“That would be why so many employees are saying the plans that they are offered are unaffordable. With insurance continuing to rise in cost, we should expect the trend found in the UCLA study to continue, unless we pass legislation to reform the system. Working Californians are slipping further and further behind when it comes to health care. The time for change is now.”
Study: Job-based Health Insurance Declining, Working Californians, July 11, 2007
The time has come to offer Medicare to anyone who wants it. There is a system in place already, just use it. I know no one likes this idea, but I like even less the idea of 18K people a year dying because they didn’t have health insurance or being bankrupted by an accident. Do you?
You can’t say folks should just get a job to get health insurance, it doesn’t work that way anymore. Medicare for those who want it! People with private insurance, or employer insurance won’t switch until their employers cut them off. Medicare service will expand to cover whoever needs it. I’d rather pay taxes for that than fucking over Iraq and bushco’s continued destruction of my country.
And it’s not going to be optional for much longer. Heathlcare delivery costs are out of control and have been for a long time, that’s not going to change unless greed is somehow obliterated. If doctors and hospitals aren’t making enough money to satisfy themselves, then they should get the fuck into some other kind of business. I’m through being cool, goddammit. In a country like the U.S. the good health of its citizens is not a luxury, it’s a right. Universal Heathcare Now!
(And don’t fucking sit there with a smug look on your face and tell me we’re not going to get good heath care from universal Medicare: it’s better than nothing, which is what too many Americans have now, so shut the fuck up.)