It appears that people are trying to scare seniors into thinking they’ll be put on a “death list” that will ration life-sustaining treatment and medication in order to save money for the proposed national health system. The specter of “Logan’s Run” and “Soylent Green” has been raised. “Kill granny,” and other such nonsensical words have been thrown out there. All I can say is maybe these fearful people fear things that they themselves would do to others if they had the chance. I know for a fact (since he’s always said as much) that my dad wouldn’t want to give a dime to pay for anyone’s health other than his own, and yet I’m sure he would probably not hesitate to benefit from national health insurance if he had the chance. Some people will complain about anything, anyway: if it’s not national health insurance, it’s private health insurance they’ll rail against. Grump, grump, grump.
I happen to have benefitted from national health care for 13 years in France. Socialist? Maybe! I also had a free university education, an excellent one, I might add. And when I was a full-time legal employee in a French company, I earned two days of paid vacation every month, till I had my five weeks of paid vacation like all the other French people. They never let me bring work home, and said if I couldn’t do my job at the office alone, it was the wrong job for me. And they were right. I learned to do my work at the office more efficiently. My office was a happy, productive place.
People who are greedily and angrily demanding that not a thing change so that their lives (and insurance coverage) may continue exactly as it does now, rather than suck it up and take the risk with all of us so that we have a better life for all simply deserve to have this fact pointed out to them. The fearful die a thousand deaths, and the courageous only die once. And yes, I’ll happily pay into a national health system that covers even these annoying people. Because it was GREAT. When everyone pays into the system, it’s actually CHEAPER. Not more expensive. I had excellent care at very low (compared to here) prices. I didn’t even need to ask for my reimbursements. I was happy to leave my money in the system.
And can I just say how many times I’ve heard people with health insurance say, “I put all this money into my insurance, I’m going to get my money’s worth?” These are the people who are making it expensive. Me, I never go to the doctor. NEVER. I am the health insurer’s dream. Well, the hell with private health insurance’s wet dreams. I’m staying out of it. I’m a socialist!
When did “ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country” only apply to offering to go kill people in other countries? When did it turn into “ask not what your selfish, self-destructive ass can get for itself and nobody else at the expense of future generations?”