5/20: Letters to the Editor

In the 1984 movie Starman , extraterrestrial Jeff Bridges asks federal agent Charles Martin Smith, "Would you like to know what I find beautiful about your species? You are at your best when things are at their worst." As testament to the truthfulness of the statement are two recent articles in the Orlando Sentinel . Full Story
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United States

#1 May 19, 2009
Single payer healthcare system is Government Healthcare. Each year the Government will get more involved in the process, and Americans will end up with European style socalised medical care. Unless you have lived it, you can not imagine how bad it is.

People from Europe travel to America to get proper care, if they can afford the price of a ticket. People from America do not travel to Europe for care, unless it is for some wild, experimental treatment that won't work. Europe is 20 years behind America in proper treatment. You will hear people spout off statistics, but the truth is seriously ill patients from all over the globe travel to America.
thats life

Lakeland, FL

#2 May 19, 2009
I'm ticked off at idiots who abuse the carry-on rules on airplanes because they are too cheap to check baggage.

Yeah, but sometimes people just want to make sure their luggage ends up in the same location that they are flying into. After all, airlines are notorious for sending luggage to the wrong destination. I've experienced this personally. When you have one clearly marked tag on your bag(s) and some incompetent moron sends it (them) to the wrong destination, it's an aggravating
inconvenience.
Mike Thompson

Lindon, UT

#3 May 20, 2009
What amazes me is the Congress of the United States gets free medical treatment nationalized health insurance. medicare which I am on cost me around $90 per month Medicare is a national health insurance . I am very happy with the low copays. I can go to almost any doctor.
but there are those that dragged up the same Republican claptrap about you don't get the right to choose. go-ahead and continued to pay $900 $1,200 per month for junk medical coverage that will duck out at the first sign of a real problem. P.T. Barnum said it right. there is a sucker born every minute.
if you are against national health insurance you are the sucker of the week.
Brenda

Orlando, FL

#4 May 20, 2009
Hospital Executive Pay

This information comes at a bad time, Thursday Fl Hospital employees were told that instead of a 3% merit increase, we would only get top 1.5% and that it would also be pushed back to Sept, instead of June. The good news...Directors and above will not get a raise this year; however...nothing was said about bonuses. We shall see.
Brenda

Orlando, FL

#5 May 20, 2009
49% of Germans wages go to taxes.
Been There Done That

Winter Springs, FL

#6 May 20, 2009
If you think private health care is expensive, just wait till it is taken ove and administered by the Federal Government. Wait also till the day when you go to your nearby clinic and are diagnosed with an ailment that requires expensive aggressive treatment and are told as many are today in countries having NHS that you have been denied treatment "by the committee in you region".

Here are some nice pain pills, take them as prescribed, go home, set your affairs in order because you aren't qualified to receive that treatment.

That "whooshing sound" once talked about private business leaving America? That sound is the sound of all our doctors heading out to South and Central America, the Carribean, to be able to open and operate private medical clinics - to provide private care to all the Americans who will be flying out of the country to get first class surgery, tests and medicines denied to them here after the NHS takes over.
Rationalist

Fruitland Park, FL

#7 May 20, 2009
What torture is most reliable at providing is FALSE information. As those who've been through the SERE program will tell you, you'll say ANYTHING to get them to stop. Evidence is building that Bush/Cheney were trying to get "evidence" that Iraq was partly responsible for 9/11.
Been There Done That

Winter Springs, FL

#8 May 20, 2009
Mike Thompson wrote:
What amazes me is the Congress of the United States gets free medical treatment nationalized health insurance. medicare which I am on cost me around $90 per month Medicare is a national health insurance . I am very happy with the low co pays. I can go to almost any doctor.
but there are those that dragged up the same Republican claptrap about you don't get the right to choose. go-ahead and continued to pay $900 $1,200 per month for junk medical coverage that will duck out at the first sign of a real problem. P.T. Barnum said it right. there is a sucker born every minute.
if you are against national health insurance you are the sucker of the week.
Medicare and Medicaid are both predicted to run slap dab out of money in just a few years. We either have to drop it altogether then or greatly increase withholding taxes to prop it up for a few more years. With more and more retirees, and fewer and fewer workers, just how long can this bloated, overextended Ponzi scheme along with Social Security last? It is predicted it will soon be down to just 3 workers to support one SS recipient. Soon our young will be working not for themselves but to support the elderly.

