Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2009
in Family, Rantings
We as an Irish nation don’t complain enough.
No, it’s true. We’re a nation without much backbone… all the complaining we do is to the wrong people entirely.
In England perhaps, a person might skip the queue, and will get a severe “Oi mate!!! Sling yer ‘ook” from people standing further back. Here in Ireland, that person would hear nothing but whispering and low toned grumbles. We make our discomfort known by osmosis which is grand in a post office, but in a bigger picture, it’s completely useless. Our higher powers are getting away with murder, because grumbling is a noise that’s easily ignored.
I’m a grumbler too, but if there’s a petition going around or an opportunity to write filthy emails I’ll hop on it. Many voices preaching ‘Oi Mate‘ in print makes a slightly bigger impression.
This particular rant is about health insurance, and the fact that I and two million other people in Ireland are forking over a massive levy to cover the Governments asses and keep things the way they are. That’s hard to swallow. Things are crap the way they are.
The new levy, effective as of January 1st, 2009 looks like this:
‘€160 per adult & €53 per child with a consequent increase in health insurance premiums‘
Briefly explained here
Hibernian Aviva Health has created the “Axe the Levy” campaign, believing that we should all be given the right to affordable insurance at a time when the public health system can’t handle its volumes and everyone else is losing their jobs rapidly.
“Hibernian Aviva Health is seeking for the health insurance system to be properly, equitably and effectively regulated, ultimately leading to the ability of all health insurance providers to offer better prices and benefits, drive innovation in the market, and cover new and emerging treatments for all consumers.”
That sounds about right.
So… go, click on the link and fill in your name. Tell the ‘boys’ in graphic detail where they can stick their levy.