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Before beginning any discussion about Health Care, I would first ask
1) If the person currently has health insurance coverage......and
2) What is the monthly/yearly cost of their health insurance coverage to either themselves or their employer...and
3) If their insurance premium is fully or partially paid by their employer...could they afford to fully pay these premiums on an individual basis?
Then and only then should the debate continue. As an employer that pays health insurance premiums for their employees, I can assure you that we know the expense of health insurance premiums to us and to our employees. And we make sure that we explain the cost of this insurance to our employees annually. For the last 2 years we have not given annual raises, but explain to our employees that the annual increase in health insurance has basically taken their raises out of their pockets. They do value their insurance, but I’m sure they would also like to see their salary increased too. Before any salary increases are figured, we will most likely change our health care plan to higher deductible, etc. to account for the increased insurance rates in 2011.
Woulda person rather pay for health care or would he rather be sued by a hospital or live on the streete
With all this discussion about repealing health care, why not offer the same healthcare, that our congressional leaders and other federal employees enjoy, to the general public? I'd gladly pay my fair share.