I have a feeling I’m going to step in it today. I’ve been trying to research the health care reform bill over the past few days, as I mentioned in last weeks blog. Unfortunately I didn’t get any responses from people explaining to me what they liked/disliked about the bill itself. So, I’ve had to do my own digging, and listening to media outlets & opinions that simply state, ” like/dislike it because I don’t/do like it.” Which to me makes no sense what-so-ever!
*UPDATE* One of my friends posted this small questionnaire from the Washington Post, that has you answer four questions for yourself to see how the new reform will affect you. According to my answers, nothing will change for me in my coverage nor my taxes, according to my tax bracket.
So, today, as I was super busy yesterday & last night, I’m reading up on my Facebook comments from friends. I come from a Red State majority and grew up in the Bible belt of the U.S. If you’re unfamiliar with that term, I recommend looking it up. Needless to say, many of my friends are unhappy with the outcome of the vote. Throughout the day, I’m going to post some of the comments & responses (without names) to see what others think of this, and to see if I’m grossly negligent in the information I have obtained to support my argument.
One thing that should be noted is that I have experience with Medicaid and state sponsored health insurance programs for those with little to no insurance, who cannot afford full private health insurance premiums due to income/family size.
The following comments come from my friends in Kansas (I grew up there until age 12. My parents & sister moved back in 1992, while I stayed in college in Texas):
Socialism is on its way unless the 3rd branch can gives us the needed balance of power. Of course, the process of a republican take over has begun. Can somebody explain why a 26 year old should still be under his parents’ insurance? craziness
#2: Only if he is still a full time college student going to be a politician to stop the insanity? Im bout to toss out a 19 yr old myself lol
ME: Two words, graduate school. How many full time college students do you know who also have full time jobs that provide health insurance, or go to a school with a decent health facility for students?
Original Comment: Oh so we need a govt program to support the health of someone who decides to stay in school. I just remember having health insurance thru my school and never having to go to the hospital anyway. Besides isn’t that what medicaid was designed for lol
ME: In essence, no. Also, most college aged students, unfortunately do NOT qualify for Medicaid, because they do have part time jobs that do not provide insurance. Also, Medicaid has certain provisions that one must meet to qualify. Which is why they extended the age, to allow insurance for these individuals (who don’t qualify for Medicaid). Also, non disabled single adults 21-64 years old, must make less than $706/month to qualify. When I had a 20 hr/week job or seasonal job, I made more than that at minimum wage in 1992 & 1999.
Explanation: The purpose of Medicaid is to provide medical assistance on behalf of families with dependent children and of aged, blind, or individuals with disabilities, whose income and resources are insufficient to meet the costs of necessary medical acute care and long-term care services. States have the option to participate in this State-Federal partnership and have the flexibility to design a program that meets the specific needs of its population within statutory guidelines.
Evidence: Medicaid was created in 1965 as a jointly funded Federal-State (including the District of Columbia and the Territories) health care insurance program for certain low-income families, the indigent aged, and individuals with disabilities. State participation in the Medicaid Program is voluntary; however, all States have participated since 1982.
This comes from a friend from Texas:
Comment: Letter to Representative Henry Cuellar,
I am deeply saddened to hear that you voted to ruin the best health care system in the world. I’m not saying it is without faults, but if you look around at other countries with similar systems you’ll see that the citizens who can afford it leave their “free” health care to come here for treatment. What is needed is TORT reform to make health care more affordable by putting an end to frivolous lawsuits that drive up costs.
While I do follow politics avidly, I usually don’t engage actively in campaigns. That will be changing as a result of your vote on this matter. I will be actively campaigning for whomever is running against you and anyone else who didn’t have the guts to stand up for the beliefs of their constituents and voted with this president who brought Chicago-style corruption to Washington D.C.
Thank you for your time, but not your representation.
ME: I’m sorry, but best health care system in the world? According to the World Health Organization we rank #37. Behind the following countries: France (1), Oman (8), Colombia (22), Saudi Arabia (26), Costa Rica (36). But I admire that you vocalized your displeasure with your representative.
#2: Bryan Underwood is running against Cuellar. I am sure he would appreciate your support. Good for you on speaking out, C.
