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The current system has its flaws but it does something profoundly right:

Most people who have health insurance are paying for their own individual health insurance either directly or indirectly through their employer. They are paying into the system for what they get back.

Obama supporters dream of a different system where taxes pay for health insurance instead. The problem with that is that nearly half the population pay no net federal income taxes. 

People get this and they’re pissed off about being saddled with paying for yet another thing for the nearly half of the population who pay no net taxes.

A big reason I have such disdain for the federal government is that the people who don’t pay have not just a lot of control over how money is spent but have an incentive to get ever increasing goodies given to them. Health insurance is just the latest.

According to the 2008 exit polls, over 60% of the people who pay no net federal income taxes voted for Obama. Zip.

So yea, I’m sure they’d love to see the idea of health insurance paid for by tax payers, because it’s free for them.

But the remaining near half the population are stuck with the bill.

And that’s just one reason. Loss of freedom, rationed care, the unintended consequences of moving away from the free market are just a handful of other reasons.

But for me, one of my big frustrations is just getting sick of being stuck with the tab of paying for people who hide their parasitic demands behind the illusion of “compassion”.


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on Aug 08, 2009

There is no comparison between government care and private health insurance.  My family was uninsured after my husband got out of the Navy.  Even after I got my first job outside of the home, I could not afford the health insurance.  Coverage for just me would have been one week's paycheck.  Coverage for my family would have been three weeks paychecks.  I just couldn't afford it.  I did sign my boys up for Medicaid and it was HORRIBLE.  I tried to make my son an appointment and was told they could not get him in for TWO MONTHS!!!  What good does that do me?  The office had signs everywhere that stated what is and what is not an emergency but if you couldn't wait TWO MONTHS to see the doctor (who wasn't a doctor but a nurse practioner or a PA) you had no choice but to go to the ER to be seen. 

So I did look for a better job with better benefits. I am now working for the city, I make more money and I have health insurance for the whole family.  It's still not cheap but instead of being 75% of my pay to insure my family, its about 20%.  It's not easy but I got a pay raise from my previous job and I figured if they started taking the insurance payment out of my first paycheck I wouldn't miss what I didn't have.  I also have the pride of knowing that I am providing for my family.  I am not relying on government assistance. 

 

on Aug 08, 2009

Would you really support federally funded healthcare if it was combined with tax reform? I thought you had more arguments against it than who was paying for it.

Also, as majority owner of your company, aren't you already paying a bundle for healthcare that could be coming directly to you in profits? It may be that you'd earn more if you were paying for healthcare through taxes rather than as a requirement of having employees.

on Aug 08, 2009

Would you really support federally funded healthcare if it was combined with tax reform? I thought you had more arguments against it than who was paying for it.

I do have lots of other arguments. Try reading the article. 
 

on Aug 08, 2009

The government can't run a health care system. Period. It will be a disaster. 

They couldn't even figure out how much money cash for clunkers would take. 

on Aug 09, 2009

Medicare's broke, Medicaid's broke, the VA's broke - shit, why not quadruple down & bet the whole farm on taking over the rest of healthcare.  Whatta we got to lose.  It's just a country.

on Aug 09, 2009

his situation does not make his argument less valid cactoblasta.

I am a poor student and I agree with him 100%

 

Daiwa raises an excellent point... this has been tried SEVERAL TIMES in the state level, the latest being the hawaii children welfcare system... which went bankrupt in 7 months. If it never worked ever in the past, why do you think it will now work when forced on the entire USA?

on Aug 09, 2009

taltamir
Daiwa raises an excellent point... this has been tried SEVERAL TIMES in the state level, the latest being the hawaii children welfcare system... which went bankrupt in 7 months. If it never worked ever in the past, why do you think it will now work when forced on the entire USA?

Socialism.  It has been historically proven to be a failure no matter how you spin it - yet that doesn't keep people from trying it again.

