Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for the ‘Government Healthcare’ Category

I guess I could say that what’s going on in the UK is a surprise – but I’d be lying. If anybody had asked me 10 years ago how I thought things would turn out in a society that punishes citizens who are trying to protect themselves or their property while not even giving a slap on the wrist to criminals who, you know, actually commit crimes I would have told you’d be lucky to still have a country standing. Well, the UK is lucky to be standing, folks.

Even though I’ve been out of the loop due to travel and severely limited internet access, when I finally had some time to sit down and read some news and started seeing pictures of rioting in the UK my first thought wasn’t “Holy shit! What happened?” It was more like “I wonder what other obvious effects of bad policies are also hitting today.”

Here’s the thing: you can talk about how the rioters are just poor, underclass people sticking it to the man until Satan prances through the Golden Gates in a little pink dress screaming “I’m Shirley Temple!” and it won’t do a damn thing to stop them from lighting buildings on fire and endangering lives. If you want to consider me to be some kind of bitch for saying the police should be shooting the bastards, go right ahead. Because at this point I think it’s become abundantly clear that the British justice system has become so politically correct and ineffective that you could walk up to a British cop and give him a wedgie with the full knowledge you could probably successfully sue him if he arrests you.

I don’t know how many times I’ve read news stories coming out of the UK about some exasperated homeowner trying to protect their own property. Property that has been violated multiple times. So they get arrested because some little piece of shit that was raised under the mindset that telling him “no” would hurt his feelings and damage the poor little snowflake’s ability to function might scratch himself on barbed wire while trying to steal the guy’s garden tools and come down with a raging case of tetanus. This is nothing new. And people wonder why I have such problems with government involvement with anything outside keeping people from killing me or taking my stuff.

I mean, Jesus on toast, they can’t even get that right half the time and you want me to drop to my knees and thank my lucky stars that they want to give me “free” healthcare and “save” me from Oreos and the horrors of salt and fat? I think I’ll take my chances with the salt shaker and Double-Stuf Oreos.

Advertisements

Read Full Post »

I’m sure if I had taken more time I could have written a better letter, but seeing as how the House passed the government healthcare bill by a ridiculously narrow margin yesterday I wanted to make sure I at least tried to make my senator hear my voice regarding the bloated mess. I urge every single one of you to make your opinions about this bill known to your own senators. We the people are their bosses, plain and simple, and they have ignored us for far too long. We need to make it clear that if they intend to ignore us, we intend to fire them.

Sir, I am a Utah resident currently stuck in California due to military obligations. I know you are against the government healthcare option and I urge you to continue holding that position and also to urge your colleagues to oppose a bill that, if made law, will destroy any hope this country has of getting back on its feet economically – not to mention the fact that it is an incentive for people to be irresponsible with their own healthcare.

Having served for almost 10 years I know what government healthcare looks like and I don’t want to see that kind of system taint the civilian side. I serve because I want to, and I can deal with the many downsides of being in the military because I willingly signed on the dotted line. However, if any government healthcare legislation becomes law, it will force normal civilians to move more toward a socialized system, which I have seen first-hand doesn’t work, no matter how many different times it’s implemented.

I applaud your support of tort reform, but also urge you to consider increased competition among insurance companies by allowing them to insure across state lines. If healthcare is to become more affordable, it cannot be handled by the government. This doesn’t make your job irrelevant; it simply puts the responsibility for one’s own health and healthcare back in their own hands, where it should have been anyway.

Please urge your colleagues to oppose the bloated mess that just passed the the House and remind them that we the people are the ones they work for, not special interests and party loyalists. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, sir, but we the people are angry and it would behoove every single person in Congress to remember that we are the ones who put you there and we can certainly cast you out.

Thank you for your work on behalf of Utahns, but please don’t get lazy. Remain constantly vigilant and remember that your job is only to pass legislation to ensure every American’s life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness, but that our own personal responsibility as individuals picks it up from there. We want less government in our lives and we are willing to take on the responsibility for ourselves that that entails.

Thank you for your time,
[name redacted]

Read Full Post »

This won’t be very popular with a lot of people. I don’t care. A lot of people will think I’m a cold, heartless bitch. If it’ll make you feel better to think so, fine. So here goes.

