Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Healthcare - A Short Reality

I keep hearing people saying that most of the American people are in favor of healthcare reform. And it's true, they are. But not the way it's being done now. They are not overwhelmingly in favor of allowing the government to run it into the ground like other countries have.

I find nothing wrong with eliminating pre-existing conditions and finding ways to keep costs down. I have no problem with getting the people who actually have no access to healthcare, better coverage than they may have now on Medicaid.

My issue is with:

1. Illegal aliens paying no taxes but getting into the plan

2. People who currently have access but are too cheap to buy into the company plan

3. Drunken 50-something early retirees (from six figured income jobs) living in some space-cadet town out west wanting me to buy their healthcare for them.

Because if these people get their wishes and have you and I paying for their bad choices, here is what you and I will be stuck with. Read this article and see if that's what you really want for this country.


6 comments:

Always On Watch said...

As one caught in the loop of trying to find affordable private health-insurance and who is married to a man who lost his job because he opted for the employer's plan when others could be hired who opted out, I favor reform.

In my view, reform should include tort reform and elimination of hiking premiums for pre-existing conditions (particularly for those who have been insured and receiving appropriate medical treatment for 30+ years, as is the situation in this household).

BHO's plan isn't going to improve health-insurance. It's going to make the problems worse.

LASunsett said...

//BHO's plan isn't going to improve health-insurance. It's going to make the problems worse.//

It seems to me the goal should be to help people get insurance that can't afford it and cannot have it. Not screwing it up for those who currently have it, so that everyone suffers equally.

Chuck said...

I am for #4: All of the above

I find it unbelievable we are even considering covering illegals.

As far as #2, I think it should be absolutely forbidden under penalty of law to get public insurance if you have a company plan.

LASunsett said...

Chuck, I think they need to scrap it and start over, addressing the valid issues facing healthcare today.

Bitmap said...

"I find nothing wrong with eliminating pre-existing conditions "

If you eliminate pre-existing conditions then I would never have insurance until I was sick.

I would go for a "high risk" category like auto insurance companies provide for people with bad driving records. If you have diabetes or cancer then you can get insurance but you pay more for it. What is wrong with that?

LASunsett said...

//If you eliminate pre-existing conditions then I would never have insurance until I was sick.//

Suit yourself, but that's not what I am talking about.

What if a person had insurance through their place of employment and was diagnosed with a chronic illness? What if that same person had a better job offer somewhere, but the insurance was different? The new insurance would not cover the pre-existing condition.

But let's think about something else, here. If you choose not to carry any insurance until you get sick, you still run the risk of having an acute medical condition develop, requiring hospitalization, tests, and/or treatments that will result in you being responsible for the full amount.