Sunday, August 21, 2011

Verizon: Strike Over (For Now)

The full-page ad ran in the Sunday Times Union.

Back in the early 1980s, a visit to the Emergency Room (preferred method of getting immediate medical treatment for middle and lower class American families in metro areas) cost anywhere from $5 to $25. Private Physicians were still around (like Dr. capella in albany NY, where you didn't make an appointment: you dropped by his Western Avenue office. His wife doubled as receptionist/nurse. You waited your turn. You saw the Dr. If you needed simple meds, like antibiotics, he had them on hand. If you needed something else, he wrote you a prescription. Out of pocket cost to you: $20!

Going back to the 1950s - pediatricians would make house calls for $5 a pop. (Many of you may have forgeotten or don't at all remember the "house call.")

With the advent of the HMO here in New York State, state workers were among the first to hop on the healthcare gravy train. Work for the state? You and your ENTIRE famly got FREE medical and dental care. FREE! The practice spread.

As the HMOs profliferated, the "costs" of doing medical business skyrocketed. Until now, when employers are saying "nyet" to paying for employees health care. IT's NOT FAIR! You employers signed onto and endorded this system. You made promises. You need to keep them. The economy is NOT an excuse. The system got out of control and bizarro-ed itself.

Along with General Motors and removing silver-and-gold-backed US currency, this is another reason why we're having what they are calling a "recession." All perpetrated by GREED.

Tsk tsk tsk!

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