Limbaugh is right about health care in Hawaii

For conservative talkmeister Rush Limbaugh, the superior medical care he received at Hawaii’s Queen’s Medical Center served as vindication of his well-known view that the American health care system is just perfect and needs no fixing.

At a news conference following his release last week, Limbaugh declared, “Based on what happened here to me, I don’t think there’s one thing wrong with the American health care system. It is working just fine, just dandy.”

Based on what happened to him?  Limbaugh’s use of his own circumstances to justify his ongoing tirade against the health care overhaul would be comic if he didn’t have so much influence on the body politic.

Suffice it say that the vast majority of Americans don’t have Limbaugh’s money. His net worth has been variously estimated at anywhere from $685 million to more than $1 billion.

That sort of wealth buys excellent insurance and the cash to cover those pesky out-of-pocket costs that accompany most hospital stays. Limbaugh could pay the exorbitant prices that an insurer might charge for a pre-existing condition — such as health problems that might follow prescription drug abuse — or simply pay his medical bills from cash if he needed to.

(And, despite his insistence that he received “no special treatment,” celebrities usually do. This is no slap at Queen’s Medical Center, but I suspect doctors and nurses there were paying extra attention to Limbaugh, given his stature.)

The health care legislation under consideration by Congress wouldn’t give the rest of us access to the sort of premium care that Limbaugh can afford. But it would help more than 30 million Americans who don’t have insurance afford to purchase it. That means hard-working housepainters, store clerks, warehouse workers and hospital orderlies can finally get the decent medical care they need.

If responses from my readers are any indication, critics hold a lot of misconceptions about the proposals before Congress. Some readers believe that the health care overhaul would reward the stereotypical welfare recipient. Not so.

The poorest Americans are already covered by Medicaid, just as older Americans are covered by Medicare (both of which are much closer to socialized medicine than anything in the bills recently passed by the House and the Senate.) But there are millions of Americans who work hard everyday, earning too much for Medicaid, but not enough to afford health insurance premiums.

And it isn’t just the cost of the premiums. Insurers set up a byzantine system specifically designed to weed out consumers who actually get sick and eat into the profit margins. Most insurers limit their coverage  of patients who already have a treatable illness  —  a “pre-existing condition.”  Some insurance companies resort to obscure rules to find reasons not to pay for a patient’s medical care, instead ending their coverage. They call that “rescission.” Health care reform aims to curb those practices.

Republicans in Congress — the vast majority of whom, listening to Limbaugh, have opposed the health care legislation — are beginning to concede they are unlikely to stop Democrats from passing a historic health care bill; but the GOP hasn’t given up its hopes of blocking reform. Among other tactics, some conservatives are talking up the idea of a legal  challenge to the “mandate” — the requirement that all Americans have health insurance.

Hawaii, though, where Limbaugh received such excellent health care, passed a mandate that employers provide generous health care benefits back in 1974. Perhaps as a result, Hawaii residents have longer life spans than most Americans, according to The New York Times. They also have lower insurance premiums.

So I think I’ve found something on which Limbaugh and I agree: Hawaii offers good health care. Congress should make sure the rest of the country gets something similar.

132 comments Add your comment

Chris Broe

January 5th, 2010
8:49 pm

First* (in the hearts of my countrymen).

*If George Washington was such a simpleton that his own grandmother wouldn’t let him near her basement.

Barry from Nairobi

January 5th, 2010
9:03 pm

Those of us that strongly oppose the so called health care reform aren’t against it because someone further down the economic chain might benefit. It’s the reality that the poor health care that Medicaid recipients currently receive is what we will be what we’re forced to accept when it all shakes out a few years from now. If I’m paying for it ( and likely yours as well), I’d rather that mine be as high in quality as possible.

Home School DropOut

January 5th, 2010
9:23 pm

I talked with a friend yesterday. He is Sixty Three years of age with Leaukemia. He is paying Twenty Four Hundred Dollars a month for Insurance; with a Ten Thousand Dollar deductable. Is this good HealthCare?

