Thanks Barry, for the good wishes. Appreciate it! I've never been a complete conservative but used to critisize the federal government like many. After all, there are some pretty serious problems. However, since I've become seriously ill, I've changed my views quite significantly. Now, I'm against any expanded states' rights and feel federal jurisdiction should be strenghtened in many areas. We need progressives to change, amend, and improve the federal government while eliminating the problems that persist.
The profit motivation must be removed from the healthcare system. The more care that I need, the more healthcare companies fight their responsibility to provide it. They must make a profit and people like me are tough on the profit margin. So they look for ways to deny me the expensive care that I require. It makes sense if you're trying to reap profits, I get it. Healthcare companies pursue premium payments and avoid claim payments. It's good business, but my healthcare becomes a nightmare. To my many problems, I add dealing with healthcare providers, assistance programs, insurance companies, and bill collectors. I spend much of my miserable days on the phone, dealing with healthcare problems.
So, it's my opinion that the government needs to provide healthcare without a profit motivation. In fact, I believe it's the responsibility of government to protect and serve it's citizens by providing the basic necessities, food, shelter, and healthcare. Remove the profit motivation from those basic needs. If these needs are not available to citizens, citizens are not well served. Citizens are not well served when they die from homelessness and a lack of food and healthcare.
I've heard Tea Partiers say "if you don't work, you shouldn't eat". That sounds reasonable unless you're really sick. What should happen to those unable to work? I heard the sentiment expressed at one Republican Primary debate, "let him die". Where do these pathetic people without empathy or compassion come from?
Barry, I'm feeling a little "loopy" right now and upon re-reading my post, I may be rambling a bit. If so, I apologize. Thanks again for your kind words, Barry.