Health Care…The Creation of a Snowball Pt. 2

Lets go back in time.
Social Security and Medicare were both very small taxes when they started back in 1965. They were designed such that essentially no one was ever supposed to use them. Social Security made the retirement age 65. At that time the average life expectancy was only 63 years. Look, there’s that thing called math again and its law of averages. The idea was that most people wouldn’t even make it far enough to retire and therefore, wouldn’t need a dime from Uncle Sam. Then along came a spider. America’s biggest strength – innovation. Advances in the medical industry from new technology and medicinal practices have changed the world. A world where diseases are no longer simply terminal but chronic; rampantly chronic and expensive. Not dying from disease is expensive. These technologies and practices cost money – a lot of money!
In short, we’ve gone from expecting that you won’t live long enough to benefit from SS and Medicare, to, not only will you use it, but you will use it for 15-20 years. Average life expectancy is now 78 years. That’s a 15 year increase over the last 45 years; not bad Doc. Unfortunately the monetary policy we have in place to pay for you and your brilliance will have to change as a result of this.
..And so will the doctors. Currently for every 1 doctor there are 4 administrative staff of some kind (nurses, secretaries, managers etc.). What this amounts to is on average a doctor’s practice must either see 30 patients a day or charge huge rates for care to turn a profit. This is for “the best health care in the world.” O really? Let me disprove that with a little math – this may disturb you. Assuming an 8 hour day. 8/30 = .26 hrs/ patient. That is 15.6 min / patient. For this kind of care you pay a 30 dollar co-pay and some other amount from each one of your paychecks. For 15 min and a presciption recommendation, if you’re lucky? To me, that sounds like something you would find in Soviet Russia. Yet, it’s the best in the world?

So, if you’re a healthy person and you go to the doctor twice a year for general preventive maintenance, no meds or anything, going by the national average of $2853/yr spent on healthcare you are paying $2853/ .52 hrs which equals $5486/ hr! For Dr. advice, assuming all of that money was for the Dr.

source: http://www.visualeconomics.com/how-the-average-us-consumer-spends-their-paycheck/
You want to reform something? Reform that!

***This article excludes the effects of our new technologies that have made us lazier, food companies dumping high fructose corn syrup in everything, the popularity of smoking, lack of role models, the increased irresponsibility of US citizens, the absence of public transit and for that matter daily excersize etc. I bring this up because 110 million chronicly ill US citizens didnt just pop out of the woodwork. ***

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Mr. President & Health Care Pt. 1

Mr. Obama,

I have been a hard critic of your administration. I will continue to be a hard critic of your administration. I do not associate myself as either rethuglican or spendocrat, I share mixed feelings with what you have done with your term thus far. Today however, my hat is off to you. Not specifically for the bill that you passed, but the adversity you faced to get it passed. The adversity im referring to is, politics, and all of the partisan bull shit associated with it. Mainly the fact that republicans cant stand you, and cant stand democrats in power. Anything that you would have written in that bill no matter how conservative would still be ill-favored and opposed entirely by the republicans. They plain and simple dont want YOU or your party to get the credit, and for that matter be successful. Not now, not ever.

You know how I know this? That bill you just passed was almost the same bill they, the republicans tried to pass back in 1994. Strikingly similar, except for all of the damn tax increases and $436 B for the uninsured, but thats another topic. In fact you included over 200 things in this bill that were originally the idea of a republican. Remember those things they were complaining about? Yeah? Most of them were the ideas of their own party. Those things they tried to scare us with, death panels, socialism etc. If you look at any other piece of legislation currently making its way through the Senate, you’ll find the same republican “I dont want to play with you” sentiment. Financial sector and bank reform is getting the same resistance that health care did. Tell me who in their right mind would oppose that? No one in America better be, republican or democrat. Surprise all of the republicans currently in office are opposed to it. Why, for no other reason other than, its you and your party of democrats that will be successful if that bill is. Regardless, none of this matters and you know it, you have control at least until November elections are over.

Back to you and this bill. Another thing that I found particularly awesome about the last year of effort is, you didnt stop listening to both sides of the floor for ideas. I find this not only be admirable, but the way it should have been done, the way it should be done, and should be highlighted in the media, your coming praise and critiques. I’m sure you will bring this up come election time in November as a joker card. Again the perseverence to get this done was amazing. No matter how long it took, you were going to do it. No matter who said what, you at least listened, (more than we can say for most politicians). No matter, how scary the republicans made it, you never lost focus of the light you perceived to be at the end of the tunnel. You maintained your course and you got it done. That is why you get my praise.

…But really in truly the republicans have no one else to blame but themselves. They had control of congress from 1994-2006 and couldnt get this done, another reason for all of the hate this time around. But over those years the problem continuously compounded on itself and the demand to fix it only increased. However, like a bunch of 5 year olds, it was your way or the high way with health care and now look what happened? It is a bipartisan, 2200 page, 1 trillion dollar ball of shit that, emerged from beneathe the metaphoric carpet yesterday, thanks to Obama and Co., not you. Thats right, bipartisan, that ball of shit is just as much your fault as it is democrats. This is both good and bad. There are plenty of things that are not so hot in that bill, but one of those things that will always be tied to that bill is that it was successful because of the Democrats.

No matter what side you take on Health Care Reform, you can no longer claim President Obama does not know how to lead. You republicans can sit there and try and appeal, continue to lie about it, continue the scare tactics, or create an even bigger mess of this, but at the end of the day, you are left with one thing, and its the one thing that drives all Republicans crazy; a democratic president, and a democratic president who has won the war. He just passed the “center piece” of his legislation, a health care reform effort that every President for the last one hundred years has attempted and failed. Do your best to swallow that, not only did he succeed, but he succeeded with a bill that was almost entirely your creation.

Dear Republicans,

As a concerned American, I ask that you please broaden your mindset. You dont have control, nor will you ever if you dont contribute. Scare tactics and refusing to cooperate do not work. Especially when the president has the majority in the house. In fact it is that mindset that probably will lead us to complete government take over, we all fear so much. Its time to work together for our own good. You are up against a president who, just yesterday proved that his determination and political know-how is much stronger than you as a party. A president that currently has all of the political muscle he needs, to do anything he wants. Its time to come together and create this “Change” we can all believe in. Dont fight his will, be a part of it.

k thx bye,

-JXH

P.S. Notice in this blog race was never mentioned? Race has nothing to do with this. It is soley politics, dem v. rep.

Be on the look out for another entry. Im still looking through the bill and its history, I have very mixed feelings so far.