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Live Free -- And Uninsured

Ken1588 Wrote: Jul 05, 2012 2:39 PM
For me, turning my health over to the whims of a Federal bureaucracy is THE issue, not costs. Looking at the VA, Medicare and other similar services, it is impossible for me to go along with this plan. Interposing a federal hierarchy, distant, unapproachable and probably incompetent, between me and my doctor is anathema. My health is very much my business, not theirs, and no judge or law can change that.
Judy98 Wrote: Jul 06, 2012 9:19 AM
Ken, I just have to say something for the VA and it's all good. Because they have a smaller amount of patients they give far more individual care. Eight months after surgery my husband still gets a call from the surgeon asking how he's doing etc. I have never seen people treated with greater respect.

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