Saturday, April 19, 2008


This was my Saturday to sit with my mom. She loves the game show network and apparently, drug companies are hip to that fact that a lot of older folk like that channel, because about half the ad are for drugs. The drugs sound like they can cure anything but when you listen to the disclaimers, they scare the crap out of you.
I've heard some side effect included tuberculosis, cancer, strokes, heart failure, to name but a few. The side effects are much worse than the original disease.
I'm not sure about you, but I have an issue with drug companies spending billions of dollars on advertising when there are Americans that each month have to decided whether they pay the rent or buy the drugs that are keeping them alive.
Healthcare is a hot button for most people. I've debated the topic with some younger people with jobs and good insurance for the most part, they don't want the government involved in healthcare.
I've been blessed in that I've had a really good job for over 30 years with decent insurance but there a many people have lost their jobs. They are too young to get on Medicare or other government sponsored programs. And I had a good friend who died much too young because of the lack of insurance. He lost his job but he was making a good deal of money as a contractor. When he tried to buy insurance, he learned that because he had a pre-existing condition with his heart, he could not get insurance.
I don't have the answers, but I can believe that healthcare is a ticking bomb that will be disasterous for our country unless our legislators get together and come up with a plan that works.

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