Sunday, October 5, 2008

McCain's Health Care Plan: Wal-Mart

I'm not making this up! Here's it is, straight from the geezer's mouth:

Now, John McCain has been treated for his recurring cancer (his treatment is possibly the only thing that stands between us and a truly terrifying President Palin) many times by the top doctors in the country. He's had specialists and consultants and surgeries and treatments -- do you think the staff at the Wal-Mart is going to be up to providing that kind of care? No? Then what, pray tell, does the uninsured person do when his condition is beyond the skillset of the Discount Doctor?

Picture this: you find a lump on your breast and you go to the Wal-Mart to have it looked at by a doctor. What does he do? Perform a biopsy right there in the Wal-Mart? No, he's going to want to refer you to a specialist. The only problem is that you don't have any health insurance! That's why you're seeking health care at the freakin' Wal-Mart! So, what do you do?

Much like most of John McCain's policies and proposals, this health care plan works out great for the rich, and for those, like John McCain, who have Congressional insurance -- surely the best health care plan in the free world -- but for the people who live in the real world, his plan is silly. Oh, it's fine if all you have is strep throat -- the Doc in a Box can give you a throat swab and write you a prescription for an antibiotic. But what if what you've got is rheumatoid arthritis? Lupus? Cardiovascular disease? A recurring melanoma?

Given the fact that John McCain's health care plan calls for taxing the benefits you get from your employer and providing a $5,000 credit for buying your own insurance (have you looked at the cost of a year's health insurance lately? $5,000 comes up a bit short, especially if you're already struggling to pay for food and housing), his plan isn't going to help get any of the currently uninsured into coverage. So, that brings us back to ERs and Wally World -- do you think they're up to managing your health care? Is that where you want to take your kid? If you lose your job (yeah -- do you really trust a McCain economy?), is this what you'll be left with?

I think we could do a lot better than this. Way better, in fact.

UPDATE: more here. And here.

Another UPDATE: oh my god, we could be doing SO MUCH BETTER! The US has the worst. health. care. system. ever.


paige said...

that $5K won't do you any good now and it certainly won't help a few years from now when costs have risen but that $5K hasn't budged. as the parent of a child w/ a chronic illness, mccain's plan scares the hell out of me.

sandy on signal said...

I won't even buy dog food or children's toys at Wal-Mart because they are tainted by the Chinese products. Now, John McCain, wants me to get my health care from them? Gee, thanks, McCain. Do you think McCain wants to see me dead? Of course, he does, I am a Democrat.

Keera said...

Duh. Fix the reason there's a line at the ERs: Namely, that no one without health insurance has affordable access to regular doctors. Oh, wait, discount doctors will work at discount stores without health insurance! Problem solved! But where will we get the discount doctors from? Oh, oh, I know: The ERs and free clinics! They're full of them!!!

Don't you just hate it when he makes Palin look smart?

djarum said...

One point...the $5000 figure is per household.

That is, $2500 each, get your health care on that!

alice said...

I heard a figure the other day of $12,000 -- that's the average annual cost of employer-provided health care. So, McCain would have us give that up, but he'd give us $2,500 each to shop for our own?

Please, John! We can't afford your "help!"