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Thursday, August 20, 2009

I am just pissed today....

I have to be honest. I have not really been in the mood to write much. The Fall semester started so I have been kind of focusing on that. My PhyEd instructor is very nice and helpful. She is understanding of my situation and seems to truly want to help. That makes me feel good about that class.

Once again I have been disappointed by people. For the record, people suck. Strike that, I hate people. For every nice, honest, person I meet I seem to encounter 50 shit-for-brains. Why you might ask? I don't really feel like talking about it. Suffice it to say it got me to thinking.

What do you know about the ancient Roman Empire? Not the popular stuff but how the society was organized, the social and class structure, and all that stuff. Do some research. You might find yourself surprised to find out that our country, the USA in case there are non-American readers out there, is a lot like the old Roman state.

I do not want to go into a lot of detail, mainly because I just don't feel up to it, but take a close look at how the classes were broken down. The upper class consisted of the imperial family (ruler), the politicians, and the equestrians (the guys that ran the economy and had all the money). The lower class was everyone else. They used clothing as a definition of status, within all classes, and the ability to move from the lower to the upper class, while possible, was difficult at best and rarely happened.

I will leave it up to each of you to research the information for yourselves. The point I am trying to make is that this country is following the old Roman system so closely it is beyond scary. We know what happened to them. I guess we are going to allow this to happen to us.

All the bickering, name calling, heavy handedness, and what ever is fucking stupid and counter productive. When ever I turn on the news all I hear about is how the Democrats are pushing for Health Care Reform no matter what; the Republicans are against it because of a myriad of real and/or imagined reasons; the public that is speaking out are being called worthless and extremists, and so on. I am just sick and tired of it all.

I have gotten to the point that I hope the entire fucking thing melts down. I will pick up my shit and move to Ireland or Australia. Until this happens, I have a few words of wisdom to pass along.

To the politicians:
Sit down and shut up. Listen to what the people are saying. Address our concerns. The Republicans are spreading fear because they can. The Democrats are spreading lies because they can. All of you need to get a grip on reality, sit down with regular Americans, and figure out exactly what the problem really is. Obama says it's the Health Care system now so Pelosi, and her band of miscreants, tow the line and have said they will do whatever it takes to get his agenda passed. The Republicans are trying to stop it because it wasn't their idea and as such has no merit. Do we need Health Care/Insurance reform? You're god damned right we do, but not the way you want to do it. All you politicians are going to do is make a bad system worse.

To the people:
Sit down and shut up. Just because the person next to you doesn't hold the same opinion doesn't mean they are wrong, or a nazi, or a socialist, or whatever the fuck you want to call them tomorrow. On the other side of that coin, just because a person doesn't agree with the party in power at the moment doesn't mean they should be denied a voice. The backbone of this Republic is spelled out, primarily, in the Bill of Rights. In case you haven't read it, I would strongly suggest you do so. Until then you are merely a part of the problem and not the solution. Instead of yelling at someone about how bad the proposed system is then come up with an idea on how to improve it. As for the rest of you, just because a political party says it's the right thing, don't believe it. Do your own research before making a decision. Stop being a sheeple in the herd and stand on your own.

To the media:
Ok, just shut the fuck up. All of you are perpetuating lies, myth, and innuendo. Rarely do you present the entire story and thus no facts on which to base a reliable opinion. The liberal media shows Obama and the Democrats as near gods while the conservative media paints them as demons. You can see the same story on two different stations and you get two different themes. People like Maddow, Olbermann, Beck, Riley, and pretty much the rest of you are not doing anything to help. You continue to fan the flames of stupidity to help yourselves. Here is a novel concept for you all. Present HR3200 in a forum for discussion. Put together a panel consisting of politicians that are for and against it, industry experts from both viewpoints, and average Americans. Lets have an honest discussion about this bill. Lets get all the information out there for everyone to see.

The problem is, none of this will happen. No one uses common sense any more. We have crippled ourselves and we don't really give a shit. It's all circling the drain folks, and everyone of us pulled the handle.


Lisa Emrich said...

Applause, applause!!

Mike, I applaud your honesty and clarity. Bravo.

"Present HR3200 in a forum for discussion. Put together a panel consisting of politicians that are for and against it, industry experts from both viewpoints, and average Americans. Lets have an honest discussion about this bill. Lets get all the information out there for everyone to see."

I keep up with the discussion amongst the medical and health policy blogosphere. I stay away from the polarized, screaming, political speakers and media.

I have my personal opinions and thoughts based on what I've read (in the bill itself which is only 324 pages if you copy the print ready version into a word document with size 12 print) and the experiences I've had as a self-employed person with private individual insurance and more than two chronic illnesses.

Let me ask you. What are the issues you would like addressed which would make accessing your health care more effective and efficient? Although you are newly diagnosed, you've been through the toughest part of this journey and have probably learned much about how your insurance may help or hinder your care. How would your employment be affected by MS, insurance or healthcare?

I'd really like to hear more concrete opinions and examples from the chronic illness community.

Rae said...

WOW! You said a boat load there buddy and for the most part I agree with all of it. I too am tired of the lies and deceit on both sides. I wish there was an easy solution. The most that I can do is become self informed and write letters to my leaders in congress for what that is worth.

I have to keep reminding myself that in the end we still have a democracy, even though flawed. And at least we have the right to protest, argue, and voice an opinion.

I think in the long run that the there will be a compromise to this debacle. There is no way around it. Health care reform must happen. Too many uninsured people are affected, so some action has to be taken. It can't be ignored any longer.

I hope your day is brighter tomorrow and that the stress you are feeling does not affect your health. You did an excellent job expressing yourself in this post. I am glad you shared this.

Denver Refashionista said...

Mike I am pissed with you. My health is deteriorating and if I can't work I will lose my insurance. How am I going to pay to fight my disease. I am crying my eys out and I can't even see what I'm typing. I hurt so much...

Mike said...

Denver: I sent you a private email regarding your comments. This blog post was a venting of frustrations I have with all parties involved. Everyone is telling half truths, pointing fingers and being generally disingenuous. I look forward to your reply to my message.

Denver Refashionista said...

Mike, thanks for the email. I'm trying to make Lemonade but its has been a shitty week.

Love your blog and agree with your POV.