I am sick and tired of the crazy idiots in this country trying to screw things up for the rest of us. I am really mad at the direction the town hall meetings on Health Care are going. There is no debate, it’s just yelling and screaming. In the end, level-headed citizens get none of their questions answered, and nothing gets accomplished. Honestly, it would be more productive if the members of Congress just post a list of “frequently asked questions.” Hey Congress, here is my suggested list, because I have yet to hear a question that falls out of these areas:
1) Is this bill going to make me kill my Grandma? A: Only if she is a wingnut republican. Democrats get to live forever and ever. We’ve rewritten the laws of nature and man just for the Democrats.
2) I don’t want the Government in my healthcare, but don’t take away my Medicare! A: Umm, okay.
3) Did you read the bill? A: Did you?
4) Are you going to kill Trig? A: No, but at age 65 his mother is going to be put down. See answer #1.
Okay, I know that was mean and it really was just tongue in cheek. But people, this happened in 1994. We got no healthcare reform, and the insurance companies are up to the same shenanigans. I have health coverage. It won’t make a difference to me, except I will have to pay higher and higher premiums each year. My employer will pay higher and higher premiums. But there are millions of Americans who don’t have insurance. Every time they visit an ER to get care, we all pay for it in our premiums.
Now I won’t say that I agree with every aspect of the bill, I don’t. But there has to be give and take here. The public option is there to keep the insurance companies honest. Besides, the way the law is written; all employers will be required to give health insurance to their employees through a private company. The public option is for those who can’t afford the private insurance. I know plenty of people who work for companies who are not covered under a health care plan. I know plenty of people who elect not to get coverage because they can’t afford a $700-800 a month premium.
Even though my company provides good insurance, I have also heard stories of people who came down with major illnesses getting procedures and drugs denied because it wasn’t in the plan. They not only have to battle cancer, they have to battle the insurance company too.
But really, screaming at the top of your lungs in a town hall meeting gets nothing done. It just makes you look like a crazy nutjob. If you oppose the bill, fine, oppose it. You can even express why you oppose it to your Congress person. But the healthcare insurance system now is a mess, and it needs reform. We can all agree on that.