If everyone would just step back, and get off of their partisan-hack soapbox, and look at it as a real person with health care needs, maybe we can fix a real problem. Nobody is really doing that, on either side. I’m so sick and tired of all the partisanship in the so-called health care debate. ObamaCare is working, not it’s not. Who gives a flying crap? We don’t want health insurance. We want health care. And we don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for it. Why is that so hard for these clowns in Washington to understand? Another thing- it’s not about numbers, it’s about people.
Listen, the only problem we ever had with our health care system is- it’s too expensive.
Everybody knows that, except maybe the people who can afford it, which apparently includes most of the politicians in Washington DC. There are a few things we can do to bring the cost down a little, but that’s only a small part of the solution. First, we have to agree that the real problem is the price- hardly anyone can afford it any more.
ObamaCare just made that worse.
When I went to sign up for my health insurance at healthcare.gov, I was blown away by the price, and the lack of coverage. Affordable? Hell no. Health care? No, just health insurance that doesn’t cover much at all. Act? Maybe. I don’t understand why they call it the Affordable Health Care Act. It’s not affordable, or health care. It may be an act, but paying an arm and a leg for insurance is not what I had in mind.
It’s Health Care we want, not health insurance.
Why would the Democrats write a 3000 page bill that forces us to buy a product, when a simple solution was possible? In hindsight, it’s easy to see now. They had some backers to take care of. They talk about Republicans being owned by the insurance companies. And a lot of Democrats believe it. But if they would just stop and think- it was the Democrats that wrote this bill, remember? Not one Republican voted for it. And what exactly does that bill do?
It forces us to buy an insurance product!
Who’s fooling who here? Everything Democrats do is the opposite of what they say it does. The Republicans aren’t much better. I’ll get to them in a moment. But seriously, on every single issue, they twist words to mean the exact opposite of what they are. Think about it…
Women’s reproductive rights- It’s not about the right to reproduce. It’s about the right to NOT reproduce. Exactly the opposite of what they say it is.
Gay rights- It’s not about rights for gays, it’s about taking away the rights of everyone else. Gay’s already have the same rights as everyone else. This is about everyone who is not gay- what they can and cannot say, under the guise of “hate crimes“. Again, the exact opposite of what they say.
Energy Independence- Obama said in his own words, under his plan the cost of coal, natural gas and electricity would skyrocket. How is pricing American energy producers out of business supposed to help with energy independence? Again, the exact opposite of what they say.
And of course, the Affordable HealthCare Act- Anyone who shopped at the government website knows darn well it’s NOT affordable, or health care. It’s health insurance (big difference), with outrageous deductibles and premiums.
Republicans aren’t much better.
They are so afraid of Socialism, they just can’t look at the real problem. It’s time for them to face it- some Socialism is necessary. We have to feed the poor and heal the sick. Especially with this economy, a lot of people just can’t afford things they need. But this country is too rich to let them fall by the wayside.
Here’s the simple solution for health care reform:
It doesn’t take 3000 pages to do it. I could do it in one paragraph. It’s really very simple. All laws should be simple. Complicating things with a bunch of legal jargon is just playing into the hands of politicians and lawyers, who like to twist things to mean whatever they want it to mean.
1. Expand Medicaid to include anyone who makes less than $30,000 for a single person, $40,000 for a family of four.
2. Have gradual step process above that. People who earn $45,000 should pay a little something, like $2000 a year, tops.
3. Tax the rich to pay for it. Come on Republicans, they can afford it, and this is important. And if that’s not enough money, cut out some unimportant expenses. Cut all foreign aid, especially to those countries that hate us. Cut all oil subsidies and any aid to businesses. Cut public radio and TV funding- don’t worry, they’ll find sponsors. Cut all funding for abortions. None of this stuff is as important as a poor, sick American.
Ken Skaggs is an author, educator, entrepreneur, radio announcer, web designer, web marketer, musician, trucking safety expert, SEO specialist, and business owner- in other words, a dreamer.