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Health care: To have and have not


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If someone were to post a detailed breakdown of the health care coverage congress has voted for itself at our expense, and the amount (or lack of same) congresspersons have to cough up in premiums and co-pays, then mobs armed with pitchforks, scythes and torches would be storming the Capitol doors.

There is really no word to describe the level of hypocrisy displayed by those who enjoy government-paid Cadillac health coverage for themselves and their families, yet who cry "socialism" at the mere breath of a government-offered program for the masses as an alternative to private coverage, or to no coverage at all.

For these parasites, there appears to be no fear of government bureaucracy interposing itself between patient and doctor. Maybe it's because they are the very bureaucracy that they so roundly condemn.

Evidently, the unwashed proletariat that sent them to Washington is not entitled to, or cannot be trusted with, the same type and level of care. In fact, they tell us we can't afford it. Maybe the point of letting them enjoy what we would like to have for ourselves is a way of lifting the burden of daily worry from their shoulders, so that they can be free to make intelligent and selfless decisions on our behalf.

On the other hand, giving them a taste of what we have to face might concentrate their thinking.

Won't happen.

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Let's see them use the same useless rationed coverage that they want to ram down our throat. But no, federal employees and their familys will be exempt. Not good enough fot them, not good enough for me. And they want to rape our paychecks to pay for it. NO WAY


With all due respect, Mr. Smith, you have missed Chan's point, which is Congressional HYPOCRISY! And you misunderstand the Health Care proposal. Unless you are rich (which I doubt since you're howling about your paycheck), your pay will be unaffected by the public option. In fact, you may gain options because your current insurer may want to compete by offering more coverage for similar premium dollars in order to retain your valuable business.


There is really no word to describe the level of hypocrisy...

Of course there is a word. Your newspaper simply doesn't like using words like that.

Does anyone else believe the political class does not care about the common man, but only about increasing its wealth and power?

...you may gain options because your current insurer may want to compete by offering more coverage for similar premium dollars in order to retain your valuable business.

You are very naive Mr Now. If my health insurer were concerned about retaining my business it could offer me better options right now. What will, in fact, happen is insurers will follow government regulations in order to survive. There will be no innovation, and there will be no real competition.

It's like the government broke your legs and then gave you crutches. You're grateful they're helping you walk. We would all be much better off, financially and health wise, if government were not involved in health care in any manner.


I response to Reform Health Care Now you must be one of the few who have healthcare. For those of us who work all our lives in this country for corporate and finally wanted to work outside the box we are penilized from day one from higher tax rates to not being able to obtain group insurance. If all of you knew how little it really cost for most heathcare you would faint. I used to do billing and contracts for hospitals and doctors. You see the only people getting the shift is the patient, meaning you buddy! Pennies on a dollar is what they pay insurance companies if at all. The copay is usually all a provider may get if they are lucky. Blook work is marked up hundreds of dollars. No wonder we can't afford it.


...The copay is usually all a provider may get if they are lucky. Blood work is marked up hundreds of dollars. No wonder we can't afford it.

You are right Lisa. Costs for the uninsured are obscene. If government did not regulate medical care competition and innovation would allow people to afford medical care without insurance.

Look at the unregulated computer industry. Compare the costs and improvements in computers with costs and improvements in medicine. Even the cost of long distance telephone service plummeted with partial deregulation.

Our political class is committed to high insurance company and pharmaceutical profits. As long as the media and education establishment keep people from noticing the truth they have no problems.


Lolly: you must be incompetent, or completely jaded by the Obama/Democratic wins in government.

I work in technology for healthcare and have done so in other verticals as well. And I can tell you the reason for the tech industry's rapid advancement is NOT because of a lack of regulation-- it is because the inexpensive access to the materials.

And unlike healthcare-- human lives are not at stake when experimental drugs and/or procedures are undergone. Regulation must be there, and it must include cost controls.

Let's discuss one of my favorite incidents of government-sponsored service: the united states postal service (USPS).

