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The healthcare 'reform' bill has only added to the burden on the American Middle Class. Lower income and higher income people are already covered. My tax dollars will continue to subsidize medical care for lower income individuals. As someone who makes just a bit too much to qualify for any type of medical subsidy, AND works for a very small employer who can't afford to carry coverage for the less than 10 employees, I can't afford any type of health insurance.
I am offended by our government forcing it's citizens to buy insurance coverage or face a fine. I can afford neither. And quite frankly, I refuse to do both.
I am also offended by the many commentaries and opinion pieces by writers who are certain the problem with our health care system is due to the masses of uninsured. WE are the reason why health care is so expensive for everyone else. Really? A recent commentary in the Oregonian had the writer blaming the uninsured for the high cost and if she could pay her almost $400 a month in premiums, so could everyone else. Must be nice to live in such a fantasy world. I already pay insurance premiums...for our elected officials in Washington.
The reason health care is so expensive is due to GREED of the insurance companies and pharmacutical giants. The reform should have addressed these issues, not hammered an already weary, and dare I say ready for revolt, middle class.
I recently spent 4 hours in the emergency room in Portland. The staggering cost was almost 5000.00, plus meds. My partner spent two nights in a Legacy hospital in Dec 2009..total cost? Almost $12000.00. A doctor visit routinely costs $75 to just walk in the door. My high blood pressure med is $130 a month (it just went up again), yet every strength except the one I use, is now generic. I can change, but this one works for me. Will I be forced to use a cheaper med and risk a stroke? There are definitely time when I can't afford the cost.
Where is the reform for medications? Where is the reform for all of the government tit sucking individuals who misuse the medicare system? Where is the reform for the insurance companies?
Headline in the Oregonion in the last week: Insurance companies, Hospitals and Doctors to see an increase in business and profits...
Yep, sounds like reform to me.
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