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Subject:Friday Five--August 6, 2010
Time:08:49 pm
This week's questions were suggested by yoggie.

1. Do you have insurance?
2. What do you think of public option for health care?
3. Should insurance be health insurance be mandatory? If so, should it be subsidized for the poor?
4. Do you think the health care industry and pharma make too much money or not enough?
5. Would you leave the country if it meant that you would have no job but was assured health care?

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wagrobanite
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Time:2010-08-06 02:42 am (UTC)
1. Do you have insurance?
Yes

2. What do you think of public option for health care?
I like some of it, especially the part that allows me to stay on my parents health insurance till I'm 26. I don't earn enough to pay for health insurance right now so that's a great help to me. And frankly I don't see what the issue is. You can still pay for the stupid insurance that doesn't cover crap that should be covered if you want to

3. Should insurance be health insurance be mandatory? If so, should it be subsidized for the poor?
Well no, if you choose to risk your life and not have insurance then that's your own damn fault. But then you shouldn't be treated either.

Yes it should be subsidized for the poor

4. Do you think the health care industry and pharma make too much money or not enough?
too much and they don't cover things that really should be covered.

5. Would you leave the country if it meant that you would have no job but was assured health care?
It depends on what was wrong with me...
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ashiegrrrl
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Time:2010-08-06 01:27 pm (UTC)
1. Do you have insurance?

Yes, thankfully. But I spent a year busting my butt at work to be promoted to full time so I could have insurance.

2. What do you think of public option for health care?

Considering the above, I'm very much in favor of some kind of public option so people can be provided minimum health care services, at the very least. But prescription coverage should also be included, even if it's discounted in the slightest.

3. Should insurance be health insurance be mandatory? If so, should it be subsidized for the poor?

Yes and yes. If everyone has access to health insurance, we will be a healthier world. Everyone should be able to have a free checkup every year.

4. Do you think the health care industry and pharma make too much money or not enough?

They make waaaaay too much money. I know research is expensive, and it takes a lot of research to come up with some of the advanced medications we have, but the pharmaceutical giants are making huge profits, too.

5. Would you leave the country if it meant that you would have no job but was assured health care?

No.
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edgeofthewild
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Time:2010-08-06 06:13 pm (UTC)
Oooh, interesting.

1. Do you have insurance?
Yes, I do.

2. What do you think of public option for health care?
A public option is fine, as long as I can still keep my benefits if I so desire... because I like them.

3. Should insurance be health insurance be mandatory? If so, should it be subsidized for the poor?

No, it shouldn't be mandatory. Subsidizing for the poor is fine. But shoving it down everyone's throats - whether or not they can afford it - is not good. Not to mention we oughta work on fixing the issue of illegal immigration before we chuck healthcare coverage at folks.

4. Do you think the health care industry and pharma make too much money or not enough?

BWA HA HA. They make way too friggin much. (As do a few other people/industries I could think of.) Not that I want to tax the rich even more - some people actually busted their bums (legally & ethically) to get where they are, and a lot of times it's cuz they've worked in that position for 35 years, so some deserve a good salary - but come on!

5. Would you leave the country if it meant that you would have no job but was assured health care?

Hmm ... well, the idea has its perks, but the execution fails to deliver. I wouldn't go to England w/o a job but knowing I could get healthcare ... the NHS program sucks. (Sorry, Brits.)
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miranda_skye
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Time:2010-08-08 12:12 pm (UTC)
the NHS program sucks. (Sorry, Brits.)

I'm honestly curious as to whether you have first-hand knowledge, only because my experience is that it really doesn't.
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edgeofthewild
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Time:2010-08-08 02:26 pm (UTC)
I've got several British coworkers, who've told me about it (I was looking to move to England with work - we work in the healthcare industry, ironically) and asked them to share about healthcare in the UK. While there were certainly some good things they shared, there were other things that, well ... weren't. :S But that could be said about any healthcare system in any country. There isn't a perfect solution by any stretch.
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miranda_skye
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Time:2010-08-08 02:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks for answering :) The NHS has saved both my life and that of my husband without crippling bills so I feel tremendous gratitude that I was born in this country. And, as the wife of a diabetic whose NHS treatment has been superb, I'm often moved to tears by posts by US diabetics swapping notes on which companies they can beg insulin from. But, if you're healthy, I guess it's not an issue.

