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Pat McMahon

Sick of it

So many dates and details to think about. It makes me sick. But wait. Will that kind of sick be covered by the "affordable" health care plan?

Some of it is in effect already. More will be in January. Tuesday is another deadline day.

And we can't forget the date that "Obamacare" opponents have told us to circle: The Apocalypse. Yes, that which is already law in the United States may be either the end of days or the end of sickness in America.

It is neither.

It is flawed, untested and a massive bureaucratic question mark. It is also a system by which millions of citizens will no longer fear every pain, every fever, every medical bill.

I will no longer have to resent paying your medical bills because you have no insurance. I do have full coverage health insurance through my employer. Last fall, I spent nearly two weeks in a hospital at a cost of tens of thousands of dollars. Without my family's coverage, the impact would have dramatically changed our lives.

One question about national health care programs: Are all of the rest of the nations in the industrialized world just stupid?

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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