Monday, May 18, 2009

The No Party is at it again

With health care being one of Obama's top priorities the party of No is holding meetings to derail the process. Why can't these guys get a clue and for once do the right thing for a change? America if fed up with having to worry about healthcare. Why can't they realize that most Americans are just one medical emergency away from total financial disaster. And with an aging population those on fixed incomes are watching what little they have be sucked down the corporate rabbit hole. I feel sorry for anyone on medicare who has to take a variety of drugs. You get most of your scripts paid for up to a certain dollar amount then nothing is covered until you've shelled out an amount to cover all the costs (the doughnut hole). And considering most retirement funds took a beating by Wall Street last year if your not on generic meds you're screwed.

Now just add a No before the following five items and you get what the No Party is all about. If there isn't a profit in it for them it's not worth talking about. Interesting to note that this is the way healthcare used to be before the No Party got their hands on things.


The choice of a public health insurance plan is crucial to real health care reform. But right now, it's being smeared by conservatives and insurance-industry front groups. Here's what you really need to know:

1. Choice, choice, choice. If the public health insurance option passes, Americans will be able to choose between their current insurance and a high-quality, government-run plan similar to Medicare. If you like your current care, you can keep it. If you don't—or don't have any—you can get the public insurance plan.2

2. It will be high-quality coverage with a choice of doctors. Government-run plans have a track record of innovating to improve quality, because they're not just focused on short-term profits. And if you choose the public plan, you'll still get to choose your doctor and hospital.3

3. We'll all save a bunch of money. The public health insurance option won't have to spend money on things like CEO bonuses, shareholder dividends, or excessive advertising, so it'll cost a lot less. Plus, the private plans will have to lower their rates and provide better value to compete, so people who keep their current insurance will save, too.4

4. It will always be there for you and your family. A for-profit insurer can close, move out of the area, or just kick you off their insurance rolls. The public health insurance option will always be available to provide you with the health security you need.5

5. And it's a key part of universal health care. No longer will sick people or folks in rural communities, or low-income Americans be forced to go without coverage. The public health insurance plan will be available and accessible to everyone. And for those struggling to make ends meet, the premiums will be subsidized by the government.6

via Move On. org


Utah Savage said...

I'm disabled and have been on Social Security for years. If you are poor enough the Medicare part D, which covers RX costs is supplemented by mysterious "others." It is the only time poverty has worked to my advantage. I love this safety net. I pay less for my bazillion drugs than for the two RX's my dog needs for his arthritis and thyroid problems. My only problem re Medicare is keeping the private insurance companies from inserting their grubby mitts between me and my Medicare. I have had screaming debates with the idiots who represent these big insurance companies. They are gobstopped that I can't see the benefits of their getting a piece of the pie. Fuck them I say. Yes, out loud and on the phone. Over and over.

BBC said...

I'm not convinced that we can ever come up with a health care plan that everyone will be happy with.

Doctors and drug companies are greedy and people just don't want to die anymore.

These monkeys used to take dieing better but since so many doctors and hospitals showed up everyone wants to be saved, and supported by the taxpayers for like forever.

Even worthless people that haven't worked for years and maybe only did work for ten, twenty years when they did.

I have a problem with us supporting them. I worked right up until retirement so I feel that I should have a little bit coming to me, like a fucking hernia operation.

Past that, I don't want to get too old, if I get cancer or something like that, fuck it, I'm not taking treatment, I'm just going to get dead.

Demeur said...

Utah - You are very lucky. It seems that if you're very rich or very poor you have it made healthcare wise. If you're in the middle like most Americans you're screwed. To make just one dollar over a certain amount and you don't get any help and you can't afford to buy you're own insurance or pay for it out of pocket.

Billy it wasn't so much the doctors or the drug companies as much as the bean counters and the lawyers that screwed things up. Strange how doctors used to make a lot of money when most of the system was non profit. Then the lawyers the insurance companies and the administrators got into the act and everything went down hill from there. The system is doomed to fail because it's so top heavy right now.

S.W. anderson said...

BBC wrote: "I'm not convinced that we can ever come up with a health care plan that everyone will be happy with."Truer words would be hard to come by. It's like a mom I knew would sometimes say about supper, when one or two were tired of leftovers and another had his/her heart set on something not on the menu: "This is a home-cooked family meal, not family night at a buffet place. Now, the hungry can dig in and the fussy can get out of the way."