I have the solution for healthcare.  All we need to do is to put Congress, the Supreme Court and the Executive branch on Blue Cross.  Right now they have no way to feel the sting of this problem.  They do not have to worry about their healthcare coverage.  They don’t have to deal with deductibles, denials, etc.  And I believe that until they can truly feel some of the pain that the rest of us do they will not act with any speed.  They will not drop the theoretical speculation which drags decision making. They will grant this issue the seriousness which it deserves.

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About perkustooth

I am a registered nurse, writer, photographer and composer living in Alameda. I am originally a midwesterner and was born and raised in Chicago.
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  1. Randolph says:

    I wish I qualified for Blue Cross. Instead I pay $7,000 a year on an MSA policy with a $5,000 deductible. Ouch.
    Speaking for myself, I am very confused about this legislation. Don’t get me wrong: At this point I would support almost anything that the President is willing to sing. That having been said, I believe the main thrust of the bill(s) is to require people who do not have private health insurance to buy it; to provide some subsidies to those who cannot afford it; the prevent insurers from denying coverage on the basis of pre-existing conditions; and (possibly, but not certainly) to start a government-run insurance program (the famous “public option”) which (if it ends up in the final bill at all) will probably be available only to low-income people. The main beneficiaries of this legislation would appear to be (a) whoever has been writing off the cost of emergency room visits by people without medical insurance; and (b) the insurance companies, since everyone will be required to buy coverage. What is being considered has nothing to do with the sort of public health care that is available to everyone in Canada, France, the UK or many other countries. The point is to require people to carry medical insurance, just as they are required to carry liability insurance on their cars.

    And that’s it. The insurance companies are being extremely cynical about this legislation: They fulminate against it, but they will undeniably benefit from 8it. What is worst is that it is certain to be very unpopular among self-employed people, who are going to be furious when they discover that “health care reform” only means that they will have another bill to pay every month. This unhappiness could backfire tremendously on the President and on the Democratic Party. This, for me, is a major concern.

    If I am totally uninformed or out to lunch on this issue, please set me straight!

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