Letters to the Editor

Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at 12:00am

Health care control makes her sick

I receive health care insurance under an employer-based plan and I am grateful for the coverage it provides. I have an existing medical condition that has been in remission for 15 years. Although I am no longer receiving medical care for the condition, my insurance rates are astronomical as an individual and the only affordable option for me is an employer-based plan.

I believe that health care reform is essential and that providing all Americans with health care coverage is important.

However, I am concerned that government control of the entire health insurance industry may unfavorably impact individuals with preexisting medical conditions.

I look forward to reading more educational articles and analyses of this important topic since the information reported thus far appears to be primarily from the perspectives of interest groups involved in the debate.

Holly McCathren, 37205

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109 Comments on this post:

By: chiefpayne568 on 6/24/09 at 10:32

Gida,

Bill my insurance company, please.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/24/09 at 10:32

I saw Star Trek twice. It is 2hrs and 6min long, but it only seem like that I was there for only 46min.

Your right about the actor playing Bones, gdia.

By: chiefpayne568 on 6/24/09 at 10:32

Gdia,

And my copay is only $15

By: house_of_pain on 6/24/09 at 10:34

Dammit, chief, he's a physician, not an accountant!

By: gdiafante on 6/24/09 at 10:35

Chief, I consider this a consultation because I didn't really see you. My consultation fee is $50. That's what the market has determined.

By: slacker on 6/24/09 at 10:35

chief, don't get froggy and sue Dr. Gdiafante.

By: chiefpayne568 on 6/24/09 at 10:35

House,

Oh the pain...the pain!

By: chiefpayne568 on 6/24/09 at 10:35

House,

Oh the pain...the pain!

By: chiefpayne568 on 6/24/09 at 10:37

Gdia,

Sorry but I can only have a consultation with doctors on my list and only with a referral.

Slacker

Ribbit.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/24/09 at 10:38

He's not a magician house. He is just an old country doctor, who does not have to deal with insurance.

By: chiefpayne568 on 6/24/09 at 10:43

Nemo,

I didn't think there WERE any doctors who didn't have to deal with insurance anymore.

By: chiefpayne568 on 6/24/09 at 10:47

Sorry but I find this just hilarious! They see the rich being frightened of large increases in taxes...and they are amazed the first thing to drop is charity! LOL

This is what happens when those who make a lot of money are threatened with increases in taxes...they will cut back on charity and on other good works FIRST.

Harvard workers stunned by layoffs
Endowment loss cited; 275 jobs cut

http://www.boston.com/news/education/higher/articles/2009/06/24/harvard_workers_stunned_by_layoffs_of_275/?p1=Well_MostPop_Emailed1

By: slacker on 6/24/09 at 10:50

My doctor, Dr. Nick of Memphis, doesn't have to fool with no ''stinkin'' insurance.

By: slacker on 6/24/09 at 10:52

I hope someone asks Obama, if congress will be covered under the new medical plan.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/24/09 at 10:54

I have heard of him slacker. He will give all kinds of doctoring for what every change you have in your pocket.

By: slacker on 6/24/09 at 10:56

Thank you nemo, thank you vury much.

By: pswindle on 6/24/09 at 10:58

The right-wing have to listen to President Obama and not the ones connected to the insurance companies. Someone mentioned that they did not have medical insurance, and they were asked do you have medicare or TNcare? If I not mistaken, they are government run health insurances.

By: gdiafante on 6/24/09 at 11:01

I know Dr. Nick...we had a debate over the treatment for CAD. He thinks a fried peanut and banana sandwich and large amounts of pain killers would treat sufficiently...

By: chiefpayne568 on 6/24/09 at 11:02

Slacker,

"I hope someone asks Obama, if congress will be covered under the new medical plan."

Congress AND the SCOTUS AND the Executive as well. Yes, that IS a question I would like to hear the answer to.

By: MamaG on 6/24/09 at 11:02

Frankly, I think I'm more worried about N Korea than I am healthcare at this juncture...

By: slacker on 6/24/09 at 11:04

MammaG, don't worry, Madeline's on it.

By: chiefpayne568 on 6/24/09 at 11:05

Pswindle,

"The right-wing have to listen to President Obama and not the ones connected to the insurance companies. Someone mentioned that they did not have medical insurance, and they were asked do you have medicare or TNcare? If I not mistaken, they are government run health insurances."

This is true...but they are essentially for indigent people who's income is insufficient to pay for insurance. Government charity for all intents and purposes.

By: brrrrk on 6/24/09 at 11:05

chiefpayne568 said

"Sorry but I find this just hilarious! They see the rich being frightened of large increases in taxes...and they are amazed the first thing to drop is charity! LOL"

So your argument here is that higher taxes will make the greedy greedier? If you really want to see the biggest effect on charitable donations, check out Elizabeth Warrens lecture on youtube on the collapse of the middle class. Sorry, but this lecture will be a myth buster for some of you who believe that the middle classes plight is the result of irresponsibility.

By: chiefpayne568 on 6/24/09 at 11:10

brrrrk,

No, I'm saying higher taxes scare those who work hard for the money they have...and as such, they will cut back on a lot of stuff they normally give to charities.

If you consider someone believing that they should be allowed to KEEP what they earn...and when they aren't they cut back on charitable contributions...as being greedy, then I guess that's what I arguing.

By: chiefpayne568 on 6/24/09 at 11:11

BTW brrrk,

I love how you turn around my argument that those who work and earn their money are greedy for wanting to keep what they worked so hard for. Shows exactly how liberals think.

By: slacker on 6/24/09 at 11:12

It seems to me if the president told China, that the US is considering re-arming Japan, and giving them the bomb. China might shut N. Korea down.

