• Lol...He appeared on Glen beck..and then he might become president of Texas..That's all we need another delusional republican.

    March 11, 2009 at 12:52 p.m.

  • Not to worry, Mike.  Walker, Texas Deranger will fix everything:

    March 11, 2009 at 12:11 p.m.

  • Valid points Beakus
    I believe the only ones against even talking about health care reform are republicans, lobbyist, and insurance companies…Talking point: The government will determine your health procedures. Not so, but insurance companies have that role today…What’s the difference?
    Our competition has universal health care, so we start with two strikes against us when it comes to trade deficits…The first time the Big 3 auto companies (2 years ago)to met with the president, they said health care cost was the number one issue.
    A standup MRI costs about $195 in Japan versus about $2000 here…Why?
    Other industrial countries have a health care system; we have a health care industry.

    Possible solutions that are being floated around.
    1) Procedures deemed unnecessary, patient pays for full cost.
    2) Medicare: lower age requirement and means testing for a higher premium cost.
    3) Refundable tax credits or predeposits for the working poor.
    4) Everyone will participate; those opting out will pay a penalty.
    5) A hybrid health care system where you will be allowed to keep your company policy but your premium will be lower because the insurance company will have about 35 million new customers.

    March 11, 2009 at 9:10 a.m.

  • Mike.  In recent years I have thought about medical insurance in the U.S., both the cost of coverage and the people who cannot afford it.  I have come to no real conclusions, other than it is a tremendously complex issue.  I think back several decades ago and realize I have a hard time even comparing that time to today's situation.  Today I believe we probably have more obesity, diabetes, hypertension, cancer, etc...., but we also have specialist in all fields of medicine that we never had before to confront these ailments.  Thirty years ago if your kidney failed, you just died.  Now you go on dialysis three times a week for the rest of you life.  If your knees or hip wore out, you just lived with it.  Now you get you an artificial replacement.  If your obese, you have a gastric bypass.  If you have a heart problem, you get a bypass.  All fields offer great fixes for problems through surgery, medications, and treatment.  It's really amazing.  But, the cost for all this is unbelievable for the average working person.  So, do we as a country think the right thing to do, and is the goal, to give every citizen the same opportunity to every treatment known to medical science?  If so, does that lead to socialized medicine?  What can we learn from the countries that have already gone there?  Can our country afford this, or does it become a moral issue if we don't provide the same coverage for all?  I just don't know what is feasible.  It hurts my mine to think about it.

    March 10, 2009 at 11:22 p.m.