I'm 83 (my wife is 81), and I'm a rabid, right-wing ultra-conservative tea-party Republican. According to Janet Napolitano, that makes me a terrorist. And Obama wants to kill me because I'm too old.
I was born in 1929. When I was a child and I got sick, my mother would call the doctor, and sometimes he would come to the house. When I was about 10 years old, I had a bout with asthma, and the doctor had to come out a few times and give me a shot of adrenalin so I could breathe. My family paid the doctor. When I was treated by an allergy specialist, my family paid the doctor. In the fall of 1941, not long before Pearl Harbor, I had appendicitis and had surgery and spent several days in the hospital. (Back then an appendectomy was a major operation.) My family paid the doctor for the surgery and the hospital for their care.
In the 1950s, I was teaching high school, and they came up with "Hospital Insurance" to help pay for hospital stays of three days or more; I got the insurance through the school system. When our son was born in 1958 I was able to get my wife and son out of the hospital by only paying the hospital $25.
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I think it was in the '60s that they came up with "Universal Health Insurance" – which everyone thought was a great thing. The doctors, however, immediately raised their fees 20 percent in order to pay for the paper work. Has anyone calculated how much of health-care costs is due to the paperwork? My dermatologist has a partner, so there are two doctors in the office, and four people in the front office just to do the paperwork. My urologist has two partners and five people in the front office to do the paperwork. If the federal government takes over health care, it will probably double or triple the paperwork that's there now. We're probably paying more for the paperwork than the care.
I would suggest that if the government has to be involved in health care, it should be something in the nature of "catastrophic" insurance. Let the people pay for their own health care, like doctors' visits, etc. But if they have a high-cost hospital or treatment bill, they could apply to the government for a low-interest loan to cover the expense, probably similar to the student loan program. The problem there, of course, is to get people to pay the loans back. And special programs to help the indigent should be left to the states.
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Frankly, if the Constitution were properly observed, the federal government should not be involved at all in our private and personal lives. Remember, they tried a form of socialism or communism in the original American settlements, and it didn't work. So what they did was give everyone an acre of land and said, "Take care of yourself." And they did. And they thrived.