Okay, I have kept my mouth shut about health care knowing that this is a hot topic and you are either on one side of the fence or the other. And I don't want to alienate anyone or piss anyone off (remember, true traits of a Libra at work here), but I have my opinions. And my facts.
First off, I had someone tell me today that it sucks that the uninsured can't get health care, which kills me because they can. I worked for a non-profit health system in both Virginia and North Carolina for over 8 years. And guess what? Due to their non-profit status, they did not and could not turn away the uninsured. Millions, billions of dollars were spent treating those patients right along side those patients with great health insurance, even the Cadillac of insurance coverage.
My company pays 100% of my health care insurance, but the coverage for my family more money than we thought we could get, so we shopped around. And we went with Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina (which is by the way, non-profit) and pay about $500 a month for great coverage, even with Audrey's pre-existing asthma and allergy issues. Outrageous? Nope. Have we ever had issues getting into the doctor's offices that are in or out of network? Nope.
I don't like how the insurance companies are made out to be the bad guys, because to me, they aren't. Obama even said in his address in Raleigh a few months ago that companies like Blue Cross and Blue Shield don't even cover mammograms, when they have been covering them for years.
My question in all this, will a federally run system really be more efficient and more effective than the private insurance companies? Will 5 years down the road the bar get lowered so that more and more private insurance policies are taxed, because that's how this will get paid for, right?
My thing with politics has always been be educated. Don't just take a Democrat's or Republic's word, know your source, listen and learn. Don't be the guy on the sideline who just says "Hell Ya!" to everything in a speech. Digest it, do your research. Find out the profit margins on private insurance companies and tell me they are or are not "rolling in dough". Find out if the states who are already suffering will have to chip in some money into this federal plan. Research your own health coverage, shop around if you can.
Off my soapbox, I promise pictures and something a little less controversial tomorrow!