Saturday, July 18, 2009
After having a discussion with a friend of mine this week (wink wink, you know who you are, girl!) I had to state my opinion on the issue.
Basically, I'm against it. Not because I think poor people should die, or because I'm uncaring. I have two major reasons:
1) I believe I should be in charge of my health care, not the government.
2) Medicare and Medicaid are already a mess. Those are both examples of socialized medicine. If the government can't handle those smaller versions of socialized medicine, how do we the people expect them to handle the entire country?
I'm the mother of a child with a disability. Would the government be allowed to deny my child treatment because he's not worthy? Because he's not a minority group? What about my daughter? Would she be forced to take a vaccine like Gardasil even though it has killed 47 other women and girls? All because the CDC recommends the vaccine? And hello...look at me. I'M FAT. Would I be denied life saving measures unless I lose weight? Until I fit in the demands of their perfect box? Do all 5 foot 6 women have to weigh under 155lbs in order to obtain proper medical care?
And on a purely selfish level: if socialized medicine becomes law, I will likely lose my job. My job is to call insurance companies to obtain authorizations for procedures and tests. If there is no insurance, there is no Sarah calling insurance companies. And my husband, who owns his own business, will likely be taxed to the point where he will likely lose everything he has worked so hard for.
But hey. We might be homeless, but at least we can go to the doctor, right?
Your thoughts? Be polite, please. I'm less about debating, more about learning.
at 9:23:00 PM