Basically it comes down to selfishness and laziness.  People want everything, but don't want to work for it.  That's why socialism has always been appealing to those in the lower tax brackets.

on Aug 09, 2009

Just as a side note.  My wife works at an optometrist office.  She and her co-worker did a little research lately to find out what some other places are charging for eye exams.  They were getting numbers between $200 and $400 for un-insured individuals.  She seams to think that some of these places are raising their prices in anticipation of a government pay system.  If this is the case, then so much for the "we will save money" philosophy behind the healthcare reform bill.  By the way, I've been an eye-glass wearer for almost 20 years now, and I can tell you that prices near $400 for an eye exam is a tremendous increase to what it was five years ago.

on Aug 09, 2009

Also, as majority owner of your company, aren't you already paying a bundle for healthcare that could be coming directly to you in profits? It may be that you'd earn more if you were paying for healthcare through taxes rather than as a requirement of having employees.

Right now, I pay "a bundle" for health insurance for people who are actually producing something.  

With Obama's vision, I would pay a bigger "bundle" for them PLUS people who aren't producing something.

Health insurance presently is nominally fair. A person pays for their own.  Obama would switch it so that the top 5% are paying for the bulk of it.  Why stop there? Why not let the government decide what we eat? Where we live?

I don't want the government involved in health care. Health care is not an issue that should be politicized.  

You want to make health care cheaper? Get the government out of it entirely.  Quit forcing insurance carriers to cover things that they don't want to cover (viagra for instance).  

You want reform? Then get tort reform in there so that there isn't such an incentive to sue doctors, drug companies, etc.

 

on Aug 09, 2009

the most ominous thing about this is that it puts the Government in charge of big decisions... like which illnesses are worth treating and which aren't, as well as the ages in which such treatments are no longer cost effective. Eventually they will have to lay out this criteria and we dont know what that is as of yet. As it stands right now, Medicaid will save most poor peoples lives no matter what, so even they will be worse off in the end if this passes.

on Aug 10, 2009

Here's another reason, with a breathtaking irony.

The left's traditional favorite whipping boys of healthcare, the evil drug companies, are now tighter with BO than Brian Williams, ready to spend more to help BO pass his reform bill (apparently no matter what it says or does, since there really isn't one yet) than the McCain/Palin campaign spent on its entire election effort.  This 'no questions asked' support begs a very big question, don't ya think?

Kinda jives with the left's sudden embrace of WalMart, previously 'the worst thing that's ever happened to America' for its anti-union, low-wage and small-business-killer ways, once it endorsed Obama's plan (again, whatever it is).

And people wonder why there are skeptics among us.

on Aug 10, 2009

Why not let the government decide what we eat? Where we live?

Well, they are looking at convincing old people to suicide so they aren't a drain on the system, and don't forget that smokers or alcohol drinkers lose benefits.

on Aug 10, 2009

The biggest problem with the left is that they really have no idea what this means.  They take the emotional route of saying "everyone must have health care" without looking at what a disaster the government would do to it.

on Aug 10, 2009

No matter how much I think the US would be better off with public health care (like pretty much every other first-world nation), I think that the government (democrat or republican, it doesn't matter) would make a complete mess of it. Here in Canada, not only do we spend less (directly) on health care per capita, but our government does too (yes, I know where the government's money comes from); this is compared the US. Actually, most countries tend to spend less per capita then the US. So, as I see it, you're spending more than just about anyone to receive health services that are of comparable quality to everyone else.

Seems like a universal health care plan would be just too much to handle. Which is sad, because it seems to work pretty well here. It's not perfect, but then again, it isn't like yours is either.

Not targeting you specifically, Brad, but there is something that everyone should look at to get some of the facts straight, since rumours keep getting spread by both the left and the right, and it doesn't seem to be helping: http://www.whitehouse.gov/realitycheck/

Granted, it is an official government site, but it does seem to clear up a few things.

on Aug 10, 2009

Seems like a universal health care plan would be just too much to handle. Which is sad, because it seems to work pretty well here. It's not perfect, but then again, it isn't like yours is either.

Yup.  When our politicians screw it up, we can always go to Canada for care.  Or, in my case, Mexico.  So what's the prob, right?

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