Monday, March 22, 2010

Political Rant

Ok, so it's not bad enough that our government wastes gobs of money advertising the census, but then they waste more by sending out advance notices that it's coming. No kidding- I actually received a letter in the mail a week BEFORE the census letting me know it was going to show up. I thought it was a bit like me sending my mortgage company a letter the week before I send in my actual payment. In other words, stupid and wasteful. I suppose I shouldn't have been surprised, then, when I opened my mailbox today and found a postcard letting me know that the census should have shown up last week. Really??! How many more ways can they find to throw tax dollars away?

And this is the same government that's going to fix all of my healthcare woes, right? I haven't had the chance to read through the bill that just passed but I'm pretty wary. I think it's a wonderful idea to make it impossible for insurance companies to deny coverage and to be required to cover pre-existing conditions. The first question that comes to mind, though, is: Is there anything in the bill to keep them from offering the required coverage but at a drastically higher rate? How helpful would that actually be? It's not like insurance companies don't know all the tricks of the trade to get out of paying for things.

Don't get me started on how wrong I think this bill is and how far our country has gotten from the values that once it made it so strong. I can only hope that one day soon Americans wake up and take the time to study the principles that founded such a great nation... and then help to teach their children about the Constitution and how our country is supposed to be run. We are entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness... we are NOT entitled to have our government provide for our every need. And our leaders are not entitled to keep spending our hard earned money in such an irresponsible and reckless way. Enough is enough!!

And just so that you know... I don't have good health insurance. I would be greatly benefitted by lowered insurance premiums and more affordable care. I have a high deductible plan that means that I pay for everything out of pocket. I'm afraid to be diagnosed with anything because I can't afford higher premiums or to have special testing or treatments. But I would still rather keep the coverage I have than let the government get involved and end up with something as messed up as every other program they're in charge of.

So that's my two cents' worth. What are your thoughts on it? Do you think it will improve your situation or make it worse? Do you even care? Please feel free to share... just keep it polite!


Erin said...

I'll try to contain my comments since I don't have anything nice to say. Yes, the census administration is wasteful and ridiculous. And the whole healthcare thing has me seeing red. If nothing else, I'm a believer that anything worth doing is worth doing right - which means it needs to be done carefully, often slowly, to ensure the goals are achieved with integrity and will actually accomplish the goal as outlined. I'm not entirely naive - I don't expect everyone to join hands, sing Kumbaya, and work out healthcare - but I do think a majority of the American public should agree with the plan. Last I checked, our lawmakers are supposed to be accountable to the public - not exercise their superior wisdom to help save us from our ignorance (since they're not listening, I'm assuming that's how they view their role??). I wish they'd get out of trying to run my life.

That's all I'm going to say at this time.

Cassie said...

I even got something sent home with Hallie about the census, and heard about people being sent door to door in certain neighborhoods. AWESOME. I wonder if it's doing anygood at all. Seems like you would do it or not. Just like the whole antenna to digital thing.

I was at Hobby Lobby the other day, they had a cool Declaration of Independence and a Constitution that were matted and framed. They were beautiful but it made me sad. Everytime I see them it just reminds me how off track we are.

I'm not sure how this all is really going to affect me and my family. I wish I had more time to be more informed, so all I can say is that I don't feel good about it. While everything they are reporting in the news sounds good. I'm not sure what this means for those of us with decent coverage. And for my parents that are on the borderline of needing to get coverage for their employees, which will lead them to lose everything they have worked so hard for.