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Healthcare is 'a privilege...not a right': GOP lawmaker

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posted on Mar, 6 2009 @ 09:53 AM
Easy statement coming from someone who gets government healthcare, retirement, probably the nanny and the car and the house too. Love congressmen who make statements like these,while insured of a cushy existence for the rest of their lives.

Healthcare isn't just about the individual, it is about the society.It benefits everyone.

Everyone having access to it means a much stronger society. It means everyone havign checkups. It means babies being born healthier, and going to full term.

It means that your coworker isnt' going to bring a disease into work to you, because they can't afford a doctor.

It means that a child isn't going to class with yours, while infected with a disease, because they can't afford healthcare and vaccinations.

It means worker productivity, that people are not called out sick for long lengths of time because they can't afford proper medical treatment that gets them on their feet earlier.

Think it is a privelage? Well then don't complain when your child contracts lice, ringworm, or scabies, chicken pox.

don't complain when you have to fill in for coworkers constantly, because they are out sick with a disease they can't treat.

Don't complain when a sick waiter hands you your food. Or a sick flight attendent works on a plane.

yes our ancestors went without healthcare, and the conditions were deplorable. children died constantly, many went without parents, many dealt with drug addictions, because of the stress.

Our ancestors WORKED VERY HARD for a better life, so we didn't have to live like that.

This is why the GOP is in the minority. They hyprocracy is amazing. Family values. blah!

They will force you to keep children that you can't take care of, and remove every safety net that is needed to take care of those children.

We will force you to keep that baby, yet we will not provide the critical prenatal care that is needed to ensure a healthy pregnancy.

No child should be left hungry and without healthcare, period.

And yet, they are the first to criticize nations for doing that very same thing.

They will force prayers in school, all in the name of morals. yet, they say anything that Jesus would of supported is a privelage. Sorry, but I think ol' JC would of liked healthcare for all.

Last but not least, we are not going to socialist healthcare. The plan is to have a government created healthcare in addition to private. That small companies, who otherwise can't afford it. Darn those small businesses, how dare they want to thrive? That means people will keep their private companies if they like them.

I think it works pretty well for both groups.

posted on Mar, 6 2009 @ 09:54 AM
We are Pro Life!

But because your mother was poor you didn't get the best education which lead to you not getting the best job. So basically you didn't work hard enough and that's why we are going to watch you slowly die. We just wanted to make sure you had your fair chance at life...

posted on Mar, 6 2009 @ 09:54 AM
reply to post by whaaa

Yeah my friend I noticed that first hand, he can afford the best health care money can buy, and as long as he suck up to the big private interest he probably gets lots of freebies.

I bet when he wants a treatment of controversial procedure here in the US he uses tax payer money to fly oversea to countries that are not tight.

posted on Mar, 6 2009 @ 09:55 AM
reply to post by 44soulslayer

I don't take anything, no kind of pharmacuetical prescribed by a Dr. I haven't for years. I might take an aspirin once in a blue moon.

My parents did not take any medications prescribed by a Dr. My father who was in his late 80's, died from a stroke in 2006. My mother, who takes no prescribed medication, will be 88 this year.

Health care begins at home. People need to be more responsible for their own health.

Some people take advantage of the system, those on medicaid, as I have seen from working at several hospitals.

I feel for myself, that health care should be provided, when I need it, because I would not be a person showing up in the emergency room for a common cold.

I do believe that the system needs an overhaul, with rules. If you show up for something like a cold in the emergency room, you should have to pay for it, or to the Dr. for the same.

Health insurance should be provided for other more serious needs. If I pay taxes for others to be on medicaid, and suddenly find myself in a position not having health care, then I should be entitled to benefits as well.

posted on Mar, 6 2009 @ 09:58 AM
Edit to add; I would have thought that it was quite clear what I feel about requiring the fruits of anothers labor to feed anothers hunger. In case my above answer is misread, or misunderstood, you should know that I am an eight year veteren of the military, and did so as a VOLUNTEER.

You guys are actually quite pathetic; carting out case after case to somehow justify the theft of another mans life.

It actually makes me sick to my stomach. Or maybe it's the food here in Britain.

posted on Mar, 6 2009 @ 09:59 AM

Originally posted by nixie_nox
Easy statement coming from someone who gets government healthcare, retirement, probably the nanny and the car and the house too. Love congressmen who make statements like these,while insured of a cushy existence for the rest of their lives.

Thanks for your entire post. You put very well into words, what I was thinking, and you brought up some very interesting points. If I could give you 50 stars for this one, I would!

posted on Mar, 6 2009 @ 10:00 AM

I have a considseration for you all to toss about, if you're so inclined.

