Launch! Dover Health Card Unvieled

Discounts on Medications, Vision care, $25 eye glasses, hearing aids, diabetic supplies and more are available with a free card regardless of residency. There has never been a health card like the one offered now by the City of Dover. It is available on the city website, at the library, customer service, or city hall. The News Journal covered it here. I was inspired by the fact that people needed some help affording eye glasses and vision care. Many Employers and Delaware Medicaid dropped this coverage but the need remains. This is why I searched for a program that would be free to participate in which allowed people easy access and affordable access to this vital health need. Vision care is important to the economy. People who cannot get proper vision care cannot advance themselves as easily by studying or be as efficient at work. It impacts the quality of daily life. It is too important to be a side show. Big government may have let you down, but your local representation and the free market hasn’t. This card fills that void as well as prescriptions, hearing aids, and affordable dental care. I encourage everyone to check it out on the city web site. Even your pet can benefit. This available nationwide so the half of our readers not from Delaware are more than welcome to participate. Savings and need knows no boundaries.

9 thoughts on “Launch! Dover Health Card Unvieled”

  1. “I was inspired by the fact that people needed some help affording eye glasses and vision care.”

    People need help affording a lot of things. Tell someone in their family to GET A JOB and pay for their stuff, like normal people do.

  2. David, since it is free to participate, who pays for it? Where does the 50 cents come from? The pharmacy, United Networks? Since no one can be excluded, does this mean there is no means testing to see if they could afford insurance on their own? What is the city of Dover’s role in this? Does the city profit at all? Is the city libal for any cost?
    You also said,”Big government may have let you down, but your local representation and the free market hasn’t.” But this simply seems like big government on the local level. This is the institutional creep that leads to big government on all levels. We can’t simply take liberal ideals and scale them down to the local level and call them conservative ideals. If UNA is a private network, why do they need Dover to be involved? What is the government crutch they seek? Why is Dover involved in a private industry? Sounds too much like Obama care for me, and can I also say that UNA’s logo is way too close to the Obama campaign logo for my comfort also.

  3. Only a minority of people actually pay full price for medication. Most people get some sort of discount. This program is a voluntary association of people who are able to band together to get better health care deals.

    There is no tax money involved since the cards are provided and the internet costs are already fixed. There is no collection of personal information. There is no mandate. There is no government regulation. The city is a sponsor and information provider.

    Government should be involved as a participant in the market. I do not understand the question why is Dover involved in a private industry? Everything we do at a local level gives us a chance to be involved in private industry. Private companies supply us trucks, mow some of our grass, sell us computers, lease from our industrial parks, get building permits, lease offices to and from us, buy electricity and sell it, collect recyclables, buy office supplies, books, buildings, involvement as a principle in the Downtown Partnership, water and sewer, and much more.

    You cannot function in a free society and be apart from the free market. My problem is not in participating in the market, it is manipulating the market.

    Basically, Dover citizens and anyone else through voluntary association can join. Unlike the coop, it is strictly voluntary.

    As for Obama care, it is exactly the opposite with no regulations, no taxes, no mandates, purely voluntary, no government bureaucracy and no government spending/debt. As for the UNA logo, they were around before the Obama campaign. The city seal is what is prominent on the Dover card.

  4. Nitpicker, I don’t know why people go to the factory outlets and Sam’s club to save money shouldn’t they get a job– oh it is the people who have jobs who are trying to save money. Most of us working people are finding the dollar isn’t going as far any longer and can’t afford what we could in the past. We have to explore where we can find better deals and exercise common sense and wisdom in our spending. It is the government that doesn’t get that fact. I work too hard for my money to toss it away and so do most of my constituents. That is why I shop at discount stores or on base for instance.

  5. David I am sorry if I have misunderstood the article. It said the city would collect 50cents on every prescription. It also was not clear who pays for those in the program that get the coverage at no cost. Are you saying that UNA funds free health care for any and all who want it at nbo cost? How is this possible?
    As to my point about the city being invovlved, well again, if UNA is a private enterprise then why do they need the City of Dover to promote this?

  6. “This program is a voluntary association of people who are able to band together to get better health care deals.”

    And what people are those?

    “It is the government that doesn’t get that fact. […] That is why I shop at discount stores or on base for instance.”

    On base? So, because the government doesn’t “get” that your dollar doesn’t go as far, and that real wages have stagnated for two decades despite the top marginal tax cuts, you have been shopping at a government-run facility?

  7. “On base? …. you have been shopping at a government-run facility?”

    Ahhh, aren’t entitlements a wonderful thing?

  8. “As to my point about the city being invovlved, well again, if UNA is a private enterprise then why do they need the City of Dover to promote this?”

    Frank, you are not going to get substantive answers about who is behind UNA, what they “get” out of this, and why they are running this program. It’s pretty opaque, and that kind of inscrutability is typically for a reason.

    Like Facebook, when a service is free, YOU are the product. The proposition here is that you are going to buy your prescription medications through a program run by people you don’t know for reasons which aren’t explained.

  9. …oh, and that should actually answer your question, Frank, about why they “partner” with local governments to do their marketing. UNA is a black box organization which does not want to answer too many questions about itself. By engaging local governments to do the marketing, they gain a measure of trust, since it appears that the program has something to do with the local sponsor. And to grease the skids on getting that sponsorship, they make payments to the sponsor where, again, it’s not entirely clear how they are making their money in the first place.

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