Originally Posted by Podfather
To all of the Obama bashing, anti-government health care, business driven medicine fans: Please do one thing for me to prove you are sincere. Turn down your Medicare at age 65. 66% of all health care in this country is run by the government. The 33% percent that is left is cherry picked by some of the richest corporations in America.
Who are the biggest fans of Medicare? Aetna, BC/BS, etc. Why? Because the government and the tax payers pick up the tab on the sickest. 60-70% of all health dollars are spent on the last 6 months of life. The privates insure the healthy and when they get sick deny coverage, throw them out, or worse say the treatment is experimental so as you watch your love one die you spend your kid's college fund, your nest egg and go bankrupt.
While we blame the patients for not having their 50 dollar co-pay and can't cover their 5,000 deductable and they claim we are whores that charge too much the companies just smile and figure out the bonuses for the executives.
The solution has been simple offer Medicare to all. Those under 65 have to pay for it themselves (or their employer) then the healthy can offset some of the costs of the sick. Then the privates will have to offer a similar plan to compete and we start moving in the right direction. Oh I forgot Medicare sucks some will say. Until they are 65.
Why would I turn down something automatically provided upon turning age 65, considering that I'll have been paying more than my share for 40 years?
If that weren't the case, I'd say, "will do" and have every intention of keeping free of government ties.
I don't want their hands in my pocketbook, and I do everything I can to take care of myself
. It's nobody's responsibility but mine to be healthy at 65, and I think the same regarding the costs of my health care.
None of this would be an issue if the incredible and incredibly expensive technology to diagnose and treat people didn't exist.
So....if someone invents something that's ridiculously expensive, and provides something with a longer life, they are entitled? Makes no sense to me.
If a cure for cancer gets developed, do people suddenly have a right to it? Did they have it before, and were just having their rights constantly violated? Who goes to jail for not inventing the cure? If nobody, then it would seem that human innovation subsequently provides greater entitlements, and I think that's a stretch, and I don't really see the logic behind it.
If I invent an iPad, the technology is mine to sell (at whatever ridiculous price), so why is the same not true for health? Isn't life a bit easier and more efficient with a smart-phone and a working car? Why are these not rights?
My issues with the current president go way beyond his political ideology, but that's a discussion for another place. I care little about political affiliation, I simply am voicing my disagreement with "entitlement" and idea of health care and health insurance as a "right".
I don't think it's society's responsibility to provide equality, nor do I think it's the government's role to keep people healthy, make people healthy, or give them longer lives.
If I wasn't paying for this health care for the next several decades, I would be the first to say I didn't want it, just like I won't take food stamps or government charities now (thought I had 2 years of very little money and every opportunity to take them).
I would rather not have the nice car, not have the nice TV, not have cable and exercise regularly to avoid extraneous medical bills than take someone else's handouts.