Over the last ten years I’ve had a dozen surgeries and dealt with heart disease, prostate cancer and detached or damaged retinas in both eyes.
I am a relatively wealthy guy in America, top one or per cent in savings and earnings, but without health insurance I would have been wiped out financially, and possibly dead or blind.
I understand the disappointment and anger everybody feels toward the early phases of the Affordable Healthcare Act. it’s totally mismanaged, people on the left and right of the political spectrum agree. But so was Medicare at the beginning and George W. Bush’s Medicare Part D was a fiasco at its inception.
Obamacare could end up as a long term failure. At its outset it will cost us millions of hires and cause a lot of firings. But must we business people, machinists or writers be rooting for it to flop? There should be a place in America for young people, waitresses, epileptics or hemophiliacs to find medical care without the inefficiency of sweating out the emergency room.
Call me names and hate on me, but I think America can afford to make healthcare available for its people. Maybe Obamacare will have to be scrapped, but I strongly doubt it will happen at this point. I believe it will evolve like Medicare has. Quite painfully, like a knee replacement or chemo.
We have a great country, with amazing wealth and resources. If we try as a country to make healthcare available to almost everybody, smart people, even those representing competing interests, can compromise and create something workable.
We can get something at least as good as Medicare. Do you know many people who want to scrap that expensive Federal program?
Question: Should we terminate Medicare?