The Great Health Care Reform Debate has reached the boiling point across the nation since President Obama signed the bill into law earlier this week.
Greene County is no different.
In chatting with some area folks since Tuesday's bill signing, it's obvious people are concerned. It's a hot topic at the morning breakfast gathering places.
Some are optimistic the reform will work out, but are concerned about how it will all be paid for ... meaning our country will go so far in debt we will never recover.
Others claim the reform is government finding a way to control more of our lives.
I know one business owner who believes it will ruin his business and many others because of the forced additional costs that go along with the president's plan.
I'll be honest: I hope it works the way President Obama says it will. Am I convinced that will happen? To be honest again, I'm not holding my breath.
This newspaper asked the question on its Web site: Do you agree with President Obama's new health care law?
The results (as of 12:30 p.m. on Thursday) are one-side: Yes: 21.1% and No: 78.9%
The following are a what some people had to say after voting:
* "Somebody has got to pay for it. The costs are bound to end up on the people who do have insurance. No one, including the president, truly knows what is in the bill. Many doctors and lawyers can not even understand what they have read of it. This country can not keep spending billions to make millions of dollars! The federal government has proven time and again that it is not capable of properly operating such a thing as health care. If it is such a good idea, why are so many intelligent people against it and why did it take so long and so many dollars simply to get it passed? Is there some reason we owe illegal people health care instead of removing them from the country? Is there some reason that a 25-year-old unemployed, non-school attending ... lazy people should still be on mommy's insurance?"
* "Heaven help us we are under ObamaNation and going down hill fast!"
* "This is crazy."
* "Give it a chance. Why don't those that are so against it provide alternatives. Congress should work together -- that's what the taxpayers are paying for."
As you can see, people are pretty passionate about the topic.
This newspaper published two stories in Thursday's edition chatting with a doctor, hospital administrator, and business owner about how the bill will change how they do business.
We'd like to share stories about people who have never been able to get medical insurance -- for whatever reason -- but will have it under President Obama's plan.
If you'd like to share your story, let me know.
Chris is the general manager/editor for the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached by telephone at 1-800-947-4487 or 847-4487 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org .