Thursday, March 04, 2010

Mitt Romney - No Apology

Fine, but you're still full of shit...

I was listening to Talk of the Nation on NPR yesterday, and was interested to hear an interview with Mitt Romney. I wasn't familiar with him, or his politics, and wanted to see how he sat with my conservative side.

He was well spoken, and smooth in the way only politicians and greasy turds can be, but I found myself getting angrier and angrier with everything he said. He started the snowball rolling by stating that we have public healthcare here in America, that if you don't have insurance you can simply check in at the local emergency room and you'll be taken care of, no problem.

Let me back up for a second. I'm a fan of a public healthcare option, and am pissed at both parties for dropping that ball, and instead giving us mandatory insurance through the same bastard companies that have been ripping us off forever. I've been self-employed for a long time, and private healthcare for the self-employed is crazy-ass expensive, and a huge pain in the ass.

Okay, so here's an issue near and dear to my heart/wallett and Mitt has just stated that we already have a great public healthcare system. What planet is he from?!

First off, unless you're about to bleed out, the emergency room will not admit you without insurance. Cancer, diabetes, urinary tract infection, spastic colon, arthritis, high cholesterol, etc, etc won't get you in the door. If you're unlucky enough to need the ER and they admit you without insurance, you can expect a whopping WHOPPING medical bill, much higher than the insurance companies pay for the same treatment, and you have to pay that bill, just like any other or face collections and ruined credit.

How Mitt, how is that the same thing as a public health insurance option similar to Medicare, that I can buy into, pay premiums and get treatment like a normal person?

With your plan, I pop to the ER with some ailment or another and get turned away at the door because I'm not about to keel over. With a real public option, I pay premiums like anyone else and present my insurance card to a regular old doctor at a regular old doctor's office.

Your public option doesn't exist, and would be stupid if it did. Do we really want millions of unninsured Americans dropping into the ER for every ache and sniffle?

Congress, both parties, has so thoroughly screwed up healthcare reform that I'm shocked to hear Republicans talk about the upcoming elections as if they're sitting pretty. Okay Republicans, what have you done for me lately? Don't be so smug. As far as I'm concerned it's time to flush the House and Senate clean. You can all go home and think about what the hell you did to earn your pay while out in Washington...

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