In the late part of March, the government cleared way for the passage of the Health Care Reform Bill.
The bill is intended to provide millions of uninsured Americans the opportunity to obtain coverage.
Sounds great, right? Or is it?
Several in the medical and insurance profession have expressed concern. Likewise when it comes to several in the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Still, others have not. Some are in favor of reform.
Many have stated an opinion.
And again, many have not.
My opinion, for example, and in all reality, doesn't amount to a hill of beans.
But yours does.
That's why I decided to write this column. We want to know what you think about health care reform.
We recently posted an online poll (which can be accessed at www.thebraziltimes.com).
The intent of the unscientific poll was to get response from our readers on health care reform.
The question was simple: Are you in favor of President Obama's healthcare bill?
There were three choices for respondents, including yes, no or I don't know.
As of 12:30 p.m., Sunday, a total of 576 responded to the poll, with 429 (74.5 percent) saying they did not favor the reform.
One hundred and five favored reform, standing at 18.2 percent. In contrast, 42 (7.3 percent) said they didn't know.
Those who take part in polls at our website also have the opportunity to leave a response.
In regard to the current poll, several have.
One respondent stated, "We can't afford it. It is unconstitutional. Bigger government means less freedom," while another said, "Teddy Roosevelt wanted a general health care bill a hundred years ago. This should have happened years ago."
Still, another said, "Not enough information. The people are in the lost on what is going on."
We have chosen to keep the poll up for now to obtain more input from readers.
In fact, let me know what you think of health care. Give me a call at 446-2216, Monday-Friday, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. I may not always be there, but I'd love to hear what your opinion is.
You can e-mail me about the issue also. My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the coming few days, the hope is we will have received enough responses to have an idea of what the community's overall thought of health care reform in Clay County is.
We hope to hear their opinion also.
We also look forward to sharing those opinions, and yours, with our readers in the near future.