Sunday, August 26, 2012

Fed Up

I saw a picture this morning on my facebook that put me over the edge.  It compared defense spending to universal healthcare.  It actually implied that funding our military is a form of imperialistic militarism, but that universal healthcare was not the government taking over our lives.

The two are not comparable.  Funding the military is one of the very few things the constitution gives the federal government the right to do.  You know, as opposed to education, arts, green energy, etc etc etc. 

The comments made me even more angry.  A lot of conservatives actually support cuts to defense spending, since the government is known for unnecessary spending in EVERY aspect of the budget.  I have no problem with cutting defense spending.  I do have a problem when those cuts come to the benefits of the men and women who risk their lives so people can make dumb comments on a facebook picture.

Telling me I have to purchase insurance, and that it has to conform to the standards set out by the Federal Government is intruding into my life.  I'm stuck with a plan that covers in vitro fertilization and birth control, neither of which I need.  But i don't have the option of purchasing insurance that covers what I need it to cover.  

Please tell me how an unelected,  unaccountable board of 15 people, who decide what treatment and medication I get is not an intrusion into the Doctor/Patient relationship.  The sole purpose of the board is to keep costs down, and to keep costs down you have to limit what people can get. No different than the current insurance system, only now it's the government making the decisions, not the insurance company.  And if costs spiral out of control,  you'll still pay more, only now you don't have the option to just not pay for it. Now, you have to.  You can't refuse to pay taxes unless moving to the nearest federal prison is on your list of things to do.

Here's the rub.  I have no problem helping people who truly need it.  But don't tell me you can't afford health insurance when  you have a flat screen tv, a new computer, smart phones, a new haircut every other month,  you get your nails done, you go out to eat..  Yes, you CAN afford it, you just choose other things over that.  That is your choice.  But I sure as heck shouldn't have to pay for the choices you make.

I don't have a flat screen tv, or a smart phone.   I get my hair trimmed when It's necessary (twice a year).  i don't get my nails done.  The last time my husband and I went out to dinner was Valentine's Day.  I make sacrifices so I can have the things i need.  Health insurance is one of those things I need.  We have to pay partially for it.  And that means I give up other things I don't need.

So yeah, I'm fed up with the people who  think they should be able to have those of us who make the hard choices ,fork over the money so they don't have to.  


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