A loyal reader and former government employee, who asked to remain anonymous, wrote in to say that while she believes all Americans should have insurance, she is opposed to government run health care. I don't blame her for feeling that way about the government. If you've seen the way the government runs public housing (broken toilets, broken windows, no ac/heat, etc.), then you already know how the government will run health care.

Hi Sandra,

I read your peice and for a change, I have to say I strongly agree with you. I wanted to share my experience of being under government care with you and hopefully if you're interested, then you share with your readers. Please leave out my name or give an alias.:)

After thinking long and hard and researching on this whole health care reform policy, I realized I don't want any government-run healthcare. Only thing O can do for me is regulate those sheisty insurance companies, get rid of this stupid pre-existing condition policy, remove stupid high ass deductibles for CTscans & other expensive tests, keep medicare/medicaid for older, disable & poor. It doesn't makes sense to have to pay $50 office visit for a simple annual pap smear exam under United Health Care.

After being under government and military rule for 4 years, I can say I don't trust those government sheisters. Keep complaining about pain in the little pinky toe, they'll say no more Motrin pill prescriptions & no more paying for x-rays & other tests & then you get a medical discharge & kicked out of the military. Why keep supporting & losing money on you, when you're worthless and your medical profile says you can't go out to the field nor combat nor excercise. You're useless to them. Disagree or reject the mandatory vaccinations (i.e. Anthrax) because of health hazard or concerns & you get kicked out. There are quite a lot of benefits and advantages in the govt. medical care as long as you or the problem is practical, attainable and can be corrected cheaply.

Anyone who know what it feels like when your whole paycheck is garnished because S1 screwed up in overpaying you and instead of correcting in increments, your whole paycheck is wiped clean because they want their money now, not in increments. Or they screwed up on your direct deposit or your pay grade increase & then you have to wait until the next pay period or two or three or four to get it corrected. I'm not saying this is what's going to happen in the civilian world but this is how they reason with things and it has nothing to do with your best interests.

I just don't trust it....*smh*

  • SunnyPA

    Government cheese was the only government-run thing that I liked. That hasn't been around since (hand over mouth)...

    Seriously, people need to speak up about this crap. We can't let someone else do it for us. Had there not been protesters, who knows who crap would've passed before the congress recess.

    Thanks Sandra for your blog posts regarding Obamacare.

  • SunnyPA

    Oops... "who knows whst crap would’ve passed before the congress recess."

  • SunnyPA

    "WHAT"

  • Daisy

    I wish she would have listened to Rev Al's show all these folks hollering they dont want govt run healthcare I dont hear ppl with medicare/medicaid saying that. Also her want list are issues that President Obama is trying to address as well. I am glad he finally addressed these CRAZY rumors about a PLAN that DOES NOT EVEN exist. There are like 3-4 proposed plan but a FINAL plan has not been drafted unlike Bush at least ppl get to know whats going on before the DECIDER made all the decsions final and otherwise. Will this plan be perfect FAR from it nothing is but something needs to happen with this healthcare system.....

    PRESIDENT OBAMAS WORDS!

    So, let me explain what reform will mean for you. And let me start by dispelling the outlandish rumors that reform will promote euthanasia, cut Medicaid, or bring about a government takeover of health care. That’s simply not true. This isn’t about putting government in charge of your health insurance; it’s about putting you in charge of your health insurance. Under the reforms we seek, if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.
    And while reform is obviously essential for the 46 million Americans who don’t have health insurance, it will also provide more stability and security to the hundreds of millions who do. Right now, we have a system that works well for the insurance industry, but that doesn’t always work well for you. What we need, and what we will have when we pass health insurance reform, are consumer protections to make sure that those who have insurance are treated fairly and that insurance companies are held accountable.
    We will require insurance companies to cover routine checkups and preventive care, like mammograms, colonoscopies, or eye and foot exams for diabetics, so we can avoid chronic illnesses that cost too many lives and too much money.
    We will stop insurance companies from denying coverage because of a person’s medical history. I will never forget watching my own mother, as she fought cancer in her final days, worrying about whether her insurer would claim her illness was a preexisting condition. I have met so many Americans who worry about the same thing. That’s why, under these reforms, insurance companies will no longer be able to deny coverage because of a previous illness or injury. And insurance companies will no longer be allowed to drop or water down coverage for someone who has become seriously ill. Your health insurance ought to be there for you when it counts – and reform will make sure it is.
    With reform, insurance companies will also have to limit how much you can be charged for out-of-pocket expenses. And we will stop insurance companies from placing arbitrary caps on the amount of coverage you can receive in a given year or a lifetime because no one in America should go broke because of illness.
    In the end, the debate about health insurance reform boils down to a choice between two approaches. The first is almost guaranteed to double health costs over the next decade, make millions more Americans uninsured, leave those with insurance vulnerable to arbitrary denials of coverage, and bankrupt state and federal governments. That’s the status quo. That’s the health care system we have right now.
    So, we can either continue this approach, or we can choose another one – one that will protect people against unfair insurance practices; provide quality, affordable insurance to every American; and bring down rising costs that are swamping families, businesses, and our budgets. That’s the health care system we can bring about with reform.
    There are those who are focused on the so-called politics of health care; who are trying to exploit differences or concerns for political gain. That’s to be expected. That’s Washington. But let’s never forget that this isn’t about politics. This is about people’s lives. This is about people’s businesses. This is about America’s future. That’s what is at stake. That’s why health insurance reform is so important. And that’s why we must get this done – and why we will get this done – by the end of this year.

