Healthcare is a right, not a priviledge. How can we let human beings suffer and die, or get into financial ruin and lose their home because they get into an accident or acquire a "costly" disease?
I'm a "disabled" veteran. I put disabled in quotes because I don't consider myself disabled, I'm only 10% disabled according to the Veterans Administration. That means that my healthcare is paid for for the rest of my life. It's like I'm experiencing what universal healthcare would be. It's paid for by you and me and my husband through federal taxes. So thank you to everyone out there. You are supporting all disabled veterans. I don't have to worry about premiums, copays, deductables. I don't even fully understand what all that means! When I was in the Army in my 20s, if I got sick, I would just go see an Army doctor and flash my ID. Same now. When I go in to see a doctor, I sign in with my VA ID card. The only thing I pay for is Rxs, which is currently $8 for a 30 day Rx.
The VA doctors are excellent, for the most part. They work part time serving veterans, and part time at a local hospital or university hospital. I recently changed doctors without any problems. I can see a chiropractor regularly through the VA Healthcare system. They allow walk-in appointments if you come down with something serious that day (they say they can't guarantee you'll be seen, but I've been seen each time I've walked in!). Sometimes your appointment can be far off in the future, but nothing extreme. They can always make time for you.
I don't understand why President Obama couldn't go "all the way" and just proposed universal healthcare. Is it because the insurance companies are so powerful?!?! Will this country ever adopt universal healthcare?
My husband and mother-in-law are from Canada, and they love the universal healthcare system there. They've never had any problems. My husband doesn't understand why it can't be like that here in the states. He says that you can really see your tax dollars at work. Free medical, beautiful roads, etc. Here in the states, no free medical, potholes and litter on the roads. Our tax dollars are not really shown here! All our tax dollars are going towards endless wars!!!
Anyway, let me get off my soapbox to wish everyone a happy 4th of July...stay safe out there!