Wednesday, July 11, 2012

I am just saying...

This has already been on Facebook and Michelle Lee has jumped in on my mini-rant and mademe decide it was blog worthy.

1. Who would you rather work for? Someone with a lot of money to pay you with or someone without any much money to pay you with?

2. If God HIMSELF only requires 10% why does the government take so much more?

3. And if you pay 10% of 2 million dollars in taxes isn't that by definition MORE than 10% of 20K dollars or 200K dollars?

4.And wouldn't you rather have your healthcare run by an entity that runs more like Apple than like the DMV?

I am just saying...

Here's the discussion so far. PLEASE JOIN IN!

Michelle Lee
Okay, I''l try and answer your questions, but I'm not sure what they relate to:
1. Of course, someone with a lot of money to pay me.
2. I'll skip that one due to the separation of church and state, plus God isn't going to offer me healthcare any time soon.
3. If there were a flat tax, then that would make sense, but there isn't a flat tax. It's a slide rule tax and sadly, the large corporations are not only paying $0 in taxes, but they are getting refunds while the middle class pay @35%.
EXXON - 2009 profits $37.3 Billion (with a B). U.S. Taxes paid $0, U.S. Refunds received $156 Million
BofA - 2009 profits $4.4 Billion. U.S. Taxes paid $0, Refund $1.9 Billion (yes, another B), United States Bailout Money $1 Trillion (this time it's a Tr)
GE - 2010 profits $14 Billion. Credit - $3 Billion. 2001 - 2010 cut 20% of U.S. jobs.
4. I'm curious about what entity runs healthcare like Apple (my assumption is the DMV reference is a slight on government). I've had Kaiser my whole life and if there ever was a company that ran as far from the way Apple runs as possible, Kaiser would be it.
The insurance administrators came up with a 20 and 10 minute appointment window (doctors can see more patients in a day and HMOs don't have to hire more doctors), during which time you are expected to have a full diagnosis of your illness. If the doctor cannot do that, they refer you to a specialist who can give you more time. Of course it takes forever to get an appointment with them, because so many other doctors are referring their patients as well...unless you are on your deathbed. If that's the case, they can squeeze you in. Because, of course, a dead patient is no longer a paying patient. Can't have a loss of revenue.

My response:
1.:-) The government has a split personality in regards to big business. As you point out in item #3 they bailout and refund and taxes can be avoided. On the other hand. They are making it seem like by definition if you make a lot of money you are ONLY doing it at the expense of those with less. There actually are some benefits to making enough money to provide lots of people with high paying jobs.
2. This part is just aimed at government in general. They try to put themselves in God's place in our lives. They pretend that they are the answer for all our problems. That isn't there job. Big government causes more problems. And they are fiscally irresponsible. They just keep demanding more and more money to do things they really need not be doing.
3. I believe a flat tax is the way to go. And referring back to item #2 it should be no more than 10%. Everything we have comes from God and He only requires 10% back. If the government only did what they really need to do. Legislate and protect are really the primary functions our constitutional government should provide. Most of what they have stuck their hands into the Founding Father;s had no intent of being done by government. The government is not a provider. Corporate taxes should be %10 and they should be required to pay them. Bailouts and refunds need to not happen.
4.I am not saying the HMO's are good. I am saying the government would be even worse. And if the taxes and regulations were more sane I bet the HMO's would do a better job of providing care. And don't even get me started on the litigious nature of our current way of life. We do need legal recourse but the insane number of frivolous lawsuits in our nation do not help. The government just does way too much way too inefficiently.  It doesn't help the tax payer, the corporation, the HMO, the nation or even the government itself. WASHINGTON, SACRAMENTO et al need to go on a serious diet!

Regarding healthcare, I read this today.

8 of Every 10 Doctors Thinking of Quitting Because of Obamacare

The Doctor Patient Medical Association conducted a survey of doctors across the country. The survey took place from April 18 through May 22 of this year and was conducted on line and by fax. Of the 30,000 fax numbers of doctors in active clinical practices, 16,227 doctors successfully received the faxed survey. Of these, only 699 physicians completed the survey either by fax or going on line.The results of those that responded indicated an overwhelming belief that Obamacare will be a complete disaster and that many of them are seriously considering leaving their medical practices because of it. Here are some of the statistics gathered from the survey:
  • 90% say the medical system is on the WRONG TRACK
  • 83% say they are thinking about QUITTING
  • 61% say the system challenges their ETHICS
  • 85% say the patient-physician relationship is in a TAILSPIN
  • 65% say GOVERNMENT INVOLVEMENT is most to blame for current problems
  • 72% say individual insurance mandate will NOT result in improved access care
  • 49% say they will STOP accepting Medicaid patients
  • 74% say they will STOP ACCEPTING Medicare patients, or leave Medicare completely
  • 52% say they would rather treat some Medicaid/Medicare patient for FREE
  • 57% give the AMA a FAILING GRADE representing them
  • 1 out of 3 doctors is HESITANT to voice their opinion
  • 2 out of 3 say they are JUST SQUEAKING BY OR IN THE RED financially
  • 95% say private practice is losing out to CORPORATE MEDICINE
  • 80% say DOCTORS/MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS are most likely to help solve things
  • 70% say REDUCING GOVERNMENT would be single best fix.

When you combine all of the responses from the doctors that took time to fill out the survey, it says that they want the government out of medical profession and that Obamacare will not work.  Therefore, 83% say that they are thinking about quitting their medical practices.  They don’t want to be told by the government how to treat their patients and they don’t want to have to wade through mountains of paperwork the government will require.
Three quarters of them say that they will stop taking Medicaid patients because of Obamacare.  The program, supported by the U.S. Supreme Court calls for extending the number of people that will fall under Medicaid coverage, but if 3 of every 4 doctors quit accepting Medicaid patients, it won’t matter how much the coverage is extended as there won’t be any doctors to treat them.
It also shows that the majority of doctors in private practices are barely surviving financially and that they feel that under all of the demands and restrictions of Obamacare that there is no way for them to avoid losing money.  This is the reason so many of them are considering the option of walking away from their practices.
If this survey is any indication of what is coming with the implementation of Obamacare, it spells out the complete collapse of the medical industry in America.  The only places where anyone will be able to receive treatment will be in corporate medical facilities, which means longer waiting to get in to see the doctor and longer waiting for any testing, surgeries and or other procedures.

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1 comment:

  1. All I want to say, which has nothing to do with the questions you asked, is that I had Kaiser for 26 years, until we moved to Utah. With just two exceptions (one with a billing issue and one with scheduling multiple ultrasounds) I had EXCELLENT care and an AMAZING experience. I would return to Kaiser in a heartbeat if I could and have never had more problems with billing and insurance woes than we have had since leaving Kaiser's care. I don't exactly know how Apple runs their company but Kaiser is NO DMV. And not once did I experience a doctor rushing me through to get to their next patient.


Please keep it civil. Disagreement does not have to be disagreeable. Thank you so much! I look forward to your input!