  • mizzdallas

    Thanks daisy for posting Obama's response to the healthcare rumors

    He wants to impliment this plan before the end of the year so we shall see how this will go

  • luvly1957

    Thxs Daisy for the correct explanation of the hlthcare reform cuz da way Sandra is having ppl think is just misinfo. She along with da rest of da republicans want u to think dat da government is going to sign u up for somethin and not let u get a say so. THAT IS SO NOT TRUE AND SANDRA U NEED TO PUT OUT DA WHOLE STORY AND NOT BITS AND PIECES. But I forgot U R NOT A JOURNALIST, but a blogger and dats ur job. I have government ins and have had it for over 15 yrs and I LOVE IT!!!!!

  • SunnyPA

    Daisy Says:
    I wish she would have listened to Rev Al’s show all these folks hollering they dont want govt run healthcare I dont hear ppl with medicare/medicaid saying that
    ~~~~~~~~
    Sweetie, you're not listening...

    People on Medicaid don't have a choice ... if they did, they wouldn't be on Medicaid. Besides, I believe Medicaid was privitize(sp) years ago.

    Seniors have been complaining about Medicare for years ... and Obama's plan doesn't make it better.

  • SunnyPA

    Stop listening to Obama because he hasn't told the truth yet.

  • luvly1957

    SunnyPA

    Who has????

  • Daisy

    Sunny Although I am deaf in one ear I am hearing just fine and ppl complain about everything but I dont see the Medicare/medicaid rosters getting any lighter..lol People are all in a tizzy over nothing at this point all we know if the President along with former Pres Clinton back in the day want healthcare reform some ppl dont want to admit that it needs to be fixed! Things are being proposed and discussed but nothing is set in stone.

  • toosexy

    I say no to goverment health care..... Research people....

  • SunnyPA

    @luvly
    You are so right ... my head is a spinnin'. And, reading that damn Healthcare draft puts me to sleep.

    All, I want is to take care of my family and not pay out the nose for someone else's.

  • Daisy

    @luvly thank you no politican has ever been 100% straight up and I doubt we will see one in the future lol Ppl say they want the truth but in reality very few do IMO

  • Daisy

    @too and you dont have to sign up for it you can KEEP what you have thats one of the main rumors and I have done my research as well. Just because somebody disagrees doesnt mean they havent done any research.

  • Daisy

    Doesn't the govt also run the healthcare plan that the Pres and Congress have and ppl on this site have asked why cant we have the same benefits as them yet in the next breath say I don't want govt healthcare?? I just want cheaper healthcare and I want everybody to have access to affordable medical care and drugs when they need it now I have no idea what the best way is to make that happen lol I am glad I can keep BCBS but they kill you w/ deductibles and what not uggh!

  • SunnyPA

    @Daisy
    So, what do we do ... wait until there's something to get in a tizzy about ... by that time it's too late.

    I've been doing fine with minimal government in my biz, I want to keep it that way.

    Obama started this shyt by trying to pass something that isn't there. If there's no final bill, then WTF is he talking about passing?!?!? I've never bought into his ideas ....

    Anywho, what you're saying just sounds like more obamaese (flip-flop talk to what's popular) to me.

    I've gotta run ... Daisy girl, your tenacity gets my respect ... but you're on the wrong track with this one.

  • SunnyPA

    BTW, People on medicaid don't have a choice ... if they did they wouldn't be on Medicaid.

  • SunnyPA

    oops .. said that before

    have a great evening everyone.

  • luvly1957

    SunnyPA and if u have private ins YOU don't have a choice really either. U have to go for watever ur employer has or u too r also forced to pay high deductibles, higher scrip coverage and u can only go to a certain select of drs or u can go outside ur plan and pay even higher. IT'S ALL DA SAME DARN THANG!!! U WAKE UP!!! wat President Obama is saying is let's get rid of da out of network and if u like an outside dr go and pay da same as u would if he was in network and yes some of da shish in his plan is wack but some of it's good. I LOVE MY PRESIDENT!!!!

  • toosexy

    @daisy..I wasn't referring to anyone.. I AM NOT FOR THE GOVERNMENT HEALTHCARE..say NO !!!

