Originally posted by Arcane Demesne
My fiancé's Mother works selling oxygen tanks for the elderly. From her stories, I wouldn't want to be on Medicare. They can only go to certain
doctors, and can only buy certain medicines.
Actually, this is the case with private HMO's, not Medicare. If you have private insurance under an HMO plan, you have to go to a doctor in their
network. Then, if he prescribes you medicine, or says you need a surgery, the insurance company may, or may not, approve it.
This is what people need to know. EVEN IF THEY HAVE INSURANCE, they are not covered for everything. The documentary/expose "Sicko" explores this in
depth, and is an absolute must-see. It is the policy of some insurance companies to deny ALL claims the first time around. Remember, an insurance
company can only make a profit if it denies claims for their customers.
That is the fundamental problem. Remove the profit incentive, and you eliminate the need to deny care.
This is why I'm so against our Government and their programs.
This is a very important point, so I both hope and pray you will give thought to what I'm going to say. You have hit at the very heart of our problem
As you know, "government" is not an abstract entity, but is simply a congregation of people we ourselves hire through the ballot box. If we don't
like their job performance, it is our duty to fire them, and hire others who can get the job done.
Right now, government is populated for the most part by businessmen with strong corporate ties. They do *not* want government to work for us, because
when government *does* work, they lose money from their corporations. They will intentionally sabotage government programs, and they have billions of
dollars to advertize their propaganda supporting their positions.
Most government officials right now, as well as most presidential candidates, are receiving millions of dollars in insurance company donations. This
isn't because the insurance comapnies actually like Hillary or Romney, it's because they want to attach strings in case they are elected.
If we hire people who *want* to make government work, and who are accountable to the people instead of large corporations, we can have a different
outcome. This is extremely important because the insurance companies are not accountable to us; we do not publicly elect their officials. But we can
have a revolution at the ballot box, and knock the corporate-fascist state on its ass.
People are now wanting change, and they want it desperately. Kucinich and Paul are the most radical, but even Obama and Edwards have really good
ideas, and understand the basic problems. This could be an exciting time in our history, and for the first time in years I'm thinking that
maybe...just maybe.... these guys can fix this mess.
[edit on 9-1-2008 by Masonic Light]