Free Healthcare!!

At my last visit to the doctor’s office I had a conversation with the front desk nurses about healthcare costs.

We happened on the topic because I mentioned that my co-pays for office visits went up a whole $15 in the past 17 years.  (For those cattle who can’t do math…that’s a little more than 88 cents a year.  Conversely, my deductible has gone up about $60 per year, which still isn’t all that pathetic if you really think about it.)

Neither one of the nurses had much to say regarding the rising costs of healthcare, but they both expressed their concern about how many people are on medicaid who shouldn’t be.

Like say, the 24 year old college grad who refuses to work because they can’t “find a job”, even though there are tons and tons of jobs out there.  Maybe not in the field of study for which they graduated, but a job just the same.  

After listening to their gripes, I then mentioned how I would run for President of the USA and promote a four-step plan to offer free healthcare to everyone.

They were intrigued…until I laid out the steps… 

  • First: I would remove all IRS deductions and credits across the board.  That’s right! … No more child tax credits, no more deductions for medical expenses, no more deductions for gambling or investment losses, no more deductions for giving to a non-profit…  NO MORE DEDUCTIONS OR CREDITS…PERIOD!!
  • Second: I would raise the income tax of every single person in the USA by 50%, and any income over $499,999 would be taxed at 100%.
  • Third: I would remove any federal taxes on gasoline or petroleum products and then impose the following taxes:
    • a) a 100% tax on any net proceeds above $30 million that collegiate and/or professional athletics receive in a calendar year. This would include but not be limited to overall revenue or donations regardless of their non-profit standing with the IRS.
    • b) a 100% tax on any monies exceeding one-hundred million dollars ($100,000,000) for any Endowment fund of private or public secondary educational institutions.
    • c) a charge of $1000 per undocumented person living or working in the USA that would be billed to that person’s country of origin.  
    • d) a 50% tax on all gifts, donations or revenue generated through “fund-me” websites regardless of tax-exempt status. 
    • e) a 1000% tax on any business in the pornography industry. 
    • f) a 50% tax on all monies that are invested in foreign currencies, exchanges, banks or financial institutions by US citizens or companies.
    • g) a 50% tax on all proceeds from foreign investors who own real estate for rental or lease on United States soil.
  • Fourth: by putting massive regulations on every health insurance company, health provider and pharmaceutical company to…
    • promote healthy living and severely limit the ability to prescribe drugs that would become addictive. . .I’m talking opioids. . .(unless ALL other options have been exhausted), if they did prescribe these drugs, not only would the doctors who prescribe them have to fill out massive amounts of paperwork just to get the approval to prescribe them, they would also have their names placed on a watchlist to make sure they aren’t over-prescribing. (Ah…who am I kidding?   That paperwork and watchlist would exist for any and every drug that doctors prescribe.)   
    • create a cleanliness act that would force any and all hospitals, care facilities and health clinics to have the technology in place to sterilize and combat bacteria/germs/fungi that can cause further complications to overall patient health.

Yeeeaaahh…much like you, the nurses weren’t all that interested in my plan after hearing it because they understood just how much money it would cost and how little freedom they would have in the healthcare field to actually treat patients.  

By the way…I never said I’d get elected, all I said is I would promote a four step plan to provide free healthcare to everyone in the USA if I run for President.  

I know I wouldn’t be popular, but at least I’d be honest.  

 

 

 

 

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Your Phone and Pager are NOT Sterile

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Let me begin this post by stating that I’m very thankful for all the people who work in the medical field.  Most of you are awesome and do your jobs well, and then there are the rare few who make you look bad… but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate everything you do.  So please know that I don’t mean to disrespect you with this post because that’s not my intention.  

However, I would like to bring to your attention something that I noticed while my dad was in the hospital and that is…  

Why would anyone who works in healthcare sterilize their hands with anti-bacterial cleanser, put on sterile gloves, walk into a patient’s room and then answer their pager or cell phone that is covered in germs??  

Over a year ago My dad was in the hospital getting a kidney stone blasted into oblivion.  While in the hospital room the nurse did a great job of making sure her hands were sterile and that she wasn’t doing anything that would transfer germs from one patient to another.  However, when the Phlebotomist walked in, he proceeded to sterilize his hands with cleanser, put gloves on, began to prep my dad for the blood draw and when his pager went off, he picked it up and looked at it.  

Once he put the pager back in his pocket, I abruptly asked him if he would please change his gloves and sterilize his hands again.  

He just stared at me…then glanced over at the nurse as if to get some kind of defense from her and when she raised her eyebrows and looked at the floor, he looked back at me as if I my question was offensive.  

I didn’t flinch, nor did I apologize.  I just looked at him with a blank stare. 

After a few seconds of him trying to decide what to say or do, he slowly removed the gloves and re-sterilized his hands with cleanser.  While doing so, he had the nerve to ask in a condescending tone if I wanted to do his job.  (Seriously?!?)

I was in no mood for his crap…so I responded . . . in the same tone,  “No, but my dad’s health is more important than your pager.”  

After the phlebotomist finished with my dad’s blood draw and left the room, the nurse looked at me and said… “Wow…good catch!”    

That’s when I asked her why there isn’t a rule that BEFORE entering the room of a patient all health care professionals must leave their pagers and cell phones in a bin outside the entryway.  

Those devices are covered in germs and who knows what could be transferred from one patient to another?  

Same thing happened about a month ago in the same hospital.  

My dad was in the ER with pancreatitis and the nurse who was trying to put the IV catheter into my dad’s arm had sterilized her hands…put on gloves…had swabbed my dad’s arm…was just about to put the catheter in and her cell phone went off, so she answered it!   

What the hell?!?!?!?!  

So, I have a bone to pick with health care people.  

Your pathetic mistake of answering a cell phone or pager MIGHT contribute to the spreading of germs and could possibly kill a patient.  

You need to stop answering cell phones and pagers while in the room of the patient.  

The patient is (or should be) priority number one. . . pagers and cell phones can wait!   Leave them outside the room!!!   

I don’t have a problem with healthcare professionals, but I do think it’s pathetic that hospitals and their staff don’t leave phones and pagers outside the hospital room when working with patients.