Healthcare Reform: The Big Comedown

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; these are the principles on which America was founded. All men (and now women) are entitled to these rights, and it is the duty of the U.S. government to not infringe upon but to maintain our ability to live, live freely and live happily. Otherwise, the government would be worthless, and perhaps it would have been better for us to remain within the British Empire.

Of course, there are limitations to these ‘rights’, but the threshold of limitation is set by us, the common society, and it is our collective say that sets the standard. In recent months (years if you count the campaigns for the presidential nominees) it has become apparent that healthcare is a ‘right’ Americans believe they are entitled to; it is your right to have affordable health insurance coverage, or to at least be able to see a doctor and seek treatment without indebting yourself up to your eyelids.

I know the pains of healthcare personally, even at the ripe young age of 24. I have not been insured for 2 years now and it has made me hesitate to go to dentist. I finally became covered by my employer after working for 6 months, and I promptly scheduled an appointment. The results of my examination were fairly good; only two cavities on my archaic wisdom teeth. The state of my gums, however, had deteriorated into full-blown periodontal disease. If I don’t receive a ‘deep cleaning’ (eek!) I would risk the possibility of slowly but surely losing my teeth as my gums continued to recede (double eek).

How much would the procedure cost? $1077.00. That’s a pretty penny there. Not quite a triple coronary bypass, but I don’t have money for that either. How much would my insurance pay? $588.00. That leaves me paying about $500 in the end, which my broke ass can handle, most likely from some kind of deferred payment plan. For other people, with no insurance and dependents and a number of other financial commitments, paying for this procedure may very well fall to the wayside, letting their health fail as opposed to taking on the cost of treatment.

Preventative healthcare is cheap. What advice would my dentist have given me 2 years ago? The same advice he gave me this year. “You need to floss and use a water pik daily, as well as continue to brush your teeth and use mouthwash.” This might be common sense, but we as human beings need a little prodding here and there, and the dentist or whatever practitioner for whatever ailment just so happens to be the person to whip your lazy conscious into shape. Water pik: $20.00. Stock of floss for 2 years: ~$20.00. Savings incurred from not getting expensive dental procedure: ~$1037.00.

Why don’t people take advantage of preventative healthcare? Because they don’t have the money or they don’t have the know-how. If everyone had health insurance (or if all healthcare was single-payer like the federally mandated Medicare program we’ve had for the past century) they would be able to get problems treated before they get worse and even more expensive. Are you sick? Go see a doctor. Take your medication now instead of saving it for later because you can’t afford to buy more.

The biggest obstacle to everyone having healthcare is: 1. Insurance companies (HMOs), 2. Pharmaceutical companies, and 3. Hospitals and doctors. Everyone of them stands to make much, much less money with mandated healthcare; they’d much rather buy off our politicians than reform the system at hand. With everyone receiving preventative healthcare, you don’t need to go see the doctor as often. You don’t need to have complicated procedures, and all the tests and X-rays and MRIs that go along with it. You don’t need to be overloaded with a drug-cocktail every day.

Right now, Congress is in the process of writing a bill reforming the healthcare systems in America, and they have mistakenly included the nefarious legions of greedy money-grubbers listed above into the equation and excluded the idea of having a ‘public option’ (a government insurance program that would be affordable and available to all). I don’t know what we are supposed to do. Write your congressperson I guess; just be sure to put a $10,000 check made out to his/her re-election campaign account in the envelope too. Needy complaints get lonely without a little cash.

Does it really matter who’s lording over us, a tyrant or an aristocracy, if they could care less about our well being?

jakefunc is a contributing writer and editor of Get instant updates for this blog via Twitter: PGTblog.



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7 responses to “Healthcare Reform: The Big Comedown

  1. Healthcare is somewhat of a joke for the states. I have somewhat, well, not somewhat full on socialized healthcare in the military if you want to call it that. I go in, flash my id, and bam, a few hours later I have a bottle of percocets and 4 less wisdom teeth. No bill. Nothing.

    Every year I go to the dentist for a routine cleaning and what not. Whenever I have minor problems i.e. my stomach of foot I go to the doctors. Basically, I can nip problems in the butt before they worsen. Preventative care is commonsense. The problem is people can’t afford to foot an enormous bill for this. when you dump thousands into health insurance yearly and go every once and awhile and get stumped with a 1k plus bill it’s a bitch, so no one goes unless its of dire importance.

    I cannot figure out how these companies, politicians, and lobbyists coax people into thinking mandated/universal healthcare is a bad thing. Oh no we will lose our million dollar bonuses eh hmm I mean you’ll have to wait in long lines! How terrible! Wouldn’t you rather pay thousands yearly to get shotty healthcare, only to find out later your insurance doesn’t feel it was necessary, or only covers half?

    I am not happy with the American Healthcare and education systems. Let’s take some of the billions we dump into our military and focus it on healthcare and education. if people are healthy and educated we will be a prosperous nation.

    Ahhh, capitalism at it’s finest.

    • jakefunc

      My understanding of the European system is that they tax everyone about 50% of their income.


      But wait.

      With free education and free healthcare, the rest of your check is for you and you can sleep safe and sound each night knowing that you won’t have excessive financial burdens to worry about.

      Americans are fucking stupid, I’ll leave it at that.

  2. hellolion

    Ah, damn, I only sent 9,000 dollars with the letter to my congressman, is 10,ooo the standard payment now?

    You want universal healthcare? Move to Canada. It’ll blow my mind if we actually get a working healthcare system in America in my lifetime.

    • jakefunc

      Yes. You will need to send an additional 10 grand– the previous 9 has disappeared into the unexplainable abyss of guilt-free corruption.

      Healthcare will never work in the U.S. as long as its objective is ‘making money’ instead of ‘providing healthcare’.

  3. I have come to realize America, how we live, and our system will never change. Subtle change may occur, but nothing else.

    Capitalism has our country by the balls.

    “Money, get away.
    Get a good job with good pay and youre okay.
    Money, its a gas.
    Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash.
    New car, caviar, four star daydream,
    Think Ill buy me a football team.”
    “Money” – Pink Floyd

    • jakefunc

      “Hey pig
      Yeah you
      Hey piggy pig pig pig pig
      All of my fears came true
      Black and blue and broken bones
      You left me here all alone
      My little piggy needed something new”
      “Piggy” – NIN

      ^^Seriously sounds like a sorry fuck with a pre-existing health condition getting dumped by his “pig” HMO, lol

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