And just so you know, I have no desire for anyone's loyalty, it comes at too high a cost.
"Things should be made as simple as possible, but not one bit simpler." ~ Albert Einstein
Like Alan I am for helping people that can't help themselves but not for helping those that don't want to work hard. I was young, poor and a single, divorced mom at one point. I could have went on welfare and received all sorts of freebies but instead I worked a crappy job to support my son and myself. I was lucky to have family help and went to college to get a good job, etc. There is more opportunity in this country then in many. Getting somewhere requires hard work and sacrifice. Some people lack the abilities, skills, etc and will need help but not everyone. I am for single payer health care and think one day we will have it. I probably won't live to see it. However, just because we are lacking in one area does not mean we are a horrible country. All countries have issues. We have talked about this with my DIL from Poland where they have great healthcare but not enough jobs for it's people and the pay is low. When we visit the prices are so cheap for us but not for the people that live there. We shop in the best stores and eat at the most expensive restaurants while there which is not something we do in the states. Sorry Rob but utopia is a dream.
Rob, if your mother died tomorrow, how long would it take for you and your SO to apply for residency in Mexico?
And here's the important question: do you/would you meet the Mexican requirements for residency, including the all-important financial one?
I read this morning that the CEO of united is taking full responsibility and saying that they are turning a corner in their approach to all things customer service related.
The problem with that argument is that you assume that all people who who wind up with health care needs aren't self-reliant and they actually expect others to shoulder their responsibilities.value in self-reliance and a certain amount of selfishness in expecting others to shoulder your responsibilities.
You're in pharma, Alan, as I am. I interview patients, and these past two weeks I have been interviewing people with rare auto-immune disorders. Here's a snapshot:
Patient A: 39 year old former funeral home director who loved her job but who now can't even get in a car to drive. No job. No insurance. No way to get the treatments that will actually help her. She recently downsized into a small apartment-it's all she can afford.
Patient B: 41 year-old former high-powered founder of an international branding company with a million dollar home he has to sell because he was suddenly struck with this weird disease. He can't work. He can't even get off the couch. He desperately misses his old life. At least he has insurance.
Patient C: A 55 year old woman who has had this disease since college. She can't afford the best treatment. She hates the burden she is to her family. She hates feeling like an imposition, that she's not the person she should be. So in spite of her disease, she gets herself to a part-time job with a compassionate employer and works until 1, at which point, she's totally spent for the day.
I interview these patients and I spend my whole ride home praying, "There but for the grace of God go I." As a citizen and extended neighbor of these people, I will offer my taxes so that Patient A might be able to get back to her funeral home, and Patient B will be able to potentiate his abilities in leadership and marketing, and Patient C can have her family to dinner without feeling like she's a failure as mother and wife.
"Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it--every, every minute?" Emily Webb, Our Town