Too much yadayadayada on health care reform?

You’d think the country had been built on sound-bites.  “Death Panels”, “No coverage for seniors”, “a bankrupt America”…those are words that make the headlines.  I’ve been accused of not having read the bill by readers who have also not read the bill.  Here is the section of the bill that provides for counsellors for seniors, including information on living wills (not “death panels”):

But, I can’t take the credit for sourcing this segment of the bill.   Move On has put together a position paper that debunks most of the sound bites that have been surfacing via extreme conservatism in many town hall meetings.  An important piece, so I hope you’ll click through to 

What disturbs me most is that people seem to be outraged thinking they won’t have a choice over their health care provider.   As a small business owner, I currently don’t have much choice.  I had to go to the provider who would insure me, a 50-year old woman.  My mother didn’t have much of a choice — she had to go to a provider who would take her on with Type 2 diabetes.  I have friends who are uninsured.  They really have a problem because they can’t afford healthcare at any level.  That is what the problem is…NOT which provider will I use, but can I afford ANY healthcare. 

The far right don’t seem to give a hoot about the uninsured.  But if you can barely afford to pay the mortgage or the rent, how can you afford medical coverage?  And if you or your kids are chronically ill or debilatated by disease, how can you be a productive member of society?  So, for a few minutes, if you are one of the lucky insured, think about what happens when you are laid off and go onto COBRA — paying $1000/month to cover your family’s health care, and then, your 18 months are up and your choice is to continue with HIPPA, which will be more than that $1000/month, while you’ve already seen your life savings evaporate because you seriously can’t get a job, with your college education, 15 years of work experience and stellar references.  There are literally thousands of people who fit this scenario, in addition to the working poor who are earning too much to get onto Medicare. 

All I’m saying, is think about it.

4 thoughts on “Too much yadayadayada on health care reform?

  1. Here is another way to look at it from an article by the WSJ. Right now the rich and the poor have access to the same services and 90% of the time receive the same care for conditions because that is the way the system is presently set up. If we moved to a public option then that would have the rich getting the best care because they can afford it and the poorer folks, like myself, getting substantial care. No longer would rich and poor alike receive the same health care.
    The example used is private schools versus public schools. Except for exception who gets a better education.
    The health insurance companies needs to have fines imposed for not covering pre-existing conditions but to take away enterprise innovation would set back discoveries and inventions because of no incentive.
    We are a for profit country and always have been. That is how America was established. That is why capitalism should be taught in kindergarten for average citizens to have a fighting chance instead of letting advertisers advise, but that is for another topic. Thank you for the opportunity to refute the issue.

  2. I fail to understand how anyone at or over 50 could oppose health care reform. If you are not working for an employer that offers insurance, good luck finding anyone to offer you insurance — at any price. Almost anything is considered a pre-existing condition. You don’t need to have MS, as I do, to be turned down. My husband has been turned down due to asthma, weight, and acid reflux. If you suffer from frequent hangnails, the insurance companies will find a way to turn you down. They just don’t want to take the risk that older customers might pose. If you find a company that will take you on, the premium prices are more than the mortgage on a $300,000 home.

    Beyond all this, insurance is a stupid way to deliver health care. Originally, insurance was intended to insure you against things that might happen, but weren’t all that likely. You insure your house against damage from fire, storm or theft. Any of these things could happen, but they don’t happen on a regular basis. Conversely, your health does need care on a regular basis. You need checkups, shots, tests and treatments to maintain good health and treat any health issues. Unfortunately, we will all have issues at some point. Why insure against something you know will happen? It just doesn’t make sense to me.

    America is a for profit country and I don’t want to change that in terms or regular commerce. However, health care is a different animal. Having asthma was not my husband’s choice, as getting MS was not my choice. Health care visits should not be treated like buying a car or a new TV. You can live without those, you cannot live without the treatment you need.

    I just can’t understand why people cannot make this distinction.

  3. Lisa, what a spot-on comment. I wish I had used your words for a post. In fact, I will repost your comment because you capture, in three paragraphs, the essence of WHY we need coverage for all Americans and WHY reform of this very broken system is necessary.

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