Lori in Decatur

January 5th, 2010
9:33 pm

Thank you Cynthia for pointing out what everyone should know if they actually took time to read the news articles and Internet reports that aren’t skewed politically. Rather than being lazy and letting talk show entertainers fill their ears with, um, well, entertaining perspectives, concerned citizens should take time to actually read. What you wrote is exactly what I understand the new health care bill to be. It will help people like me- middle age, middle class, hard working, earning $50K a year who suffered a Workforce Reduction and was out of work for six months and just now is getting back on top of paying the bills. My mom was a Medicare recipient for 8 years before she died. I’ve had to accept unemployment insurance when I was in-between jobs. These “socialized” programs provided basic assistance at a time when it was needed most. I believe I’m as American as they come, and proud too, but when I need it most, I’m humbly grateful for the help our government provides. I support this health care bill, yes I do! Hannity and Limbaugh…you do not speak for me!

ck hall

January 5th, 2010
9:34 pm

I am an ordinary American and hope my Health system never changes–It is fine as is. I stand with Limbaugh on this one..PLease leave the system alone!!!

Tall

January 5th, 2010
9:43 pm

“And it isn’t just the cost of the premiums. Insurers set up a byzantine system specifically designed to weed out consumers who actually get sick and eat into the profit margins. Most insurers limit their coverage of patients who already have a treatable illness — a “pre-existing condition.” Some insurance companies resort to obscure rules to find reasons not to pay for a patient’s medical care, instead ending their coverage. They call that “rescission.” Health care reform aims to curb those practices.”

Over the past five years, I’ve had an appendectomy, surgery for a deviated septum and a detached retina. My insurer – Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Georgia paid the claims. They still insure me and the premium increases have been reasonable. My wife has had ongoing treatment for a chronic nerve condition that causes debilitating spasms in her middle back. She gave birth to our second son three years ago. Our children have been in and out of doctors offices for the usual childhood ailments. We’re still with the same insurer. This is not a plug for Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Georgia. I would like to see Ms. Tucker provide some specific examples instead of the cynical allegory that passes for editorial content.

If you are so compassionate, you could start an insurance company that will accept people with preexisting conditions. However, you won’t last very long. I agree that we as a nation do need to do something about the Medicare/Medicaid programs. Adding a new layer that will bankrupt the country and resign us to economic sclerosis is not the answer.

Kimo Hana

January 5th, 2010
9:47 pm

As someone who lives in Hawaii, I can tell you that our healthcare system is excellent. But lets be clear, we pay a price. A big price. We have the highest tax rate in the nation. We also have one of the worst job markets in the nation (pay scale is about 20-30% less then our mainland counterparts). We have one of the highest costs of living in the nation.

The Democrats have had a iron-vise lock on political power here for over 50 years, controlling all branches of government for that long with only the most recent 8 years seeing a liberal RINO governor as the sole non-Democrat.

And the result of the loony left in power here in Hawaii is repeated like in other states where the left rules (see Detroit, Chicago, San Francisco, to name a few): Our schools are the worst, our infrastructure is crumbling, we’ve got homeless sleeping on the streets, the middle class is disappearing, housing is insanely expensive (median home price is about $600,000!).

Oh yeah, we’re broke.

So yes, we’ve got great healthcare. Lots of wonderful welfare programs. Too bad only the rich or the poor have it good here. The rest of us are slaves to government.

You too will have what we have here in the Birthplace-of-Obama-the-Anointed-One.

Lies

January 5th, 2010
9:50 pm

To achieve health care reform, “I’m going to have all the negotiations around a big table. We’ll have doctors and nurses and hospital administrators. Insurance companies, drug companies — they’ll get a seat at the table, they just won’t be able to buy every chair. But what we will do is, we’ll have the negotiations televised on C-SPAN, so that people can see who is making arguments on behalf of their constituents, and who are making arguments on behalf of the drug companies or the insurance companies. And so, that approach, I think is what is going to allow people to stay involved in this process.”

Sources: PresBO — Town hall meeting on Aug. 21, 2008, in Chester, Va.

Chris Broe

January 5th, 2010
9:58 pm

How could there be a flat-earther in Hawaii with the volcanos and the magma and the ocean thingie and the hula girl LADY!

Reality

January 5th, 2010
9:59 pm

Myth –”But it would help more than 30 million Americans who don’t have insurance afford to purchase it. ”

Reality — The number of uninsured was originally touted as 46 or 47 million (depending upon who you asked). Most media rounded up the figure to an even 50 million. In reality, the number is closer to 16 million that are truly “uninsured” and can’t get insurance. The other roughly 30 million is made up of (1) people that qualify for some sort of government program, but for whatever reason don’t sign up, (2) families that make over $75,000 a year that choose to self-insure, (3) college kids who have come off their parents policies and are awaiting coverage, as well as (4) other people who are in the waiting period at their employers. Lastly, the millions of undocumented workers are counted in this category as well.

