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Friday, August 14, 2009

Health Care Hoopla

The well insured white right is engaging in fear mongering of the first order. It seems to me that the people who are screaming the loudest about “Death Panels” and health care reform are those who have good insurance and don’t care that the insurance companies are already deciding their health care. Just try to get a procedure or medication your insurance doesn’t want to cover. Even if they are willing to cover it, costs are still high.

My daughter-in-law is in a Catch-22. She suffers from bouts of tachycardia which sometimes sends her to the ER. While not life threatening, they can be terrifying (with a heart rate as high as 200), leaving her exhausted. Her last trip and six hours at St. Joseph’s ER cost $3,000, little of which was covered by her insurance because she was never admitted, just spent the day in the ER. Now she could have a procedure—an ablation to her heart nerves, some of which her insurance would pay, that would probably fix her problem, but even with insurance it would run her around $7,000 out of pocket. The cost effective thing to do is to have the procedure. It would be paid for in a couple of visits to the ER, but she's still paying on the last visit and doesn't have an extra $7,000 laying around. She is having to look into having it done in Brazil because their health care is considerably cheaper (and just as good) as ours.

My mother, who has Medicare plus some supplemental insurance, is convinced that Barak Obama is going to kill her and her friends just to get them out of the way. She’s perfectly happy with Medicare and the status quo, but the “rethuglicans” (fellow blogger Lorraine’s wonderful word, not mine) have got her scared spitless that if we all had some form of Medicare she’d be standing there with Sarah Palin’s mother and special needs son before Sarah’s so called “Death Panel.”

My youngest child has no medical coverage. He’s never had a job that offered it and he’s too old to be covered by me or his father. If he were to have a catastrophic illness his Baby Boom parents would probably bankrupt themselves to care for him. What sort of system is that? My oldest son pays $500 per month to cover his family and it does not include dental. That comes out of their pocket. It smacks of feudalism to me. If you are under or self employed you stand before the American medical system’s “Death Panel.” There ought to be basic health care offered to every citizen and then if people want and can afford more coverage, let them pay the insurance companies.

The system is broken. Why should the greatest nation in the world have some of the least accessible health care? What does that say about us?

If you agree, or even if you don't, check this out.


Kim Thompson said...

I think that so many people are getting very confused on health care. I know my older relatives certainly are!

I wonder if there is some kind of SIMPLE fact based chart or document out there that can dispel the myths you note here that would help the 80+ crowd?

Lorraine Hart said...

This administration has put out a lot of information directly to the people through emails. Even I've been able to understand!

Meanwhile the disinformation continues ridiculously from the small but loud percentage of rabid right. I wish the larger percentage of rational Republicans would take their party back from the yahoos. I know they're out there.

Gold Ira said...

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Gold Ira said...

Kim Thompson said...

Hi all--

I know about the e-mails you are talking about Lorraine--and that's part of the problem. E-mail. A lot of seniors can't/don't/won't access this technology.

Lorraine Hart said...

You're very right there Kim. Perhaps it would be helpful if we print them up and put them around the Senior Centres?

The clear point though, is that it's time we had intelligent and respectful dialogue on the issue. Why is panic and rage so close to the surface of our skin? Fear is the answer...and, say it with me now, "We have nothing to fear but fear itself."

"If you can keep your head when all about are losing theirs..."
Let's all take a breath...then take turns talking...and listening. This country chose change...chaos is the lip of change...let's get to the good stuff in the cup.

I will respect the GOP when they step away from the small, loud mob.