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Health For A Nation

We all know someone who either pays extremely high insurance rates or has chosen not to purchase insurance due to household income versus cost. These high costs are due to either bad personal health decisions or pre-existing conditions the patient has no control over; as well as the technology of developing medical practices and prescription drugs for every need. The American health care system is a known cost-versus-service problem.

The solution currently being plotted in the halls of the U.S. Senate is for group, or pool insurance plans. From what we’ve been told thus far, these insurance plans are set up so that all people can receive medical care regardless of pre-existing conditions at the same cost as others within their pool or group. Those groups with more sick individuals, pools above the median, will receive more funding from the federal government. Setting up these pools and the de facto disbursement of tax dollars in a timely manner for proper health care will prove to be a logistical nightmare on multiple levels.

Our representatives are not simply wasting time and money. They know what lay ahead. They simply need this step to put the fence posts in place, then reconcile the holes in their piecemeal legislation, and serve to herd the American public closer to the cliff. Once Americans have been subjected to these failed pool insurance policies long enough, we will have no choice but to dive, head first, into their main goal of a universal health care system. What is the major aversion to single-payer, or universal health care?

We currently spend about $2 trillion, or 20 percent of our gross domestic product (GDP), on health care costs every year. The federal government pays over $800 billion or 40 percent (some studies even proffer 60 percent) of that $2 trillion price tag with American tax dollars. So, believing the numbers, we are already paying for universal health care by approximately 50 percent of the utilized GDP. What’s another 50 percent?

I suppose some wouldn’t be opposed to a single-payer health care system if they feel the federal government has handled a successful 60+ years of Social Security and a 5 decade-long run of Medicare. The rest of us, however, cannot avoid the fact that even on this small-scale study in universal health care, it has been the evisceration of our economy. There have been multiple failures and missteps; some even yet to be realized.

We can be assured that Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security will not be abolished once we adopt a universal health care system. We will still be required to pay these taxes on top of the new health care tax. This could increase our income taxes by 50 percent, if not more. Is that something you can afford? Is that something you are willing to give so that people who are unable, and even those unwilling to work, may have the same health care coverage as you and your family?

I’m only one pink slip away from losing my health care insurance and joining the multitude of have-nots. I would work hard to remain healthy and even take a second job if that is my only means of affording health care for my family, but what if cancerous cells are discovered during this lapse of coverage? What if my new insurance doesn’t cover treatment at my insured level? What if I cannot work? Would I be loathe to accept universal health care in that state?

Universal health care is not the only available option we have to fix our health care conundrum, but an apparent majority our representatives, as well as our president, obviously favor it as the worthy option. That raises multiple questions. What is their motivation? Are they aiding in the health and prosperity of all Americans, or just representing a few? What deems these few as more worthy than the rest? Who are our friends on Capitol Hill truly representing; their constituents, or the lobbyists and special interest groups that line their pockets? When will we stop applying bandages to faulty legislation leading to a continual increase in tax rates, while people slide deeper into poverty? How long must Americans endure this needless expense?

We need an honest solution of the people, by the people, and for the people. We can afford to fix the health care system, but we cannot afford to legislate faulty reform.

Pay attention! Don’t simply listen to the talking heads on your tele and ignore the failed promises of those sent to represent you on Capitol Hill. Educate yourself and vote!

Updated: 3/22/10 – I should state that my opposition is against a federally-mandated universal health care system. If a state so wishes to legislate a single-payer system, then place it before your citizens for a vote.

Thanks for reading,

  1. phillips0609
    03/19/2010 at 15:26

    Heard on MSNBC online: “…[we have to get] health care started. Then we can fix it. But if we don’t pass it and if we vote with the Republicans to defeat health care reform and defeat the President of the United States, then will have nothing to fix, nothing to make better… and uh… Natoma said it. We have to start.” Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA.) commenting on Natoma Canfield’s request that health care reform begin.

    Rep. Woolsey is unabashedly for the public option, and her comment above should be understood that our current health care model does not afford the ability to attach a public option, giving way to universal health care. Therefore, she supports the current bill only so that she, and others of her ilk, may begin to work on inclusive language leading to a public option through reconciliation.

    They are not hiding the fact they fully support universal health care. Are you?

  2. DR
    03/25/2010 at 07:33

    Perhaps it’s too much to ask of someone earning six-figures off American taxpayers to do their work properly in the first place. I cannot imagine why any American, regardless of ideology, can support the current Congress writing and passing a bad bill with the intent to amend in the future. Does any other American get away with that type of stupidity and laziness in their job?

    And let’s not forget that all amendments to this behemoth will be passed on the quiet, probably attached to an unrelated piece of legislation. No American will ever know exactly what the bill contains…. it reminds me of the room in the basement of the house in Amityville.

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