Anti-tax protesters rally outside Eshoo's office Other Issues, posted by Editor, Mountain View Voice Online, on Jul 20, 2009 at 2:17 pm
Carrying American flags and picket signs, members of the anti-tax group called the "Tea Party Patriots" picketed outside U.S. Congresswoman Anna Eshoo's office Friday as part of a nationwide campaign against health care reform.
Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, July 20, 2009, 11:09 AM
Posted by Lucky, a resident of the The Crossings neighborhood, on Jul 20, 2009 at 2:42 pm
I second everything Karen says. I'm very fortunate that as a retired Federal Government employee, when I had cancer last year, my private HMO under the Federal Employee's Health Benefit Program covered all my costs except for reasonable copayments. Other patients I met were fighting with their insurance company over every claim. If Federal retiree health benefits are ever cancelled, as so many private employers are doing, I could be among the millions who declare bankruptcy or go without health care because after Stage 3 cancer, no private insurer will want my business. The fact is, the US has the highest health care costs and among the lowest life expectancy of industrialized nations. This country has to do better.
Posted by curious, a resident of the Cuesta Park neighborhood, on Jul 20, 2009 at 4:39 pm
It is ironic that Karen and Lucky cite two programs whose cost is increasing at an unsustainable rate. Medicare will soon bankrupt the Federal budget and the benefits of government employees, based on the Federal Civil Service model, are bankrupting state and local governments including Mountain Views.
Other countries such as Canada and European countries are facing draconian cuts in the standard of medical care due to overwhelming cost increases. For example, Mr. Jackman's mother at the age of 78 would never receive joint replacement surgery.
And, BTW, Karen must never have gone to the DMV in the early morning or late afternoon. Somehow at these times there are only one or two clerks at the table but there are a lot of people wandering around the back with coffee cups in their hands.
Posted by Karen, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Jul 20, 2009 at 9:48 pm
I understand that cost-savings are needed in Medicare and other government-financed plans, but they are also needed in employer-paid plans, as US expenditures for health care are going up faster than inflation and faster that employers can keep up.
Also, I'd like to remind readers under 65 that Medicare is not free. In addition to the 1.45% of salary I've been contributing since the program's inception, matched by my employer, I calculate that I will be out-of-pocket nearly $400/month to pay for Medicare Part B, Medigap, a prescription drug plan, and dental and vision coverage nearly equal to what my non-profit employer has been covered for me all these years. (My employer this year is paying about $500/month to cover all these for me in an and other single employees who chose an HMO right now, so matching this coverage with Medicare will be almost the same and directly out of my pocket, not my employer.) Medicare and my employer-paid health plan both require hefty co-pays for meds, doctor visits, etc.
The overlooked advantage of Medicare and of what I hope will result from health care reform is *guaranteed-available* health care. Rather than worrying about losing health coverage along with a job, rather than sticking with a terrible job situation only to protect access to health care, rather than risk bankruptcy due to unforeseen medical calamities, all Americans should be able to count on affordable, guaranteed-available health coverage.
Posted by Ed, a resident of the Sylvan Park neighborhood, on Jul 21, 2009 at 5:00 pm
I commend Karen for her staunch yet reasoned defense of health care reform. Only the for-profit health insurance companies (who siphon off 20 - 30% of our health care dollars in administrative costs and pure profit for CEO's/shareholders) benfit from the current system. (Note: Medicare uses only 3% for admin costs and is non-profit).
I support a public option so people can see that eventually a single payer plan (where doctors are private but insurance is not a profit center that fights paying claims) is the way to go.