I Remeber When …….

June 30, 2009 by  
Filed under Opinion

I admittedly am not old enough to really be uttering those words, but in today’s world it seems that my country and in some cases my own party have left me.  I look around the world around me, my city, my church, my state and my country and fail to recognize things that I once thought were normal.

Once upon a time the people in this country strived to be the best they could be.  People worked to make the best for their family and their communities.  Churches and communities took care of their own.  If someone in the church had a problem (i.e. lost job, house burned, sickness) the people in the church took care of each other.  Before medicare and medicaid people some how survived.  I am not sure how but they did it, Amazing.

Insurance has not always been available.  Once upon a time you paid for what you bought.  There was no credit bureau and you paid for medical expenses as they happened.  I am not so naive to think that those things could still be possible with the way the world is today.  But really if you have been to a hospital lately do you really expect that a Tylenol cost $10.  Insurance is part of the problem we could throw in law suits and the government.

I once believed that the enemies of our country lived outside of our borders.  I know that the “reds” were here in the 50’s but that is not the enemy we have today.  Our country is now under attack from small time dictators from 3rd world countries.  We have religious zealots who have corrupted their own religion and now have (and have had for a while) declared war on the US.  For those of you who have forgotten they have attacked our country twice already.

My biggest fear is that the leadership of our own country is setting us up to be destroyed.  Our President and the leadership of the Senate and Congress are forcing bills and laws down our throat that will eventually lead to our destruction.  The Cap and Trade bill is nothing more than a new tax to shut down our energy production as well  businesses that depend on things like oil, gas, and coal.  Basically the early projections are that gas will get to $6.00 a gallon and our home energy cost will go up 70-80%.

So as I sit here tonight I wonder what will be left of my country.  What will my kids find waiting for them in 20 years if we don’t stop the misplaced ideals and neediness of our countrymen.  People need to wake up and smell the coffee before it is to late.  Hopefully we can make a change soon, but I am afraid 2010 is not soon enough.

There is so much more I would like to say, but I feel that will have to wait for another posting.

Health Care for Everyone

June 26, 2009 by  
Filed under US Politics

In a perfect world everyone would be happy, healthy and we would not have to worry about going to the doctor or medical expenses.   Our country, no matter what else we think or feel, is still the best country in the world, although it is not perfect.   Unlike what you have heard or been hearing  there is no great unwashed mass that do not have insurance available to them.  In our  country of 250 million people only 45.7 million people were not insured at one time or another in 2007.  Folks, that is only 18% of the population.

There is no doubt that our health care industry is not messed up and that the insurance companies do make it worse.  I do believe like most people that the health care system could be tweaked to work better.

According to research of the 45.7 million who did not at some point have insurance last year 26% of those did not choose to accept a form of public coverage.  That reduces the number of people uninsured by 11.88 million.

Another 21% that are not insured are immigrants here legally or illegally.  So that once again reduces our uninsured number by 9.59 million.  For those of you keeping count that brings our total uninsured to 24.23 million.

The next group is actually the one most hurt by a lack of insurance.  20% of the uninsured make at least $75,000 but are not offered insurance by their company.  These individuals actually make enough to afford private insurance, but can not get it becasue of a health situation.   Subtracting this 9.14 million from the total leaves us with 15.09 million uninsured.

The last group that we have is made up of the younger generation.  40% of the uninsured either consider themselves healthy or do not have it available to them.

Now that we know who is not insured and how their groups are divided does it help us find a cure for the uninsured.  No, but now that it is known what the groups are, does it sound so horrifying that 10 million of the people not insured (and I feel that is incredibly low based on the number of illegals in our country) are immigrants legal and illegal.

Our country was not founded to give free health care to all of us.  It is simply not feasible to expect it, those who know the truth realize that our country is responsible for protecting our borders, not providing health insurance.  If we can get real torte reform that will help lower overall cost of health care.  If we don’t allow illegal immigrants to make use of our facilities illegally that would also decrease our cost.  If we could all step back and take a look at the situation we would realize that the government is not the one that should be running our insurance.  If you need more proof simply look at how Medicare and the VA are run.

If the goverment can not take care of the men and women who have protected us why would we think they could take care of our health needs.  I hope that these measures are not passed and that we can find a diffrent way to help those who trully need help.