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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Health Care

What is it with Republicans and universal health care? Why is it that President Truman in 1947 tried to get health care for all citizens in this country and yet 62 years later we still don't have universal health care? Why is it that the United States is the only wealthy, industrialized country in the world that does not have universal health care? Why is it that the Unites States has 4% of the population in the world and spends 40% of all the money spent in the world on health care, but ranks last in the quality of health care among developed countries? It's simply maddening to me that this is all true. What really needs to be done is for the truth to be told as to why we don't have the quality of health care we should in this country. There was a time back before 1980, when you could walk in to a hospital and because they were mostly, by law, non-profit institutions, even if you couldn't pay, they could not turn you away. The Republicans took over the government in 1980, with the election of Ronald Reagan, all that began to change. Many state legislatures also turned Republican and they started changing the laws to allow hospitals to be for profit operations and companies began to buy them and make profit; this is of course because of the conservative mantra that government can't do anything right and corporations can't do anything wrong. Given the chance, they would privatize everything including police, fire protection, education and tax collecting.

So what is the answer to this mess? I believe we already have it and its name is Medicare. Studies have shown that it costs 3 dollars in administrative costs for every 100 dollars spent by Medicare. It is a system that is already set up and it would be much easier to just add more people to the system than to try and create a new system. This is also much cheaper than private insurance, which costs much more per 100 dollars of money spent on the actual care, due to CEO salaries and stock holder dividends, etc… I would not even mind if we had to pay into the system maybe the equivalent we now pay for Social Security. As long as every citizen in the nation is covered then to me, it's worth it. I spend much more than this on my own health care per month paying co-pays and covering deductibles, plus my monthly premium.

Now seems to be the time to try and tackle this problem again. Corporations seem to actually be more for it, and doctors are also banding together to support it. We have a President that wants there to be change and a mostly Democratic controlled Congress. Most people I talk to seem to be supportive also. So, now is the time America! Let's change our health care system and make this nation even stronger. 47 million people with no health insurance, in the richest nation in the world, is a travesty and should be a national shame!


jacksmith said...

Finally, the time has arrived to fix Americas Healthcare crisis, and Americas healthcare knightmare. Hundreds of thousands of you are killed needlessly every year by your healthcare delivery system in a rush to profit. And because of a rush to profit Hundreds of thousands more of you are needlessly dying from treatable illness that people in other developed and civilized countries don't DIE! from. Rich, middle class, and poor alike. Insured, and uninsured. Men, women, children, and babies.

Additionally, thousands more of you are driven into financial ruin, and bankruptcy just because you, or one of your loved ones got sick or injured. And all of this is happening at a time when America spends twice as much of it's GDP (Gross Domestic Productivity) on health care than any other country in the developed world. Individual Americans spend about ten times as much on health care as any other people in the developed world. This is a CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY. AND IT MUST END!

But before we can truly fix this healthcare crisis and disgrace, everyone needs to clearly understand what the problem is. And everyone needs to clearly understand the real enormity of the problem. The problem is that HEALTHCARE AND MEDICAL DELIVERY IN AMERICA IS SEVERELY CORRUPTED AND COMPROMISED BY GREED! AND THE PRIVATE FOR PROFIT MOTIVE. And it is corrupted, and compromised IN EVERY ASPECT, AND EVERY PLACE OF HEALTHCARE AND MEDICAL DELIVERY. Unfortunately for all Americans, compromised healthcare ALWAYS results in needless suffering, injury, disability, and or death. Which is exactly what is happening now in America in shocking numbers.

Health care is NOT! a private for profit business. Healthcare is an essential public service. Like police, and fire. And healthcare is also a human right! PRIVATE FOR PROFIT HEALTHCARE IS AN OXYMORON, AND AN IMMORAL AND UNETHICAL PERVERSION OF HEALTHCARE AND HUMAN RIGHTS.

So how do we fix this healthcare disgrace? I believe the fix for Americas healthcare disaster is essentially the same thing that every other developed country in the World has essentially done. "NOT FOR PROFIT, TAX PAYER SUPPORTED, SINGLE PAYER, AUTOMATIC, FREE UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE FOR ALL. Essentially HR676 (enhanced, and expanded medicare for all). Just like every other CIVILIZED! country in the developed World has. There is no other way to truly fix and reform our current disastrous healthcare delivery system.

All Universal health care systems work best when everyone participates. But I know that the healthcare lobby, and some politicians will try and undermine "Not For Profit, Tax payer supported, Single payer, Automatic, Free Universal Healthcare for all" by falsely claiming that it will limit your choice, and require you to participate.

