reply to post by wmd_2008
Some people have a strange outlook, I am from
the the UK we have the NHS which is free at
point of use is not really free as we pay National
Insurance on our wages which works out at
about 9% approx.
We already had Medicaid and Medicare for the needy, people who could truly not afford medical care. If you go to the hospital, you are never denied
medical care, and if you qualify, you are instantly signed up for Medicaid, which is a state level benefit. If you have a serious illness, you also
get Medicare, a Federal benefit.
People must either not read their paystubs, or not realize it, but much of those tax dollars deducted go to pay Medicare and Medicaid, then Federal
Income Tax. So many people in the US, in fact, about 49%, pay out of their checks in taxes, but get it all back at tax season, so their equivalent
donation is ZERO.
The other 51% pay the rest. Of that 51%, the top 3% pay the most.
Then, you have corporations like GE, Facebook, etc., that pay nothing in taxes, but earn billions a year. How is that even right?
I would be HAPPY if all I paid for healthcare was a measly 9%. I would find that GLORIOUS!
However, not only do I pay more than 40% of my income in premiums alone, I also pay all of the out of pocket expenses untill a total deductible of
5700.00 is reached, THEN my insurance kicks in at 90/10.
After all of that expense, a measly 9% of my income would be CAKE. But, then, I have heard the horror stories of the NHS, the wait times, etc., and I
have to ask, is it worth it?
I am starting, God help me, to wish for single payor, which is Obama's goal in the end. It would be a relief at this point.