Sunday, November 22, 2009

way off topic but a rant nonetheless

I was watching George Stephanopoulus this morning on ABC. He always has a good panel with good discussion.

But today, one of the panelist, got me so mad I am compelled to write about it and complain. Yeah I know, who wants to hear me complain.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla was counterpointing Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn and of course it was heated and a useless debate as neither side was willing to even listen to the other person.

Wasserman got my blood boiling when she countered Blackburn about mammograms. Blackburn and Stephanopoulus both agreed, the Senate Bill had classified the mammogram as level C and therefore, not covered at all times.

Wasserman then jumped in and said, " no way, with the Senate Bill mammograms will be free!"

Really, free, you mean the hospital will not charge anyone a penny for a mammogram. Gee that sounds wonderful. Really free tests from apparently really generous hospitals.

What Wasseman meant is this; it is not free, someone is paying, just not you.

I once worked with a wonderful women at a community center. She was careful to tell her recipients of scholarships and grants, "this is NOT free, you are just not paying for it, but someone else did!"

What does this have to do with biking you ask? Well nothing, but if you are lucky enough to be biking on a custom bike or an expensive store bought bike and you have all the gear, GPS, tights, helmets etc etc etc

I don't want to hear you complaining about the cost of your health insurance premiums! Instead, count your blessings. Cuz if you are healthy and fit enough to bike, you are not a drain anyhow on the health care system. You are doing everything right.

1 comment:

Kathy said...


I am not sure I get your point? What, we should just sit by and watch prices of things we need to live skyrocket and never say anything. Let's see cars can cost $100,000 each and we should just be grateful we have roads to drive on?? Our health premiums soar to $4,000 a month and we should be grateful because we have expensive bikes.

Someone has to try to reign in prices before health care is too expensive for everyone.

There is a breaking point even for folks with expensive bikes. When is health care too expensive? $1,000 a month, $2,000 a month? $3,000 a month. When are we allowed to say, hey too much?