  • Daisy

    I love how I am wrong on something that doesnt even exist yet lol

    @too and again I say U CAN KEEP YOUR PLAN so why does it matter to u IF people WITHOUT healthcare can go to the govt for healthcare its the SAME thing ppl with medicare/medicaid already do as the Pres said he is trying to make it better for those of us who already have and want to keep PRIVATE ins by lowering cost, adding preventative measures getting rid of pre exisiting conditions. I worked for an ins co for 7yrs they are NOT going out of biz come hell or high water. People w/o anything ALWAYS turn to the govt last time I checked when they need/want assistance. I plan on keeping my private ins but I was laid off for 6mths back in 05 and it would have been nice to have another option other than expensive COBRA so a govt plan would have been fine with me until I found a new employer and was able to enroll back in private.

    Sunny some ppl on medicade/medicare could get off but why when they get FREE govt health ins already they hear us ppl with private coverage bytch and moan enough lol Also I never said this plan or the plans that ppl think are going to get passed was something I wanted personally but I feel PEOPLE WITHOUT covergae need a better OPTION!

  • http://charactercorner.blogspot.com attorneymom

    Why don't we just fix medicaid and medicare and be done with this ish??

  • SunnyPA

    Daisy Says:
    Sunny some ppl on medicade/medicare could get off but why when they get FREE govt health ins already they hear us ppl with private coverage bytch and moan enough lol
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    And we are already paying out the pocket for those deadbeats.

  • bebe-j

    Hi All and Sandra,

    I really appreciate you posting my experience while under government care. I want to continue to share & let people know that although it sounds good, its not in your best interest and Obama knows it. Is his kids, wife or are Congress going to be covered under the same plan???

    I've read all of the comments and I just wanted to respond to those. I don't think many still are getting it. I posted to a diary to Dailykos.com trying to explain my position for a good debate and to get some good feedback & prove me
    wrong but it all got very ugly... People cursing me, reporting my diary and comments as inappropriate because they felt intimidated that I would change people's minds. If you go to the site, you can clearly see that there were 73 comments posted but most of them were deleted because people HR'd me. These are a bunch of young,privilged white kids who never had government subsidies or never been under government care......so what do they know? They just think Obama is out here trying to save everyone.

    People aren't trying to see the bigger picture or look 3 steps ahead of the game. The only thing they are thinking "free". NOOOO.......Nothing is freeeeee. We have two wars, about to have another one in Iran, we give over 2 billion dollars to Israel annually and many other countries, we give aid to alot of countries, we have to take care of our soldiers (in which we do a horrible job at already especially when they are in combat....have they
    ever received those flak jackets yet or armored protection for the vehicles, yet, that the military supposedly ran out of money???????), we still need to maintain our defense weapons and equipment which are $$. We even FAIL in PUBLIC EDUCATION!! It's sad how those kids in Sumter, SC go to those shambles of schools called the Corridor of Shame. We've all witnessed schools like that everywhere. We've all witnessed crisis in the Board of Education when they are out of money so they have sacrifice things like ART, P.E., laboratory tools, athletic uniforms. My school, we didn't have an auditorium; we all performed or congregated in the cafeteria on a make shift stage. But yet they want to manage our healthcare, now! Give me a break!! I know these things may not mean much to you guys but access to healthcare is too important and valuable to compromise & let the govt dictate what you can & can't have. It should be between you and your doc. I can foresee a lot of malpractice going on too.

    And then everyone keep saying its a personal option, you don't have to select it. But thing is no one is fighting it other than republicans and insurance companies because they know its going to put them out of business. Employers aren't fighting it at all because all they can do is come up with some type of loophole of not providing healthcare as a benefit and then all the employees will have no choice but to jump on the govt run healthcare. Private insurance won't be able to compete in that kind of market and then
    they all go out of business. So is the govt. then going to cover every single person when it happens??? I don't think so. It may end up as rationing to those with highest priority or those who are younger and more productive(young people usually have less maintenance). Older people may get the short end of the stick. There is state care run healthcare in TN (failure), WI (failure), I can go on and on... You would think someone like Obama who is a Harvard grad and such as his staff who are all really smart.....lawyers I might I add....are trained to consider the consequences and risks 4-5 steps ahead of everyone. Do you not think these things haven't come up?? What is really going on? What are they trying to do to us? It's no secret that Dems are pro-choice, birth control, condoms, abortion, prison - all these things are no matter how you look at it -POPULATION CONTROL!!!!! So are AIDS, Cancer, drugs, swine flu, bird flue, etc.... If the govt. were really interested in a cure, then don't you think they would have found one. If they were so concerned with drugs, why not close up the borders and security??? It's not a secret that people are concerned about the food scarcity and the large # of people adding to global warming... Dems are just less obvious about it while Repubs prefer to send us to war to get killed....Still waiting on those flak jackets and armored protected vehicles???

    My mom has history of cancer and she works and get paid at a
    minimum. I have a neice with a mental and physical deformation. They are all that I have and I want them to be kicking and screaming as long as possible....

    Did you guys just hear about Obama selling us out the drug companies for a $150 million as long as the bill does not bar drug negotiations such as Canadian drugs. The media caught hold to it and now Obama is trying to walk it back. Folks, we've been HAD! Obama is no better of a person than BUSH... I feel so sorry for his kids, wife and motherinlaw.

  • luvly1957

    OK so wat r u saying? hlthcare period is all tore up????