Change our ailing health care system

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The health system in this country is absolutely disgraceful. The technology is there, and the willingness on the part of nurses and doctors is there, but the governing bodies of hospitals and the methods of HMOs put the delivery of all that effort into a kind of purgatory. For years we've avoided the single-payer universal health care system every other developed country has acquired.

The time has passed when we can stand for more of the same from legislators and representatives at the national level. The time has come for change.

Sandy Untermyer

Appling

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bohunkus
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bohunkus 08/12/07 - 09:07 am
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Americans are leaders in

Americans are leaders in every aspect of life. We are innovators. However, competition has been eliminated from the medical arena. Somehow we like to believe that doctors and hospital administrators don't care about money. They're above that sort of thing. Don't kid yourself. They are in it for the profit. The problem is not lack of health insurance. The problem is the high prices of medical services. Competition brings the price of everything else down, but we have government protections for hospitals, and interference from the AMA every time someone tries to compete with the status quo.

As for insurance, most of those 45 million can afford insurance, and choose not to purchase it. Instead, they choose big screen tv's, a 300 a month cell-phone bill, a $500/month car payment, and all the latest gadgets. As for those who can't afford the insurance, they qualify for medicaid.

There is no tragic, urgent health care system crisis. We have the best in the world, and many of us want to ruin it by copying the practices of other nations. I keep hearing the stupid statement "we are the only developed nation that does not have socialized health care," well, THANK GOD!

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_kpc_ 08/12/07 - 10:31 am
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bravo bohunkus

bravo bohunkus

gagirl40
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gagirl40 08/12/07 - 11:54 am
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Bohunkus...My husband retired

Bohunkus...My husband retired from working for others at the age of 50. He now works from home. We have rental houses also. I do the record keeping for his business and take care of the rental houses. All of our vehicles were bought used and are all paid for. We don't have big screen TV's or $300.00 cell phone bills. We have no credit card debt and our house is paid off. We have life insurance, car ins., homeowners ins, etc. He is now 52 and I am 47, so we don't qualify for Medicare. We are not poor, but we aren't rich either...we get by. Health insurance for us when he worked was $172.00 a month, it is now $650.00 a month with a $10K deductible. Now, you tell me, could you afford that? I know we can't! I know you think you know what you're talking about but what you have done is left out the millions of people just like us who don't fit neatly into any of your categories. What we need in this country is a group plan people like us can "PAY" for with rates comparable to those at large corporations or businesses. Either a federal run or state run plan. Not socialized or free, but reasonable rates we can all afford. We ARE having a health care crisis, you just aren't affected by it.

_kpc_
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_kpc_ 08/12/07 - 12:13 pm
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gagirl...you are in the

gagirl...you are in the minority of those without the health care that he is talking about. MOST of them can afford insurance if they adjust their prioities in life. What would be the difference between Federal or State run, and socialized?

gagirl40
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gagirl40 08/12/07 - 12:55 pm
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KPC..that "minority" still

KPC..that "minority" still encompasses millions of people in this country. Individual health care policies are very, very expensive. Unless you're wealthy, you really can't afford it. Check it out sometimes and see. Pretend you aren't working and between the ages of 40-60 and see what a family plan would cost. See if you could afford it. And I'm talking about a "GROUP" plan like businesses have, one you would PAY for, not a hand-out or an entitlement program. Nobody else would pay for it, only the ones who don't have health care any other way. Not a tax provided plan or anything like that, but one the "group" pays for itself. And it would be a plus if it concentrated on preventative care to cut the cost of high priced procedures that might be avoided through prevention. Hey, it's just an idea, but at least it IS an idea.

_kpc_
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_kpc_ 08/12/07 - 04:09 pm
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That's all well and good, but

That's all well and good, but why wouldn't you be working if you were between 40 and 60? Did you retire when you couldn't afford to retire? Why should the rest of the country pick up the tab for someone's lack of planning? I was able to afford full medical insurance while earning $7.00 an hour. I had to seriously budget, but I did it. If making $7.00 an hour is considered wealthy, then I suppose you are right.

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t of i 08/12/07 - 07:04 pm
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kpc, I was wondering the same

kpc, I was wondering the same thing. gagirl, why did your husband retire at 50? That would be a luxury that most people can't afford.

gagirl40
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gagirl40 08/12/07 - 09:46 pm
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Because he can make more

Because he can make more money working at home than he could at work. He's a mechanic. The only reason he worked as long as he did was to pay for health insurance.

_kpc_
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_kpc_ 08/12/07 - 09:54 pm
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Does he make enough to cover

Does he make enough to cover the difference in health care cost? If so, then what's the difference? If not, then why did he retire?

gagirl40
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gagirl40 08/12/07 - 10:15 pm
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The difference is, we had

The difference is, we had other bills to pay. Health care was important but the power, gas, water and food was a little more important. Working just to pay for health care was a joke. We almost lost our house and everything else. We had to choose which was more important..and we chose to keep our house. Kill us for making the wrong decision! And KPC..we aren't the only ones who had to make this decision, that's what's so sad in this country.

_kpc_
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_kpc_ 08/13/07 - 04:49 am
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No, what is sad is that when

No, what is sad is that when someone makes a wrong decisiion, that they think the rest of the country should pay for it. There is no reason to get angry when the rest of us point out that it's not a "health care crisis" but a decision making crisis. Health insurance is one of many bills and if working for yourself makes your net pay go down, then it's a poor decision, and the rest of the country shouldn't have to pay for your mistake. The lack of personal responsibility is what's so sad in this country.

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