Having experienced healthcare in a number of other European countries, there are indeed issues with most healthcare systems (just the paperwork for someone used to the NHS is very off-putting ;))
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edgeofthewild
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Time:2010-08-08 03:40 pm (UTC)
You're welcome. =) That's really cool to hear; thanks for sharing! Yeah ... the US has totally got issues, that's for sure. It's going to be, well, "interesting," to say the least, to see what happens in the future. Sigh. If only we could all stay healthy, right?

I really like Britain very much so I may revisit the whole working-in-England idea sometime. It's nice to get a different perspective.

I've only used foreign healthcare in Spain and it was a trip! But maybe because I don't know any medical terminology in Spanish. ;) Certainly doesn't help the situation. (Had an ear infection but got treated for a throat infection ... figure that one out! - and I still have ear problems six years later.) Anyways. More info than you probably wanted to know. =)
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niccat23
Subject:My answers
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Time:2010-08-06 07:59 pm (UTC)
are posted here: http://sweetmemes.blogspot.com/2010/08/friday-five.html
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tabular_rasa
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Time:2010-08-07 02:10 am (UTC)
1. Do you have insurance?
Yes.

2. What do you think of public option for health care?
I think everyone deserves access to affordable health care. Whether that's public insurance or universal health care services . . . I just think it's inhumane that some people literally have to choose between feeding their families on a daily basis vs. treating their chronic medical condition and things like that.

3. Should insurance be health insurance be mandatory? If so, should it be subsidized for the poor?
I'm not a fan of making something mandatory without any funds or assistance to help people or organizations fulfill the mandate. (Like No Child Left Behind COUGH COUGH). So yes, it should be subsidized, if not universal.

4. Do you think the health care industry and pharma make too much money or not enough?
I think it's the insurance companies and ambulance-chaser law firms that are making the excessive money. Doctors really aren't making as much as people think with all the malpractice tax they have to pay, and I think with what they do most of them deserve to be making good money. It's the quickness to sue doctors for minor mistakes that aren't necessarily their fault that leads to the grotesque cost of health care in the US.

5. Would you leave the country if it meant that you would have no job but was assured health care?
No, but I'm going to be in this situation in a year anyway.
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giza
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Time:2010-08-13 05:10 pm (UTC)

My answers are posted here:

http://giza.livejournal.com/577077.html

Along with a bonus Carl Sagan video!
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anything_can_be
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Time:2010-08-13 09:55 pm (UTC)
1. Do you have insurance?
Absolutely. I can't be without it.
2. What do you think of public option for health care?
I would love a public option for health care as long as it is not the only option.
3. Should insurance be health insurance be mandatory? If so, should it be subsidized for the poor?
NO! Insurance should not be mandatory. It should be your choice to pay for it.
4. Do you think the health care industry and pharma make too much money or not enough?
They make far too much money. I was just at the doctor's office with Michael today and there were two reps dropping of a HUGE platter of desserts/pastries just to get in the door to set up a meeting. It was disgusting.
5. Would you leave the country if it meant that you would have no job but was assured health care?
If I couldn't get health insurance here, I would have to go somewhere where I could get it. I can never afford not to have insurance.
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Additional note: I feel very strongly about health care and health insurance. I can't stress enough how important I think having good medical coverage is. As a mom, and as a patient, I put securing quality health insurance above all else when seeking employment and making a budget. Between my Hodgkin's and Monk's CDH, we've racked up more than half a million in medical bills. I've paid but a fraction of that.

http://anything-can-be.livejournal.com/226693.html
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