If you think government healthcare is a good idea, you’re a moron. Mo. Ron.. That actually may be too kind a word for how brain-dead stupid you would have to be to think it’s a good idea.

Do you not remember the last time you were at the DMV? Now, just think about your healthcare being run by the same government responsible for the DMV. Still think that’s OK? What about the U.S. Postal Service? They run so efficiently that Amazon’s – and most other online retailers’ – default option for shipping is UPS or FedEx.

“But but but… everybody deserves healthcare,” I hear you say. “It’s a fundamental right!” Bullshit. You want to know why? Because when you say that, you’re saying one person has the right to tell another person to do something for them, regardless of compensation. Do you know what that’s called, boys and girls? It’s called slavery. And no, nobody has the right to enslave another person, no matter how little time it takes up.

“But people can’t get healthcare if they don’t have insurance. This is just leveling the playing field.” If you have even two neurons working you would know that life-threatening injuries and illnesses must be treated if you go to the hospital, even if you don’t have insurance and can’t prove you can pay for it. That is all a doctor is obligated to do and that is all a doctor should be obligated to do. Remember, they’re not slaves.

“Insurance companies are just out to make money. They don’t care about the people.” First of all, you think people should have insurance but now you’re demonizing the insurance companies. With all the twists and turns you had to go through to think both those things I now understand how you got your head stuck in your ass. Anyway, you clearly don’t know much about running a business, do you? I’m no expert, but I’m pretty sure that businesses are generally in business to make money. That’s the whole point of business. You don’t start a small business so that in 10 years you can still be living in the same small apartment and driving the same crappy car.

“It’s not like having a government healthcare option means you have to give up your insurance plan if you like it. Obama said so!” Well, lets all just kick back and relax, Obama made a promise. Considering the fact that he hasn’t followed through on one promise he made while campaigning (thank all that’s good and holy!), that carries less and less weight with people as time goes on. In any case, when the law mandates you be insured at a certain level and the government subsidizes their own healthcare plan, making it cheaper for your employer to drop their insurance provider and just go with the government plan, no, no you don’t get to keep your insurance plan if you like it. Instead you get screwed down to a lower standard of care. Ask any doctor you know how they like dealing with Medicare and Medicaid (both government-run). They will most likely do one of two things: 1) tell you they don’t accept Medicare or Medicaid because they were losing too much money, or 2) tell you they’re considering dropping their Medicare and Medicaid patients altogether not because they want to, but because they simply can’t afford to run a practice while being under-compensated by both government programs.

“Well, it’s not like you teabaggers have any ideas. You don’t even know how to read. And you’re raaaaaacist” Ad hominem attacks now, eh? First of all, if you’re going to call a person a teabagger, you sound like an idiot – and most likely are. Second of all, if I didn’t know how to read, I certainly wouldn’t be on the internet. Third, by calling me a racist you’ve doomed your entire argument to spend eternity rotting in the hole in Buffalo Bill’s basement (“It puts the lotion on the skin!”). Oh, and conservatives and libertarians have a lot of ideas on how to improve healthcare. But nobody’s listening because all the solutions would mean less government intervention in your life, not more, and that would just be wrong. At least, it would be wrong to people who think the government should have more of a role in your life, like politicians.

One of the most popular ideas is to make insurance companies compete nationwide, not just in-state. Oddly enough, when a bunch of different companies are trying to get your business, they all try to give you the best possible price while still giving you a good product. Lower prices and good quality tend to make people buy from that company. That’s the magic of capitalism.

Another idea that I’ve seen bandied about quite regularly is tort reform. Many doctors leave private practice because malpractice insurance premiums are insane. Sure, there are some bad doctors out there that should rightfully be sued when they screw up, but too many people view doctors as rich assholes they can easily take money from in a lawsuit. Tort reform would change that, lowering malpractice insurance premiums and making healthcare a whole lot cheaper.

There has also been mention of personal health savings plans, where you could allot money to be sent directly from your paycheck, before taxes, to a health savings account that is specifically built to be available when you need any kind of healthcare.

There are good ideas out there to fix what is, admittedly, a flawed system. Government involvement in any way, shape, or form is not one of them.

So I stand by what I said: If you think government healthcare is a good idea, you’re a moron.

And if you think Canada has such a great healthcare system, please enjoy this video:

Read Full Post »