Jason “Snake” Homeless

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Health care reform is like a relationship

It is unfortunate that the health care reform issue has become so politicized.  There are 46 million Americans who are without health insurance.

Everyone seems confused.   Here is the “clear up” on what is being proposed.

Myth #1: If this reform goes through,  you will have no choice in benefits. WRONG.  The bill simply says that if you are pleased with your present insurance, you can keep it.

The legislation now being considered in Congress ensures lower costs, prevention coverage, and no annual or lifetime caps on benefits. It also ensures that pre-existing conditions are covered!!!

Myth #2: Reform would make it illegal to provide chemotherapy for our older Medicare folks! What?? did I hear that right?  This is not true. Reform will actually improve Medicare benefits!

Myth #3: The bill will insure people who are here illegally. The president himself has stated on television that he would never sign legislation that allowed that.

Myth#4: The bill creates “death panels” for seniors!!  This is a game of telephone that has been used as another scare tactic that came about from the provision that a doctor can be paid for end-of-life counseling if the senior requests it! (Personally, that counseling would be great because I have an 87 year old grandmother that is very depressed about  even being near the supposed “end of life” (who knows – she may live to 100!!) , but is seeing her friends pass away!  She needs counseling on how to deal with that!  If I saw even one of my friends pass, I KNOW that i’d need counseling!    That counseling is good for living! for anyone and everyone, and ‘end of life’ has GOT to be thee hardest time.  E.O.L. counseling helps people to reconcile that time in their life and be better able to be free of depression!  There are no death squads, or counseling to MAKE anyone want to end their lives.  There’s no Kevorkian clause here.

A public option,If approved, the requires for the federal government to be in competition with private companies.  I believe the insurance monopoly should be changed and competition encouraged, we would all benefit.

Let’s not be partisan, or take “sides.”  Let’s just be people together  put politics aside and support this long overdue legislation? Is it perfect? No. Nothing starts out that way. Can it be amended?  Hell Yes!  Let’s get something going that’s good!  It’s a growing thing!  You pick the best and make it better!  It’s like an intimate relationship right?  We’ve been dealing with this crap since Roosevelt. How do we take care of ALL the people.   It’s like my cousin Stacey, who won’t marry (even though there have been some really great guys in her life), because they WERE NOT PERFECT. I’m not suggesting a woman “settle” but when the guy is perfect really (by your own admission), and  Some of the ejections are based on amount of hair! it’s a bit silly, and you wonder what the underlying reason is.  Okay so this one guy had tons of hair, but  his dad lost most of his  in the two  years between 40 and 42!  So she was worried about appearances later in life, what people would think etc., etc.  One guy was a loan officer at a bank and going to school but almost ready to graduate with his bachelor’s.    She said he had to be a VP or he wouldn’t be able to guarantee her security if they got pregnant before then.  Wise girl in a way, but for the love that she professed for him, it didn’t add up.  They could take action to prevent this.  Four or five other guys came along and again, a few of them seemingly great relationships.  Stacey should open up a dating / match website, because she’s good at it.  But even though a few of these guys proposed (one she dated for 2 years and was desperate to marry her), but weren’t perfect. Her consistent reason was “He’s not perfect.”  She could not define perfect (Not un-like our health care situation..) Yet she could not take the leap.  I told her, it’s time to explore.  Explore yourself.  What do you want? What are you afraid of?  What is the realy reason you don’t want to get married? If her reason was that she just plain didn’t WANT to be married, then so be it.  Nobody can blame a person who declares this!  It’s a 50-50 plunge these days!  but she asserted that she was desperate to wear the dress!  Frighteningly similar to our legislators, who all want this health care situation solved, everyone covered, but they don’t want to commit to anything). Okay, can we just do a trial live-in situation?  (health care legigislativly speaking?)  We don’t have to get “married” or anything!  Dare I say, a  “Friends with benefits” situation might work?  I am laughing out loud right now, but I WILL NOT, repeat WILL NOT use that lurid acronym!

It’s time to make the leap, (it’s so much better and near perfect), and we can and will make it better. Why let Americans die without health insurance?  Why can’t my grandma get counseling?  Why did my friend’s husband have to sell items on Ebay over six months in order to make enough money to pay up ahead for insurance so that his wife who is pregnant can have medical care? She was six months along before they could afford it!  The husband’s  job no longer offers insurance and he’s not going anywhere else for a job in this economy.  He’s happy to have one and he’s got a mortgage to pay!

Isn’t it right for ALL of our fellow Americans to have affordable health care?  The sooner the better. Let’s all make a commitment of some kind and fast.