOR HEALTH CARE BUT NOT THE OTHER CRAP IN THE BILL. LOOK AT MEDICARE AND HOW THEY ARE ROBBING THE MONEY FROM IT TO PAY FOR ALL THE DEAD BEATS WHO DO NOT WORK. DO YOU KNOW THAT YOU WILL GO TO JAIL IF YOU DO NT BUY INTO HEALTH CARE. I COULD GO ON AND ON BUT WHAT IS THE SENSE YOU LIBERALS ARE GOING TO SCREW US ROYALLY. BUT JUST REMEMBER THIS THERE IS AN ELECTION COMING IN 2010. THE COUNTRY IS GOING BANKRUPT AND YOU WANT TO SUPPORT THIS. I KNOW
    THERE ARE MANY OF US WHO HAVE TROUBLE GETTING INSURANCE AND EVEN IF WE DO IT IS COSTLY. CHECK OUT YOUR NEW MEDICARE BOOKLET TO SEE HOW MUCH THINGS ARE INCREASING.

    Posted by Jeanne Wenzel |
  119. The US Post Office, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, Cash for Clunkers, TARP bailouts, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, ACORN… & the list goes on and on. Our federal government DOES NOT have a track record that gives me any confidence they can manage health care. It should be left to doctors and patients. {Legislation should be aimed at allowing insuranace companies to compete nationally rather than limiting them to states. Furthermore, our doctors, who most people expect to be god like, need relief from exoribitant lawsuits which drive higher malpractice insurance.}
    Furthermore, take a look at England, Canada, and the US states (such as Mitt Romneys’)where comprehensive health care was instituted. All have serious waits with appointments to get into see doctors for initial treatment, let alone surgical procedures. And the costs of these have far exceeded what was originally estimated.
    Our government cannot/ has not funded the aforementioned programs, and taking on health care while admirable, will drive this nation downward even further.
    Diabetics as a group are expanding, mostly because our nation cannot pull itself away from the dinner table, snacks, etc.. Many diabetics fail to maintain a good diet or to exercise and simply want there doctor to give them a pill while they go on about their merry way. (Of course this is true for many patients/diseases.) And yet diabetes- a chronic illness, is much better to have in my mind than cancer, leukemia, etc. If one takes responsibility for their own care to include diet & exercise, it forces us back to a healthier lifestyle more like what our grandparents had.
    Will our government run board start approving bariatric surgery for diabetics at tens of thousands of dollars if not 100’s of thousands for those who simply won’t control their eating and won’t exercise???
    Sorry, but I don’t think to many of us want to redistribute our wealth involuntarily- and that is exactly what your government is mandating. I do not want to saddle my children and grandchildren with ever increasing programs that are unfunded which will result in greater taxes year after year!
    Furthermore, of the 47 million Speaker Pelosi mentioned are NOT covered, 10 million are ILLEGAL immigrants. Another 9 million roughtly are between 18 - 35 & assume they are bullet proof. Another 10 million roughly are families with an income over $50,000.00 who ‘voluntarily’ choose not to have insurance. Another 18 million roughly are those who have lost employment and insurance, most of those in the past have regained employment/insurance within a year and in fact most of those did so in 4 months. Do the math– how many are left??

    Posted by Mark Lynskey |
  120. Yes, I am in full support of health care reform with public options. Further more insurance company should be limited to its ability to discriminate against pre-existing conditions.

    It is impossible to come up with a full reform package that satisfies everyone.

    It is next to impossible to come up with a full reform package that will instantly cover everyone, I am practical and satisfied with the 80/20 percent rules, to at least to provide coverage for the majority who are not currently covered, and start addressing some of the most urgent issues.

    Robert,

    Posted by Robert |
  121. My greatest expense has been the cost of medications while in the “donut hole” which lasts from the first of May till well into November. Insulins such as Novalog and Lantus are a real hardship to pay for and result in a significant reduction in life style. We have given up trips and home maintenance Oral meds such as Plavix and Lipitor are needed but so costly that I cringe to see them advertised on TV. I wonder how many others are watching their retirement savings be eaten away like this. I worked very hard in a long nursing career and thought I’d be able to leave a little contribution toward the education of my gradchildren. Now I worry that I will be a burden to my children because of all this medical expense. Miserable Granny

    Posted by Katharine Geldbach |
  122. I do not want a political appointee sitting at a computer in a government centralized medical agency telling my doctor what is wrong with me and what corrective action to take.

    Posted by Ralph D. Smith |
  123. Yes we need reform. All the people with health insurance are paying for those who have none.

    Posted by Ginny Scaglione |
  124. Would all of those on Medicare who are opposed to the public option of the proposed health care bill please stop using their “socialized” health care immediately? The hypocrisy is astounding.

    Posted by Paul |
  125. Everyone has posted such good arguments re: ADA and AARP blindly supporting this. I work fulltime to get the health insurance and certainly my costs are up there, but my biggest worry is they will ration my care…The argument that I have lived a good 45+ years with this disease, therefore they will allow me to have the cheaper, perhaps, less effective treatment options if there would be any options. I didn’t work on my diabetes care all these years to have the government undo all the good I have done.

    I am sorry, I don’t believe their figures and reports. They spend lots of time hiding the truth from us.

