Well, the bananas WERE cheaper!
That was the conclusion I reached about nineteen years ago while comparing prices at local grocery stores to the commissary on the base where I was stationed. There had been a spate of articles in the local paper and Navy Times dealing with the commissary system. Seems the common opinion was it never-ever sold foodstuffs at prices lower than the civilian stores. In many cases it was said the prices were higher on base. Another supposed example of the military screwing it's helpless members. Boo frigging hoo.
Being newly sober and finding I had a lot of time on my hands I did my own comparison shopping. Maybe down in Norfolk or out in San Diego they were screwing the troops but up in the Groton/New London area almost all the prices on base were cheaper than out in town and the food was of comparable quality. Except for bananas. They were a lot cheaper at one store. But I don't eat that many bananas, thanks.
So it was an example of "tell a lie often enough, people will cite it as Gospel truth". Bet that one is still circulating, sailors like to cry the blues just like everyone else.
Which brings me to the movie, "Sicko".
My own experience with non-government health care is limited. I've been in CivLant since the beginning of 93 and the War Department has handled all those medical type problems for me for the last nine years. She's an RN and former pharmacy technician, what she doesn't know about handling health insurance companies might barely fill a thimble. So I leave all that stuff to her.
But from what I HAVE experienced I wonder about all the complaints surfacing after people have started seeing this movie. Is our health care system really that bad or is it another case of urban legend? Even my father-in-law, a man who is normally living with both feet firmly planted on planet Earth went off on a rant recently. He's a pharmacist who's been screwed over by the company he works for, maybe that plays into it. But when he was speaking to the War Department he evidently took off like a rocket on this particular topic. He's all for socialized medicine, ready to turn it all over to the government and let them "fix" it. I wonder if he ever heard of how the physicians fared in the workers paradise of Soviet Russia. They had universal healthcare, but even the garbage collectors got more respect than the doctors. There was a reason for that, while the life expectancy of every other industrial country continued to climb that in Russia continued to drop. Not a ringing endorsement IMHO.
So do we really have major problems? So major it would require the government running things? Boy, we really must be screwed!
In these days of constant hype and exaggeration I've come to depend more and more on personal experiences and conversations I've had with people I trust. So yeah, I've known folks from countries with universal healthcare. One woman from Canada that I dated back in the early 90's once said that if we ever wanted to follow that country's example John Q. Public better brace up for a tax rate starting at fifty per cent! Not what I would want, how about yourself?
I've also gone to other blogs that will have residents of the UK and other countries with healthcare systems similar to it making routine posts. They all agree what they have sucks on toast. Period.
So maybe we'd be asking for real problems if we went to universal healthcare as envisoned by Michael Moore and his ilk. Do we really have an impossibly broken system here?
If anyone reading this has information, opinions, etc. speak up cause I admit to being in the dark about problems with what we've got. My own healthcare is pretty good in some respects, sucks in others. But I've come to believe thats the nature of the beast no matter where you go and who your insurance carrier is, maybe I'm wrong.
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Well, the bananas WERE cheaper!