Monday, March 22, 2010

Healthcare. Reformed.

I just couldn't take it anymore and decided to post my opinion on healthcare on my FB status last night.. I figured why not? Everyone else (that happens to be a close minded conservative) was doing it, why not me? I'm personally tired of being called a Socialist and I thought if they can call me a Socialist and sleep at night, I can refer to them as close minded. Problem here is that most of these people are my family. Family who I of course love and people who's opinion I value, I just don't happen to agree with when it comes to politics. Here's the rub, they have no value whatsoever in my opinion to believe they way I choose. I don't agree, so I am wrong. Period.

So here are my thoughts and maybe I have posted this before but I'm too lazy to go back and search for it right now. Pardon me while I go all glass half empty.. but I have to think like the conservatives here for a minute.

Am I happy with more Government intervention in my life? No, not really but I can sometimes see that they have to step in and moderate. Without their intervention on Healthcare - Insurance companies would continue to raise rates and price many many more people and businesses out of the access to health care....(This could be you there glass house.)

If your company had to choose between offering you health care or firing you, you are up a creek without a healthcare paddle. Healthcare shold not be tied to employment.

Healthcare needs to be affordable to everyone.... EVERY.ONE... Crack Whore included.

Am I willing to pay more to insure that the service is there one day in case I do need it? Yes. (stop rolling your eyes and see if you can control the spinning of your head here people)

I'm willing to pay into this service just like I'm happy that when the Socialist Fire Dept shows up to stop my house from burning to the ground, they aren't going to send me a bill later for their services. Same goes for when someone tries to break into my house. I'm glad I'm not forced to have to decide whether or not to make a call to that Socialist 911 number or let them rob me because I don't have money for the call. Hear what I'm saying here? It's free. And I kind of think it's a good thing.

According to Websters - Definition of Socialism: (I'm incredibly tired of this term combined with Communism being thrown around everywhere, so just in case you haven't looked it up, I thought I would get us all on the same page)

: any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods
2 a : a system of society or group living in which there is no private property b : a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state
3 : a stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done

Now, here is my final little scenario, brought to you by the glass half empty people that want to tell me I'm effing things up for my children's future. I can play this game too, only it has to do with protecting and providing for my children now.

*Picture It, United States, 2010*

Husband receives excellent Healthcare coverage through his employer, only the cost for that Healthcare continues to rise until Employer can no longer afford to offer this to their employees. Their policy is cancelled (Husband could also be fired for being a slackass, both paths will have the same result) We are left uninsured. We seek out policy's until we find one that we can "afford." It's bottom of the barrel, shitty ass coverage but hey, it's insurance against anything major that may happen until we can find jobs that will hopefully cover us... all 5 of us. Oh, did I not mention that this family of 5 just got coverage for 4, because one of our children has been dealt the bad kidney card that has resulted in surgeries and hospital stays - deeming her a pre-existing condition... Are you picking up what I'm putting down here? The child... the CHILD that probably needs coverage the most can't get it because she has a pre-existing condition.

I don't think I need to finish this scenario for you to understand how quickly we could personally become destitute.. This is one of the many reasons I believe in reform. Maybe you can't think that way because your children wouldn't be seen as having a pre-existing condition. I hope you never have to find out. But what I do know is that I feel better knowing something is there should I need it in the future.

I have not read the entire 2000 pages of this plan, I dare say none of you that want to argue me have, but I have read the summaries and I think it's more good than it is bad... It's my opinion, MY opinion. I'm entitled to it, just as you are yours.

32 Million people uninsured will now have access to Healthcare. I think that's a good thing, I just do.

For all of you negative Nancy's that are chomping at the bit to slam me in the comments, if you plan to use the words communism, socialist, or any variation of those words, please don't bother, I'm tired of your one trick pony. We don't agree, we won't agree, I only came here from FB because I had more room to type.

I'm so incredibly over the lack of support for this administration. He is the Effing President of the United States of America, (can I say that?) show some respect. You don't have to like his ways, but he's our President, and will be until the end of this term and maybe more. I didn't like Bush at the end of his term, but I respected him. And don't get me started on how he got us into this mess everyone wants to blame Obama for. Maybe if Obama wasn't having to fight such bitter hatred on all fronts he could actually get something done. It's called Bi-partisanship... and this Country needs it, bad.

I'm truly disgusted with all of the hatred I continue to read and hear. I'm not sure if you naysayers hate him because he's not a Republican or because he's a Muslim, wasn't born in this Country, has the mark of the beast, is the anti christ or because he's black. It's hard to tell with all of the racist jokes I here and absurd emails I get.

I'm done. Done defending my personal views to people who are too close minded to see that their opinion isn't always what's best for everyone. It may work for them (you) but that does not make it right for everyone.



countryfriedmama said...

I hesitate to comment publicly on this issue anywhere other than Twitter at this point, but it's hard to be quiet.

This particular (loudmouth) socialist agrees that "crack whores" deserve doctors, but I was really more concerned about my 31-year-old, middle class friend with stage-four pancreatic cancer who would have had a hell of a time finding coverage after she beats her horrible disease.

I was more concerned about my brother, who is self-employed; my father-in-law who was laid off; my brother-in-law who is entering law school and all the fine, upstanding citizens who work as hard as anyone else and have literally had to choose between their health and their mortgage payments.

It wasn't right. It's going to get better. I am relieved.

123 said...

I also agree that health insurance should be affordable for everyone, but I do have some major issues with bill that was passed. There are certain things in it that just don't sit well with me. The whole abortion premium section....yea...I have some issues with the bill itself not with the idea of reforming the system to make it better for everyone.

