Last edited by Gibberish; 06-12-09 at 01:39 PM.
"Gold gets dug out of the ground in Africa, or someplace. Then we melt it down, dig another hole, bury it again and pay people to stand around guarding it. It has no utility. Anyone watching from Mars would be scratching their head."
- Warren Buffett
Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false, and does not swear deceitfully. Psalm 24
"True law is right reason in agreement with nature . . . Whoever is disobedient is fleeing from himself and denying his human nature [and] will suffer the worst penalties . . ." - Cicero
The nation's health care industry comprises roughly 14% of the nation's economy, it makes sense that a family plan would cost roughly 10% of the family's budget.
They don't need a car. They don't need that plasma TV. They don't need cable, or a cell phone, or even the internet in their trailer. They need to be studying and paying off their bills.
But it's there, none the less. Shouldn't be there, of course, because wages are a private matter between an employer and his hired help. But goonion base rates are set on the min wage, so it's not going away.
In France, anytime anyone gets sick or needs medical attention, all they have to do is walk into a hospital and be seen by the dr., and guess what, they don't have to wait in long lines and the quality of their care is not compromised in any way. If they need a medication, no matter the quantity or prescription type, all the citizen has to pay is 6.6 pounds which equates to approximately $10 in US currency.
Heroes from the 9/11 clean-up efforts who were not employed by the government, but rather volunteered to help save lives, were denied coverage by their insurance companies because they "volunteered" to go down to ground zero to help the rescue efforts. These heroes developed severe lung complications due to the dust and debris while trying to save lives, yet our "great" health care system allowed them to be denied for covered treatment. A few of those same volunteer rescue workers were taken to Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, where they were seen by some of the worlds' most qualified doctors, treated for all of their symptoms, had complete diagnostics ran including x-rays and cat-scans, and they did not have to pay a single penny. An inhaler that one lady needed but could not buy because it costs around $179 here in the states, she got in Cuba for the equivalent of $.03 in US currency.
A lady living in Detroit MI could not afford medical insurance for her baby girl and medicare and medicaid only covered 1/4 of the high doctor visits and prescription costs. She went across the border into Canada where a friend of her's lives and gave his address as her place of residency, and she had her baby girl not only seen by a doctor within 30 minutes, but did not have to pay anything for the doctor visit and was only charged the equivalent of $6 in US currency for her baby's medication.
Our government opposed a universal health care system where the government pays the doctors based on how many patients they not only see, but successfully treat, and testimonials from doctors in France, Cuba, and Canada all state that they make more than enough money to live comfortably. Our government opposed the thought of dis-banning the health insurance companies and prescription drug manufacturers because some of the highest government officials were paid off, including Hillary Clinton "who proposed a universal health care reform during Bill Clinton's presidency". Those same government officials led the American people to believe that our health-care is the highest quality in the world and warned that if we had universal health care, the quality of our health-care system would diminish and we would have to wait in long lines just to be seen. However, after researching into foreign country's universal health-care systems, it is quite the opposite. Doctors are motivated to successfully treat as many patients as possible because the more people they help, the more the government pays them. They even get paid in France every time they get a patient to quit smoking.
A 6 year old girl living in the States went def due to deteriorating ear drums, and even though there was an experimental operation that had successfully allowed 11 other children to hear again, her insurance company only approved the cost to repair one of her ears. After numerous letters sent to the insurance company from the little girl's parents, and threatening to get the news involved, the parents received a phone call stating that they overturned the decision and will cover the expenses for both ears to be repaired.
Did you know that the American health insurance companies actually have a position in their company's specifically created to find any reason to not pay for operations or other expenses, and to overturn the decisions to cover expenses due to preexisting conditions???
Another lady living in the States had a brain tumor, and after the insurance company investigated her file they determined that the operation would not be covered because of a preexisting condition. That preexisting condition was a yeast infection. That particular lady passed away before she could get the decision overturned.
It's a sad country when not only the health insurance companies, but the government as well, profit off of it's citizen's suffering. I would advise everyone who reads this post to do some research of you own regarding the health care systems throughout the world.