Thursday, March 09, 2006

So why do we not like socialized medicine again?

So, my wife has been a little sick lately... nothing too serious but it just won't seem to go away. You know, nagging little cough, and sinus problems; so back to the doctor she went today.

I'm an older guy but I can still remember when I got my first "real" job. My health insurance and life insurance (equal to 1 years pay) was free! Pretty cool huh! Why on earth would we ever want socialized medicine???? I paid $5.00 for generic drugs, and doctor visits were a $15.00 copay... this is great!

Fast forward to today... so my wife goes to the doctor and pays her $20.00 copay (not that bad really), goes and drops off her three prescriptions, and comes back and only pays... one hundred seventy FREAKIN AMERICAN DOLLARS. WHAT THE HELL???? And that's after paying $300.00 per month for health insurance! WHAT THE HELL???? And this is the second time for her! Thank God it wasn't anything serious! You do that twice in one month and you have an unplanned for $400.00 per month expense plus the $300.00 you already paid for the insurance to not have to pay that other $400.00 per month.

There is no good reason I can come up with anyone could NOT support a national health plan. Costs for insurance have risen at an obscene rate, and care quality has dropped. A national health plan would create one huge group thereby leveling the risk/cost for everyone, and we could institute some cost controls that are currently not in place. When an aspirin costs $10.00 there's a problem.

So those of you who think that were getting a great deal for our healthcare in this country are nuts! We need a national healthcare plan to set some standards for costs and provide for affordable basic healthcare for everyone. If you want to elect to carry additional health insurance, feel free to do so.

I think that we are spiraling into a hole that we may never crawl out of unless something is done very soon! No... really!

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