GovDependent

January 5th, 2010
10:04 pm

Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul , Minnesota , points out some interesting facts concerning last November’s Presidential election:

Number of States won by: Democrats: 19 Republicans: 29

Square miles of land won by: Democrats: 580,000 Republicans: 2,427,000

Population of counties won by: Democrats: 127 million Republicans: 143 million

Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Democrats: 13.2 Republicans: 2.1

Professor Olson adds: “In aggregate, the map of the territory Republicans won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of the country.

Democrat territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in low income tenements and living off various forms of government welfare…”

Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the “complacency and apathy” phase of Professor Tyler’s definition of democracy, with some forty percent of the nation’s population already having reached the “governmental dependency” phase.

Barry from Nairobi

January 5th, 2010
10:05 pm

As I understand it, Rush would technically be listed as someone without insurance, since he pays out of his pocket. Never trust a government official to save you money or make anything easier.

mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack the LIAR Obama

January 5th, 2010
10:27 pm

Oh, the Obama transparent, bi-partisan, pay now with NO results for years, health care plan? Yeah, that works. Change you can believe in…mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack the LIAR Obama.

Kathleen Rokavec, MD

January 5th, 2010
10:29 pm

Hawaii residents also have GREAT difficulty finding a doctor – reimbursement is terrible, the worst in the country.

oldtimer

January 5th, 2010
10:31 pm

No Lori in Decatur…..middle aged….It will not help you. Will cost you much more and you benefits will be cut a lot!!! Read the lit….

mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack the LIAR Obama

January 5th, 2010
10:33 pm

Lori, with her head up her azz, Babe, the government doesn’t provide anything – TAXPAYERS do.

oldmac

January 5th, 2010
11:10 pm

Truth is it’s a lot more fun buying Nascar tix, putting new rims on the whip or buying the lastest sneakers than it is to buy your own health insurance. Uncle Obies got your back though. (but you’d better vote at least 2x)

JB

Byron Mathison Kerr

January 5th, 2010
11:14 pm

Written like poetry — great op-ed! Thanks, Cynthia.

And anyone making generalizations about healthcare based on his own sample size of one is — what was it — a “big fat idiot?!”

Barry from Nairobi

January 5th, 2010
11:27 pm

The people that truly think that their healthcare will now be “free” are the same idiots that are excited at tax time at the prospect of getting a refund when they didn’t pay taxes to begin with. You’re not welcome you leeches.

Dr. R

January 5th, 2010
11:31 pm

By forcing insurance companies to keep high risk patients, the plan will raise health costs for everyone. And that seems to be part of the plan, since anyone with half a clue knows that will be the result. When it happens, the Democrats can claim that they tried to avoid a public option but the evil insurance industry made things worse, and they hope to ride that momentum into pushing across a government-run plan. Pretty clever, I must admit. Bottom line, though, is that I don’t want to pay for someone else’s health care, any more than I should buy food, shelter or clothing for them. Tax dollars should support publicly-shared needs: Police, fire, roads, parks, public buildings, things we all use. Health care, like other personal needs, does not fit that description because some will need more doctoring than others. If I make good health decisions in my life, why should I shell out more tax dollars so some lazy, fat, chain-smoking alcoholic can have medical care on our dime? If such a plan ever passes, I may just start eating butter by the spoonful, knowing that Uncle Sam and his 300 million benefactors will help defray the negative consequences.

quod erat demonstrandum

January 5th, 2010
11:55 pm

Home School DropOut,

According to the House bill, at least the most likely, your friend has a Cadillac insurance policy – and will be taxed heavily for it.

Cynthia, With his wealth, why would Rush want to buy health insurance, his wealth means he is self insured – as are most very wealthy folks. Do you think Bill Gates worries about health care? Under this administration, they will be “fined” for not buying health care insurance, that is a tax on success.

The Happy Democrat

January 5th, 2010
11:55 pm

Here’s the AJC headline about airline security, in big letters, when Obama is in the White House: OBAMA TO BEEF UP AIRLINE SECURITY.

Here’s the AJC headline – same story – IF Bush was still President: BUSH DEFENDS SECURITY LAPSE.

Here’s the AJC headline – IN BIG LETTERS – when American’s die in Afgan during Obama admin: OBAMA MOURNS LOSS OF SOLDIERS.

Here was the AJC headline – same story – when Bush was in office: BUSH DEFENDS POLICY AS DEATHS MOUNT IN WAR.

