We Can't Afford This Health Care Plan Right Now! Oh Really?

We Can't Afford Health Care Reform?

We can’t afford it, true, it’s a painful bite, but we HAVE to buy it. It’s somewhat like when your car breaks down, or you suddenly have a wisdom tooth coming in, you can’t afford it right now, and yes the timing is terrible, but you have to fix it, it has to be fixed, and it has to be fixed right now. Yes for millions and millions of Americans this has to be fixed, and yes it has to be fixed right now.

Just like when your car breaks down, or you need emergency dental work done, you take money from somewhere else less pressing, and take care of the emergency. The health care system in America is now an emergency. Maybe not for you or someone close to you, but yes for millions of Americans, IT IS AN EMERGENCY.

Blame it on the Democrats, the Republicans, whoever you like, but the bottom line is the problem has been building and growing for many years, and every administration has been able to take a small stab at it, and then push it under the rug. It’s sort of like the emergency dental work you need, you can possibly put it off for a while with perhaps a pain killer, but eventually, you just have to fix it.

Many myself included agree that it probably will not be the perfect fix, and afterwards along the way, yes we will most likely have to make changes, and adjustments, but we HAVE to start somewhere.

Now, with all the town hall meetings, and the strong responses, that is American dissent at its best. That is what America is all about, but there is no way in this world that an issue as large as reinventing America’s health policy will not draw strong debate from all walks of life. Their concerns should be addressed. The problem is that with three bills in draft at over one thousand pages, I seriously doubt that any one for or against the bill has read even a single page. We keep hollering at congress to “READ THE BILL” Well I say that if you’re going to attend a town hall meeting to discuss the bill weather for it or against it, to read the bill yourself. Don’t just show up to a debate to just scream about what you’ve heard somewhere, DO YOUR HOMEWORK. "READ THE BILL"

I know we should be able to depend on congress to “READ THE BILL”, and make the correct choices for us, but if you believe that is the way to go, and you trust your government enough to make those choices for you, then you should stay at home, and not attend the town hall meetings. Bottom line here is this. If you have a true specific disagreement with a specific part of the bill, print out that part of the bill, go to a town hall meeting and debate and discuss those specific parts you disagree with. Don’t just show up at a town hall meeting, and start screaming you don’t like the bill. That’s like showing up for a PTA meeting at your child’s school, and hollering at the staff that you don’t like the school. Be specific debate exactly what you don’t like, lets specifically get the bad parts out on the table, discuss and debate them, and push to help get the fix right, don’t just fight the fix as a whole, because 89% of Americans agree, that the fix is needed.

Now, why do we have to have it? Let’s just look at one scenario of what’s definitely not working. I know a kid that’s twenty years old. His family lives barely above the poverty line, and are uninsured. This kid is really sharp, always made good grades in school, and is very driven to do well. He has a strong desire to attend college, expand his knowledge, and contribute to society. The problem is that he is diabetic, and the only way he is able to get health insurance is by working for a large corporation full time. He does just that, and this large corporation is very demanding, and knows that the young man needs them for insurance purposes, and most likely would not survive without them. Now do we really want large corporations virtually holding any young American citizen hostage from pursuing a better life and realizing their dreams, and potentially rising to the level to truly contribute great things to America just because that large corporation has the ability to offer health insurance?

I mean really. It’s almost getting to the point where the only way to get, and keep a decent insurance plan in place for yourself and your family is to be employed by some large corporation. It should be easy for one to see how this reality crushes the young American entrepreneur. I mean the road less taken by young entrepreneurs, inventors and creative young Americans is to join a large corporation. It’s almost as though instead of having a repressive government in America, we have oppressive large corporations. Imagine if the only way you could eat would be to be employed by a large corporation.

I don’t know about you, but it seems like through insurance and health care, we are as usual sliding a ton of repressive power into the hands of not our government, but into the hands of large greed driven corporations, and that’s just too scary.

Young American entrepreneurs of great health, or with a preexisting condition should always have the ability to attend school, chase dreams, and pursue ideas without having to worry about health care, and definitely not be held captive by large corporations because that is their only option available to obtain affordable insurance. Talk about crushing the Great American Dream.

This is just one of millions of ways to see how the current health care system in America is and has failed America as a whole, so yes, it has to be fixed, and yes it has to be fixed right now.

So from what I am seeing right now, we have a good president, a ignorant Congress, and concerned Americans, but really, take just a minute, and think of how much money congress wastes on junk every year that we never need, like their recent attempt to purchase private jets for their travel needs (that’s just a small hint as to how stupid congress is), or any of the other crap those idiots in congress throw money away on. And lets also consider if we lower the big insurance company executives pay down from say eighteen million dollars each a year down to lets say just a cool one million a year (certainly these executives and their bratty little families can survive off of that), and lets say we review and truly find ways to lower health care costs, I bet we will find that we can more than afford it.

