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David Legg

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The government has the power to give you everything you need and take away everything you have. Trust me, as a Conservative even I think we need reform, but universal isn't the way to go.

 

Now, I'm not gunna sit behind the protection of my computer and spout how Obama and his cabinet is the Anti-Christ; no, I am going to actually point-counterpoint this thing and give some solutions.

 

It was once said that the "impersonal hand of the government cannot compete with the helping hand of the neighbor". I happen to find this as very relevant and true. It is also true that American healthcare is less than stellar and probably below acceptable for a majority of Americans. So why are we not putting these two truths together? Well, to explain that I we need to focus our attention on the inequalities of healthcare. A person living in Illinois who has a high, but basic, monthly health insurance premium of $500 may not be able to afford it - thus it is taken away from the person. That being said, there could be a health plan of equal or greater coverage in Maine for far less than $500 dollars. Currently, the state of Maine's price on health insurance is off limits to those who live in Illinois. Now here's where the "neighbor" part of the plan comes in: lift the state restrictions on healthcare. That way you create a new and thriving market for healthcare and people will flood the place. Just like any other market, you need to undercut the competitor’s prices - creating equilibrium and thus driving the prices of healthcare down while the quality goes up.

 

Counter-point: Universal healthcare; a bypass or shortcut. That's all that NEEDS to be said but let me indulge a little here. Has anyone ever told you “there's no shortcuts to success”? The answer is a most likely yes. Furthermore, you probably are aware that shortcuts make things easier in most cases. But this shortcut at hand, free healthcare, is not one of those cases. When you try to play with fire (the economy) you're gunna get burned (taxed the hell out of). But this grand scheme of healthcare is too good to pass up right? I mean after all it is free! Or is it? No. For the meager paychecks I get during the summer as a lifegaurd, I want to KEEP the meager checks I get as a lifegaurd. I'm not willing to pay (in the future) 50-60% of my hard earned money to the government so they can provide me with G.I., sub-par, one-size-fits-all healthcare.

 

Still don't believe? Let's look at the SAME PROBLEM on a smaller scale. With this trial, I'd like to bring into question "Exhibit A"... Wal-Mart. Now, most of you already know that Wal-Mart is as prolific as the common cold. Moreover, you're bound to find one in almost every little town, ever. But let's look more in depth. When a powerhouse such as Wal-Mart comes into a town and sells it's wares for far less money that any private owned shop could, the private shop ceases to exists. But less money spent is a good thing! Right? Wrong. It's a quality over quantity game when you boil it down. Do you want some P.O.S "Made in China" item that you got at Wally World for $7 or do you want a quality item from a private owned shop that set you back $13? The choice seems clear. It's more cost effective to buy 1 expensive thing than many cheap things... but you're gunna need foresight to see it.

 

Let me stop there. Politicians don't have the foresight - you heard it here first. I for one would like to keep most of my paycheck and get some decent coverage rather than give away most of my paycheck and get some shoddy coverage.

 

On a closing note, I strongly recommend you guys read some of Thomas Jefferson's works for he is, in my opinion, the purest form of a politician and basically thinks like the Constitution says.

 

I agree 100% with this. I've spent maybe $50 TOTAL at Wal-Mart in the past 5 years because of how they operate. I'm in no mood to get wound up, so I'll just say this...

 

All these thought provoking posts take time to post, Titan. Obviously you're left with no time to tie flies. Therefore, I beseech thee to send that beautiful cree saddle in your avatar to ME!!!!

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we're not supposed to get into heavy politics here.

 

Regardless, Ridley, anyone in this country who gets sick can walk into any ER without insurance, and they will get care. Perhaps not long term care for permanent conditions, but don't tell me "people can't get basic health care", that is just total BS.

 

Insurance companies are only part of the "problem". I worked my ass off for 21+ years to achieve the goal of getting good affordable health care coverage for myself and my wife, and my son until he's an adult, unless I keel over sooner then it's dropped before I hit the ground. And I'm still working full time at a good job that I EARNED competitively, and could buy even more insurance if I felt I needed to. Whatever happened to the concept of EARNING what you have? There is no "RIGHT" to health care. Sorry, yeah, it sucks, but the quality of care is going to go straight down the shi**er when doctors start making their salary based on portioned care.

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we're not supposed to get into heavy politics here.

 

Regardless, Ridley, anyone in this country who gets sick can walk into any ER without insurance, and they will get care. Perhaps not long term care for permanent conditions, but don't tell me "people can't get basic health care", that is just total BS.

 

Insurance companies are only part of the "problem". I worked my ass off for 21+ years to achieve the goal of getting good affordable health care coverage for myself and my wife, and my son until he's an adult, unless I keel over sooner then it's dropped before I hit the ground. And I'm still working full time at a good job that I EARNED competitively, and could buy even more insurance if I felt I needed to. Whatever happened to the concept of EARNING what you have? There is no "RIGHT" to health care. Sorry, yeah, it sucks, but the quality of care is going to go straight down the shi**er when doctors start making their salary based on portioned care.

 

 

I agree completely.

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David hasn't been on in a while. Has he been abducted again? Here's to hoping everything is okay with him.

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David hasn't been on in a while. Has he been abducted again? Here's to hoping everything is okay with him.

 

 

I was wondering the same thing myself, abducted or found a good honey hole and aint leavin it fer nuttin!! :hyst:

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