Thursday, August 13, 2009

President Obama Just Made My Last Point

Without intending to, President Obama just made the same point of my last post. Check it out.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090811/ap_on_go_pr_wh/us_obama_health_care_overhaul

"As long as they have a good product and the government plan has to sustain itself through premiums and other non-tax revenue, private insurers should be able to compete with the government plan, Obama said."

"'They do it all the time,'" he said. "'UPS and FedEx are doing just fine. ... It's the Post Office that's always having problems.'"

Seriously, do you want the government running your health care?

7 comments:

Edisto Joe said...

There's that virus again in the teleprompter. For a guy bill as eloquent in speech, he sure makes dumb comments!

octobia said...

A couple of things: I guess you won't risk your health to Medicare at 65; since you disapprove of government-run insurance. I'm sure you send all your mail via FedEx or the light, spending about $20 to overnight a letter, right?

The Post Office (a quasi-governmental agency), by the way, has to serve even unprofitable routes, with the full array of services, not cherrypick the most profitable ones in the best locations.

Lola said...

actually i do intend to have other insurance coverage but if you know anything about how coordination of benefits works, assuming medicare is still around when i'm 65 (or 75 as it's likely to be bumped to), it will kick in first and my other insurance will kick in 2nd, through no choice of my own. But I plan to have my own insurance when I retire before the government benfits kick in.

you don't want to know my libertarian view of medicare and social security...if social security is around when i retire, i won't be able to collect until i'm 75 or 80 and/or my benefits will be greatly reduced...so my contributions are essentially being taken from my with likely little or no benefit to me in the future. had i been able to keep ownership of my specific contributions i would see a much greater benefit...but no one but me and few others are for privatizing social security...most people are terrified to do that.

oh and that's why in my previous post i call the post office a monopoly...since fedex and ups specialize in package and overnight shipping...but again they are profitable and the post office is not even though they take part in overnight and package delivery as well... oh and the post office sends me 98% junk...Except for the Birthday and Christmas Cards I get from my grandparents every year.

If the post office went away, guarantee you all my bills would find their way to me electronically meaning no company would do business with you without a valid and verified email address or automatic bank drafts.

And no I don't want the government running my healthcare, making my decisions, paying my doctors. Fraud waste and abuse will skyrocket...they can't control their own fraud waste and abuse...
I'm not saying health care doesn't need some fixing...but let's not start with government run health care that undercuts insurance companies...let's expand competition across state lines for starters...let them undercut each other...let's also start somewhere i think most people can agree with...
denying for preexisting conditions...there's work that can be done there....

If you look through some older posts I talk about what I think are promising alternatives to dealing with insurance companies which are middlemen that hike up the cost of healthcare b/c they have to make money to employ people to process claims and providers now have to pay people to process claims...

just a few thoughts but i understand our dependence on Medicare and social security...i just don't want to expand it that dependence to everyone... we can't afford it as a country. I can't afford it, my potentially future kids can't afford it.

None-the-less, Obama did unintentially make my point...

Anonymous said...

i'm on medicaid right now.. and i'll tell you two things. my copays are not 150 to 200 dollars for dental services, and I can pretty much see whoever I want as long as their open. i have worked in many doctors office and have seen the premiums paid for private insurances... whoooo government!

Lola said...

I'd have much less of a problem with medicaid if you had copays that were $150 or even $10 a visit. Then you'd be paying for your healthcare or at least contributing to payment of your health care rather that putting it all on the taxpayers.

CHESSNOID said...

Hey Lola,
I agree with your post. The Post Office example is a good one. They will probably go back to delivering to only 5 days a week and raising the rates again.
**LOLA FOR 2012**
woof woof
CHESSNOID
;)

Lola said...

Thanks Chessnoid!

I agree and when they do that, demand will continue to drop and they will continue to raise prices to pay for the employees they can no long afford to pay...and they'll still be forced to make cutbacks...unless this "quasi" government agency get's it's quasi status removed and they don't have to make enough to pay to cover their overhead...

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