Practically Speaking

Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

Are you sure you want govt. run health care?

Government / Bureaucracy, Health care

I just got off the phone with the Department of Motor Vehicles and the smoke is still pouring out of my ears. I needed to call about an extension on an emissions test because the car in question is not drivable at present. Although I had just been to the actual emission test facility and stopped in the office to ask for the extension, the woman in the office said I needed to call. So, call I did.

I dialed the Milwaukee number. I listened through an extensive menu list. Finally at selection 5, I heard something that sounded like the department I needed. I punched in 5.

Now I had to listen through a whole host of other information about emissions. Finally after a few minutes the menu message stated to press 0 to speak to a PERSON. I pressed 0.

The message under 0 was this, that, and the other thing, and finally the recorded voice stated that the office was CLOSED!

Couldn't they have told me that 5 minutes and umpteen menus ago?

We have 2 vehicles with tags due in March. The cost to renew the plates of course is now $75.00 instead of the former $50.00 each. While at the emissions office I also picked up a Title Application form for a used car we just purchased. The cost on that form bears a hand written $69.50 instead of the printed in $45.00. Sarcasm here: Thank you Gov. Doyle for not raising our taxes. (That makes a total increase of $129.50 for our household of cars this year.)

I still have to call back tomorrow, but the thought came to me: Are people crazy that they think government run health care will be better and cheaper? 

I have needed to call my health insurance company. It is often not all that pleasant, but it is never as bad as calling the DMV! 


OK, that was yesterday, now it is the next day. I called again. This time, after about 6 minutes, I did get a live body to speak to. The man told me I could not have an extension but that I would need to purchase a temporary license plate to get the car to the emissions test place after my tags expired! I told him the woman at the title window at the emissions place said if I called,  the extension would be granted. He insisted, no, he could not.  

Do you really want to deal with this kind of help when it comes to your health care?

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