The blog is so whiny lately. I can’t even take myself, so I can see why my comments are at an all-time low. Of course, a lot of my friends are also at the end of school which is a busy time… unless of course you’re a stay at home mom of a 1 month old, in which case you can spend plenty of time editing photo shoots, or trying to fix your son’s kick stand which mysteriously won’t lift. Yes, if you heard some curse words around our house this morning about 8, it was me trying to fix it and Conner screaming that he wasn’t going to be able to do wheel day. And yet, we still made it to school on time — and I didn’t forget the baby. Go me.
Anyway, I am still reading the news, but I haven’t had the will to comment.
Til’ yesterday. There was an article about how the federal government is looking at Massachusetts and Tennessee’s health care systems to see if they can model the federal one after either. Turns out, people are more willing to buy cell phone service than pay for health insurance, even if it’s quite affordable (along the same lines as a cell phone bill). And whamo, we hit the nail on the head. People think health care should be free. All of it, regardless of the type or the need. I agree, no one should die from an appendicitis because they are unable to pay… but guess what, I do think that bill should follow you around, be taken out of your paycheck, whatever, until it’s paid off. I also think people on medical (or medicaid as it’s called in many other states) should have a co-pay, and a BIG one for the ER. Like mine 50 bucks, and heavens knows you don’t see me heading to the ER often.
Anyway, here’s the question of the day. Do you think that people would pay a reasonable premium for health insurance? Do you think health care should be free? Do you think they’ll ever end-up with a federal plan? In truth, we already have one. Those of us who do have insurance ARE already paying for those who don’t. Our hospital is reimbursed such a ridiculous amount from Medical that it’s almost not even worth our time to bill them. I’m talking it barely pays for the supplies, not to mention personnel, etc. And the bigger question, if they do start a federal plan, is there any chance I get to move out of the Kaiser system.