The Medical "Arts" should not be an industrialized institution. The care and nurturing of the human body should not be organized into a profit-making venture. It seems paradoxic to me, that those who profit from the ailments of others would legitimately be inclined to see you NOT need their services.

The truth is, doctors are not the drivers of the ugly profit paradigm. It's the "Insurance" companies that use actuarial tables and betting gimmicks to make money over the possibility you will become ill. Further, the insittution is disinclined to pay out, finding every means necessary to REFUSE payment.

If you mandate healthcare (as was done in the US with car insurance) you are codifying the expense into a perpetual revenue flow for these racketeers who offer insurance.

Insurance companies are the reason the costs are so high. It behooves them that they continue to increase indefinitely. And here we are trying to FORCE healtchare to be considered as a 'right' which serves to continue to funnel money into the insurance company's pockets, while doing nothing for the person who is in the uncomfortable position of needing care they can't afford.

By the way, not to stray too far off-topic; Insurace companies are nothing more than investment BANKS (in layman's terms, these company's are legalized gambling, their actuarial tables demonstrate the metrics of their scam.

[edit on 6-3-2009 by Maxmars]

posted on Mar, 6 2009 @ 10:04 AM
reply to post by Maxmars

You are right just like big pharma one of th biggest lobbyist groups in Washington, they have the money they buy themselves a couple of politicians.

After all the are by the dozen for sell now a days.

What many don't even realized is that this big institutions also dictate who in this nation can afford health care and who is not.

As usual in America children are the ones that comes at the short hand of the deal

posted on Mar, 6 2009 @ 10:07 AM
Healthcare should be a right though, why shouldnt it.

In Canada its a right as it should be. What an @$$hat that Wamp guy is very ignorant. Even in Cuba and Costa Rica its a right.

The government would rather spend them billions on war and weapons instead of the health of its own people.

[edit on 6-3-2009 by disfugured]

posted on Mar, 6 2009 @ 10:41 AM

Originally posted by Angry Danish
Where in the Constitution does it say we have to obey the UN? Nowhere. This argument means absolutely nothing.

Well, if the States go down the economic toilet and we are repackaged as the NAU, with an Amero... What has the Constitution to do with it? A "higher authority" will be established, and George W. will have been right.

posted on Mar, 6 2009 @ 10:53 AM

Originally posted by JohnnyCanuck

Originally posted by skeptic1 Healthcare is not a right. It never has been.

I honestly don't know where the sense of entitlement in this country has come from...It is sad that so many now feel entitled to things that prior generations have worked hard to earn and afford.

Universal Health Care is a mark of a civilized society, and taxes are the price one pays for civilization. In my opinion, anything else less is barbarism.

Barbarism you say?

Let's look at England for an example of your free health care and I'll show you examples of Barbarism, as was explained to me by Mark Levine on his talk show yesterday by himself during one of his visits to England.

He said that he stepped into one of the hospitals to get money from an ATM and noticed a very long line of people. So he returned to his cab and asked the cabbie what those people were in line for. The cabbie said that's how it works - when you go to the hospital you get in a queue. At the end of the queue they determine what kind of medical care you need and then you go to a waiting room or what-not. He said those people standing in a queue can be there with a broken arm or bleeding finger or worse. And oftentimes they will wait in that queue for hours!

Also, one of his callers responded to that account with his own account saying that his father, in London, was sick and so they called a doctor. They had to wait four days for a doctor to make a housecall and determine if he should be admitted to a hospital. His father was admitted and went to a giant ward that reminded him of the 1920's. There were so many people and too few staff that his father never saw anyone after being admitted. The caller finally said that he withdrew his father from the ward and flew him to the U.S. to receive real health care.

That's what you get with Universal/Free health care. That, sir, is barbarism! Is that what you want to happen to this country? You want huge lines, understaffed hospitals and decades-old conditions just to satisfy your idealism?

What we have here in America isn't perfect, but it's the best health care in the world.

posted on Mar, 6 2009 @ 11:10 AM
reply to post by 44soulslayer

Then why should I pay property taxes? I dont go to school, I don't call the police (I hanlde that myself) or even the fire department (again I handle that myself). I dont use any governmental services nor do I need a huge offensive based military.

So what right do YOU have YOU using MY money?

Because we are not animals. We are supposed to be humane. Go get some humanity.

People cannot afford insurance and most jobs do not even offer it. Our health care system has costs that are way out of control and we need to shift to being more like humans and a bit less dog eat dog.

posted on Mar, 6 2009 @ 11:16 AM
Why does everything have to be looked at as: Either - Or?