It was said that private firms wouldn't be able to compete with the USPS and yet, for decades Fedex, UPS and DHL have all competed and grown against this govt sponsored behemoth-- which was also tightly regulated until very recently.

Another thing-- electric, water and cable utilities are all regulated-- and yet they continue to advance at dramatic rates with their technology.

So whenever you try to sell deregulation on these boards, remember that Enron and the recent financial collapse were the results of deregulation, and the USPS and most utilities are the results of good regulation and that many people still remember these things when someone touts unregulated healthcare.

And honestly-- if healthcare didn't want that hammer dropped on their heads, they would have cleaned up their act and contained costs long ago, but the problem is everyone wants their Lexus and bimmers and will not want to give up their share for free, so while greed exists in the system and there are no controls to costs, it will always be out of control.


Lolly: you must be incompetent, or completely jaded by the Obama/Democratic wins in government.

Just because we disagree doesn't mean my competence or intelligence need to be questioned. I do not believe my jadedness quotient has changed in the last year. I did not vote for either McCain or Obama in the last election. I actually believed McCain would be worse. It now appears I may have been wrong in my assessment.

...the reason for the tech industry's rapid advancement is NOT because of a lack of regulation-- it is because the inexpensive access to the materials.

Has it occurred to you that the "inexpensive access to the materials" resulted because government was not interfering in the free market process? What would have to happen to make similar inexpensive access to the materials lower costs in our medical-industrial complex?

Another thing-- electric, water and cable utilities are all regulated-- and yet they continue to advance at dramatic rates with their technology.

My electric, water, and cable bills are not lower than they were 10 or 20 years ago. With productivity gains, the prices generally decrease in a free market.

...remember that Enron and the recent financial collapse were the results of deregulation,...

Enron (and Bernie Madoff) occurred right under the noses of regulators, not as a result of deregulation.

Our recent Bush-Obama financial crisis was in no way caused by deregulation. I refer you to Tom Woods recent book: Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse

The short version is that our present financial crisis (and in fact all of the 20th century crises since 1913) were caused by the loose money policies of the Federal Reserve.

...so while greed exists in the system and there are no controls to costs, it will always be out of control.

You think our corrupt politicians are able to control the economic system. A great cure for economic ignorance is Henry Hazlitt's Economics in One Lesson Fortunately, this is available as a free pdf download (Google for the URL).


Of course they wouldn't give up their plan for the one they are planning for the public. The plan they have doesn't ration treatment and/or care and doesn't mandate that they be counseled that a certain age euthenasia is better than treatment for some health conditions. These people think they are better than the rest of us and want all the power they can grab. They believe as hitler did that those who aren't as good as they are should be disposed of. The people of this country need to demand the same or better health care than the people in the D.C. (supposedly) representing us get.


These people think they are better than the rest of us and want all the power they can grab. They believe as hitler did that those who aren't as good as they are should be disposed of.

Don't hold back Dee Dee; let us know how you really feel.

The people of this country need to demand the same or better health care ...

I think we would all be better off if everyone weren't demanding one thing or another from the political class in Washington. I would be happy if I could only purchase health care in a free market setting from providers who were unfettered from government regulations, licensing requirements and patents.


Lowe really misses the mark with this one. Neither side of the aisle in Washington is proposing providing Congressional levels of healthcare to the average American. Even if the broadest version of healthcare reform being advocated by such as Barney Franks were to be adopted, we would all still be light-years away from the level of coverage Congress et. al. enjoy. BUT, those of us who currently have healthcare by way of our employment would very likely end up paying more for less and worse! That is the issue - not members of Congress trying to deny the proletariat the same benefits as they enjoy. On that point Republicans and Democrats alike jointly give a Bronx cheer to Joe Six-Pack and say, "Not in this lifetime!"


There are so many bogus emails circulating concerning health care congress and/or senate currently has. Does anyone know what their health plan is? What it costs them if anything in premiums? What their deductibles are?
I don't doubt its a pretty package, I just would like some facts thrown in to all the rhetoric!


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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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