Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Obama Care - what's your opinion?

Robins Commentary --

It's really funny in a way when you think about it... nationwide healthcare, and why we do not have it.

I personally would like most people are in agreement that it is something that is needed or at least would be nice to have the option available, however, one of the biggest drawbacks is that it would be run by the government.

And we know that we can trust the government, right? Not!

we see examples of that every day regarding corruption, bureaucracy and lack of checks and balances in general. Oregon, in my opinion, is especially guilty on that latter one.

Take a look at some of the existing programs, such as Medicare, Oregon healthcare, the VA and of course everybody's favorite, the DMV. All fine examples of a government-run system.

Let's take a quick look at Medicare from first-hand experience. Our grandmother who is living with us who I shall call Granny, 71 years old and on Medicare. In order to receive some of the benefits that are offered by Medicare, sometimes they flexed her muscles and put on what I consider some ridiculous report armistice was she can obtain a few of her benefits.

For example, they force us a couple years ago to hiring housekeeper or lose a couple of her benefits. Now I could see hiring housekeeper that she looked totally to herself, but that was not the case. But we gave in and hired a housekeeper. I mean, what else are you going to do?

Obama care, just like Hillary Clinton when she tried to push nationwide healthcare is something at some point the United States should actually have. Whether they provide the program itself or its a subsidized program, something is better than nothing.

But it should be a choice. I mean, should not be something like for example if you decide for whatever reason not to have government health care, that your business. Like Michigan, and the Obama care proposal, those who declined government health care, will be penalized on their taxes at the end of the year.

I mean really, think of it logically. If you can afford the money for healthcare, how the world can you afford money to pay a penalty for not having health care.


Look how many people have to struggle each year just to come up with their property taxes.

If we are going to go ahead with government health care, life totally reinvent the wheel. Take a look at the other countries that currently have government health care and take a look at what works and what does not work and design a system based on that information.

Little bit closer to home...

In this economy, especially in Oregon with unemployment still holding at about 12.2%, with the cost of living, taxes and fees constantly increasing, you have to cut corners wherever possible. In most cases, health care is not even on the priority list. You pray that you stay healthy and nothing happens.

Then something unforeseeable comes along.

Granny, was recently diagnosed with small cell cancer and it is rapidly spreading through her body. Last week, I had to be rushed to the hospital emergency room for really intense stomach pains.

I am scheduled to have my gallbladder removed. The cost of the emergency room visit was just under $5000. The operation for the gallbladder $19,000 and up, assuming no complications.

The cost for Granny's treatment including chemotherapy and radiation, well let's just say they were putting pillows on the floors for when we get the bills.

Obama care, if it was written as President Obama preaches would probably help out a lot.

However, it's like I said at the beginning of this post. You don't really think much about it until it happens to you and it really does become a life or death decision.


Blogger OregonGuy said...

I think about this a lot. In the last 12 years I've saved some $80,000.00 in unspent medical insurance payments.

If it were possible for me to solicit a health care plan that paid only for the type of thing you're dealing with, I would have spent that money.

But Oregon has an amazing number of mandated coverages. It is too expensive to buy insurance as an individual. Especially with after-tax dollars.

Would reform help? Sure. But the Left does not want reform. They want to take over. Will I be better off?

Prolly not.

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