So once again apparently the government needs to spend more on social programs
to that people can survive. What happened to personal responsibility? Why are
families not saving their money for times like these? Why is there such a huge
problem with personal debt?These people are following the example of
the federal government in that they spend spend spend. The solution to this
problem is not more government (and personal) spending. The solution lies in
being financially responsible.
Blue Cross just sent the new bill to my Boss. It included a 30% rate hike for
premiums for just this one year.Can anyone tell me why they need a
30% increase? Did medical costs go up by 30% in the last year with overall
prices going up only slightly?Seems to me that private industry is
doing a great job of taking care of healthcare needs for people.
What's wrong with having your parents move in and taking care of them? The only
other solution is for the government to do it, which means all my neighbors are
going to be taxed to take care of my parents. I don't understand why my
neighbors should be forced to pay for my parents. We can't take SS away now that
people have paid in for so many years and are depending on it but it seems
obvious that it will need to be phased out. And why should I trust the
government to take care of my parents anyway? Where is the money that was paid
into SS all those years by the baby boomers? The govt spent it!
What about Health care and all retirement health care besides (US Goverment is
While it's true that my parents raised me without health insurance, back then
the cost of medicine wasn't what it is today. Part of the reason for that is
they paid the bill themselvesbefore we left the doctors office. We will
never fix the problem with health care until the person receiving the service is
the one paying the bill. It's too easy to not care how much something costs when
the bill is going to someone else. That means the insurance companies have
every right to questions the bills and Americans have a responsibility to know
and care what they are paying. Last time I questioned the pharmacist about the
cost of my meds he said "Don't you have insurance?" Another words, "why should
you care as long as the insurance company is paying for it!" We have lived too
long with the idea the government is supposed to do more and more for us. After
a while we stop appreciating it and begin to expect it is our right. Everyone
shares responsibility in this mess and everyone will have to make some sacrices
to fix it. We can't keep pointing the finger.
Im not a Meat eater as much..Im finding out Im buying more FIBER FOODS
Grandma Jean,When you say "Anything government can do private
enterprise can do 10 times better," does that mean you think we should do away
with Social Security and Medicare?They should be the first to go
because they cost a lot of money. Private enterprise can cover grandma's and
grandpa's medical costs much more cheaply, right? That is why
people 55 and older can't get insurance for a moderate rates because utilization
of medical care increases with age.We also know that Private
Industry has fully taken care of their retirees. After all, the CEO's would
never consider shortchanging pension contributions to add a bunch of bucks to
profits for shareholder and their own big bonuses. Oh, nevermind,
we know that they already did raid pensions to the tune of trillions of
dollars.So, are your ready to return to pre-SS and medicare times
when your parents had to move in with children when they retire?Are
you ready to suck off your children and grandchildren rather than taking Social
Security and Medicare payments?After all, we know you wouldn't want
to use government services because they are so terrible.
The argument that obesity is a gene is ridiculous. Travel to Europe and the
Orient. There isn't a fat person to be found.Americans love excuses
for their bad health instead of looking in the mirror.
main topic eat healty fiber/foods set you goals within your ownlife its
been done to stay vibrant as well as mediate your spirit inside..
I agree with @ Ditto and Health Care. There are so many things that can be done
through modern medicine. It shouldn't be available only to the rich, large
companies and unions. Yes, taking care of your health is important. But there
are many things one can't prepare for such as many forms of cancer, birth
defects and injuries, problems with other parts of the anatomy that you don't
have a clue about until someone in your family is stricken with it. Perhaps if
we did away with health care for anyone over 70 years old and babies under 1
year old we could all afford health care. I know this will come down to
rationing and many will be offended by it. But there is currently rationing
going on according to your ability to pay. We need solutions and government
health care won't "fix" anything. Anything government can do private enterprise
can do 10 times better.
