We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Do remember that even if reform ends up without game-changing cost control, it may create political conditions that make future cost control more likely. That seems to be happening inMassachusetts, which enacted sweeping coverage expansions a few years ago.
Nowhere in the Democrats’ plan do they explain why 2.1 million Americans should have to pay to reform the health-care system for 300 million Americans, nor does the Post explain why 2.1 million Americans should have to pay for the massive deficits created by Democrats in Congress and Barack Obama. Both accept the notion that government exists to transfer wealth without explaining at all the basis for a free government to do so. If we need massive health-care reform, then the costs should be borne by everyone - and when that happens, you will find massive health-care reform to be a lot less popular than when Obama, Rangel, & Co try to pass it off as something for nothing.
Walter Cronkite, RIP but I hope I don't hear too many gushing tributes. His telecast of the moon landing was great, his turning on the Vietnam War did not help my father who fought in that war one bit.
As a young man,trying to be an informed citizen, I really believed Cronkite was the voice of wisdom.
Later, when I realized I'ed been duped, I lost all respect
for the extreme liberal with a hidden agenda.
MassHealth - a comment from another blog, which might be describng Canadian or English system:
My family and I moved to Boston last year (late June). Due to numerous reasons, I ended up on something called the Health Safety Net here in MA (this means I earned too much for the ‘free’ option, which my kids got on, but didn’t have other health insurance; my wife had insurance through her school as she finished up her degree here).
Needing prescriptions refilled (but otherwise healthy) I was placed on the waiting list to see a doctor. FIFTEEN MONTHS LATER (not a typo), I was called to be informed that I had a doctor’s appointment: 1) at a doctor over an hour away 2) exactly 3 weeks AFTER we’ll be moving out of the state.
Still needing those Rx filled, I called local doctors, informing them that I would pay cash for the appointment. No doctor, within 30 miles of my house, that I called, was accepting new patients. None. Nada.
Thankfully, my old doctor has been refilling the Rx for me, and I’ll be driving over 1000 miles next week to see her on my way to our new house.
You might think: go to an urgent care facility. Nope, not legal in MA. CVS sued the state to have their MinuteClinics in stores so they now have about 10 or so…BUT, they are not legally allowed to offer all the great (and cheap) services that MinuteClinics in other states offer (for instance, for $30 I could have gone to a MinuteClinic for a blood pressure screening and refills…)
One of my sons (who is on the ‘free’ plan) had open-heart surgery at 3 months old. He’s now 6 and perfectly fine except he needs to see a cardiologist for a check-up every year. Fifteen months later, the MA ‘insurance’ has still not approved his appointment so he will not be seeing a cardiologist until after we move. This despite constant calls to the insurance by both me and his pediatrician AND his former cardiologist (who has offered to see him for free if we drive him down the 1000 miles or so).
On the other hand (cue: sarcasm): we get new car seats for ‘free’ every year. And ‘free’ safety helmets. And ‘free’ kits to child-proof a house.
Through the ‘health safety net’ I was given a price of $82 a month for my RX from the major drug chains. Without using the ‘health safety net’ Costco fills my Rx for about $16 a month.
That is MA health care, from a personal level.
I can not wait to arrive in LA at the end of this month…