It’s like back to the scenario of your emergency dental work you need, but “DON’T HAVE THE MONEY” Well if you were spending money on eating steak and lobster every night, filling up your private jet with gas, spending money on things like “Cash for Clunkers”, then it looks more to me like yes you do have the money to pay for your dental work, but perhaps you may have to cut back on spending lavishly in other areas. And yes, if you’ve ever had a dental emergency with a bad tooth, or a wisdom tooth coming in, you know exactly what I mean here, but if you’ve never even had so much as a toothache in your life, and then I would suspect that you’re clueless to this emergency.

So please, before you get caught up in all the hoopla being thrown out from either side, before you watch Fox News (which by the way is my favorite news channel), and get caught up picking sides without having all the facts, "READ THE BILL", take a minute, and really look at both sides hard, ask yourself if it looks like the person screaming against the bill is being specific about which part of the bill they disagree with (This goes for the person screaming at a town hall meeting, and or a news commentator). It’s very easy to get caught up on the wrong side of the issue, but don’t just disagree with the bill as a whole, because we HAVE to have health care reform, and yes, we can definitely afford it.

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someonewhoknows 7 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

I'm concerned more with the details than the concept.

If doesn't make sense to let the lobbyists write the law ,we didn't vote for the lobbyists.

If you disagree with that you may be a lobbyist,I don't know ,but the people should know what the law will require of them,no if's and or buts!Not the proposals,but the final draft.


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mrbrent 7 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

I agree 100%, but all the shouting against it I keep hearing not one shout is about a specific detail, and I agree also I really don't want bills writen by lobbyists especially if the lobbyists are for big insurance companies, or any lobbyist that has a agenda other than whats in the best interest of the American people.

Which actually brings up another point. As a part of the full disclosure and transparency Obama promised us during his campaign, we need to see a public list of every person involved with writing the bill, that persons exact contribution, that persons exact political, or corporate position (i.e. lobbyist for large insurance corporation etc.) But it is my understanding that the bill was written by a group of these so called czar's appointed by Obama. And if that is the case, we need to know their names, backgrounds, political affiliations, corporate affiliations, and their ideology.

We need to have the individuals that drafted the bill in front of congress for a good drilling of every part of the bill just like we put a potential supreme court judge through the same drill.


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mrbrent 7 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

I have been a leader in a few large corporations. I have been the one that had to implement large changes.

I can tell you now, many times if a leader knows the change has got to occur, the only way to accomplish it is to ram it down the throats of everyone, take all the lashing back, and the hollaring and screaming from everyone, and just get it done.

The larger the change, the more people from both sides of the issue will scream, change is not easy, anyone who beleives that large changes will just roll by smoothly has never been at the helm and making those changes, but I can tell you now, big changes are always met with severe resistance, and it's never easy for the leader trying to ram it through and make it actually happen.

Perhaps thats why no administration has had the ability to promise big changes, and actually accomplish it. Maybe, just maybe this one will.


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someonewhoknows 7 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

I'm writing a hub about how our Government has been hijacked by corporations.What you say about ramming things down our collective throats rings true,as you have just confirmed.However true that may be we may have to go through enough collective pain it seems to get anything done.What is your take on dictatorships?


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mrbrent 7 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Dictatorships are bad, but if were not careful, we could become a dictatorship. The bad part is i don't fear our government taking us over as a dictator, but yet our largest so called "American" corporations taking us over as a dictatorship.


mpries 7 years ago

Please please see beyond the health care bill. Its more than just the bill its also other bills that would take away more of our freedoms. Until one day we won't have any freedom left. My congressman and senitors are not having any town hall meetings. Why not, because I don't think they don't want to answer any questions on this or any other subject. We as americans need to stay banded together and push push to stop them. Then in 10 month we can go to our polling place and vote them out out out. Then and olny then can we keep our freedoms.


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mrbrent 7 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Ok mpries,

Please, post any bills here that are taking away our freedoms. If there are any that are taking away our freedoms, I will definitely join the fight, but it's just like I say in the article, BE SPECIFIC.

Everybody keeps jumping up and down screaming about everything, but there are no specifics. It's great that finally Americans are starting to lash out at our government.

Believe me, I am all for that because yes the majority of the folks in our government are pinheaded idiots, but PLEASE, stop just complaining, we have to do our homework, raise SPECIFIC BILLS, SPECIFIC ISSUES, SPECIFIC POLITICIANS, and call them out SPECIFICALLY.