It’s just great being a democrat in a city owned by the AJC!!

jd

January 6th, 2010
12:40 am

Healthcare is an earned privilege, not a right. Nothing in life should be a right, including your own miserable existence. Everything must, should and ought to be earned. PERIOD. Get that through your thick heads, Democraps AND Retardicans.

Dustin K.I. Palos

January 6th, 2010
12:41 am

Aloha just to let all of you know that the Queen’s Medical Center is a private hospital funded by one of Hawaii’s last rulers Queen Kapiolani. Wife of our boycotted King David Kalakaua who sole purpose was to aid and care for all her people. Unlike our stolen Kingdom, America has no care for its people because WAR, MONEY, GREED and CORPORATIONS are more important. Just to let all of you know if you have Kanaka Maoli koko you receive free services from the hospital. Where is America’s health care?

Sunshine and Thunder

January 6th, 2010
12:57 am

Look,

There is a certain amount of money to go around. When the law of supply and demand is tossed aside, the only result is that supply will keep up with demand as long as the supply is cheapened with inferior products. I don’t mind inferior widgets but I really don’t think any of us want inferior health care. When the price of health care is controlled and lowered artificially so that everyone has access to it it simply means that everyone will have access to artificially lowered quality.

IC Atlanta

January 6th, 2010
1:57 am

Doug I’m fine with 49 states as long as we don’t have to support Hawaii as a territory. Your state is a mess – imagine it as a Chinese owned country. At least you wouldn’t have freedom or liberty to kick around anymore.

Goodwrench

January 6th, 2010
4:12 am

I am amused by all of these comments on Hawaiian health care by those that have no idea how it works. Employer sponsored health care is mandated by law in Hawaii for employees working more than about 30 hours per week and has been for a long time. The same category of people who predict doom and gloom from our new health care reform said that small business could not survive in Hawaii with mandatory health care. They predicted all the fast food jobs, small business jobs, etc. would disappear. It never happened. They predicted outrageous premiums for the average worker. Wrong. Hawaii also has SHIP (state health insurance plan) for those not eligible at work ie. part-timers. This helps to eliminate the uninsured and the associated costs of treating them at others expense when they show up at hospital emergency rooms. The system is far from perfect. Major insurance companies like HMSA, Straub and Kaiser have a stranglehold on the business, but despite this lack of competition the costs compared to other Hawaiian expenses are lower. This is the most remote island chain in the world. Expenses are high, not just because of the current leadership, but mostly from logistics and lack of competition in things like shipping and the cost of land due to scarcity. The Hawaiian who complained about high taxes needs to check facts. I compare my tax bills to several relatives on the mainland. My sister pays 3 times what I pay in property taxes for her house of 1/3 the value. Queens is indeed a leader in health care and is also unionized. So much for the rabid anti-union people too. Health care can be more affordable if we all participate. What value do health insurance companies add for their added costs? A commenter said health care is not a right. What is more basic than the right to life? Whether a person lives or dies should not be subject to an executive’s bonus plan.

Vonnie

January 6th, 2010
5:53 am

Reality — The number of uninsured was originally touted as 46 or 47 million (depending upon who you asked). Most media rounded up the figure to an even 50 million. In reality, the number is closer to 16 million that are truly “uninsured” and can’t get insurance. The other roughly 30 million is made up of (1) people that qualify for some sort of government program, but for whatever reason don’t sign up, (2) families that make over $75,000 a year that choose to self-insure, (3) college kids who have come off their parents policies and are awaiting coverage, as well as (4) other people who are in the waiting period at their employers. Lastly, the millions of undocumented workers are counted in this category as well.

Actually Reality, you are missing a category and maybe others. I don’t fit into your categories above. My job was outsourced and I have not been able to find another. At this time my premiums have increased to $769 per month with a $3000 deductible. If they increaase further, I will drop the coverage. There are plenty out there who have dropped their coverage due to this. We want to pay for our insurance but cannot afford to. We make just enough to not qualify for free coverage. Stop trying to fit everyone into your fancy equations,. The truth of the matter is, health care is broken and it may not be for you but if you live long enough, you will find out.

Bubba

January 6th, 2010
5:57 am

Thank God the government is going to do something about refusing insurance for pre-existing conditions. Now I’ll be able to stop paying the $250 a month I pay for long-term care insurance and just wait until I develop Alzheimer’s to buy insurance. And I can drop all of my life insurance and just let my family buy it after I die. Right?

Vonnie

January 6th, 2010
6:05 am

If Rush Limbaugh pays out of his pocket, then I don’t need to hear another word from him about healthcare. He would not have a clue. Why do you people drink that Limbaugh kool-aid anyway? You are the ones who keep him rich. Get a clue!

