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Here's To Your Health

Updated on July 25, 2009

Mike's Common Sense

I'm not feeling well, I've called in sick to work the last three days. This is not like me, I have always been blessed with great health. I am going to have to see my doctor soon... like tomorrow. Fortunately, thanks to my union, I still have health care benefits. Nothing like I had when I was first hired, but at least I can afford to see a health care professional when I need to.

Unfortunately, this is not the case with the majority of Americans. Under the Bush Administration's policy of higher profits for rich CEOs, at the expense of the American workers, most health care benefits have either been eroded, or totally abolished by people who don't have to worry about how they will pay the doctor. Health care benefits are now the sole responsibility of Joe American. Depending on your current health, and the number of children you have, that cost is approaching what most people have to pay for their mortgage each month.

Since many good paying jobs have been exported overseas, most Americans are earning substantially less than they used to. That means their health care is no longer a basic right, but an extravagance; one they no longer can afford. Most people go from day to day hoping that they won't get sick, or need medical help.

So, what happens when they, or their children get sick? I'll tell you what, nothing! They live with it, and hope it will go away. We literally have millions of people living with pain, needing operations, dental care, and antibiotics. Has corporate greed got so bad that they have lost their humanity? Evidently so. Our politicians, felt the need to rally around the bankers and bail them out to the tune of 750 billion dollars (which they turned around and handed out to their CEOs in multimillion dollar golden parachutes, and exotic vacations), but they cannot help heal their own people!

I am not a communist, but the new administration needs to take a long, hard look at nationalizing health care here in the USA. Its time our government got its priorities in order.


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    • muley84 profile imageAUTHOR

      Michael A Muehleisen 

      9 years ago from Miami,FL

      Hi Trish, I've said it before, I'll say it again. Our elected officials are no longer influenced by big business through lobbyists, but are put into office through big business money, and ARE big business. We the people are being stabbed in the back.

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      trish1048 

      9 years ago

      Well, I think if the government put their money into the cost of basic health care, instead of their own pockets and their cronies' pockets, it might work. The people in office however, could care less. They make more than enough money to cover their own health care without insurance. Others get into office for two to four years, line their pockets and get the hell out of Dodge, while others milk the system so that we all bleed. It's all just so sickening.

    • muley84 profile imageAUTHOR

      Michael A Muehleisen 

      9 years ago from Miami,FL

      Hi Trish, I know we do not want to follow the Canadian health system model for nationalization, but we need to figure out something that works for everybody not just the rich. Basic health care should be a right for all people in a democratic society.

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      trish1048 

      9 years ago

      hi muley,

      I have health insurance, thank God. For now, anyway. I may have mentioned at some point that the cost to us has gone up. What a surprise! NOT. So, I do my humble dance and thank someone up above that I can still work and I do have coverage, unlike many people, as you so clearly pointed out.

      I don't know that socializing health care is the answer. I've heard many awful stories about it, such as having to wait for an appointment for six months, emergency rooms jammed because of that for people who only have a sniffle, in the hopes of being seen sooner than six months. Also, my concern would be, what quality of physician would be out there? What incentive would any of them have to excel in their field? I'm afraid, if I am to be believe the doom sayers, we'd end up with dime a dozen doctors who put in an 8 hour day and call it quits at the end of the day. So what if they are in the middle of an operation? It's quitting time.

      I just don't know what other choices there are, however. A disturbing topic, for sure.

    • muley84 profile imageAUTHOR

      Michael A Muehleisen 

      9 years ago from Miami,FL

      Hi G-Ma! Thanks for stopping by.

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      ChristineRitter 

      9 years ago from Ohio

      Hi, Muley. I'm going to try for it. I am hoping. xoox

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      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      I so agree...sucks big time...:O) Hugs

    • muley84 profile imageAUTHOR

      Michael A Muehleisen 

      9 years ago from Miami,FL

      Hi Cricket so nice to hear from you again. Sorry about your not feeling well. Any chance of getting SSI for your disability?

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      ChristineRitter 

      9 years ago from Ohio

      Hi, Muley. I have been without health insurance for about 3 years now. I've always been one who just "sucks" it up, but lately, I feel sick all the time, and I am tired of it. My quality of life is really being damaged because of it.

      I'm going this week to the doctor, too. But when I tell them I don't have insurance, I know I won't get the care I need or deserve. OY. Great hub.

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