posted on May, 14 2008 @ 04:10 AM
I am responding to the OP and a few other posts that I have skimmed.
I think that universal healthcare would be great. Do I think it's possible, maybe, and even if not completely, I think at least some healthcare being
free would be a nice break for some.
When I picture Universal Healthcare, I think it would be similar to that as active duty military. Since I am, this will be the best thing in which I
have to compare. We pay 26 a month, or that's what comes out of our paychecks for our medical. Now on ships, the medical is not so great and since
america isn't a giant ship, I will compare it to shore duty medical.
First, I want to respond to a post that said everyone will go to the doctor for every scratch and clog up appointments. Well, in the navy you have
sick call. You have to get up early as heck and wait in a line and they have someone that screens you, if you are really sick, they make a doctors
appoinment for you, same day, if you just have a cold they issue you a cold pack, if you have a scratch, well I assume they will give you a bandaid.
There, that weeds out unessessary appointments.
I have had a baby, for free. I have had a root canal and my wisdom teeth pulled for free. I have paid nothing for prescriptions (well I guess if you
guys want to cound 26 dollars a month, but for all this, thats chump change).
Also, it has to be a scary thing not having medical insurance. I mean one never knows what could happen to them. An overnight hospital stay can ruin
someone financially. One doesn't know if they will get into a car wreck tomorrow and have to have emergency heart surgery that will cost hundreds of
thousands of dollars.
I guess I will never see the logic in NOT wanting universal healthcare. I would be more than willing to pay double the amount, what did I read 50
bucks, to help someone be able to get proper healthcare. I mean isn't that a right? To be able to live a life where you can actually get the medicine
prescribed to you without waiting or better yet without dying because you couldn't afford it? What about the guy on Sicko, who had to choose which
finger he wanted to save! WTF. Why should we have to chose which of our OWN fingers we can afford?
Something really has to change. There are way too many people in financial ruin, over WHAT!? The fact that they were sick? They needed surgery?
C'mon. Everyone deserves the right to affordable, available and quality healthcare. Bottomline.
So, in conclusion of this rambling post, I would have to say that I think the universal healthcare will work, why? because they already do it in the
military, or the navy at least, and in my opinion, it is working just fine. Sure we have some people who never think that anything is good enough, but
i've always been given professional and quality care (off ships, ships are another story).
I just had a thought... why don't those that don't want to participate still continue with their current health insurance. And those that want to do
universal healthcare can pay 50 bucks and not have to worry about which finger they can keep if they ever have to make that choice.
Well, enough rambling from me.
Big props to the OP.