I'm all for a government run by the people, provided the people use their brains a little

I don't really feel like I have anything terribly novel to say about the Massachusetts health insurance bill.

I do have some thoughts on the commentary coming across from various blogs on my RSS feed reader though:

1. Why have so many of you people never heard of MassHealth? People are acting like providing healthcare to people with disabilities and/or with low incomes is some brand new thing and is going to make taxes skyrocket. We're already paying for the healthcare of people who are unemployed and/or have disabilities, as we should be. We're also paying for the healthcare of people who work at McDonald's and Dunkin Donuts and aren't offered insurance through their employers. Those who choose to patronize these establishments are further enabling these employers to abuse their employees.

2. Why are so many political and financial people with absolutely no knowledge of the healthcare system purporting to be experts, yet ignoring major issues pertaining to healthcare? Sure, those of us who provide healthcare are biased toward being, uh, pro-healthcare. I'll acknowledge this. However, we also have certain things in mind that career politicians and people who run hardcore libertarian websites don't. For instance, we know that if your upper-middle-class child sustains a brain injury from an accident or illness and develops a severe disability, your anarchist ass will no longer be able to say, "I provide for my own family, just like everyone should," because your child will now have several million dollars per year in medical bills, rehabilitation bills, and therapeutic school tuition, most of which the state picks up after your private insurance cuts you off or after you go bankrupt because you only considered the possibility of routine medical concerns when you opted to self-insure.

EDIT: Jodie provides this link, into which one can enter information about a household and see if anyone qualifies for MassHealth. As she points out, it's often surprising who qualifies.


3 comments:

Jodie said...

Just thought I'd pass this link along. It lets you put in certain variables to determine if you might be elegible for MassHealth. People would be surprised at who may be elegible.

EEK said...

"Why are so many political and financial people with absolutely no knowledge of the healthcare system purporting to be experts, yet ignoring major issues pertaining to healthcare?"

Because this is America, and the less people know the more inclined they are to loudly proclaim they know it.

I was recently involved with a discussion with a bunch of people who were convinced a certain study was biased. They had no knowledge of polling, and no background to suggest they should have such knowledge, and even after I pointed out the survey was scientific and why it was they continued to argue it was biased.

Tim said...

I would just like to mention that getting MassHealth is no picnic-- I qualify, and I have now been in the process for two months, and was just informed that I would be notified within 90 days. Meanwhile, I am insurance-less, and paying through the ass for medications that I can't be without. Yay, America.