Congress over the years has passed Medicare and Medicaid. There was no real funding for it. It was for the “greater good” which is quite questionable when funding wasn’t really taken into consideration. Now the government realizes that they can’t keep it funded much longer (a jar of Geritol and a tube of Preparation H just won't cut it).
Most of the people from the age of 18 to 45 will pay less in actual health care costs than what they would have paided into health insurance (by several thousand dollars a year). Today, the WSJ ran an article on “Mandated Health Insurance Squeezes Those in the Middle.” A Mr. Norton, in Massachusetts (where health care is mandatory) can get a $2,000 deductible per person for his daughter and himself for $464 per month or $5,568 per year. His words were, “This is insurance you can’t possibly use.” His solution is to pay the $1,000 dollar penalty for not being insured.
Obama is right when he says this new health insurance program will not increase our debt, it will lessen it. The younger generation will pay in $5,000 per year and get very little in benefits (do you wonder why?---they don’t get sick much). Here is the kicker that Obama mentioned. Everyone has to be enrolled. Otherwise people would only enroll when they were sick. That’s why insurance companies don’t cover pre existing conditions. You are covered if you sign up before you need it, not after. And you hear the whine; that’s unfair.
Another thing to review about our health care in the United States; it is the best in the world. The more skilled of a doctor you are, the more you can charge. If you are incompetent, you will be sued out of business.
State run health care plans have nothing to do with a doctor’s skill or experience. It is all customer count, procedures performed and pills prescribed without cost accountability. Three fourths of our country (18 to 55) can say no to health care costs if they rise too high. The other fourth doesn't have to. Kind of neat to be the latter group, isn’t it?
What everyone needs to realize, we are not being sold health care. Those (the young) who will be paying it will benefit very little. It is a tax. It will be used to keep the government from going bankrupt in the near future. Congress has abused and spent/consumed the Social Security Trust Fund. IT IS GONE! Obama desperately needs new tax revenues. The health care plan is the bait. It is a plan to generate new tax dollars. Our kids get to pay for it, thinking it is health care.
As a side note, maybe we ought to send Obama to Afghanistan in search of Osama. After a couple of months of listening to him, the Taliban would probably surrender and accuse us of Obama-boarding. His constant television ramblings irritates me no end. Put a sock in it. I would suggest, anyone with all the answers is part of the problem.