posted on Dec, 9 2009 @ 10:06 AM
I have to agree, free healthcare is awesome.
I'm in the U.S., Massachusetts specifically, a state which REQUIRES everyone to have health insurance, be they employed or not. If you don't have
insurance, you pay some heavy penalties when it comes to tax time. Well, what happens to those who can't afford it because they are unemployed or
their employers don't offer it? The state of MA offers it at discount or no cost at all if you can't afford it. An example is my father. The economy
destroyed his business (which had been doing well up until this point) and now he couldn't afford the ridiculous private (BS) healthcare that this
country is so famous for. He applied for the free state healthcare and got it. He has no copays for anything, not his doctor visits, not his meds, not
anything. Over the last year he had to go to the hospital a couple of times and he got fantastic treatment. He had to get a new pair of glasses, they
were completely covered. I on the other hand have Anthem Blue Cross through my employer and it SUCKS. I have to pay hundreds of dollars out of pocket
for a pair of glasses. When I got sick the copays for doctors and meds cost more than I could afford, and then I had to get approvals from the
insurance company to have certain procedures done. His doctors chosen by the MA healthcare system are on the ball. His primary physician checks in
with him a couple of times a week to see how he's doing and if he's taking his meds. Mine, when I saw him last month, barely had the time for me and
shooed me out the door.
I'm all for the free healthcare. I'll gladly pay more in taxes knowing that everyone is equally covered, and knowing that if I ever am in a hard
spot in the future, I will have that option.
By the way, the U.S. is ranked number 37 on the quality of healthcare when it comes to all the countries in the world by WHO (last I checked anyway).
Cuba is number 36. They have better healthcare than we do. That's sad (but good for Cuba I guess).