I have never seen an issue in the US that incites such strong feelings in so many people.
Even when protesting the Viet Nam war and having 'the nation up in arms' there was not so much passion, nor so much vitriol, about a subject.
And so much of it unreasonable, un-knowledgeable and un-based in fact.
I make that statement, not because I know so much, but with so many people making so many statements from so very many different positions, most of them having no relationship to one another…..
They simply can't all be right nor all be based on the facts.
Someone has to be wrong…..
Trust me on this…. I may not know Health Care Reform, but I do know logic.
They all may be partly right, but, equally likely, they all may be, at least, partly wrong.
In my unofficial survey here is what I have been told in first=hand conversations:
A small business owner had to drop their insurance when his wife either left or lost her employment (I didn't ask) and they had to start paying the (COBRA) premiums. The amount for the two of them was over 1600.00 per month – more than twice his mortgage payment.
I asked the opinion of two health-care providers – I'll paraphrase:
One said: 'Anything run by the government is bound to fail'.
The other said: If you just have a small complaint, like a sore shoulder, you'll never get in to see your doctor. They'll be too busy taking care of these sick people and emergencies, and I should be able to see my doctor whenever I want. And the old people are going to die because they won't do all the life support anymore.
(My opinion inserted here: The doctors should be seeing rich people with sore shoulders rather than actually sick poor people? Why didn't I think of that?)
And this is my favorite: 'When I go to the doctor, why don't I sign a form affirming the services provided me? In no other business are the bills issued (to the HMO/PPO/Medicare) without proof that the services were provided. The doctor/nurse fills out the form, but the patient doesn't sign and verify. If the doc says he gave me 2 shots and I only got one… He gets paid and I never know.'
I also have had many people ask about the health care in France…. And for those of you who want to jump on me, I have answered truthfully: It's not perfect; it has it's problems. Any system will; but, let me leave you with this quote from the book my sil is reading, "The Healing of America", by T.R. Reid:
"When the World Health Organization rated the national health care systems of 191 countries in terms of "fairness", the United States ranked fifty-fourth. That put us slightly ahead of Chad and Rwanda but just behind Bangladesh and the Maldives. How is it that all the other industrialized democracies provide health care for everyone at a reasonable cost, something the United States has never managed to do?"
The book is not about Health Care Reform, but the author's quest to discover a health care system that works. He researches the systems of France, Germany, the U.K, Canada and Japan. I haven't, but I'm going to, read it. (see side bar link for more info).
I never could learn when to stop…. But, I will now. This is the last of my Health Care Reform posts. And, it may have been two too many….. There you have it!
I shall now start 'minding my spoon'.
Got time for one more barbecue?
Barbecued Shrimp (Prawns)
Shrimp cook very quickly on the barbecue grill so be careful not to overcook, lest they be dry. They should just curl and be opaque. The marinade helps retain moisture. We cook them on a silicone grill mat, but a mesh pan will work, as well. You just don't want them falling into the fire. If you don't have a pan, put them on skewers, like a kebab; it will be easier to turn them, also.
12oz (250gr) large shrimp (prawns)
3 cloves garlic
2 tbs olive oil
1/4 cup ketchup
1 tbs soy sauce
1 tbs balsamic wine vinegar
1 tbs molasses optional
1/2 tsp dry mustard
Clean shrimp if needed, if not just rinse and let drain. Finely mince garlic and add to olive oil in medium bowl. Add shrimp and toss to coat. Set aside until ready to cook. Mix ketchup soy sauce, vinegar, molasses and mustard, whisking well to combine. Just before cooking add about half of the basting sauce to shrimp and toss well. To cook on barbecue either put shrimp on skewers or cook in perforated grill pan. To cook on stove add a little olive oil to a large frying pan and sauté over medium-high heat for 3-5 minutes – until shrimp curl and turn opaque. When done, remove from heat, toss with remaining sauce and serve.
Maybe I'll do religion next….. Or not…..
More sunflowers anyone?