Free Government Medical? For or Against?
Friday, May 20, 2011
Hello SP Friends:
I am writing this blog to ask you, the reader; Free Government provided Medical Care? Are you for it or against it? I do not like many things about it but at the same time in our current situation I would have to say I am for it at this time in my life.
My daughter is 20. She was having pain in her jaw. She went to the dentist. Dentist says, "You have Bone Impacted Wisdom teeth. We need to do oral surgery to remove them right away." She is scheduled for surgery on May 31st. The cost (she has NO insurance) $3,000.00. They are going to be kind and let her make payments. This is RARE! Most places want full payment at the time of service but even at this she has to pay $167 for 18 months. She has to move out of her appartment and move in with her sister in order to be able to afford these payments while she is also currently trying to pay for her college education.
So, then today I take my husband to the doctor (again we also have NO insurance because he was laid off in May last year and I am a substitute teacher with NO benefits). The doctor says he has a inguinal hernia and he needs surgery ASAP before it strangulates his intestines. We say, "We have NO insurance." Doctor says, "I will call around and see if I can find a doctor who will do the surgery and take payments." So we were sent home to wait for the phone to ring to see if my husband can even get the surgery he needs.
I have heard that an argument against this government provided medical care is that people wait for needed surgeries. It is already happening. We may not even get this surgery unless it strangulates and becomes life-threatening and we go to the ER and it becomes an emergency surgery that they can't deny; rather than a surgery before it gets to that point just because we are poor.
The poor in this country and other countries are expendable. WE are a dime a dozen. I do not know for sure what all of the arguments are for or against this medical care but if you have ever been sent home knowing you or a loved one needs surgery and may not get it because of a lack of insurance, it may change your own perspective on the situation.
So, what do you think on this? Please be respectful of others' opinions. We all have one and there is NO right or wrong answer in this situation. I am just wondering if I am missing something here. I am neither democrat or republican. I am an American! I am tired of the arguments between parties and just want "the government" which is made up of people to stop campaigning from the floor of the Senate and Congress and look out the windows at their fellow Americans and get something accomplished. This is NOT the democrats fault! This is NOT the republicans fault! This is the people's fault who hold any office on capital hill that have forgotten the American people because they are so busy looking in the mirror and trying to focus on themselves.
I wish we could fire every last one of them and replace them with farmers and small business men and women and teachers and nurses and construction workers etc... then and only then might our "governement" that is "for the people and by the people" be worth the Peoples' time!
God Bless you all and I hope I did not offend anyone. Please invite others to read my blog. I am not looking to be popular I just really want to hear from as many people as possible to see if the rest of America is on the same page with me or do I need to re-evaluate my thinking. Thanks to you all.
PS: Weight management and care should be included in preventative care because obesity is the leading cause of heart disease and diabetes and back and muscle problems and many other preventable diseases.
OK...I'm done ranting...