Originally Posted by NBEventer
I know the debt is insanely large(I don't know the numbers, again all I know is what I read and hear from friends who live in the US). However how is it fair that when someone breaks their arm they will wait and wait and wait hoping its a sprain because they can't afford the medical bill?
I have a friend who lives in NJ, she was having an asthma attack and refused the hospital because she couldn't afford the bill.
All is well and good when you luck into a job with health benefits but not every job offers them.
There are lots of other places to take cuts, the health care system should not be one of them. Canada has "free" health care and while our taxes might be a tad higher then other places at least we are able to get the care we need without a fear of bankruptcy because we got a $30, 000 hospital bill.
More then likely I shouldn't even be in this thread since I don't live in the US and don't feel the full impact.
Whether one believes obama care is/was the only and best solution to affordable health care is separate from overall economic health...and no matter how you slice it, the debt vs revenue ratio ain't healthy.
I have great insurance, I rarely get sick and I do not run to the doctor every time I sneeze. People talk about those that are denied care, but not so much about those that abuse a system (any system) when it is "free". Nor do they look at the line item costs/profit of the health care industry, or legal costs. Nope, it just "should" be free. Interestingly, this is seen on a horse forum where people worry about vet costs. I have a good stash of vet supplies, and I know how to use them
...I don't call the vet everytime one of my horses gets a scratch, either. I do
call the vet when there is need..sometimes it turns out there was not (i.e., the outcome would have been the same) - but the call is always
justified. If I did
call the vet whenever they got a scratch I would and should
go into debt for being that ignorant. The difference is, I personally
would go bankrupt as a result....your bank account, on the otherhand, would not suffer.