There is NO FREE LUNCH. You are dipping into money other younger people are being strip searched for and having their pockets turned out so you have all those lovely low co-pays. Enjoy it while you can because it cannot and will not last.

In America we have people who provide and people who leech. We have people who pull the wagon, others who only sit in the wagon and complain about the direction and speed and bumpiness of the ride. You sound like the latter. A disgusting leech who feels they are entitled to everything and big government is the answer to every need.
Mike Thompson

Lindon, UT

#9 May 20, 2009
Hourly
Gross wage €22.66
Nett wage €14.74

Weekly
Gross wage €870.87
Nett wage €567.49

Monthly
Gross wage €3483.48
Nett wage €2269.96

Germany does not pay 49 percent tax above is the average weekly and monthly wage in Germany price in Euros. make the conversion to American money and ask the person standing next to you if they could work for that wage and get free medical. six weeks a year in vacation and a real cushy retirement.
Captain Kidd

Winter Springs, FL

#10 May 20, 2009
Brenda wrote:
49% of Germans wages go to taxes.
I think if you add up ALL the subtle ways Canada and the UK and other socialist centered modern day governments collect their money, you will find 65% of their citizen's earnings end up somehow, somewhere being taken to pay for all the so called "free services" these deluded fools think are the best thing since sliced white bread at the bakery. Add to that, the average citizen in these countries don't have the same standard of living we have here by far. They look at our single family homes on a nice landscaped lot and think that surely only a very rich, high paid government official must live there. They stand with tears in their eyes looking over a "Home Depot" or "Publix Supermarket" or any of a number of stores in our huge malls. They marvel at our wide interstate highways, parking garages, and wide open spaces where one drives for hundreds of miles. Don't give me that garbage about all the advantages they have over us. Get down on your knees and thank God above you live here and not there and that we still have the freedom to select the doctor and the hospital and the drug store and the treatments the doctor and not some committee chooses for you.
Waldo

United States

#11 May 20, 2009
Been There Done That wrote:
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Medicare and Medicaid are both predicted to run slap dab out of money in just a few years. We either have to drop it altogether then or greatly increase withholding taxes to prop it up for a few more years. With more and more retirees, and fewer and fewer workers, just how long can this bloated, overextended Ponzi scheme along with Social Security last? It is predicted it will soon be down to just 3 workers to support one SS recipient. Soon our young will be working not for themselves but to support the elderly.
There is NO FREE LUNCH. You are dipping into money other younger people are being strip searched for and having their pockets turned out so you have all those lovely low co-pays. Enjoy it while you can because it cannot and will not last.
In America we have people who provide and people who leech. We have people who pull the wagon, others who only sit in the wagon and complain about the direction and speed and bumpiness of the ride. You sound like the latter. A disgusting leech who feels they are entitled to everything and big government is the answer to every need.
So what do you propose? Cutting off Medicare? My parents worked and paid into the system. They put four kids through college so they could work and pay into the system. Now they are in their 80's and are in need of medical care they are using Medicare. So they are leeches? I don't understand the anger.
Vlad the Impaler

Winter Springs, FL

#12 May 20, 2009
As usual, the Sentinel won't put comment windows on every article online as they should, i assume out of either bias or laziness. I wanted to make a comment about the recent Credit Card bill passed allegedly to help the consumer. They won't take effect for nine months. What do you think the Credit Card companies will be doing between now the effective date of this useless piece of legislation ? Doing everything to everyone they can that will be prohibited in nine months. Once again, we're the laughing stock of the world. Everyone knows the lawmakers were paid off handsomely to give them this interval to put the screws to all existing card holders before the law takes effect.
Vlad the Impaler

Winter Springs, FL

#13 May 20, 2009
Waldo wrote:
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So what do you propose? Cutting off Medicare? My parents worked and paid into the system. They put four kids through college so they could work and pay into the system. Now they are in their 80's and are in need of medical care they are using Medicare. So they are leeches? I don't understand the anger.
I believe the person who made that comment was trying to imply that Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security was not designed to be taken advantage of by people who otherwise had been proactive, saved, invested, took risks, achieved, made the corect choices and now had ample means to provide for themselves? Just my impression. Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security ought to be the "last resort" for truly means tested poor people.
Realtime