Otherwise, they can continue to play us as an un-prepared group of people who have not prepared for the argument or debate.


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calfcreek 7 years ago from Republic of Texas

Section 1151 pages 284-288 of HR 3200 shows that your ability to be readmitted will be determined by the government. It also states that there will be no administrative or judicial review.

Search through the bill and see how many times you see the word 'mandate'. Every one is an example of someone losing their option to choose.

But, that doesn't really matter. If you believe that the government should provide your health care you will just compare that to an insurance company. If I have to choose between being oppressed by an insurance company or the government, I will pick the insurance company every time. I can fire them and go get my own or just pay cash. Once the government gets control you will not have that option, under penalty of fines and ultimately arrest if you don't pay them. That's in the bill too. Read it.

Do you think Medicaid would ever be repealed? Even though it is monumentally inefficient and bankrupting the nation? Of course not. Because what the government takes, they NEVER give back. I'm sorry, sir. With all due respect, if you trust the government, then you have a very rude awakening coming.


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Last Hand Willie 7 years ago from CAMDEN, SC

@ calfcreek I am 67 years old and on Social Security I trust the Government. My father died at age 67 with over 100,OOO in Hospital bills.(it would be $500,000 To a Million in todays prices. His Medicare and Bluecross /Blue Shield Supplement paid it all but $6.00 You don't have that much cash unless you are rich. I trust the Government. I lost my private Hospital insurance because the company could not pay for it any longer. I now have a Blue Cross Supplement at $150 a month. I trust the Government. I could not trust the Insurance Companies and I am not Rich. When you face a Health disaster you will learn to trust the government or go Bankrupt. I am not a Hero I will surrender my Medical Insurance Freedom because I trust my Government. Be a Hero and go broke.


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calfcreek 7 years ago from Republic of Texas

Willie, are you willing to bankrupt your grandchildren for your care? That's what's happening my friend. Check out the CBO report on Medicare/Medicaid. The programs are headed for total bankruptcy not just of those programs but of the entire federal government. The politicians have successfully defined the debate in their terms only. What they can never say, is what shape would health care be in if the government had not gotten involved at all? There is a role for government, but it should be limited to allowing access to insurance, preventing discrimination including age and disease, and prosecuting gross negligence. A free market system could possibly have helped you and your father without threatening your neighbors to do so. The possibilities of the market are hidden now because government is already ensconced in the industry. If I don't like my insurance company, I can fire them. It's almost impossible to fire a government program once it takes over. Again, I'm glad you got your health care. But I feel sorry for our grandchildren who will shoulder this burden for generations.

BTW the Tuskegee Airmen also trusted their government. The germans also trusted their government. The loyalists also trusted their government. I trust all governments to be corrupt, just as all major philosophers have for millenia.


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mrbrent 7 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Good points calfcreek, thats what this page is all about, good headed constructive viewpoints. I agree, I really don't want government to take over anything, The main thing is I want them to at least step in enough to straighten out the existing mess, and insanely high cost which keeps good health care out of reach for so many Americans. I hate the fact that young inventive creative entrepreneurs are bound to having to join and work for some large corporation just to get access to decent health care in America


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mrbrent 7 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

All these points are excellent, I think the main thing we need is a healthy balance, and it seems to me from all the news i've been watching, that the bills on the table are extreme, insanely confusing even for the most intelligent folks, and what little can be plainly understood looks to be a solution that has the government far overeaching into the system to a point that is making most Americans including myself at best uncomfortable, and at worst, downright scared.


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calfcreek 7 years ago from Republic of Texas

When I was younger and self employed, you could join the NASE national association of self employed and get health insurance at very competitive rates. What the government is not telling you and what Willie unfortunately probably won't believe is that it is precisely government involved in 45% of all health care spending in America that is causing the problems. Medicare/Medicaid is going broke so they keep trying to make cuts. They can't cut benefits because the whole point is to sucker people into voting for you so you can't cut their goodies. So, they cut the pay scale to doctors and institutions. So, then these org. and individuals have to increase costs in other areas to make up for the shortfall.

The only real solution is to get government completely out. Folks like Willie will never let that happen, so we are all out of luck. They will ruin it, then gripe about, then promise to fix, then take it over, then ruin it even more. It is the perpetual history of government programs worldwide historically and will be infinitum. There was a REASON our forefathers so strongly argue against giving federal government power. I had to read them many times over before it really sunk in. They knew what they were talking about, not just for 1780's but for all time.

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