I went to my general practioner this morning for my yearly check- up, and he and I discussed what would be happening with my healthcare in a couple of years when I turn sixty-five. He said I need to make some decisions next year and not wait until I’m already on Medicare to think about finding another physician, should that be the way I want to go. You see, there are two problems here: He does not accept Medicare, so I would have to pay out-of-pocket, and it’s nearly impossible to be accepted as a new patient once you’re on Medicare. Doctors are losing money on Medicare patients because the government keeps cutting the payments.
I’ve heard many people complain about Obama’s universal healthcare plan. Those who seem to criticize it the loudest are the people who have guaranteed-for-life plans, people like those who’ve been in government for awhile, people who have put their twenty years into working for a municipality or have served in the military. They like things just the way they are because, even when they are eligible for Medicare, their years of employment in those various professions give them a supplemental policy that allows them to keep their same doctors. I understand that, and I wouldn’t want to chance losing that benefit if universal healthcare changed the coverage.
But what about the rest of us? We who have worked just as hard for just as many years, some with dangerous jobs. We’ve paid into Medicare, too. We are no less deserving, yet we will not benefit equally. I have no problem with people wanting to abolish Obamacare. What I have a huge problem with is not having something else to put in its place. I’d rather have an imperfect plan than no plan at all, which is what we’ve had for decades. I’ll tell you what. Just give me the same health plan as those people, like our congressmen and senators, who continually vote down any measure that seeks to see that everyone in this country has adequate coverage and won’t have to lose their life savings if they become ill. I’d be happy with that, and I promise I’ll shut up.