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Op-ed: Gary Blodgett is a nice guy, but… (by Peter Children)

Dr. Gary B. Blodgett with then-Governor Geroge W. Bush, 1988
Dr. Gary B. Blodgett with then-Governor George W. Bush, 1988

Gary Blodgett is a nice guy….really a genuinely nice guy…but in his piece in today’s Globe he’s putting you under the ether, and he’s done that same thing for years.

Listen; you do not have to have a medical degree to understand what you have and don’t have. First, either you have health insurance or you don’t.  That is an easy question.  What about a drug plan…again you either have a drug plan or you don’t.  That’s another easy question….you see this is easy.

If you’re under 26 you can stay on your parents insurance plan, under the new proposal; that equates to saving money.  Under your current plan, no pre-existing conditions are allowed…like breathing. Under the new plan they are allowed.  Under the new plan there is no doughnut hole; mine is $350.00 a year. As time passes more advantages for the public will emerge, that is for certain.

They say this is a tax; some say it’s a penalty; this is what I say.  If you smoke just one pack of cigarettes a day at an approximate cost of $5.00 a pack, that comes to $150.00 a month or around $1,800.00 a year. If you can come up with that five dollar bill each day then you can afford to kick in that same amount to help defray you own medical needs. It is not a tax and it is not a penalty, it’s a moral obligation to stop leaching off society.

This is about money and big insurance; nothing else. Today the insurance companies dictate what they will and what they will not pay for; under the new plan that will not happen.  Remember Ma Bell? She at one time owned all the telephones in the entire country. In effect you rented your phone from her….then one day, a day a lot like today, the government said, “you people have to dissolve this practice because in effect you are operating a monopoly.  The result was a lot of “baby bells,” or smaller independent companies that could be more competitive in pricing.  Now most phone plans allow you to talk all month to anywhere in the country regardless of time used for no more than thirty dollars a month.  I used to pay $1,800.00 a month, about $20,000.00 a year and I have the records to prove it.

This new insurance plan is in it’s infancy, it’s just trying to get a footing in this vast multi-billion dollar health care system that has been run much the same as Ma Bell ran her ship many years ago.  To make it easier to understand; think of big insurance in this country much the same as the Assad family in Syria.  Bashar Assad’s father was a brutal dictator who ran Syria with an iron fist for decades, until he died, now his son Bashar who in real life is a dentist, has been following his father’s footsteps, and he wants it to continue for his son as well.  Now tens of thousands are paying with their very lives for change which will rid this brutal dictatorship and make their life much better.  In this country we just vote for a better life, and this new healthcare plan will do just that, but it won’t happen overnight.

Big insurance in this country mirrors the Assad family in Syria; that should make it simple enough to understand without a lot of nine dollar words……

Peter Children

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