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As someone who's 52 years-old, I don't mind telling you that I'm genuinely fearful of what the Republicans might try in order to get the debt-ceiling raised in a couple of months. They've already talked about eliminating the Medicare guarantee and throwing older people into the ruthless private-insurance market -- as if private insurers would be interested in taking on sick people in their 70s and 80s. (That's obviously why we needed Medicare in the first place back in 1965.)

 

My father, who's 87, spent six days in the hospital last November, and the hospital bill alone was over $67,000. That amount did not include any doctors' fees nor charges for medicines. And Dad had no operations and was in Intensive Care only 24 hours. Medicare paid for everything. But I can easily see how a month's hospitalization could literally bankrupt a millionaire without Medicare. Personally, I'm for a single-payer system covering every American citizen and legal immigrant regardless of age. I think that Alan Grayson was right when he said that "the Republican plan for health care is: Don't get sick."

 

David Mills

Author of "Atheist Universe" (the book)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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//"Personally, I'm for a single-payer system covering every American citizen and legal immigrant regardless of age."//

 

OH I SO SO AGREE!!! 

I could not agree more, the current health care system in USA, is abysmal.  Yes, it will be slightly better once the health care reform is put into effect.  (very little of it is in effect yet.)

Your father's story is so common, even for those who are insured, but not with medicare, the deductibles and "uncovered" items, can bankrupt a person....and lifetime limits (now eradicated in new heatlh care bill) on many insurance plans, were easily reached by anyone with one round of serious illness....

 

btw---WOW, you are THE David Mills!!???   wow!!  Awesome!!

 

I think dems missed a great opportunity with the health care reform bill of 2008, when they referred to "Single Payor" <----no one knew what that meant.  If they had labelled it, "Medicare for All" it would have been very understandable.   The marketting on that bill was fiasco, the rightwing totally OWNED that debate, i don't recall ever having seen such rampant myths become so widespread...so quickly... 

 

BUT there WAS a lot of money funding the spread of the "death panels" myth, and all the other nonsense people THOUGHT were in that reform bill.

I totally agree with the single payer system too, and I'm disappointed we couldn't even get a public option in the Obama plan.

 

What's your book about, David? I may like to read it, I already like the title :-)

adriana........ David's book is a MUST read!!  It's one of my top 3 favorite atheist books; imo, it's fabulous! :)

 

Great, thanks for the recommendation, I just looked it up, I'll get it for my e-reader. My queue of books is never ending at this point.

 

Good to have you here, David!

David, we're in the process of setting up a bookstore and you're in there =)

I'm absolutely speechless when I think of the luck I have being Quebecois... In the US I'd probably be long dead and my children's children would still pay for me - I needed 2 months of IC.

We have a PDF like embedded version of the book Atheist Universe here http://atheistuniverse.net/page/david-mills-atheist-universe

I have also bought a copy of the real book = real books are still easier to read and carry around.

I miss Grayson, he was fun. I think the end of that statement paraphrased was "and if you do get sick, die quickly."

 

I enjoyed his excitement.

Grayson, only a rookie,

 WAS fun, so so passionate, very unafraid (odd for lefty politicians..)

 

his 'style' of debate is so popular and rampant on the right, but, get a leftie with that passion, bam, they are nutters, and outa there....

 

*sigh*

Duh! I'll be in Ft.Wayne next week. How about fresh ones.
I lived in Greece for a year.They had government healthcare that was affordable and easily available. We're told we live in the greatest country in the world, then why do we have one of the most expensive systems with so many people who have no affordable coverage. Why are American made medications cheaper in other count.
I lived in Italy for 4 years, had a baby there, and I also had a toddler. Healthcare was free, government regulated. The pediatrician came to our home to see the kids if they had a fever! No taking feverish screaming out of the house on cold winter days! And I delivered a baby for free! No hospital cost whatsoever. In America, they say that is not possible; why is that? Italian doctors were NOT poor. They dupe us into believing our way is the best way, the only way; we never look into other countries to see how other people do it.
Have you seen the documentary "Sicko"? It is eye opening.

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