posted on Apr, 9 2010 @ 01:05 AM
Like some of the earlier posters here, you have to wonder if you're 10+ pages into the responses... will anybody even see it?
Oh well, here goes anyway.
I don't know what health insurance you people have that make you satisfied with the state of health care in this country. It's obviously not
available in my area. I am a subscriber with an HMO as their's is the only premium I can afford. Even with that, and a $1000 deductible, the
premiums for family coverage are equivalent to a 16% tax and if we actually have an emergency that rate will go to over 18%. Add that to my other
taxes and my effective rate is currently 40% with social security (not counting state, local or sales taxes).
The primary care physician I am assigned to is every bit as overworked as any doctor in the Canadian system. Trying to see a specialist can easily
take as much as 8 weeks. This is one area I could rant on endlessly... talking about the shortcomings of HMOs. More traditional insurance has it's
own nefarious methods.
Yes, ours is a great system if you are in a position to BUY your treatment, like the Saudi Prince. If you're one of the poor tax paying serfs,
you're relegated to standing in line and being treated by physicians assistants in training hospitals and you have to pray that you don't contract
MRSA while in their care.
My biggest gripe is overall value. Our tax rate is ALREADY nearly as high as any developed country in the world, but we have nothing to show for it
other than an extraordinary war machine and bloated government.
In many developed countries, you're eligible for a secondary education for those tax dollars, paid time off, healthcare. Not here; in fact, unless
you're prepared to PAY for education, you're lucky if you get better than mediocre primary education, our infrastructure is falling apart, no health
For those who do not understand people wanting to maintain their right to bear arms, you need to read and understand the second amendment. If ever in
the history of this country people needed to be armed, it is NOW. Unfortunately, we have funded our government's superior armament.
It IS a crying shame that so many gun owners abuse their rights. If you will do your research, you will find that crime rates actually DROP when
states adopt an open carry policy. Then, and only then, it's NOT just criminals that have guns.