Grumpy

January 6th, 2010
6:11 am

Democrat leaders are dropping like flies. Byron Dorgan not running for Senate re-election. Chris Dodd not running for Senate re-election. Yet left-wingers like you and Bookman can’t stop moaning about Rush Limbaugh and Dick Cheney.

Keep whistling past that graveyard!

Grumpy

January 6th, 2010
6:15 am

Seems like the single largest item everyone agrees about is pre-existing conditions. So why do we need a 2,700 page bill to eliminate pre-existing conditions? Had the Democrats taken this issue on with small bites, one at a time, they would have had at least 2-3 of their individual healthcare “pieces” passed and signed. But instead, they went “all in” with an overloaded, bribery-filled, bloated Pelosi/Reid monster that doesn’t deliver benefits for 3-4 years, but delivers higher taxes immediately. Great move!

catlady

January 6th, 2010
6:57 am

“given his stature” AND his girth AND his HUGE MOUTH, I am sure they would do anything to shut him up!

hryder

January 6th, 2010
7:09 am

The dregs of society complain because their own decisions have lead to a lack of success in almost all phases of life. Politicans buy their vote, with our money, and GIVE the failures what others earn for themselves. A catastrophe occurs, such as the hurricane Katrina, and what does one observe. The dregs sitting on their rearends, hands out, saying, “gimme…”(New Orleans), the typical citizen looking, evaluating, and then commencing to clean up after the storm and rebuild their lives(Mississippi coast residents), and then the dregs demonstrate why they are dregs by complaining of not receiving the identical treatment as others. Incidentally, the dregs caused millions in damage to facilities provided and complained bitterly when placed else where so most people could continue to rebuild.

ken

January 6th, 2010
7:23 am

Who in their right mind would pass a 2,000 page bill without reading it first? oops sorry Liberals. Why not fix the problems with our health care system first and then work on a health care bill, what scares most Americans is the fear of our Govt. screwing it up.

Obama wants a legacy to his time in office regardless of the cost. When he and all politicans go under the same plan as me then I will support it.

wj

January 6th, 2010
7:27 am

Oh Cindy, you’re at it again ….

In the USA we still have some, and I sincerely wish we had more, freedom to do with our money what we wish. If we wish to purchase health insurance we can, if we wish to purchase a television we can, … you get the idea (I hope).

The new healthcare destruction act, billed by fools and liars like you, is not about assuring “hard-working housepainters, store clerks, warehouse workers and hospital orderlies can finally get the decent medical care they need.” Frankly, they already have that option and service available. At present, the CAN get the medical care they need AND want.

If the new legislation goes into effect, that very medical care will be diminished – or eliminated – because of three simple interrelated factors: 1. supply of medical care is limited, there are only so many doctors, etc.; 2. “giving” free or lower direct-personal cost access (i.e., take my money to pay for your healthcare) increases demand; and 3. lower quality and rationing begins when demand exceeds supply without incentives (i.e., higher rewards) for suppliers. That three-part mix is precisely what the legislation you so loudly praise includes.

To borrow a few of your words … “If responses from my readers are any indication,….” very few people want any part of this deplorable legislation. It is flawed and borders on criminal.

“Some readers believe that the health care overhaul would reward the stereotypical welfare recipient. Not so.” This is a partially true statement. The facts are, this legislation will not only reward the stereotypical welfare recipient, it will actually create many more stereotypical welfare recipients as well as move many to become welfare-like recipients in behavior and treatment.

“The poorest Americans are already covered by Medicaid, just as older Americans are covered by Medicare (both of which are much closer to socialized medicine than anything in the bills recently passed by the House and the Senate.)” And, both provide a vivid picture of how messed up the healthcare system will be if this legislation is passed.

Finally, if you want to see the ultmate “byzantine system specifically designed to weed out consumers who actually get sick and eat into the profit margins,” go sit at a VA facility for a day, or look at the inner workings of the proposed legislation.

You are little more than a hand-puppet for the current Democrats who seek only to take from the real producers and give to the illegals and low/non-producers.

Try reporting or offering opinions based on fact – without attempting to destroy or throw editorial stones at another person. My guess is the lower the fact quotient the higher the call names and attack people quotient.

As I have said before, if nothing else, you are consistent – wrong and among the more biased spinners in the business.