Life in previous generations sure was different, wasn't it? Get sick, go to the
doctor, receive a small bill from the doctor's office, pay the bill. If you had
insurance, it was only for catastrophic emergencies and thus affordable for even
the lower middle class.How life has changed! Why? Frivolous
lawsuits against doctors have driven up costs exponentially. Class action
lawsuits against pharmas have driven up prescription costs exponentially. Now,
the average family would not be able to afford standard health care on their
own. Without employer subsidy, they couldn't afford insurance either.In today's real world health care for the uninsured takes place in the
emergency room where costs are much higher and are eventually borne by the tax
payer. That's democracy and capitalism at it's finest. Today's
reality vs your Normal Rockwell life of yesterday. There need to be solutions
to today's problems.
Your health is YOUR responsibility not mine or the governments. Sheesh people,
get over yourselves. Nobody owes you anything. You all need to spend two weeks
in Haiti to recalibrate your perspective. ARRG, I'm tired of this entitled,
weak and victimized American segment of our population!!!
Take care of your health. Don't drink and smoke. Exercise and eat less fat and
sugar. 70% of America's health problems are due to laziness and bad habits.
Health care would be a fraction of the cost if people would simply just take
care of their bodies.
The government does NOT have an obligation to take care of you. Nor do I; nor
does anyone else. The obligation to take care of yourself is entirely your OWN
obligation. You are a person with a brain (somewhere) and probably 4
operational limbs. Stop your whining and get to work taking care of yourself.
There are ways to do that--maybe not in the style you would prefer, but
sufficiently so to make do. And if you really think you have no obligation to
take care of yourself, tell me--tell us all--just what exactly are you here to
My folks raised six kids on 32K/year. We never had health insurance. Health
insurance is not a right simply because you were born an American. Sorry....
"Health Care Not a Right", you said "Nobody should be paying more than
$300/month for family "medical catastrophe" insurance." Please show
me what company I can get medical catastrophe insurance that has a $2000
deductible (I can't afford to pay anymore than that or it is a catastrophe) for
me, my wife, and 3 kids for $300 per month.Please post which company
I can get that from to prove your point.If you can't find one, it
proves that your premise is flawed and you are just spouting the GOP corporate
line.Which is it?
We grew up poor. We never had health insurance. We made it somehow. The
entire health care system should be leveled to the ground and rebuilt. Paying
$1200/month so you can go to your doctor for a runny nose and have free
prescription drugs. How about we all pay for doctor visits and medicine, and
use insurance as insurance - to protect against medical catastrophe. Nobody
should be paying more than $300/month for family "medical catastrophe"
insurance. You can afford a lot of doctor visits and medicine with the
I agree with all of these comments. Why can't we tax the rich to take care of
these problems? Government has an obligation to take care of us, and the rich
have an obligation to fund government. The middle class should not have to pay
This is another case of people turning to socialism and government control of
their lives. The government has to stop spending and this means on social
programs as well. COBRA is one of the biggest leaches for government funding and
fraud and should be eliminated.Besides, IHC and corporate health
care sucks and they don't know what being a doctor really is. They are like a
well oiled watch that just keeps on ticking and have only one purpose, hand out
disclaimers behind closed doors. The parents and the forefathers of
these socialist minded people didn't have government aid raising their children
so why do the young now think government is their new Mommy and Daddy? Be
independent, be a man, and do the best you can without groveling for state and
federal funding.These groveling socialist is why this country is in
financial trouble and its time they become an American and stand on their own
two feet. Then go home and grovel about UDOT and UTA wasting mulit-millions of
dollars on toll roads and not providing him his on time bus ride.
Yup let the corporations continue to run this country. Privatize everything and
all will be well. Capitalism at its finest. The government should do nothing for
the people. The people should fend for themselves. Only the fit need survive.
Gotta love the good old USA.
Taxes = Government BudgetUnemployment = No taxesDisaster =
legislators = politicians Educated people specialized on different fields
specialized on resources production and allocation as well as society formation,
need, and development should be the ones on the hill representing us.Question yourself who are this people who represent us and what are their main
goal. How can our lives be on the hands of politicians. Weak up....
Great story, JT! I like the way you dig up the truth on the ground level. Fine
Our government is out to destroy this nation!