Friday, September 04, 2009

See this on Facebook recently?

No one should die because they cannot afford health care (especially children), and no one should go broke because they get sick.

This makes me laugh. Mostly because it's completely true, and untrue at the same time. General statement made by blind followers (mostly).

Two things here: ONE: No one should die because they cannot afford health care. True, no one should die. And since in American it's illegal for a hospital to turn anyone away for the nonability to pay, it doesn't happen here. I'm sure there are cases of hospitals or doctors committing crimes against this law, sure. Humans are humans and we all sin. But for the most part, people DO NOT die because they can't afford health care. Sorry that I have no laws to quote but everyone has seen the signs in the hospital entrances.

TWO: No one should go broke because they are sick, again true. People get sick, it's part of life. It's a booger to afford health insurance these days. BELIEVE ME, I KNOW. I've been unemployed in the last few months and now self-employed and shopping for health insurance is tough when you don't have an employer to pay half (or ANY). BUT there are MANY MANY MANY low-cost options that protect you from catastophic medical costs. I'm talking $50 a month can keep you from "going broke because you are sick." Granted, you are going to have to pay for it for a LONG time, but you will not go broke if you manage it properly. The insurance companies are just as eager to put you on a payment plan as the credit card companies, so just add it to the list. Personally, we chose the $380/per month family plan that keeps us from "going broke when we get sick". It was a sacrifice we were willing to take for better coerage. If it wasn't possible though, we would have at least gotten the $50 plan. That's LESS THAN AN AVERAGE CABLE BILL! Priorities.

Sorry for that, but in my mind this needed to be addressed. It's just so funny (in a *headslap* kind of way) that people do not think things through! The best part is that this is a liberal attempt to get peole to drum up more support for the stupid idea that the government will keep people from dying when they can't afford healthcare (especially children!! Don't forget the children!!) and keep us all from going broke when we get sick.. Otherwise known as Universal Health Care. Or socialism. Call it what you want.

I'm not saying the system doesn't need to be fixed. It absolutely does. But blindly following the crowd and trusting a few hundred government politicians to look after the health of multi-millions of Americans.. I just don't get it.

*Disclaimer: Positive comments are always welcome. Anything other than that, don't bother.

1 comment:

Jill said...

I agree with you. Someone called in or emailed Dave Ramsey and he addressed the whole health care issue. Someone asked if he thought health care was a basic human right, and he responded by saying how society is all me, me, me, and how we, as a society, think we're entitled to everything. And since when did providing for your family become a basic human right? Like you said, it's easy to afford a simple plan, and no emergency room is going to turn you away for not having insurance. There are free clinics, as well, so there's always that option, too. Something needs to be done about health care, but not what has been suggested.