I support basic needs for everyone. That does not mean I support welfare or a free home or free Top Notch medical care.

Basic means basic. There's lots of open land out here in the desert which could house many people in tents.

Basic: if the only free healthy care available is standing in line for 4 hours - - then I'm willing to stand in line.

How does that mean - - for those who can afford to pay for better - can't get better?

I don't see why doctors and med students can't be required to spend a certain amount of time in Free Clinics - - - and also have a private practice.

I question those who bring up Entitlement.

posted on Mar, 6 2009 @ 11:21 AM
reply to post by Annee

I question those who bring up Entitlement.

Why? Isn't expecting the government to provide for you a "sense of entitlement"?

The reason I brought up the entitlement issue is that this is a new thing (new as in it wasn't prevalent in my parents or grandparents' generations). Where did this come from?? Universal health care wasn't even a blip on the radar 15-20 years ago....and, all of the sudden, it is like we cannot survive without it.

I think that the sense of entitlement and the whole "universal [insert whatever here]" go hand in hand. It seems that personal responsibility and taking care of yourself and your own has gone out the window.


[edit on 3/6/2009 by skeptic1]

posted on Mar, 6 2009 @ 11:26 AM

Originally posted by skeptic1

Why? Isn't expecting the government to provide for you a "sense of entitlement"?

[edit on 3/6/2009 by skeptic1]

The Reagans were against Stem Cell research until they felt the need.

Calling something Entitlement - when you have what others don't.

I support basic needs to every human. And I do mean basic. I do not support welfare.

posted on Mar, 6 2009 @ 11:46 AM
Hah health care is a privilege, I bet that mo-f'er would change his tune real quick if he had to buy stuff like insulin on his own dime. It gets very obvious very fast that big pharmaceutical companies are literally extorting people with their products to live(money for life) when you or someone you know literally needs something from the pharmacy to live but doesn't have insurance.

[edit on 6-3-2009 by Shakesbeer]

posted on Mar, 6 2009 @ 11:46 AM

Originally posted by Angry Danish

Where in the Constitution does it say we have to obey the UN? Nowhere. This argument means absolutely nothing.

Article 6 of the US Constitution is as follows:

All Debts contracted and Engagements entered into, before the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be as valid against the United States under this Constitution, as under the Confederation.

This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.

The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States

Now this part any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.

This means that if the UN passes their Anti-Blasphemy resolution then it does not apply because of our 1st amendment. As far as international law goes, i.e. torture, unlawful imprisonment, rendition, and all such things are covered by existing Federal and State Law so the UN charter applies here. Under Article 6 the Geneva Convention, UN Charter, NATO accords and a whole host of other treaties, like NAFTA are supreme law of the land. It doesn't make it right, but it is supported by the Constitution.

On a side note, I think we should tell those people to get the hell out and bulldoze the UN building or turn it into low-income housing or something.

This is a dicey one for me however, when it come to health care I believe that Insurance companies should cover ALL preexisting conditions and quit looking for way not to pay out when we have so many that pay in.

That said I don't want it to be socialized because I don't want my tax dollars going to boob jobs.

[edit on 6-3-2009 by projectvxn]

posted on Mar, 6 2009 @ 12:06 PM
Does he consider his salary a privilege or a right? Where does the money for his salary and health insurance come from?

If we as workers, and consumers, all put into the health care system, then yes it will be considered a right for a US citizen to have health care. I would be more than happy to pay into a national health care system if it meant that I would have good health care coverage. We already, via taxes, pay for roads, bridges, schools, police, fire, federal and state salaries, etc, and it is our rights to have these services. Nobody likes to be taxed, but sometimes they are appropriate and can be used to better society. By relying on two types of tax revenue (income and consumer), then everyone puts in and everyone can have health care.

My 2 cents.

posted on Mar, 6 2009 @ 12:14 PM
Have we progressed or regressed?

Animal = survival of the fittest

Evolved Human = ??????????

posted on Mar, 6 2009 @ 12:15 PM
reply to post by LoneGunMan

We should blame the Free trade whores for that one those in Washington that pursue the Free trade agreements help kill the last companies in America that were able to afford health care and benefits for their employees.

When this companies went oversea they were able to use the countries where they are slave labor and lack of human rights to make more money.

Is so peachy in America now a days that makes me feel warm and cozy while been ask to bend a littler more please.

AIG and BofA needs more of my tax payer their CEOs needs more massages and lap dances.

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