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Pandora, I'm sorry the insurance company screwed you. Sue them. But why must I now be forced to spend $3k a yr, to buy insurance? I study how to stay healthy. Many in my family are sick from a poor diet. You are sick from a poor diet. You are overweight.
"HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANIES SUCK!"
And government mandates won't make them any better. Only a truly free market, free of government influence makes them improve. Keep supporting ObamaCare and you'll see it gets no better.
OK, I admit I didn't read all of the responses in their entirety, however I have something to say. There was a time before government intervention and regulation on health care that people paid for regular doctor visits out of their pocket and major medical crisis was the only reason you needed health care. Te reason for this was and truly free market that regulated itself. Siding with government mandated health insurance is only compounding the problem. Private, and yes, for profit medical establishments were just fine prior to government intervention. The god ol' days were good because government didn't interfere where they should not. Those ridiculous bills you are stuck with aren't because of private for profit organizations, but rather government funded and regulated "non-profit" organizations. I keep trying to say this and everyone on this thread ignores me...I suspect because they lack sources to prove this idea wrong, simply because it IS the reason why healthcare has gone to shit. I welcome contrary views, but I have not encountered a logical contrary view.
@Tonya.... I was two weeks in hospital, missing my left kidney, expecting some help from the insurance company i had been a client of for ten years. I was too sick and it took me two months to recover and by that time, it was like running headlong into a brick wall to even find someone at that company who would listen to me, let alone find an attorney who would take on UHC at a price I could afford. I only make so much and ALL I make goes to pay my bills. Was not in a position to add the cost of an attorney to sue a company with pockets so deep they could fight me until my last breath.
HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANIES SUCK!
I'll be the first to say that many of the large health insurance companies cheat their clients. But, sue them!! Not easy, but more fair.
I think OBAMACARE IS AWESOME. It allows my college aged son to stay on our insurance and being a woman cannot be used as a pre-existing condition as it has been in the past. I also am very happy to pay for other people's kids with my property taxes and would gladly pay more even though I'm considered low income. Those kids make our world and we are all in this together. I think narcissism is trying to be a lone island instead of part of a village. I do not measure other people's value by how much I can profit from them, and I don't feel the need to protect rich people in case I suddenly become one of them. However, I don't have hard feelings against people who disagree on any of these things. Obviously there are fundamental and potentially insurmountable differences of opinion between me and Randian philosophy who it seems to me had serious empathy problems. Such is the wondrous diversity of human brain chemistry.
Well, I'm not sure I've ever heard "preventation" other than the name of a flea med for a canine.
Sounds like all of you can afford health insurance. Or, have never been dropped as a client of a health insurance company for a bogus "pre-existing" condition.
I cannot get health insurance because United HealthCare, in their own inimitable style, dropped my ass in 2004. I had been their client for more than ten years, paying in my regular monthly premiums... and for what? I ended up in the hospital with an infected kidney. Also, at that time, diagnosed with diabetes. NEVER WAS THERE ANY MENTION OF EITHER IN MY MEDICAL RECORDS PRIOR TO THAT SUNDAY. UHC DROPPED my account and I ended up with a $115,000+ hospital bill after a two week stay and a left nephrectomy.
If the ACA (affordable care act) can help me get coverage because it denies the ability of multi-million dollar companies to determine that I all of a sudden have a pre-existing condition, then I am all for it!
Health Insurance companies suck.
How insanely narcissistic have we become to think that the government and other tax payers are responsible to take care of our health? Why is it terrible and cold hearted to think that people should provide for themselves, healthcare included? The government creates a market where we can't afford things, then we ask the government, and ultimately tax payers to take care of these things for us. When did we become so fucking entitled???
To bring that back on topic, things like ObamaCare encourage the nanny state and further remove competition from the market. Prices go through the roof and the goal is no longer to achieve a dream, but rather to tread water and survive. The government can not be our lifeline, we must be the lifeline of America. People who dream and work toward goals and opportunities know how to use their money best. Giving that money to the government or being subjected to mandates says that the government knows what is best for every person and that they can not be trusted with their own money. It is destruction of the individual and their liberty while tanking the idea of a free market that regulates itself through competition rather than a government that regulates poorly and bails everyone out throwing itself deeper into debt and devaluing our currency and ultimately our way of life.
I think the problem truly lies in changing society. The American dream is remnant. There is no focus on education or learning, and it is not valued or respected in a large part of our society. There are a few things that I really feel we can do. Number one has to be changing our education system. It's pretty pathetic, and we need to hold our children to a higher standard, the question is, how do we inspire them to achieve a higher standard?
Well, I assume everyone here is familiar with Neil deGrasse Tyson. He speaks often and very passionately about the importance of the space program and furthering space exploration. One of the biggest reasons he gives is because Americans need a dream again. We need something to hope for. When we were widely considered the most powerful and arguably greatness nation on Earth we gave up on space. We gave up on dreaming. Essentially we took the American dream to be the norm and believed we wouldn't need to inspire children to dream and reach for these goals, as we arrogantly assumed we would all reach a comfortable living situation with a family and home. As this happened we steered clear of more demanding education, and holding our children to a higher standard, the massive middle class was living the American dream, and surely anyone could easily obtain it.
Now there is a terrible wealth disparity and the middle class has all but disappeared and no one even remembers the American dream. America was where every individual had the opportunity to succeed, a competing free market for industry and flourishing economy. We forgot we need to secure that for future generations. We abandoned space in favor of wars against "enemies" that "hate us for being free and prosperous" forgetting that we were quickly increasing military occupation in their nations.
We have to take a stand to restore America to what we all once knew it to be. Restore faith and hope in Americans and encourage our children to dream, and work to obtain those dreams. In order to do that we must raise the bar for education, restore individual liberties that have been stripped, and provide an advancing future in things like the space program that give people a reason to be proud of America, and have faith in America once more. Pioneers of industry and true patriots of liberty were the what made America great, it's time we give people an America they can believe in again.
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