From the Soldier side: I want to thank everybody who gave a little input on what they had for medical coverage. I guess I am spoiled.
When I was growing up, my dad was in the Air Force...so we had totally free medical care. Then I went into the Army when I was 18...and again...free medical care.
But then I got out and went to college. ( I figured I needed some smarten' up...not sure a degree did much good.)
Then I got into police work...and, depending on which police department I was working for...the department provided medical coverage. For most of the last 20 plus years, I was on the contract bargaining team. My point of view was that we should always maintain medical coverage for employees with a family... that was my standard. How much did I think the employee should pay? Not a dime. Remember my up bringing...Free Medical Care.
Some departments in our area pay a little more on the salary side, but the employees with families have to pay a lot out of pocket for the medical.
When I first heard that the newest President was going to provide medical coverage for everyone...I thought it was a pretty good idea. But as I heard more and more confusing versions of how it would be done. I got totally confused. I "googled" the heck out of the topic and I'm still confused. The problem is: Any time politicians get involved in a good idea, they change it around until it's a mess.
I say keep it simple. If you are a citizen of this country, you should be allowed to have some kind of medical coverage. If you work, go to school full time, are (really) disabled, you'd get some kind of plan that is cheap enough to afford. If you are a bum, drug addict POS, you came here illegally to commit crimes etc, you get nothing. If you are retired, you'd get a plan that you could afford. If you served in the military in a war zone, you'd get free medical coverage while going to school /or until you found a new job. The Federal Government waste more money in a week than this would cost for a year.
My employer pays up to about $1,200 a month for employees with a family. I can get "Tri Care" through the National Guard for about $200 a month--- and the coverage is about the same. Why is that?
The politicians are just screwing a simple thing.
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