Ocala, FL

#14 May 20, 2009
Waldo wrote:
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So what do you propose? Cutting off Medicare? My parents worked and paid into the system. They put four kids through college so they could work and pay into the system. Now they are in their 80's and are in need of medical care they are using Medicare. So they are leeches? I don't understand the anger.
I didn't sense any anger Waldo just the frustration of coming to grips with a lopsided system. The nationally elected and appointed have known for 50 years that this day was coming and took exactly no corrective steps.
Waldo

United States

#15 May 20, 2009
Vlad the Impaler wrote:
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I believe the person who made that comment was trying to imply that Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security was not designed to be taken advantage of by people who otherwise had been proactive, saved, invested, took risks, achieved, made the corect choices and now had ample means to provide for themselves? Just my impression. Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security ought to be the "last resort" for truly means tested poor people.
After paying into the fund for thirty plus years, having a pension and a retirement account and making correct choices, I have to pay only for those who did not plan for their retirement? It is only for "poor" people? My parents are both in their 80's. My husband's parents are both in their 80's. I don't know if they planned to live that long or how much longer they plan on living. Aren't they entitled to health care that they have paid into all their working lives? My husband's father was a corporate lawyer. He has funds he could use for health care but why should he after he has paid into the system? Also most retirement plans take into account what the retiree will get from social security as well as the health care that will be added from Medicare after age 65. Most don't like to think about little things like prostate cancer, skin cancer, heart surgery, arthritis, back surgery, strokes and all those problems that come with old age.(all problems our parents have had that cost quite a bit for treatment.) So only the "poor" people should get treatment while the ones who have planned on getting sick should be willing to foot their own bill?
MikeP

Orlando, FL

#16 May 20, 2009
wow .. enforce the laws already on the books. Now there's a novel ideal which can be sad about more than just immigration laws.
Realtime

Ocala, FL

#17 May 20, 2009
Waldo wrote:
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After paying into the fund for thirty plus years, having a pension and a retirement account and making correct choices, I have to pay only for those who did not plan for their retirement? It is only for "poor" people? My parents are both in their 80's. My husband's parents are both in their 80's. I don't know if they planned to live that long or how much longer they plan on living. Aren't they entitled to health care that they have paid into all their working lives? My husband's father was a corporate lawyer. He has funds he could use for health care but why should he after he has paid into the system? Also most retirement plans take into account what the retiree will get from social security as well as the health care that will be added from Medicare after age 65. Most don't like to think about little things like prostate cancer, skin cancer, heart surgery, arthritis, back surgery, strokes and all those problems that come with old age.(all problems our parents have had that cost quite a bit for treatment.) So only the "poor" people should get treatment while the ones who have planned on getting sick should be willing to foot their own bill?
As my father said, "a deal is a deal." The problem of course is that many have found ways to take "their deal" to the extreme. Surgery for sinusitis becomes a face lift, knee replacement becomes hip replacement and let's not even go near ED among 75 year olds or those little scooters that end up parked out in garage covered in dust.

Perhaps you've noticed TV commercials that explain the various joys that can be found in little pills which are designed to send folks running to their doctors for more info and perhaps a prescription. WE as in you and I are paying for those doctor visits and those prescriptions__treating heart disease, cancer, etc. is one thing but treating healthy people for the discomforts associated with aging is quite another and we're spending billions of dollars doing just that.
Waldo

United States

#18 May 20, 2009
Realtime wrote:
<quoted text>As my father said, "a deal is a deal." The problem of course is that many have found ways to take "their deal" to the extreme. Surgery for sinusitis becomes a face lift,**** replacement becomes hip replacement and let's not even go near ED among 75 year olds or those little scooters that end up parked out in garage covered in dust.
Perhaps you've noticed TV commercials that explain the various joys that can be found in little pills which are designed to send folks running to their doctors for more info and perhaps a prescription. WE as in you and I are paying for those doctor visits and those prescriptions__treating heart disease, cancer, etc. is one thing but treating healthy people for the discomforts associated with aging is quite another and we're spending billions of dollars doing just that.
I will assume you were not swearing and meant to say a k n e e replacement becomes a hip replacement? My mom had a k n e e replacement and you can bet it was no picnic, not cosmetic surgery at all. In fact she blew out her joint when she was doing a stress test for her heart so at least she was in the hospital when it happened. My dad had a partial hip replacement. He hobbled along for a couple of weeks limping thinking he had just bruised his hip when he fell. Finally after going to the doctor it turned out he had broken his hip. Again, not a fun surgery and a long recovery. Are you saying they were leeching on the system? Does Medicare cover Viagra or the other ED medicines? If they do they shouldn't. As far as mobility scooters, I wish my parents would get them but they won't. A matter of pride.

