reply to post by NightSkyeB4Dawn
I feel no shame in admitting that I am afraid for the well being of my country and countrymen. The healthcare issue is just a budding head on the
giant Medusa that is threatening all of us. As soon as you start to attack one head, two more grow in its place. I believe that the fear I feel is
healthy, and fortunately I still have excellent control of both of my urogenital sphincters; for now anyways.
My OP is a feeble attempt to get people to at least acknowledge the giant pink elephant in the room. It is near impossible to protect yourself from a
danger you don’t see. Almost everyday I have someone come to me incensed that they are being denied their rights. The truth is that the people who
scream the loudest about their rights are woefully ignorant of just what those right are.
Too many people in America are seriously misinformed about what is a right and what is an entitlement. There is no legal documentation anywhere, that
I am aware of, that says it is the responsibility and the duty of the United States government to feed you, clothe you, provide you housing or provide
you anything more than emergency medical care. Yet the majority of the American people think that the government is supposed to rescue them from every
misfortune that comes their way. Lately we have seen how powerful and devastating Mother Nature can be. We have thousands of people that have recently
had their entire world turned upside down. Many have lost everything that they owned. The world grieves with those that have lost so much and most
all are willing to donate what they can, be it money, time or physical labors. The government has put aside funding to assist those that need help,
but there is no law that says the government “has” to help you or anyone.
The biggest mistake that many Americans make is they think the government was established to take care of their individual and personal needs. It
wasn’t, it doesn’t “have” to, and in more cases than not, it won’t. I feel sorry for the people that I have to tell almost daily that it
is not the hospital’s responsibility, nor the government’s responsibility, to provide housing, food and custodial care for their sick or needy
loved one. I wish I had one dollar for the number of times I have heard, “My (mother/father/sister/brother, etc) worked all their and life and paid
into the system and now you are telling me it was for nothing!”
The first big mistake they make is they don’t know the difference between Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Most people think they are one and
all the same. They are not one and all the same. Second big mistake they make is that they are clueless about who is “entitled” to what or what
each covers. Again most people are woefully ignorant of what is a right and what is an entitlement. I encourage everyone to educate themselves and to
do what they need to do to be able to provide for their family and loved ones, in case misfortune visits.
We have big problems in our country and I honestly believe none of us will weather this storm unscathed, but you are going to be in bigger trouble and
things will be much more difficult for you, if you haven’t made plans and made provisions for your own needs. There are some that will not be able
to do much for themselves, but if those of us that are able, take care of ourselves, we will have enough together to help those that can’t.
I don’t know the solution to our growing problems. I know that the finger in the dyke is not going to hold much longer. I believe that when the
flood water subside, there will not be much left that will be recognizable. I hope enough people will see the danger and heed the warnings, so we will
have salvaged enough that we can work together to build a better system.