Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Obama's Enigmatic Health Care Plan: Q & A

I received a comment asking whether I had any better ideas than Obama's. I believe I do, and I've decided to post what I've written so far in response. Pie in the sky? Absolutely. It'll never happen. But it is certainly no more imaginary than the magic solution proposed by the Senator.

marcia said...
And your solution is... ?
September 16, 2008 12:05 PM

mockbadoc said...
I don't know
September 16, 2008 1:31 PM

mockbadoc said...
Just kidding. I have a few ideas.
September 16, 2008 1:31 PM

mockbadoc said...
1. Provide taxpayer-funded health care for children under 18, the TRULY disabled, and the TRULY impoverished.

2. Stop treating the people not enumerated above as idiotic, helpless drones who are either too stupid or too lazy to provide for their own health.

3. Stop punishing those of us who try to do the right thing (by working and making a living and paying our taxes) and rewarding those who don't (by using drugs, committing crimes, being irresponsible, etc.).

Even if you don't believe in the transcendancy of the human spirit or anything so grand as that, surely you can see that human-kind did just fine for tens of thousands of years before the advent of Socialism. Somehow, people survived - and not just the "ultra-wealthy" who make more than $250K/year (fortunately, I and the rest of the primary care docs are hardly in that category). No, even poor people survived. Even so-called "middle-class" people survived. All without a single handout from the federal government. For that matter, without a federal government at all!

4. Obama's plan has no restrictions or increased premiums for people that smoke, use drugs, are overweight, etc. Once again, the responsible are yoked with the irresponsible. Why not make people pass a drug test and a physical examination to gain access to welfare, including Government Obamacare? If I had to take one just so I could get a job and pay taxes, why shouldn't someone have to take one who is basically wanting me to pay for their livelihood, too?

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