Very Healthy Health Care

I suppose the hottest of hot button issues these days is the subject of health care. How can and how should it be reformed or fixed, who has it, who needs it, who should get it,etc. It is by no means a simple topic or a  small one(1/6 of the US economy) and it has an impact on all of us, in one way or another. Such issues tend to provoke lots of responses, not all informed, and are extraordinarily difficult things on which to reach a consensus.

We all have our own perspectives and track records from which to view the issue so in the interest of disclosure, a brief description of mine. I have what I consider to be  aquite good health plan through my employer. By paying a bit more, I could have a very good health plan. Just a few short years ago, I was without health care of any kind due to a job loss on my part and my resulting re-employment being part-time. Prior to that, I had a good health care plan from my employer of 20+ years.

Today, I read an interesting article in the Raleigh News&Observer  as part of their series on health care. The series is talking about some of the issues I alluded to at the onset:what works, what does not and what should be  done to fix it. Today’s article was by Matt Ehlers and focused on the health care plan provided by Cary,NC based SAS company,a relatively young(founded in 1976) but successful software company.

The company is headquartered in Cary, where some 4200 employees are based. They built an on-site health clinic to serve employees and their dependents. It serves both the company andits employees well, providing accessible low cost care as well as helpling to recruit and retain valued employees.The company has a unique program that would not work everyehrere, of course, but works for them. A company spokesman says it is good business and there is not  a thing wrong with that. It represents  part of the cafeteria of health care choices that exist. The traditional plan of having private insurance through an employer continues to decline to about 2/3 of those under 65.

SO, what does the SAS approach contribute to the great debate? Just one of many options to provide coverage to those who need it. I sort of wanted to avoid this next question since I am not sure of my answer. Do all  people need health care? Yes,of course, at some point, we all do. Is it a right to have universal coverage and/or a government responsibility to fulfill that right?

I just don’t know. Are the Democrats correct in saying people are dying because of the lack of said coverage? Perhaps but who knows how many. Lifestyle choices; what we eat/drink, whether we exercise or not, family histories;all these and more are bigger causes of death.

Back to our elephant in the room question (bad analogy  there I guess), universal health care coverage . An employees of the afore mentioned SAS may have captured the conundrum  best. He thinks people need health care options but that any new plan does not act to the detriment of existing plans that work.

He hopes there is  a balance but does not think there is a simple answer. This on a day when the President made comments in favor of his plan surrounded by physicians from across the country, some 150 of them, from all 50 states, garbed in the traditional white coats of their profession.According to the Associated Press he broke no new ground. But he said something that  intrigued me . I will just tos it out with a brief comment. He said his plan would provide more time for health care professionals to provide healing as well as preventative care. That I surely applaud, but would that not require many more physicians than  we know have? From whence will they come?


October 5, 2009 - Posted by | Culture, Health | , , , , , , , ,


  1. Tarheeltalker: Do all people need health care? Yes,of course, at some point, we all do.

    Goodtimepolitics: I agree with your statement above, but I feel it should be left up to a person desision where to take a gamble to buying insurance or not instead of the government dictating!
    My mother passed at the age of 92 and only went to a hospital ONCE in her lifetime so tell me which would have been more expensive paying for health insurance for 92 years or not? The problem with our health insurance today is people go to the doctor for a hang nail, and once you go to the doctor he wants to see you again and again every one to three months…why? To make money of course!

    Insurance is a gamble for the insurance company and for the person which is what it was meant to be, same as wage insurance, fire insurance or accident insurance, will the government one day dictate to the people that we have to buy all these other insurances?


    Comment by goodtimepolitics | October 5, 2009 | Reply

  2. Interesting point about the government dictating which i believe that they will do, sooner or later. My late father always hated being told he had to have car insurance or homeowner;s insurance. He did not like the government dictating to him.
    By the way, hope you age like your mother-lol

    Comment by Tarheeltalker | October 5, 2009 | Reply

  3. I have along ways to go Tarheeltalker to live a life like my mother. My father passed at the age of around 90 and NEVER was in the hospital or needed a doctor, he passed in 1953. A liitle hard work from sun up til sun down, six days a week and no welfare checks kept them both healthy I would say! 🙂

    What you think about this?
    The federal government is launching a multimillion-dollar investment in plastic slides and monkey bars by using federal stimulus funds to build playgrounds nationwide.

    Many of the playgrounds are being installed on the latest type of rubberized surfaces, funded by the $787 billion stimulus law.

    While allowing seniors and low income to go cold this winter when Obama could be helping to insulate their older homes to hold out the cold and keep the heat in! On top of cuting medicare! Can anyone and I say anyone show me any proof that Obama cares about the seniors and low income in America?


    Comment by goodtimepolitics | October 6, 2009 | Reply

  4. Of course, it is good, it’s for the children.

    Comment by Tarheeltalker | October 6, 2009 | Reply

  5. I guess that since Obama wants children to stay in school longer during the summer months that they will need something to play on……instead of book reading with those extra school days. Why didn’t he suggest less teacher days off which is now quite a few?

    Comment by goodtimepolitics | October 6, 2009 | Reply

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