Question of the Day: Have You Been Hurt or Helped by ObamaCare?

Patch met with Rep. Nan Hayworth who talked about the changes to Medicare she'd like to see. What are your experiences? Let us know.

In an interview with Patch yesterday, freshman Congresswoman Nan Hayworth (R-Bedford) said that her vote in January to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was to take a stand for a more efficient way of approaching health care.

"We all need affordable care," she said. "But the current law is a bad way, and inefficient way. We are now working on mitigating the costly consequences of it," she said of the law which, among other provisions, lowers prescription prices for Medicare recipients and extends coverage for young adults on their parents' insurance plan.

Hayworth said that if some are faring better under the new law, she has met a lot of people for whom it's going worse—in particular, small businesses who are struggling to cover health care for their employees.

She said consumer-directed models could work better because "everyone is aware of the costs of doing business."

"There are successful health care savings programs, such as one passed in 2007 in Indiana, where individuals pay out of pocket for routine care—this makes it possible for providers and consumers to understand the costs of what they do," she said. "These models have been shown to decrease costs over time, because everyone is more aware of the costs of prescriptions, for example, and services. Millions are saved without any decline in health standards."

  • What do you think of Rep. Hayworth's stance? 
  • Have you—either as an individual or a small business—been aided or hurt by President Obama's health care overhaul?

Post your comments below. We will forward them to the Congresswoman's office.

And check back for tomorrow's question of the day, and part two of our interview with Rep. Hayworth.

If you'd like to contact her directly, here is how you can reach out: 

By phone: Through the district offices in Goshen, Fishkill and Somers: (845) 206-4600.

By email: Through her website

Through Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RepNanHayworth


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Jim Newhouse May 30, 2011 at 08:47 PM
I live in the area and own an agency providing health insurance to local businesses, sole proporietors & free lancers. Many good things came out of the bill -- covering young adults, eliminating pre-existing conditions, and more. The mandates however add costs to a system already weighted with mandates. Millions of people don't have health insurance because they don't want it, not because they can't afford it. They will pay a fine before buying coverage. My issue with this bill is that it didn't take on the underlying drivers of health care costs. I thought the selling point of this bill was that it would lower the cost of healthcare! Like it or not, with 10,000 boomers a day turning 65, we'll need some form of rationed healthcare. Contralling prescription costs, malpractice, and massive waste in the system were MIA in the bill, they've gotta go there too. Doctors may leave the industry, or refuse to accept insurance and insurance companies are reducing agent compensation to the degree your agent may change jobs at the very time you need him/her to navigate the waters. Health care exchages are simply another network, like Blue Cross or Oxford. I applaud the President for tackling healthcare. I just wish they crafted a plan that did what it set out to do, before cramming a half baked program down our throats. Whether you love or hate Obama/Obomacare, give the guy credit for tackling this. Next up on Obama's hit parade, Medicare, Soc. Security and a new tax code.
Lanning Taliaferro May 30, 2011 at 11:08 PM
Wait, people must buy insurance to drive. Everyone's thoughts?
Francis T McVetty May 31, 2011 at 12:08 AM
Lanning, you ask the question " Wait, people must buy insurance to drive. Everyone's thoughts?" Yes you must buy liability insurance to drive a vehicle on public roads. That insurance covers the injured party if you get into an accident. You DO have the choice not to buy this insurance. You don't have to drive a vehicle. The Obama heath care plan is a different story. You DO have to buy the insurance, if you don't you will be fined. See the difference, one you have a choice the other you don't.
Hans Morefield May 31, 2011 at 12:16 AM
Here's the link... Actually 60%, not 75%, but still very substantial. http://articles.cnn.com/2009-06-05/health/bankruptcy.medical.bills_1_medical-bills-bankruptcies-health-insurance?_s=PM:HEALTH My father-in-law went to small claims court in CT over a TV repair bill. There were 18 cases on the docket; the other 17 were all Stamford and Norwalk Hospitals suing patients for unpaid healthcare bills. All uninsured patients from whom the hospitals are unlikely to collect. We all end up making up the difference. If we can get more people covered, we can reduce healthcare waste (like unnecessary and expensive ER visits) and manage patient care better and, ultimately, in the long run, "bend" the cost curve (slow healthcare inflation). Everyone, right and left, agrees that more insured will benefit all. Not everyone agrees that the way to get there is with Government subsidies for the lower middle class (families with incomes from $25K to $80k without employer insurance) to buy private insurance, because these subsidies are paid, in part, by those with higher incomes. Everyone agrees that we need to reduce the uninsured, even Newt, Romney, and Palin. Palin's approach is encourage the free market through changing tax incentives, fewer insurance regulations, and vouchers for Medicare patients to buy their own private coverage. (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203440104574400581157986024.html)
Class of 74 June 08, 2011 at 04:35 PM
We've been helped by the president's health care plan. My two college age sons are covered under our health plan until they are over 25. I voted for the president and I look forward to doing it again. I can't wait to vote for who ever runs against Nan Hayworth. She is a fake, a fraud and not representing me in Congress the way she should.


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