Posted by Paulette, a resident of the Val Vista neighborhood, on Jul 29, 2009 at 11:11 pm
My husband is a skilled carpenter; yet,the company he worked for doesn't seem to be surviving this economic downturn. Our insurance runs out in 2 days. It'll be the first time in my life that I've been without healthcare. I'm terrified; and, I was so counting on that public option to provide us with the care that we need. I've also lost work; and, I've also been unable to find new employment. I have disabilities; but, I still try and work. I have no other choice. I wish more people would watch Frontline's "Sick Around the World" which is free to watch on PBS.org or rent it on Netflix. I did. It really shows how wonderful single payer healthcare can be. How can we be considered the greatest country on earth when we're number 37 on the healthcare scale? Cuba has a better infant mortality rate than we do. With so many people unemployed or underemployed now, we need a comprehensive healthcare that covers everyone. Healthcare should be a right, not a privilege. I can't believe my ears when I hear people rant against the public option. It's like they want everyone who's not doing well to be dead. It's something I just can't believe! That people could be so coldblooded.
Posted by Do it yourself, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jul 30, 2009 at 12:12 am
"Why can't we lean on each other as a country when the matter comes to basic human health?"
Because we're not a nanny state. In your statement, leaning on each other implies helping. Instead what you're are really asking for is state imposed theft. Your next door neighbors don't owe you anything and your definition of humane is not theirs.
You cannot demand others do anything with the money that they have worked for - that is immoral. Since when is healthcare a basic human "right"? A right is being given the space to breathe, to have property protected and the government out of our lives. That is true humanity.
If you want it, earn it. If you need help, go to your neighbors directly and suck it up and ask. Go to your doctors directly and ask. Stop forcing others to do things for you by voting for it at the ballot box that you don't have the guts to ask for yourself in person. I can tell you what, after a few attempts and real accountability, my guess is you'll find a way to take care of your needs after enough people shoot you down.
When you vote for someone's money to get spent on something you want it is wrong - pure and simple. Compare us to the rest of the world all you want on a healthcare issue with questionable stats, but NO country has been as philanthropic as ours. Was that in your profile of us as a nation? Or do you always like to paint us dismally?
Posted by Stacey, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Jul 30, 2009 at 8:57 am Stacey is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
In principle I agree with you regarding spending other people's money. When the topic comes to health care though, we part. No one *wants* to go to the doctor. Do you believe someone is getting expensive surgery because they *want* to? People get health care because they *need* it. And often times those who need it most can't earn it.
Posted by Stacey, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Jul 30, 2009 at 9:27 am Stacey is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
Web Link "Between 2000 and 2003, seven in ten adults who were driven into debt by medical expenses had insurance at the time. In 2001, 42.5 million people in insured households paid 10% or more of the family's net income in medical expenses."