Public or Private Health Care?
By Peter H. Jensen
August 31, 2009
Ladies and Gentlemen: Image yourself with the desperate urge
to relieve yourself, where do you go? Would you rather use your
private bathroom, in the privacy of your own home, or would you
rather make the most of the nearest public restroom where privacy,
access control, and congenial sundries may be none existent?
Privacy may be one of the most important issues when determining
where to go to powder one's nose. Private bathrooms are maintained
to take pleasure in privacy, to allow the freedom of selection
of sundries needed, and to keep the environment clean for private
use. Quite the opposite, privacy and access control may be none
existent in public restrooms. Keep in mind, medicine cabinets
filled with a hodgepodge of medicines, and other assorted potions
are usually found only in private facilities; compared to the
public bathrooms, where you may not find a medicine cabinet filled
with assorted concoctions.
Access is another concern. Access differs from private and public
bathrooms. The private bathroom owner typically knows all which
use his or her facilities, and can limit access to friends and
family. On the other hand, public restroom owners do not have
the luxury of controlling the access to their facilities, unless
the restrooms are locked and access is controlled by staff. Some
access control is offered when there is a vending type machine
employed on the stall door, with a negligible fee.
When it's time to take care of business, the choice between public
toilet and private toilet should be individual's, not the government's.
Would you rather use your own toilet, in the privacy of your
own home, or be directed to use the public restroom where privacy
and access control is none existent? Do you wish to wait in line
for a public restroom to relieve yourself, or enter your private
bathroom at your own free will? Picture having to wait for public
restroom, opposed to the private restroom where there is virtually
no waiting. There are few things more frustrating than having
to go to the bathroom, and having to wait in line.
With that said, would you rather pay for private health care,
or pay for public health care? Simply ask our Canadian neighbors.
Canadians reveal, after spending long periods of time for heath
care, wait times in Canada are horrendous. Furthermore, Canada's
care plan only covers the basics. With our proposed national
health care reform plan, are we still on your own for any extras,
including critical prescription drugs? What are our costs for
this health care?
The choice on public or private health care is ours. We can choose
to support, or not to support, the present national health care
reform plan. I choose to contact my Alaskan elected officials;
Congressmen Don Young, Senator Lisa Murkowski and Senator Mark
Begich, and urge them to stand in front of the national health
care reform plan. We all must protest in our own way, to ensure
the government run national health care reform plan does not
become policy. I stand my ground; I want to keep my precious,
private health care.
Peter H. Jensen
US Army, Retired, Sergeant Major
Eagle River, AK
About: "Ketchikan Kid,
living in Eagle River, Alaska. Born in Klawock, raised in Ketchikan
till my family and I moved to Eagle River, Alaska in 1994."
Received August 19, 2009 -
Published August 31, 2009
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