As far as the discomforts of old age, so you think they should just suck it up and live in pain? Yes, if an Advil will work to control the pain, fine but in many cases it needs to be stronger. It should be between them and their doctor, although I will admit that sometimes doctors order extra tests maybe just because they are fully insured and it is covered. Dad just had a MRI because he had a stiff neck. By the time he went to the appointment his neck was better. By the time he went to the doctor for the results the doc just told him to take an Advil when it hurts. I thought the MRI was a bit too much for a pain in the neck but who am I to question the doctor?(I bit my tongue and took him even though I thought it was unneeded. I don't have a medical degree.)
Realtime

Ocala, FL

#19 May 20, 2009
Waldo wrote:
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I will assume you were not swearing and meant to say a k n e e replacement becomes a hip replacement? My mom had a k n e e replacement and you can bet it was no picnic, not cosmetic surgery at all. In fact she blew out her joint when she was doing a stress test for her heart so at least she was in the hospital when it happened. My dad had a partial hip replacement. He hobbled along for a couple of weeks limping thinking he had just bruised his hip when he fell. Finally after going to the doctor it turned out he had broken his hip. Again, not a fun surgery and a long recovery. Are you saying they were leeching on the system? Does Medicare cover Viagra or the other ED medicines? If they do they shouldn't. As far as mobility scooters, I wish my parents would get them but they won't. A matter of pride.
As far as the discomforts of old age, so you think they should just suck it up and live in pain? Yes, if an Advil will work to control the pain, fine but in many cases it needs to be stronger. It should be between them and their doctor, although I will admit that sometimes doctors order extra tests maybe just because they are fully insured and it is covered. Dad just had a MRI because he had a stiff neck. By the time he went to the appointment his neck was better. By the time he went to the doctor for the results the doc just told him to take an Advil when it hurts. I thought the MRI was a bit too much for a pain in the neck but who am I to question the doctor?(I bit my tongue and took him even though I thought it was unneeded. I don't have a medical degree.)
You don't need a medical degree to see what's going on and it's not a terrific idea to consider all of the aged and aging to be "just like" your own parents.

BTW a MRI for a stiff neck is overkill by any measure__but legal of course under the terms of MediCare as are those pesky referral fees which account for a billion or three per year in absolute waste.

Waldo, have you been to a dentist lately? If so please explain that visit in comparison to visiting a family physician for say, an earache.
Waldo

United States

#20 May 20, 2009
Realtime wrote:
<quoted text>You don't need a medical degree to see what's going on and it's not a terrific idea to consider all of the aged and aging to be "just like" your own parents.
BTW a MRI for a stiff neck is overkill by any measure__but legal of course under the terms of MediCare as are those pesky referral fees which account for a billion or three per year in absolute waste.
Waldo, have you been to a dentist lately? If so please explain that visit in comparison to visiting a family physician for say, an earache.
That is what I also suspected when Dad's doc sent him for the MRI. I even had him ask the Dr. if he really needed it after his neck started feeling better but of course the Dr. said yes. It seemed like a waste of time and money to me but people (not just older people either) seem to think that their doctor knows best.

And I don't think all elderly folks are just like my parents. But in general they do have lots of aches and pains, more in their 80's than in their 70's.

I am not sure what the doctor vs. dentist comparison is about. My dentist is rather busy and I have to make appointments pretty far in advance if I want to get in. If I had a reason to go to the doctor I would call and suffer through his long message about if this is an emergency hang up and call 911 and all the other crap before it will finally ring through. Once when I did have a problem I ended up just showing up at the office so I could talk to a human and show them what the problem was.(It was hard to explain over the phone and I won't even attempt to describe it in this forum) Then they gave me an appointment to see the doctor the next day. Then I went in on my appointment day and waited, and waited. Finally ended up seeing not the doctor but the physician's assistant and he helped me with my problem just fine. What were you looking for with the question?

BTW I really don't like either doctors or dentists. Try to avoid them as much as possible.

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