#3: Great letter C. I voiced my opinion in the beginning to Mr Cuellar that i oppose this, but it doesn’t matter what the people say…for now. I will not support any representative that voted for this either. The WHO is a PINKO commy organization anyways… I’m surprised they have us that high.
Original Commenter: I appreciate your view Kari, but the WHO is no better than the organization from which it started, the United Nations. They both have their own agenda and neither should be trusted implicitly. Socialized medicine is the beginning of the end of freedom and liberty. Once a citizenry is reliant on the government for their health, the government has control over their lives, literally, and can force it’s will on them much easier. I don’t see or hear of Americans going to any of the countries you named to take advantage of their “superior” health care systems.
#4: There are an overwhelming number of ultra-liberal professors who spawn impressionable students globally who generate whatever statistic pleases their mentor. Stating anything else is naïveté
Bottom line is the country is in the hands of day dreamers and basket weavers without focus on the reality of the numbers. A fine illusion was created to sell this bill but we will soon realize and be forced to live in the delusional reality of the president’s half-baked health care fantasy
#5: as opposed to the jack off who fucked off billions in budget surplus for a trillion dollar deficit for more tax breaks for the rich, and a idiotic war of revenge to prove w had a bigger dick than his old man didnt do a thing to wreck our economy-torturing people, holding children indefinately with out trial, listening to peoples phone calls without a warrant and wiping their ass with the constitution oo-o8 didnt even rate on the ‘begining of the end’ radar for you folks, but a huge give away to the insurance companies that might see a few more poor people not have to go bankrupt over medical bills is ‘socialized medicine’ you wouldnt know socialism if it bit you on the ass. tax breaks for businesses? socialism. govt subsidies? socialism. trade barriers? socialism. its all such whining. oh noes! poor people might get help from the government-the world as we know it is ending! wah-wah-wah
Once again, Kansas (and a comment from a Kansan now living in Colorado)
Comment: Taxation without representation, comes to mind!
#2: Looks like congress and the president have sealed their political fates.
#3: Dictator Obama lied, cheated, and stole and finally got what HE wanted. I thought he worked for us?
Me: I guess the voters had nothing to do with this? Seriously! People vote, someone loses, you can’t make everyone happy. At least they allowed people to make the choice on who was voting on what. If your congress/senate person didn’t vote the way you wanted, did you express your displeasure by writing them, or calling them? I know I have. The majority vote, represented the majority of people who voted these individuals into office. So, those who didn’t get their person in office are going to feel slighted. That’s the way of government. Some of the people some of the time, not all of the people all of the time, comes to mind.
#3: We had a whole huge petition that went around here in Colorado so our Rep. would vote against it. It was huge and all over the news…didn’t matter she voted for it anyways and now everyone is on the band wagon to make sure she doesn’t get reelected. Just another sign they don’t vote the way their people want them too. So we feel slighted and we did have our person in office, but she had her own agenda.
Here are a few from those friends of mine who aren’t opposed. These come from New York, mostly. (Warning: some may find the sarcasm offensive. Here is your only warning.)
Original Comment: Oh my God, you guys. HCR passed tonight and already they’re kicking down doors and dragging people into the streets to bring them before the Death Panels. Palin was right, it’s like “Logan’s Run” out there!
#2: I legit lold
#3: the fact that this is going to ruin at least 2 future Glenn Beck sexual encounters is good enough for me.
OC: Must be the tickle-fights.
#3: The very large multinational company I work for has gone bankrupt. So has any smaller business. People are having abortions in the streets. I think I saw someone feasting on a fetus.
OC: That was me. I was starving because I’d already lost my job because they went bankrupt too.
#4: Guys, I just saw one of Obama’s evil robots (Obamatons) eat Sam Waterston’s medicine. Those SNL skits were prophetic after all!
ME: It’s insane! Dogs & cats living together! Mass hysteria!
#5: God help the elderly with this health care bill
ME: Oh yeah, because Medicaid Part D is such a great program right now. I like to eat donuts, but I prefer not to get stuck in a donut hole when it comes to my prescriptions, which increase as you get older. This program all but eliminated that donut hole, so yes, I think there’s been an improvement.
I will be updating this throughout the day, so come back and visit to see what other things I see, and comment on. Feel free to comment yourself here.