By: slacker on 6/24/09 at 11:15

chief, they call it giving back, as if you stole your earnings.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/24/09 at 11:16

China is the best one to take care of N.Korea. I suspect there could be a change taking place in N. Korea soon.

By: gdiafante on 6/24/09 at 11:20

Oh, here goes the partisan bs...see ya later...

By: chiefpayne568 on 6/24/09 at 11:25

Slacker,

"chief, they call it giving back, as if you stole your earnings."

Either that or that everyone ultimately works for the government.

By: Dragon on 6/24/09 at 11:36

Whatever you have and whatever you have achieved is what the government allows. The government giveth and taketh away.

By: chiefpayne568 on 6/24/09 at 11:37

Slacker,

And I guess one COULD make the point that to a lessor degree, we all DO work for the government...if you consider that you cannot earn money above the poverty line the US without giving the US government it's cut. So to some degree we DO work for the government.

By: chiefpayne568 on 6/24/09 at 11:38

Dragon on 6/24/09 at 12:36
Sounds like Communism to me.

By: chiefpayne568 on 6/24/09 at 11:47

I expected a loss of charitable contributions...it was one of the first things I expected. Expect to see a LOT more of this as the year progresses too.

By: girliegirl on 6/24/09 at 12:01

We already have "gov't run" clinics here and according to my son who did internship at one in particular, it's almost always a 6 hour wait. And sometimes they'd tell you to "come back tomorrow" because they were closing. Now, having said that, Dr. Smallwood NEVER told me to "come back tomorrow" because it was past his "working schedule time"..... We ARE talking quality care, aren't we? The DMV practices their operation much the same way as the gov't clinics we have.

And more to the point: Those of us who have money will BUY our doctor (kind of like a country club membership) because some of us will have the $$ to do it. Will you? You think Steve Jobs would've gotten that new liver here had he been on Tenn Care? LMAO And Big Brother will scrutinize everything they can, but with more bureaucracy and LESS efficiency. I mean, seriously, Medicare is just soooooooo well run, now isn't it~

By: chiefpayne568 on 6/24/09 at 12:18

Girliegirl,

And expect the government to try their best to get these doctors who will not be on the government rolls to force them to get on them...which in turn will cause them to stop giving such quality care...because they're incentive to do so will go away. In other words, you get what you pay for.

This will also cause young people to consider OTHER careers rather than medicine, because they'll be more lucrative. So later, expect a shortage of doctors, hospitals, pharmacies, etc.

Oh and eventually - talking far into the future - the elderly will be left to their own devices as they will no longer be productive citizens of society and will be considered a drag on socialized medicine. Euthanasia by proxy, ie allowing them to die due to a lack of health care, will become the norm. That is my prediction.

By: Dragon on 6/24/09 at 12:22

Obama promised that everyone could keep their current doctor. The only way for that to happen is to require ALL doctors accept the "public option" insurance company.

While they are at it, they might as well require ALL citizens buy health insurance and ALL employers to provide health insurance (or pay the government).

Not communism, fascism.

By: chiefpayne568 on 6/24/09 at 12:26

Dragon,

Obama also promised to wait 5 days before signing any legislation and to post it on the web to allow for full disclosure to the public - remember the most transparent administration of all time? That promise didn't work out so good either.

By: gdiafante on 6/24/09 at 1:35

Wow, go away for a few hours and it turns into a three way jerk. As a doctor I have to advise hand protection.

By: gdiafante on 6/24/09 at 1:36

My, My...not another unfaithful politician...

http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/06/24/south.carolina.governor/index.html

By: gdiafante on 6/24/09 at 1:42

The Fed leaves the interest rate alone...addresses concern about inflation.

http://www.foxbusiness.com/story/markets/economy/fomc-holds-key-rate-steady/

Concerning the fear of inflation: "The Fed acknowledged those fears, but predicted inflation “will remain subdued for some time” because the global economic slowdown will tamp down demand for goods and in turn keep prices low."

By: house_of_pain on 6/24/09 at 1:43

My left rear tire has a fear of inflation...

By: gdiafante on 6/24/09 at 1:44

Nah, this can't be true...private insurance is our friend...

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/Health/story?id=7911195&page=1

By: pandabear on 6/24/09 at 1:51

"chief:
If you really think that being paid a flat rate works, then why not do the same for EVERY profession? Just let the government determine what is fair compensation for everyone who work in a particular profession. "

I already know a flat rate works because it's been working for a long long time
in Japan. Doctors there do well, but they don't bankrupt people for their services.

Not every measure of success is measure in money, even in a capitalistic
society. Only greed is measure by money alone.

By: pandabear on 6/24/09 at 1:55

"By: gdiafante on 6/24/09 at 2:35
Wow, go away for a few hours and it turns into a three way jerk. As a doctor I have to advise hand protection."

...are you advising liquids or solids ?

By: house_of_pain on 6/24/09 at 1:56

Wow, slow day. Maybe tomorrow we'll have a topic other than health insurance
or guns in restaurants.
panda, I hear that Japan makes the world's best condoms.

By: pandabear on 6/24/09 at 2:02

Their motto is: "We've got you covered".

By: slacker on 6/24/09 at 2:02

greed is a good thing.
Silas Marner

By: chiefpayne568 on 6/24/09 at 2:10

Gdia,

And we haven't see too good a track record of Fed predictions lately apparently.

FTA: UNDATED (AP) The Federal Reserve is downgrading its economic forecast for the year. Under the new projections, the unemployment rate will likely rise as high as 8.8 percent and the economy will shrink. On Wall Street, stocks closed essentially flat today, as modest rallies unraveled.

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By: slacker on 6/24/09 at 2:11

pain, they do. They throw in a gross with any new Kawasaki motorcycle purchase.