@worf - McAllen, TXRe: "Some very good ways to cut healthcare
cost"1. Eat a good diet2. Regular exercise3. Get
plenty of sleep4. Stay away from smoking, drinking, and drugs.5. Be
smart and stay away from Texas 6. Avoid pregnancies until it's
affordable, and a person is mature enough to care for the baby.Re:
"These would greatly reduce the price of healthcare".Life in
McCallen...Daily statements such as the above not only show a complete lack of
understanding subject matter but a total and complete disconnect altogether.
Does your #6 example pertain to those of a certain religious sect that often
have children immediately after the weeding ceremony is completed?
@Worf I do appreciate your "bootstrap" mentality, but honestly you
could get cancer at any time. I would happily pay my insurance premium even if I
never used a cent, if it meant you could get the help you needed. The most efficient way of using tax dollars are to focus on preventative care
and covering everyone's basic needs. People get better, go back to work,
manage their health with a doctor instead of putting it off until it's too
late.The least efficient way is to not cover millions of people;
they will eventually go to the emergency room and never pay the astronomical
bills. That just makes everyone's premiums go up. Either way -
you are going to pay for your neighbor's healthcare. The question is
do you want to do it the smart way or the backwards way?
Fred44,Since when is social security free stuff? It's a
liberal mandated investment which they have robbed.As for having
government stealing from its citizens, to give me free stuff. My hands are
clean, and I'm not a crook.
Worf, Well done deflection. If you are taking social security and
medicare and you retired in 1980 you will likely get 300% of what you paid into
social security and medicare. If you retired in 2010 you are likely to get
25-50% more than what you put in but that could go higher depending on the
future cost of health care. I will stand by my statement that you are getting
free stuff from the government unless you declined to take Social Security and
Medicaid Benefits. My recollection is that you said you were a
school teacher in Texas which means that you have a guaranteed state pension in
which you will likely collect a significant amount more than you put in. Now I
am a teacher as well and I will collect a state pension in Utah someday that
will be much larger hopefully (hope to live a good 20 years after retirement)
than money that I put in. If you declined your social security
benefit, your medicare and your state pension, then you are correct, you are not
getting any free stuff. The faster we get over the "free
stuff" argument, the better off we will be.
Fred44,What free stuff? I wouldn't take a cent from you:* I've paid my way through college, and have put much more into the
system than I'll ever receive. Like Mr Trump, I've made investments
which are paying off today in retirement. And no! I don't feel greedy for
having done this. It's the American dream!* I keep myself
healthy, and haven't needed healthcare. I take responsibility for myself,
and absolutely won't take free stuff. I've even paid my parents back
for everything. Many folks feel this way, and work/earn for what they get.
They don't sit around blaming others.LOU Montana,Do you know what a doctor must pay for malpractice insurance, medical
equipment, their education, professional aides/with benefits, and federal
regulations? It's not cheap, and many doctors are leaving the profession,
because they can't afford the cost.
Hey Unrepetent Progressive -RE: "What we need to do is mimic
what other successful western style democracies do: have some sort of universal
coverage for all."Yes, we should. That would be smart. The best
practices of others should be adopted by us.That's the way
knowledge has been disseminated through the millennia. There is no need to
reinvent the wheel every time a problem presents itself. Just look around and
see how other people have solved that problem. And then modify that solution to
our particular situation. That is just common sense.BUT our
"Conservative" propagandists keep insisting that "American
Exceptionalism" should reign supreme, and we therefore CANNOT adopt the best
practices discovered by others. That, of course, DEFIES common sense. Pragmatism tells us that single payer health care system is what works best.
And we already have that to an extent. That's what Medicare is.To senseless "Conservative thinkers," common sense should be avoided
in order to reinforce a rigid and unworkable ideology.It really is
time for a change.
@worf - those are all excellent recommendations for how to live as healthy a
life as possible. I do all these, myself.Just as a recent VP said
about energy, "personal conservation is great, but it can't be the
basis for a national energy policy", encouraging people to live healthy
lifestyles is not a replacement for health insurance.The larger
question is why so many Americans have such an unhealthy lifestyle? I would submit it is stress and anxiety - including (paradoxically) anxiety
about having no health insurance - that leads people to comfort foods, which
leads to a sedentary lifestyle. Other factors exist, without a doubt.Tax payer expenses will drop as more people live healthy lifestyles,
Worf, Add to your list the removal of ridiculously huge profits in
the medical system. It is all our money and the profit margins are out of
control. Let me put it into a context republicans can understand:
First we give tax breaks to the rich and then we remove the ridiculously huge
profits. Does that sound better?
Worf,I believe from earlier posts in other places you have indicated
that you are retired. If you are older than 65 I am betting you are on
medicare. Why should I have to pay for your free stuff? The problem with
republicans is that they are not opposed to free stuff, they only want certain
people to have free stuff (senior citizens, wealthy). Free stuff is free stuff.
When we open the door to covering one group of people then it becomes very
difficult to close that door. We must focus on two things providing
world class health care and providing it at an affordable price. The only way
to accomplish the second one is to regulate the cost, republicans will never be
able to figure that one out. Look profits for big pharmaceutical and insurance
companies in the last eight years, they are setting records. Free market
solutions are not the answer when the market will NEVER be free based on the
fact that some people will be covered by the government no matter what. As our
senior citizen population grows so will Medicare and that is not going away.
Health care is different than other purchases such as food, cars etc. The
sooner we accept that the better off we will be.
Re: WorfFinally we agree! Both posts dead on! Thanks for the
We all end up paying one another's health bills one way or another. No one
is going to bleed in the streets for lack of insurance. Only a fool denies
this.What we need to do is mimic what other successful western style
democracies do: have some sort of universal coverage for all.Just
what is so difficult about this concept Republicans?
Some very good ways to cut healthcare cost:1. Eat a good diet2. Regular exercise3. Get plenty of sleep4. Stay away from
smoking, drinking, and drugs.5. Be smart6. Avoid pregnancies until
it's affordable, and a person is mature enough to care for the baby.These would greatly reduce the price of healthcare.
Republicans politicians are a threat to themselves and others.They
are ALL talk and absolutely NO substance.
Obamacare is how not to do it. Trumpcare was worse. There's only one
conclusion we're going to come to about how to make health care work, but
it's a painful journey.
Governors are closer to the people. It seems a lot of legelslators
are out of touch.My premiums are almost more than my 15 year
mortgage. Lucky I have a good job that pays well. My options this year were to
pay over my mortage by $400 a month or to sign up for an HSA account with $5000
deductable. We are also lucky we are healthy so hopefully adding a large
deductable will save us money. Point is, we are a first world
country, and our health system costs have gotten so out of whack half of the
population either plain can't afford it or needs large subsidies or
programs to do so.The GOP plan was to say in essence, "let them
eat cake" or go without. Cut benefits to the poor and give Billionaires and
millionaires a fatter tax loophole with lower taxes on thier dividends and
capital gains at almost a trillion dollars less tax.There is a
difference between cutting benefits vs cutting costs. Legalizing health plans
that don't cover basic care for the poor, but fat no limit tax deductions
to the cadiallac health plans for the wealthy.17% approval, I'm
surprised it was that high.
Everyone enjoys the failure of total hype over truth and substance.
When all is said and done.Financing healthcare come from the
pocketbooks of the citizens.Someone will get robbed, another will be
subsidized, and someone will gain a prophet.It's how the pie is