    No one is denied care…The Emergency room can not turn patients away. Granted that is not a cost effective way to treat a person, but many of those patients with the subsidized plans, still wait to go to ER.

    And the hypocrisy that this won’t apply to Congress or President or elected officials…Look at Teddy Kennedy, he would have not been allowed to have the brain surgery for his Cancer under a system like Canada. How long did it save his life for the big bucks spent on the tax-payers dime.

    Posted by Janet |
  126. I do not support any form of government health initiative, since I find it laughable that a government that cannot balance the budget, nor run other govt. based bohemoths, such as the US Postal Service think they can adequately handle or “dictate” what US citizens should receive as adequate health care. Not to mention the fact that this new “health reform” will be a total fiasco and most likely bankrupt our nation that is already wavering on total decline! I am also an educator and we are already being furloughed in Georgia (my home state), with more to come I’m sure, not to mention the fact that the media has recently reported that our private health insurance rates are going to be raised even further and our over all benefits threatened…So, NO, I don’t think the govt. can or should be involved in health care. However, I do think some major changes should be made to the current system of private health care, but the less governemnt involvement in our lives, the better!

    Posted by Anna |
  127. Robin Shaffer’s points are very well expressed and correct, point by point. Reform is absolutely necessary. Our health care system has been broken by the greedy insurance companies. They are exactly the kinds of middle men who should be cut out.

    We are all paying a high price for the uninsured and health care for illegal aliens already. If they had insurance, our emergency rooms wouldn’t be so overwhelmed, and their care would be more affordable.

    If you think the government manages health care badly, just look at what the insurance companies do. All they manage well is their own profit. I am a retired teacher, have been type one diabetic for twenty-five years. My health is good except for diabetes and arthritis. My individual health ins. policy is over five hundred dollars per month. My choice of physicians and pharmacies is already restricted. I would much rather pay that five hundred dollars in taxes, quit supporting the dictatorship of the insurance companies, and let the money go toward real health care. This health care bill is far from perfect, but it is a huge improvement over what we have now!

    Posted by Deb Moore |
  128. The uninformed diabetic responses indicate that writers are only watching Fox Cable News. Don’t they realize that if it wasn’t for Medicare they wouldn’t have any healthcare. The insurance companies are in business to not pay for health benefits. Over 50% of the bankruptcies are because of high healthcare bills. Over 40 thousand people in the U.S. die each year because of no healthcare. None of the countries who have single payer programs would trade their system fo ours. Everyone should be put under Medicare. Those who are under sixty five and still working would pay a much reduced amount for their coverage by backing out the huge profits generated by the insurance companies. There is no reason for us to pay 50% more for our prescriptions than the Canadians. Another thing, the insurance companies have been exempted from the anti-trust laws, and that is why they monopolize the individual states with many states only having one or two operating companies. The ADA realizes all of these salient facts and that is the reason for the endorsement. I do worry about the ever increasing costs and this bill does little to assuage the problem. This is not socialism. Socialism would be the government owning all the hospitals and having all the doctors working for the government. The government would also own the drug companies and the medical equipment manufacturers.

    Posted by Philip Smith |
  129. I am astounded that the ADA would support such damaging legislation. It does many things to further cripple the economy and ration health care. I’m a 72 year-old Type II and from what I’ve been able to understand my care will be diminished. Aside from the health care hit the vast majority of American citizens will feel, you’ll have to show me what the government does better than the private sector. It simply doesn’t exist!
    In MA, we have mandatory medical insurance the cost have gone up 7 times what the state govt. said it would cost. IT IS THE SAME AS THE PROPOSAL BEING DEBATED!!!

    I am witholding my check to the ADA for as long as they support this legislation!
    And in Nov. 2010 I will be voting the bill supporters OUT.

    Posted by Alan Mais |
  130. NEVER will I support socialistic programs in direct conflict with the US Constitution. Medicare is a ruse and IS the reason for the demise of our healthcare system today. Prior to LBJs Great Society program authored by Ted Kennedy and other liberal buffoons health care in this country was never a big problem. It only became a problem with the introduction of Medicare and Medicaid. NO! You are wrong to support such a bogus healthcare program that will destroy our economy.

    Posted by Mike |
  131. I have a diabetic son and want the best for him and this unconstitutional bill is not the answer. We need health care reform, but not a public option, nor is the federal government telling Americans that they must purchase health insurance or pay a fine. Where is the free choice? These socialists must be voted out next year.

    I for one will not support the ADA as long as they support this or the Senate bill just voted on.

    Posted by Ron |
  132. As any one Who Paying attention knows,for the socialist leaders of democratic party these issues (tarp, cap & trade, Health care) are only excuses to advance their socilist agenda.They could not care less about anyones wellfare, but only about enslaving americans to their elistist views. The ADA And AARP and many of other organizations have been by hijacked by leftist and as washington do not listen to their membership. If they are not representing you must change the leadedship or quit supporting them.

    Posted by ron |
  133. I really think that the drug companies have to much money to lose if they come out with a cure to Diabetes . I have reason to believe that they are holding back. What are they doing with all the research money for Diabetes, the disease has been around forever and in comparison of time and money spent on it the results are poor. I think its about time for them to get going on it and really help the people with this horrible set back in peoples lives who have to suffer with it. Thank you for listening, Sal P.

    Posted by Sal |

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