Hi Brad, we share different views when it comes to matters such as this and that's ok. It's impossible for guys like us to get all the facts because everyone with the facts has their own agendas and aren't afraid to lie and deceive to get their way. That's on both sides of the isle and everywhere you look. That's one thing we do agree with, I think. The rest is just interpretation.
I'm of the opinion that everyone has the right to live a healthy life. I don't think it should have anything to do with how good your job is, how much money you have or who you know. If someone's sick, they should be taken care of. That includes the rich, poor, the middle class or the cracks addict in the alleys of Detroit. I'm a big believer in the free market system and I love business, you know that. I also know that this system we have right now isn't working. I don't have to cite statistics like medical bills are the number one reason for bankruptcy. All I have to do is walk two doors down and look at Joe's empty foreclosed home because his wife got cancer. He lost everything because his medical insurance through work was crap. There are thousands of Joe's every day struggling to cope with this issue so I know something must be done and soon.
I also know everything the Government touches turns into a big expensive mess that can't function. I don't like the idea of Government run anything expect the Military and things like that. I'm also very concerned when things start getting push into action very quickly by the government. That's almost always a sign of deceit and disaster. Look at the bank bailouts.
As far as the expense, we could have paid for this several times over when we were shelling out trillions to the banks and other big business so they could in turn snub their noses at the rest of us.
As far as Betsy McCaughey, I'm not ready to make a decision from anything she says. She's a very smart lady with her own agenda. She also thinks the rest of us are dumb as rocks. Here's one of my problems with her:
As executor of his will, several months ago I sat down with my Father and an attorney to set up his living will. I was amazed at how detailed and extensive it was. It allowed him to pre-decided every little detail in the event he became incapacitated. Everything from how his bills are paid to who takes care of him. A living will doesn't say you get unplugged when put on life support, it says whatever you want it to. It can say you want every possible action taken to save your life. That's just a small part of a living will but Betsy McCaughey goes from speech to speech and interview to interview, usually unchecked and unchallenged, turning the whole 'living will
' requirement into ' the government insists you die when too sick'. This is what has turned into the whole 'death panel
' nonsense. She didn't use the actual words 'death panel' but she played a huge role in getting that crazy notion started.
I don't watch a lot of TV but I have caught Jon Stewart on the Daily Show a few times. Jon Stewart is a funny and smart guy full of talent but I wouldn't think he would be the guy to listen to for serious issues. Now I'm not so sure after seeing his interview with Betsy McCaughey. He takes her to task and doesn't let her get away with saying anything without evidence or reason. Watch these three clips and see what I see: http://4u2bn.com/ku01
- Off Topic
- I listen to a lot of public radio and I recently heard a fantastic interview with author T. R. Reid who wrote "The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care". He traveled around the world and looked in depth at other country's health care programs. I bought the book and I'm almost ready to start reading it. I'm a slow reader but once I'm finished with it I'll send it to you if interested.