I'm a Mom!..? said...

Thanks guys for the comments...

CFM - I agree completely - unfortunately I can't use the terms lawyers and self employed to make my point, they don't understand that this plan will help the upstanding citizens or that those upstanding citizens may actually need the help.

Amanda I totally respect your opinion, this rant of sorts really stems from the constant name calling and close mindedness.. I in no way think this is a perfect solution or a perfect administration.

J said...

I can't bring myself to comment on the issue itself - due to too many experiences with personal attacks.

But I applaud your willingness to stand up for what you think is right, to not engage in a game of I'm right/you're wrong and to respect the opinions of those who don't agree with you.

I wish more people shared your graceful approach to sharing opinions. Same for everyone that has commented thus far - bravo!

Leslie said...

Your position is well stated and understandable. I applaud you for thinking through the issues and how your family could be impacted in the future.

While I disagree about this package having more positives than negatives, I agree that there are some positives. I also agree that it is unfortunate that there are some on both sides who see the package as all good or all bad.

You are absolutely right on the respect issue as well. The President is in a position of leadership and authority. This should be respected without question. Even though I do not agree with Obama's stance on many issues, I will respect him as the elected leader of the country where I choose to live. Surely everyone could at least (!!) agree that he is a man who is devoted to his wife and wants the best for his children.

nancy said...

Dear person in which I don't know but read your blog ( yes.. I think that is stalking)

I am that person. I am the one that cannot get insurance for my family. OUr son was born 15 weeks early. We currently pay MORE than 14,000 a YEAR. He is 4. He has life time complications.

While this is in now way the most perfect system I LOVE your post. Don't be such closed minded that you can't see past their political, religous and whatever outlook.


Timeflies said...

Dear Cousin, I hope you will please forgive me if I have offended you. I do value your opinion and want you to offer it anytime you feel like it. I can easily withstand being argued with, and it doesn't bother me. I love you, but we don't have to agree. However, since I'm incapable of holding back on issues that are near and dear to me, and because I won't stop until everyone agrees with me (lol), I'm probably going to keep posting about things that frustrate or anger least until I run for office. :)

I don't even mind being called closed-minded. If I didn’t think I was absolutely right and that all data and historical evidence are on my side, why bother to argue at all? Closed-mindedness is a necessary state of mind for anyone who believes something to be true. Open-mindedness would imply that you don’t know what’s true or right, or at the very least that you blow with whatever wind comes along with no clear vision whatsoever.

Too, calling me (or those like me) “closed-minded” says something about what you think about me, but says nothing about the truth of the claims that I make. Shouldn’t it be about what is true about healthcare “reform?” I would gladly change my mind or position on the matter if there were any evidence, anywhere, of any kind, in any model, in any era of history that what is now being done will result in anything less than national bankruptcy, an extreme increase in insurance costs, extreme increases in taxes for businesses and individuals, exorbitant increases in government bureaucracy, and worse still – much less medical care and service for the general population. It is quite possible to hope and wish for it to be different, but expecting 2+2 to be 3 or 5 is just not going to happen.

Meanwhile, I’m happy to be called a conservative! (Which reminds me, why don’t you like being called a socialist? Is that not what you believe in?) The principles of conservatism offer the best chance for everyone to enjoy real liberty and to be successful. Capitalism has provided the highest standard of living ever known on earth. As Ayn Rand said, “The contrast between West and East Berlin, North Korea and South Korea is the latest demonstration, like a laboratory experiment for all to see. Yet those who are loudest in proclaiming their desire to eliminate poverty are loudest in denouncing capitalism. Man’s well-being is not their goal.” Indeed. This administration would be easy to support if they believed in these things. They do not, therefore I will fight against it. Why does showing respect mean I can’t disagree or argue against their policies? Especially without being labeled a racist, bigot, sexist or homophobe. If your position cannot withstand dissent, I’d say it’s a pretty weak position. That shouldn’t be hard to understand. We do the same for UAT. 

I’m sorry this is so long. You don’t have to post it. I truly don’t mean to make you angry or upset you further. I just wanted you to know that I do keep up with your blog, the good, bad and ugly, and I assume that the resentment is largely directed toward me (well, and maybe Joey – LOL!) since I know I’m by far the most vocal. You have no idea the passion I have for this! I’m truly sorry if it’s too much to take. I love you anyway!

Anonymous said...

Yeah... what she said!

Anonymous said...

I will fully admit to not know all I should about this. I WILL say I like parts of it and I don't like parts of it. I think health care should be available and affordable to EVERYONE. I don't give a SHITE if the person is old, young, healthy, sick, wealthy or lives in a box. I went without health insurance for 2 1/2 years and it was HORRIBLE! A minor trip to Urgent Care for a severe double ear infection, sinus infection and walking pneumonia cost us $200. My meds? Another $400. We're far from the poorhouse, but that $600 hurt us financially for the next couple of weeks.

I don't agree with the people that are all for or all against it. But, then again, they probably don't agree with me liking parts of it. And, that's ok.

Is Obama perfect? No. No one is--even the President. Is he being blamed for the problems Bush got us into? Yes and it's not right. But, like you, I respect the person that is President of my country. Just like I respect anyone who doesn't agree with me (on whatever the topic).

Please don't ever feel you have to hold back. Especially here. It's YOUR space. If someone doesn't like what you have to say, there's red "x" in the corner they can utilize at any given time.

All that said (and I'm sure it makes NO sense!), this post was wonderfully written. Very thoughtful. Good job!

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