Anti-tax protesters rally outside Eshoo's office
Original post made on Jul 20, 2009
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on Jul 20, 2009 at 2:17 pm
Here's what Dirck Jackman said about the "present health care system" in this article:
"Look at the DMV," said Dirck Jackman, a Democrat, who approves of tax incentives to small businesses and free-market health care.
Jackman's 78-year-old mother had two knees and one hip replaced and was treated for glaucoma under the present health care system.
"And she hit the ground running. Her whole quality of life has improved with this health care," he said.
The irony in his comment is that his mother is no doubt the beneficiary of Medicare, which is a federal-government-run, single-payer system.
Jackman doesn't grasp--and many "protestors" along with him--that our present for-profit system of health care works for some whose employers can still afford the premiums, but doesn't work for many.
I'll soon be eligible for Medicare myself, and I've heard many comments from elderly people that it's "the best health coverage I've ever had".
If he likes what his mother is getting, Jackman should welcome a federally-run system for himself that equals what is mother already enjoys.
And by the way, the slams against the DMV are unwarranted. I do practically everything on-line, and the in-person service is courteous and prompt.
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.
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.