Maxx England said:
Tobias, will you read this first, and then explain things gently to me? I am not an adversary, opponent or enemy, I just say what I see about the world arond me, based on all information available to me (and please accept the viewpoint is that of the above old blue collar liberal, born into a caring society with a limited socialist
I will try Maxx, but I should tell you first that it's a multi-faceted problem and I can only give you my take on it, and I'll do so by trimming a lot of the fat. Most, if not all Americans would agree that our country needs to overhaul the health care system, the larger concerns of this debate are public vs private, the quality of care,and how to pay for it all.
To get a feel for where this anti-socialism attitude comes from we have to remember that this country was founded by the likes of Thomas Jefferson who said:
"A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government."
In other words, less government. Americans by the way actually have 2 governments, their individual state governments and the Federal government, so I believe some folks just interpret the government becoming involved in this private arena as the beginning of a slippery slope. Our government/taxes already pay for education, military etc, and now health care, what's next? There's still a cold war attitude, especially among some baby boomers who were taught to believe that socialism = communism, and in the worst case scenario they may be right about that. I should probably add here that these are not my own views, but do you see where I'm going with all of this? Now, Americans already pay taxes for Medicare(a mess), which sees to medical care for the elderly and disabled, and the Veterans Administration which is supposed to provide medical care to our veterans(bigger mess), but these systems aren't working the way they should, and are running out of money, so, if the government can't manage those then why would anyone be comfortable with them running the whole show? Again these are not my personal views, but they are valid considerations.
Most health care in our country is from the private sector, and Americans can receive private health care insurance through their employer at a reduced rate, if they can afford it. The ones who can't, and the unemployed usually go without insurance and when they have a medical need they go to a hospital emergency room, which of course they can't afford to pay for, creating medical debt. Here is an example of what our private insurers are getting away with,
I pay approximately $17,000. per yr, with deductibles for my family's private medical insurance, and only 80% of medical costs are covered, and any pre-existing medical conditions are excluded from our coverage.
Now I'm going to give you the abridged version of my opinion about the whole sorry mess. There is no reason at all for any American to go without health care,and I don't care if it's private or public as long as the quality of care is not impacted, and the pre-existing illness nonsense is done away with. I hasten to add that when Americans here about y'all waiting months for a doctors appointment we are astounded and appalled. We could easily pay for all of this if we make the necessary cutbacks on the many, many unnecessary expenses. This is a crisis and it's reparation is vital to the reparation of our economy. Again public or private, doesn't matter to me as long as there is adequate regulation.
Dos that help any? I know I've left stuff out, but it would probably require a novella length post, the current proposed health care bill is more than 1000 pages!
Maxx, it would be inadvisable to suggest to a room full of Texans, let alone Americans, the thought of being herded anywhere. Them are fightin' words and one would find out very quickly just how many firearms are actually in that room, being wielded by folks who know how to use 'em.
I cannot be awake for nothing looks to me as it did before, Or else I am awake for the first time, and all before has been a mean sleep.