Thursday, July 16, 2009

the new health care plan for those in Congress?

HR 615 proposes that those in Congress should have the same health care plan that they pass for us (hat tip: instead of having an exemption.

Sounds like a nice piece of accountability....


At July 16, 2009 at 11:06 PM , Blogger Janet P said...

An excerpt from the article:

[Under the current draft of the Democrat healthcare legislation, members of Congress are curiously exempt from the government-run health care option, keeping their existing health plans and services on Capitol Hill.]

That is outrageous and very telling. Their vote on that bill will tell us how great they really think it will be.

And also - kuddos to this Congressman! I think I actually like him.

Growing up in a military family gave me enough experience with government healthcare to know that I definitely do not want it for myself or my family - at least not as our only option.

No offense to any providers out there in that system - I'm sure some are quite superior, but we all know that if something was really wrong, you usually sought treatment outside the "network".

We DO need an answer on healthcare but this is NOT it.

At July 17, 2009 at 5:49 PM , Blogger higas said...

I had military health care too when my husband was in the U.S. Army and though it wasn't perfect, I can't say as I've had any better on the outside and had no insurance for like 12 years. I'll take something over nothing. On the whole, I think the military just doesn't get excited over stupid medical problems that don't warrant their attention. As Americans, so many of us run to the doctor for each and every stubbed toe or sniffle (and the media supports our doing that). Or call the ambulance for ridiculous things. I'll take a national health plan over what I have--then even hard working American's such as myself will have SOMETHING and not have to fear losing our home to foreclosure for medical bills should heaven forbid such a situation occur.

At July 17, 2009 at 9:39 PM , Blogger Janet P said...

That seems to be the argument of the day:
"Something is better than Nothing"

I think there are much better approaches to solving this problem without compromising quality or forcing people to risk bankruptcy/ foreclosure over their medical bills.

Don't forget that this "national healthcare" will not be free for you or me or anyone. It will take trillions (of dollars that we don't have) and could very well contribute to national bankruptcy.

At July 17, 2009 at 9:44 PM , Blogger Janet P said...

Here's another thing that is Absolutely Guaranteed:
If you think lots of people are going to the doctor NOW, for every silly little bump and bruise, just wait until we have healthcare subsidized by Uncle Sam.

At July 17, 2009 at 10:16 PM , Blogger Janet P said...

I have found that Libertarians who have honestly thought through the difficulties of this issue have some pretty good ideas, though there is no easy answer.

Eric S has provided me an education on this topic (search his blog for more info).

I also think Peter Schiff has some great ideas which you can read at his website.

At July 18, 2009 at 11:22 PM , Blogger Eric Schansberg said...

Even if contemporary military health care is seen as satisfactory, it's not a good analogy for full-blown coverage-- since the military is made up of above-average people with above-average health.

At July 19, 2009 at 12:25 AM , Blogger Janet P said...

You are right Eric and I probably shouldn't have mentioned the military per se.

The larger point is that the experience of my family was one in which there was a chronically ill family member, what I would call suboptimal care, and no option besides the one mandated by the government.

Similar to what one might envision in a state system.


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