So far ADDitude's ADD/ADHD community seems mixed about health care reform passage. How do you feel? Take our health care poll.
by Mary Kearl
Last week we brought you an interview with Michael Fitzpatrick, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Health Illness (NAMI), who said health care passage was a game-changer for the mental health community -- one that might eliminate the stigma of living with a condition like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD), in addition to providing many long hoped-for benefits, such as a parity between mental and physical illness coverage and costs.
Then we invited you to share your thoughts. Here's what you had to say:
In our informal health care poll of 123 readers (and counting; you can still add your vote here), the consensus was fairly mixed. While nearly half of you said you were happy with the outcome, a majority of this group reported a "hope," rather than a sense of assuredness, that benefits would result from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. Another 33 percent of poll takers agreed with the following statement, "I think it goes too far. Government is too big as it is," and the other 22 percent of the vote was split evenly between those who felt conflicted because of the impact health care might have on the government's budget and between those who didn't think health care reform will do enough to help the mental health community.
What are your outstanding concerns? What, if anything, could make health care reform better? Share in a comment below.