So, I propose that everyone be included in the national plan unless they choose to opt out. If you opt out and need medical care the national plan will insure your provider that they will be reimbursed under the rules for members in the national plan. But those who opted out, and their insurer will be responsible for the FULL! cost to the national plan for providing your care if you or your private insurer fails to reimburse the provider or the national plan in a timely manor to at least the standards of the national plan.

Including reporting you to credit agencies, withholding of taxes, leans, and garnishment of wages for unpaid medical bills. Just like you have now under private for profit healthcare, and private for profit health insurance.

Further, people who opted out will be required to provide proof of financial responsibility for future illness or be required to participate in the national plan. And everyone with children will be required to participate in the national plan. Or provide proof of insurance coverage on each child to the standards of the national plan. It will be against the law to report anyone in the national plan to a credit agency for unpaid medical bills.

Frankly, only a dope would want to opt out of the national plan and opt to keep our current disastrous private for profit medical, and insurance plans. But they will be free to choose. The most important thing is that the vast majority of Americans that want the protection, benefits, and higher quality of a universal national plan have that choice.

You see, one of the most important aspects of a universal healthcare system is easy access, and patient protection. This is accomplished by having a single payer without a conflict of interest in patient care. And by having a payer who has the power to enforce minimum standards of excellence in healthcare delivery for everyone in the plan. This is much of what Medicare does now for senors. "Aeger Primo" (The patient first). Unfortunately in our healthcare system the patient comes last. We are just a peace of meat to them. Cash cows to be slaughtered for profit.

So this is IT! my fellow Americans, My fellow human beings, My fellow World Citizens. And my fellow Cyber Warriors. :-) The time has come. D day. H hour. HEALTHCARE REFORM THIS YEAR! Let no one stand in our way. Contact your representative and tell them you want "Not For Profit, Tax Payer Supported, Single Payer, Automatic, Free Universal healthcare for all. And tell them you want that choice now. Tell them you want President Obama's budget passed as is, without delay. President Obama's budget is brilliant. And exactly what is needed now.

President Obama, and his allies will need all the support you can give them. The healthcare lobby will try to take out his people if they can, like they did with Tom Daschle and Nancy Killefer. And they will try to neutralize President Obama's popularity, and political power. Or they will try to take him down someway. Don't stand for it. If they attack him. Go after them ten times harder and remove them from office. We had an election. And you the people chose President Obama's leadership, and change agenda. Let no one in government disrespect the will of the American people and remain in office.

To President Obama, his Cabinet, the Congress of the United States, and the Supreme Court. I have noticed for some time a disturbing tendency for key members of your bodies to come down with illness, or medical problems at critical legislative times. This may just be coincidence. But I can tell you that there are a million subtle ways to medically injure someone just by doing nothing when something needs to be done. Or by doing things to someone when nothing needs to be done except to give them reassurance. I know for a fact that there are those that would have no qualms about hurting any of you to preserve our current disgraceful medical status quo.

So, I recommend as a matter of national security that you enlist the help of a friendly power to regularly review, and oversee the medical care you receive from your local regular healthcare providers. Briton, France and many other countries have excellent medical providers. As well as Canada. Briton, and Canada may be less of a language barrier for Americans.

Let's get this healthcare reform done now my fellow Americans. This year. Take no prisoners.

God Bless All Of You

Jack Smith — Working Class :-)

Thunter said...

Thanks Jack for leaving your comment on my blog. I enjoyed reading your comment very much and believe that you and I agree completely on this issue. As you do, I believe there are people out there who will stop at nothing to keep the status quo to, if nothing else, feed their insatiable greed. We are treated as cows to slaughter, as you stated. Being someone who has a chronic condition, I know first hand the truth of that statement. I work hard and make a fairly decent wage and a large amount every month goes to my health care providers and big pharma. Thanks again and I will be checking out your blog.

Del Patterson said...

I am always reluctant to give out personal information but I think this issue must get brutally personal before we can make any headway with this problem.

Currently we have over 40 million Americans without health insurance and the numbers are growing. Sadly, one third of that number are children.

As a former teacher in (the far right) Oklahoma my health insurance ran about $1200 per month. That equated to about $14,400 a year out of a whopping salary of approx. $38,000.
There is no one on this earth who could tell me that a national health care plan could cost anywhere near that price.
Corporatocracy is at work in this story and it's all about greed and taking advantage of those who can't or don't know how to fight back.

Keep the education thing going on

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