posted on Jul, 29 2009 @ 12:23 AM
1. Increase insurance rates massively.
I am shocked at how much some families must pay already! Agree that Americans need to learn when and when not to visit a doctor. Elective surgery
should not be a part of any insurance. Whether it is for private or public payment, these corrections are indeed necessary.
2. Stop treating illegal aliens.
Medical care must be given, even at a minimal level, to any human being. Businesses need to stop hiring illegal workers. If people are here living
beyond visas, not necessarily working, that needs to be taken care of.
3. Local systems.
The GOP plan believes that buying insurance out of state would save money. Americans need an insurance plan, not job based, that they can use
4. Pay as you go.
Deductibles are so high for many Americans, that this amounts to essentially the same thing. When one pays $110 for a 10 minute wait in a dedicated
waiting room for cancer treatment, I doubt most people could pay that out of pocket.
Americans have been encouraged to "take more of their health care in their own hands" by...tada!...asking for, no demanding, pills and treatments
they see in tv advertisements, whether they need them or not! There was one doctor in town who always had her prescription pad in hand, ready to hand
out an RX for anything her patients demanded.
Americans have been demanding more and more non-essential items to be paid from their health insurance. I can remember when chiropractors were not
covered; now these visits include massages or items not truly needed for the care, when push comes to shove. I blame the profession, although some may
say they have to offer these services/items to stay in business...then something is wrong.
One insurance plan I heard of had to stop paying for certain procedures (for obesity), because they were paying out more to treat side affects/what
went wrong than they were for the procedure.
I noticed a commercial for the snack food industry lately, trying to get sympathy from people to contact their congressman if anyone tries to tax
their products! Criminy! They show a family camping, getting ready to enjoy a treat of a soda/juice drink! That is not typical of how such crap junk
food is used these days, unlike when such products were first used YEARS AGO.
Nowadays many children, teens, adults have such unhealthy non-food items as a substitute for water or juice, drinking it morning, noon, and night! Any
wonder fast food places like to be placed near high schools?! Any wonder our young people are already overloading the health care system with problems
due to being overweight?! Years ago, I could count on one finger a classmate who was overweight.
When Americans don't get the exercise they need, that's also a recipe for a health disaster. Walk, don't ride...well, at least climb stairs and
park further from an entrance.
And consider the elderly's (or anyone for that matter) quality of life. Don't keep grandma "alive" when she doesn't want to. Years ago babies
born who were not going to live long were allowed to die right after birth, not kept alive by extraordinary means. We may want to take every measure
to save every severely premature baby, but at what cost, both in dollars and quality of life?
Years ago, I heard this anecdotal about how the cost of open heart surgeries was first determined. Doctors gave an outrageous price, thinking
insurance companies would never pay it...they did. So, Americans are getting the high cost of health care, because it's allowed.