posted on Jul, 22 2009 @ 11:33 AM
I think a lot of people forget that the majority of hospitals in the the U.S. are privately owned. In any business, making a profit is the goal. For
those who purchase health insurance for themselves and/or their families, can attest to the fact that over the last few years, insurance premiums have
risen, and so have the costs for hospital treatment. The reason being for this is not the greed of the hospitals or the insurance companies, but
rather, those without insurance are not able to be turned away, and using hospital equipment, labor, etc. In other words, those who use the hospital
and can't pay their bills, those with insurance have to pay for them, either in premiums, co-pays, and/or hospital care.
Now, do I feel that individuals should be turned away from receiving health care assistance? To a certain extent. The reason I say this is that there
are many free health clinics out there that help with issues such as the common cold and even that of broken bones. But when individuals enter the
emergency room because they have the flu, I absolutely believe they should be turned away.
The problem with the U.S. is that we have catered to people who don't take responsibility for themselves. Instead of buying a gas guzzling car, or
spending on other frivolous material goods, why not purchase health insurance? Ever since, hospitals were forced to not turn anyone without health
insurance away, they have been considerably in the red. I know for a fact that government run hospitals in the Los Angeles County areas are severely
in the red, but some have even shut down. The reasons why? The government no longer want to fund them, and those who go/went through them, run off
before paying the bill.
I hear people saying, tax the rich. What makes us believe that the rich don't work as hard or perhaps even harder than the average American? I know
many individuals who make $250K a year, but work more than 80 hours a week. I feel that Americans are so spoiled that they envy those who have
something better, so they try to do whatever it takes to bring those people down. I have to say to that, get over yourself, nothing in life is free,
and if it were, there's a huge catch to it.
If this country wants to save money, it's rather simple, but first, the politicans need to learn to make decisions not based on potential votes the
next time election, but rather, what's best for the country. The government should stay out of private business, and private businesses should take
accountability for their actions.