What is world coming to

Voice Card  -  Volume 33  -  Roger Card Number 3  -  Mon, Oct 31, 1994 4:13 PM

By the title, you could tell that I am going to talk about politics and the coming election. (Of course by the time you read this the election will be over and the gloom becomes more common.)

The most important count in this election was prop 186, which looks like it is going down in defeat. The single payer plan, the only way to give most of us a reasonable respite from the nagging fear of getting sick and subsequently being financially destroyed or having some critical physical need untended because we couldn't afford the almost exorbitant cost of insurance. Of course maybe 2/3's of us currently don't have to worry. Our employer will take care of us, we might not have to contribute anything. (I am one of those that don't apparently have to pay much for my care from Kaiser.)

Why should I have to pay 2 and 1/2 percent of my gross retirement? If I felt that way, then I should have voted no on 186. But, bleeding heart liberal that I am, the 2 and 1/2 percent seems small for the assurance of a reasonable amount of medical care.

Maybe, the doctors, citizens and others will try again in a few years for a simiilar plan, after we find out how much these fast growing HMO's are going to cut back our medical treatment for their own profit or how much the insurance gatekeeppers hold the doctors back from medical treatments that they think appropriate. I'll vote for the next single payer plan then, if I'm around.