Quote from Fuzzy
I'm uninsured. I don't want to be. The healthcare system in this country is broken and it needs to be fixed. It's easier for an illegal alien to receive healthcare than a person who is working. Something is wrong with this picture. The people who don't want change are already covered by a wonderful healthcare plan provided by our tax dollars. I say we vote them out.
I doubt seriously that, if not for their gov't jobs, most politicians wouldnt have health insurance.
And why do you suggest that Congress should be 'voted out' because people don't have health insurance? Because they haven't passed a law so that I can underwrite the insurance of others with my tax dollars? Oh, I agree that illegals shouldn't be on the dole.
But , generally speaking, I think being uninsured IS a choice. There is no reason why an abled body person cannot do well enough in this nation to provide for themselves, and that includes health insurance. And a disabled person is already covered by our laws. The problem is generally the poor choices people make. People choose not to go to school. People choose to have kids at 16 before they can get themselves established. People choose a standard of luxury over neccessities, for example, computers and cars over health insurance. Even being uninsured as a student is a choice. Most unis offer a gap coverage plans for students, or, if young enough, allow you to stay on your parent's plan, or, like me, you could work in a job WHILE you go to schoool that pays insurance. It is a choice. That's not an indictment of you. I'm just saying, why should I have to pay for the poor choices or lack of planning of others?
The War on Poverty and the concept that able bodied persons need help that robs them of the incentive to help themselves is a failure. 40 yrs and 3 trillion dollars later and relative poverty levels are the same. I DON'T want to vote out politicians for the expressed goal of putting ones in that give ever more of my taxdollars to enable poor choices. There is a term for that: co-dependency. Generally, that's not considered healthy, for anybody involved.
I think we were designed with amazing abilities. And I think those abilities are best expressed in a gov't that basically leaves us alone. That might mean more responsibilities for some to manage their own lives, but it means more rights to what IS rightfully ours as well.
A gov't that is your parent is a gov't that has autonomy over you. And quite frankly, I'd rather have that money in my own hands so that I can be a parent to MY kids and not to countless millions of others that do not truly need my parenting skills or resources.
Fuzzy, this isn't aimed at you, I've seen enough of your posts to know that you have chronic health problems: but THAT is what I'd rather limit my taxdollars to actually pay for. Chronic poor health is one thing. Chronic poor choices is another. Any gov't funded plan should really distinguish between the two.
I'm a bigger fan of mandatory health insurance. Not a mandate that I pay for others, but a mandate that they provide their own, with automatic payroll deductions and group plans not limited to employers. See the Massachusetts plan.