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Government As Parent

After much thought, I've decided that the best thing is just to totally put my life into the hands of our benevolent government.  Cradle-to-grave, they are the best determiner of everything.  How should I be educated?  What is important to study?  Should I vaccinate?  Am I worth having my knee replaced?  Do I deserve cardiac or cancer drugs?

It's really silly and presumptuous of me to assume I can make sense of this on my own.  Certainly the same lights that have created the DMV, zoning boards, the post office, and other fantastic and highly successful enterprises should be making these decisions; I can't be trusted.

In addition, I think I should pay more for my rationed health care.  I mean, I only pay $1001 out of pocket every month for my family's health care.  Out of pocket; as a self-employed person, my employer does not contribute.  I've also been paying 100% of both of my employee's medical and dental coverage for 4.5 and 2 years, respectively; rather than being selfish, I should certainly step up and pay for other folk's care, too.  People I don't know.  People that have no positive impact on me or my community.

There are many people who require important things like cable, cell phone service, Internet, nice cars, eating out, cigarettes, lottery tickets, and what-not; these folks obviously can't afford to tack health care on top of these crucial quality-of-life items.  I mean, some of them don't even work!  How can they be expected to pay for their own care?  I should pay more.  Heck!  My car only has 200k miles!  I should contribute to these poor folk's new cars, too. 

Oh, I am.

My head is going to explode. 



Aug. 19th, 2009 07:31 pm (UTC)
How do you feel about a story like this?
Aug. 19th, 2009 08:06 pm (UTC)
I think it is anecdotal... Not to mention condescending and rude.

Here's some recent Canadian health news that has a different perspective;


Also this;

"We all agree that the system is imploding, we all agree that things are more precarious than perhaps Canadians realize," [the incoming president of the Canadian Medical Association] said in an interview with The Canadian Press.


I've been paying for my own health care for over twenty years. US health care is not perfect and it is expensive. But I don't think there is a need to screw up my health care to provide expanded medicare. YMMV.

I have ridden along in ambulances in the UK for about twenty hours. Part of that time I spent in A&E departments; part of it I spent talking to practitioners.

At no time did I ever see the sheets changed on the hospital or ambulance cots between patients; of course, the patients weren't that bloody and it costs money to change sheets.

A nurse practitioner I spoke with gloatingly told me that it only took six weeks for her to get an MRI of her arm after a skiing injury due to her placement in the hospital; any patient arriving at any of the four or five hospitals I deliver to would have this care within an hour of arrival regardless of ability to pay.

But these are anecdotes, as well. The bottom line is that I do not believe it is the role of the government to wipe my ass and I bridle at the suggestion that I should pay the government to wipe yours. If you had a medical (or any other) issue and needed (financial or other) help, I would gladly render it to you to the best of my ability. Getting the government involved will not make the process more efficient and will just dilute whatever quality health care that exists in this country.

Edited at 2009-08-19 08:09 pm (UTC)
Aug. 19th, 2009 08:10 pm (UTC)
At no time did I ever see the sheets changed on the hospital or ambulance cots between patients

Aug. 19th, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC)
Also, of course, the poster is a little short-sighted if they think their care is free. I do not know what percentage of a Canadian's income goes to taxes but I would wonder how the difference would stack up against the premiums that I currently pay.
Aug. 20th, 2009 01:00 am (UTC)
He knows care is not free, but for someone like Stephen who is unable to work as an able-bodied person can, he knows he contributes a lot less than most of the working people in Canada. He is grateful for that, if condescending.

There's no arguing that taxes are significant in Canada. Their Independence Day is July 1, because it is the first day of the seventh month of the year, pretty much the halfway point. Before then, Canadians say, all of their money went to the government; after July 1, the money they earn is theirs.
Aug. 20th, 2009 02:45 am (UTC)
What is a "medically-necessary elective procedure"?
Aug. 20th, 2009 03:33 am (UTC)
Sounds like an oxymoron, doesn't it?

Google sez it's a non-emergency procedure to prolong or improve the quality of life. This could be angioplasty, installation of a stent or pacemaker. Biopsies.
Aug. 20th, 2009 01:01 pm (UTC)
I think this counts.
My dad had one. It was basically an eyelid-lift. Normally a cosmetic procedure but his eyelids had become overly droopy w/ age and were obstructing his vision.
Aug. 20th, 2009 04:56 pm (UTC)
speaking of uninsured...
Ok, I walked in late here - what a lot to read!

Hey, geckospot, you're one of the uninsured now, right? Basically, your small business finally started to earn enough money to kick you off Medicade, but when you tried to purchase insurance privately, you were turned down for your pre-existing conditions, right?

I'd love to hear your opinion on this matter... I know you tend to be a little more conservative on many issues - and pretty common-sense about things! Please, dear gecko, opine for us. :-)
Aug. 20th, 2009 05:23 pm (UTC)
Re: speaking of uninsured...
I am anti-insurance company. What did Jon Stewart say? Something about govt required auto insurance because cars are important?

Anyway, that's off-topic and off the cuff.

Doctors ought to be able to do their damned jobs w/out having to worry about the insurance companies. The antibiotics that would have taken care of that large yuckiness I had last year were denied by the ins company so I had to go through 3 other antibiotics to knock the damned thing out. Not MRSA, thank dog, but still pretty damned scary.

Also, with pre-existing conditions or conditions that do develop with age, if you get off insurance they take every chance to tell you that oops, you are uninsurable. I'm back to comparing dr. visits and getting quotes on office visit prices. (Local Lens Crafter partners w/ an eye doc for $89 eye exams. Kay's eye dr charges $139.) Perhaps I should call ER's and clinics so that, in case of emergency, I can choose this one over that one.

Who's gonna pay for all this healthcare? The middle class, they always pay for everything. To get something for nothing you have to be ultra-rich or ultra-poor. As part of the working class poor I do cafefully monitor my health to see if I really need to go to the doctor. Tom is insured and certainly better off financially than I but he is also in one of the highest tax brackets available. And, if push came to shove, he'd shove my stubborn fat ass into a hospital and deal w/ the debt later, so I am very lucky and I know it.

On the topic of preventable illnesses, like type II diabetes, lifestyle changes should definitely be made. My lardass should go out and exercise more and make better food choices. Fortunately, my job allows for lots of exercise whereas the desk jockeys need to be banned from the cake, bagels, cheesesteaks, and doughnuts. Mmm, I think it's lunchtime.

Who's still smoking? Make sure those fools are first in line for the death panels. Got an STD? Just shoot them, abstinence is the cure.

When my dementia firmly takes hold the offspring have been instructed to leave out mommy's meds with a nice big bottle of her favorite bourbon.

I think I've ranted enough. Questions? Comments?
Aug. 20th, 2009 06:13 pm (UTC)
Re: speaking of uninsured...
When my dementia firmly takes hold the offspring have been instructed to leave out mommy's meds with a nice big bottle of her favorite bourbon.

Aug. 20th, 2009 06:03 pm (UTC)
and another thing, or 2
Insurance companies drop people for actually having accidents or getting sick. If they don't drop the client right away, they dick around looking for alternatives to the work that needs to be done and/or bury people in red tape. They love your money when you're healthy (which is why I'm pushing you healthy insured people to actually use your benefits).

If you take thousand of my dollars and then say sorry, that's not covered, I'm gonna be a little cranky.
Aug. 20th, 2009 06:51 pm (UTC)
Re: and another thing, or 2
Insurance companies drop people for actually having accidents or getting sick.

This. How is it "insurance" if when you NEED it, it's not there?


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