WJ

axelrod's email

January 6th, 2010
7:34 am

If the system is in such crisis now, why won’t most of the ‘benefits’ kick in until 2013? More to the point, watch for court challenges to legislation that forces citizens to buy anything. That’s unprecedented and may not be constitutional (as if that stops anybody anymore)

Patrick

January 6th, 2010
7:48 am

The only people who comment on editorials are people that are incapable of forming their own opinions. This person’s entire job is to be “controversial” so you people will read her column and argue and fight. This so called “journalist” doesn’t care if you agree or disagree. She only cares that you read her column so she can keep her job. You people are really a very sad group.
And to clarify, I am commenting on the pathetic losers that comment on editorials, not the editorial itself. There is a difference.

ken

January 6th, 2010
7:51 am

Cindy, tell me what the new health care plan is and the amount I will pay. YOU can’t, but you like it. DA Our CLOWNS in Washington don’t know either, but they have a vote. Poor Harry, blind leading the blind.

jkf

January 6th, 2010
7:57 am

catlady is an idiot- limbaugh has lost about 100lbs and is most likely in better shape than you. you people complaining about limbaugh being self insured or paying cash for services are only guessing. check some facts before opening your stupid traps. that goes for your beloved cindy too.

Call it Like It Is

January 6th, 2010
7:58 am

Tell you what, why don’t you schedule a debate with Rush,and he will take you to TASK on your weak arguments!

You and Barry SUCK!

Enough Said!

Bitter EX democrackkk

January 6th, 2010
8:03 am

hey Cynthia….here’s a project! WHEN are you going to travel to Kenya and interview Obama’s LIVING Kenyan grandmother? WHY is she kept hidden from the world press? WHY didnt Obama
invite her to Hawaii for Chrimma? Looks like SOME journalist/reporter in merica would WANT to crack the story on this historical Kenyan granny of a US Presidunce…WHERE IS SHE???

Chris Broe

January 6th, 2010
8:05 am

Most of the Right’s blindness is a pre-existing condition and would not be covered under any Rx plan available, not even in Cuba, or Britain, or France. I would suggest a guide dog, maybe Ann Coulter. She’ll get the GOP through all the logic mountains in the flat earth they live in. She’ll guide them through the birth canal of Born Again land. She is a seeing eye K-9. And she’s got a nose for news. Whatever conservatives do, they should get a yellow journalism test kit, and not ingest yellow journalism. (or yellow snow, especially with Ann Coulter, the seeing eye dog, around.)

Is that like a Catch 22?

Skip

January 6th, 2010
8:12 am

Pro war anti healthcare, what a great country.

Turd Ferguson

January 6th, 2010
8:15 am

Ah yes…the dummycrat bedwetters and whiners are out in force. Too bad your boy, obobo, it gonna lose. Too bad your Congressional majority will be swept from under foot.

AHH HAHAHAHAAA!!!!

Chris Broe

January 6th, 2010
8:20 am

The failed Detroit BVD bomber had this to say about the way his burns were treated after his capture: “Based on what happened here to me, I don’t think there’s one thing wrong with the American health care system. It is working just fine, just dandy.”

He went on to say that the chicken dinner on the flight was “Tough and Stringy”.

C Tucker

January 6th, 2010
8:32 am

It is not my responsibility to provide for my own health care.
It is the government’s responsibility.

DAVID

January 6th, 2010
8:33 am

CYNTHIA……A POOR MAN CAN WALK INTO ANY EMERGENCY ROOM IN GEORGIA…& they must, by federal law, give him the best care they can…Talk of payment comes later. RICH MAN….POOR MAN….both get equal care in Georgia.

LeeH1

January 6th, 2010
8:45 am

I wonder what the final cost of his hospital bill will be. If he didn’t get any special treatment, that amount is what a poor family would have to pay for the same treatment.

The most common reason for bankruptcy is an unexpected medical bill.

TnGelding

January 6th, 2010
8:49 am

Equating longevity to health care is misleading. Don’t you think it would have more to do with the native population’s genes and more healthy lifestyles?

Anyone that showed up at the emergency room would have gotten the initial care Rush received.

The health care reform being considered does do a few good things, but overall it’s bad legislation. It will not cover everyone and is going to make it more expensive, not less. And only Congress could come up with something so complicated. The maze gets even more confusing.

What’s wrong with “socialized medicine?” It’s good enough for our poor, our elderly, our military personnel and our veterans. Why shouldn’t minimum wage workers and small business people have access to the care they’re providing to retirees?

Cynthia, it’s a matter of priorities. Many people that “can’t afford” health insurance smoke and drink excessively, drive new cars and vacation annually.