Thursday, May 14, 2009
An email from the White House
Shortly after we moved here I had to go to an urgent care. While waiting, two young women checked into the office but were declined as one had an outstanding bill and the other had no way of paying. The one commented to the other, "Why did I vote for Obama? He is supposed to get me in to the doctor." Her friend replied, "Give him time, he just got in." Well it looks like the time is here and I am shaking in my boots over this one! The thought of government involvement in our healthcare REALLY frightens me!
I agree that healthcare is a problem and I do admit that I do not have the answers but I do know that socialized medicine does not work. I also know that I can't afford to pay anymore taxes and I am tired of supporting those who choose not to work and YES there are many people who choose not to work. There are also many who can get health insurance through work but would rather not pay so opt out. Instead they buy snakes, fish in aquariums, large screen tvs, vacations and then run to the emergency room for health care and then never pay those bills. Others do the right thing and contribute to health care, sacrificing frivolities. I KNOW this to be TRUE. Personal responsibility needs to return to our society!! NOW!
Look at medicare and medical care for our vets and the mess they are- that is enough of a reason to not allow our government involvement in this.
I have sent our President several emails lately on a variety of topics. Now I guess I am on his "list." I got the email below from him last evening and quickly replied (my response is at the end).
You are receiving this email because you signed up at WhiteHouse.gov. My staff and I plan to use these messages as a way to directly communicate about important issues and opportunities, and today I have some encouraging updates about health care reform.
The Vice President and I just met with leaders from the House of Representatives and received their commitment to pass a comprehensive health care reform bill by July 31.
We also have an unprecedented commitment from health care industry leaders, many of whom opposed health reform in the past. Monday, I met with some of these health care stakeholders, and they pledged to do their part to reduce the health care spending growth rate, saving more than two trillion dollars over the next ten years -- around $2,500 for each American family. Then on Tuesday, leaders from some of America's top companies came to the White House to showcase innovative ways to reduce health care costs by improving the health of their workers.
Now the House and Senate are beginning a critical debate that will determine the health of our nation's economy and its families. This process should be transparent and inclusive and its product must drive down costs, assure quality and affordable health care for everyone, and guarantee all of us a choice of doctors and plans.
Reforming health care should also involve you. Think of other people who may want to stay up to date on health care reform and other national issues and tell them to join us here:
Health care reform can't come soon enough. We spend more on health care than any country, but families continue to struggle with skyrocketing premiums and nearly 46 million are without insurance entirely. It is a priority for the American people and a pillar of the new foundation we are seeking to build for our economy.
We'll continue to keep you posted about this and other important issues.
P.S. If you'd like to get more in-depth information about health reform and how you can participate, be sure to visit http://www.HealthReform.gov.
My response to our president:
Please do not involve the government in the business of health care! All I can think about is having my experience of being at the doctor become similar to my experience getting a driver’s license! Government bureaucracy will compound our healthcare woes!! I can’t afford new taxes that will be required for implementing nationalized healthcare! I have family and friends who have suffered at the hands of Canada’s socialized medicine and I DO NOT WANT THAT HERE!
DO NOT PASS A HEALTH CARE REFORM BILL BY JULY 31 or at anytime.
How ironic that my president, senators and congress would consider imposing programs on me that they themselves are unwilling to adopt- I am quite sure you and they will continue to have health care that is far superior to your recommended reforms.
This is very frightening to me and not at all fair to those of us who work hard – absorbing more costs for those who choose not to.
Posted by Sue at 1:20 AM