While the fires are burning hot this week to get President Obama’s healthcare reform into law, where does it leave the people of Atlanta and the rest of the nation on either side? We need the medical community to provide day to day routine care; and most assuredly in times of catastrophic illnesses; and even in the prevention of illnesses. We need them to help manage and regulate treatments, drugs, and protocols. We need them to treat patients; and not simply make consumers of them for gain and profit. How will the current bill on the table make any difference in the care that all Americans receive?
There are over 200,000 people a year that die in hospitals each year from medical mistakes and errors. Reports are that those in the medical community are so worried, pushed, and overworked ; they are not very “patient” with the patients. So often you hear of bad experiences between patient and the care they are paying for. A pediatric nurse was once heard to say, “I just hate it when these Medicaid people come in here with their children.”
What will be the attitude of patient/health care giver in the future when things are most likely to get worse?
We need the insurance companies to provide a way to pay those in the medical community. This was never a problem when there was no insurance; you simply paid for the services when you received them. And then it was no longer a mission or calling; but a major profit making business. It has always been mysterious to me how an insurance company can collect a couple of thousand dollars a year from a patient and then in one hospital stay pay as much as $30,000 or more.
The Howard Dean group – Progressives – say they won’t rest until the country has public option insurance – which means the insurance companies will be out of business and the government will have more than it can bare – but they will simply contract it out which is the same things as having insurance companies – it just means the government will get a piece of the pie.
Where do the villains reside in heathcare? Is it more important to get health care funded by the American government or for people to receive the very best in healthcare from the cradle to the grave? All we have heard is about health care reform in light of insurance companies and money. We have heard little actually about the care of sick and injured people. If Grady Memorial Hospital here in Atlanta is an example of a government run hospital, then we are all in trouble.
Where do you and your family lie in all of this? Will you all be paying for those who are too lazy to work as well as for those who have no insurance because they are unable or indigent with reason? Some are ready to jump into the cause simply because they see a “free lunch.” And others are hesitating because they see underlying reasons for an attempted government take over.
Nowhere in the history of our nation or anywhere in the Constitution does it give the government the right to interfere with your own personal choices for you and your family; and yet the storms are brewing and the consequences could be a political Katrina – fast, quick, and devastating to the freedom of this country. An eighteen percent tax on pizza? A tax on soft drinks? Increase taxes on tobacco products? A tax on what is called junk foods? The rouse is that people will stop buying these products and be more healthy – but it never stopped people from buying cigarettes or gasoline or anything else use to curb the usage – it will just be another tax.
We are being bombarded by new programs from the White House on better diets and more exercise – these are good – government force of mandates is not good. How long since you had a good banana? Potatoes that do not smell like mildew? Tomatoes that are mushy on the outside and like a white stalk in the middle? Grapes in packaging you cannot see until you get home with them and then they just fall off the stems? More and more of our food is being supplied from other nations. Our clothing, our fuel, our medications, and inferior products containing lead and other harmful elements are what Americans have been forced to settle for.
Who will decide who is worthy of treatment and who is not? Who decides all of the in and outs of who your doctor will be? Even though you may not receive a list of doctors you can and cannot see, this new reform will by the guidelines effectively result in doctor selection?
Many doctors will not take Medicaid or Medicare now. They say in interferes with the service they can give their patients; and many say they are not compensated fairly. Many have already indicated that they will drop them if this new “reform” goes into effect.
While President Obama can surround himself with people in white coats there are just as many in the medical community who abhor this move. White coats were never impressive to folks in and around Atlanta; for we used to have a saying about insane people by saying that the “people in the little white coats,” would be come for them.
How can people who have been too poor to purchase healthcare do so now when everyone will be forced to purchase it? Somebody has got to pay for service, products, tests and treatments – who will it be? The government does not have a paying job – so when they allot payments, it has to come from somewhere. Everyone who had insurance will pay more in taxes and those who did not will pay it though sales tax and excise taxes of some form. A tax, is a tax, is a tax. Call it what you will – but Americans will soon be paying more than half their earnings in taxes.
This fosters a lot of companies to pay, “under the table.” And it fosters those self-employed not to report all of their income and that leaves those who work for a company to have a never bigger tax burden to pay.
How will this affect states that do not have the ability to crank up the printing press and simply print more money? Georgia schools can cut out a lot of unnecessary “extras” that schools got along without for centuries; but now it seems they are cutting teachers, hours, and bus routes instead.
How will this affect our nation globally as we become deeper and deeper in debt with each new program by this administration who continues to promise billions of dollars for various reasons and yet say they will not increase taxes? How dare they fund these ridiculous “pork barrel” projects when our children have to walk to school along busy highways?
Don’t you wish they would speak in clean, clear, English to level with the America people of the simple 1,2,3’s of what they are proposing to do to our country. When you hear these politicians talking don’t you just wish your could put a button on the TV that says, “English only?”
When this administration said it would not raise the taxes on anyone making less than $250,000, people jumped up clapped and joined the bandwagon. Now we are seeing such intrusion into our lives more and more everyday by proposed taxes on everything including pizza.
Who gave the government the right to tell us what we can eat, and how much exercise we should get – or face more taxation? We pay taxes when we earn the money, we pay taxes if we save any of it. We pay taxes every time we spend it. And then if there is anything left when we die, we pay taxes on that.
And to live in such a great country as America, people do not mind paying their fair share – but to work hard and then see part of what you earn to go for people too lazy to work except when they are working the system; and to know that your money is going to pay for someone’s abortion which takes the life of a child (which is against God’s law and your faith), is just more than a lot of people are willing to stand for. Many doctors and nurses of faith say they will leave the profession before they are forced to take a life when they have pledged to save life.
Will healthcare reform simply pave the road for the government, through one force of the other, to make us conform to the dictates of an administration – which by the way is a dictatorship – will it take away more of our cherished freedoms? How long will a nation stand that is divided against itself? President Lincoln and Reagan knew – not long.
The handwriting is on the wall and it seems that this will soon come to a vote. Newt Gingrich said that they are about to vote on a bill no one has read; and pass a bill without it being voted on. The only leverage left at this time is pledging your November vote; and perhaps you need to let your representatives know which way you intend to mark your ballot. Then we can only hope and pray that it will get counted.
At this stage of the game – do you trust anything your government is telling you? Are you always waiting for the other shoe to drop or see what is behind the bait and switch; or are you simply waiting for the Trojan horse to open up and let all the bad news come tumbling out?
At the end of this all we will still be divided – those who work and pay it all – and those who take, pay nothing, and yet gripe because it is not more.
Are you in favor of this bill as it is now? Yes? No?
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