When a comment on Healthcare Reform becomes a post.

On August 20th, I wrote a blog post (again) about healthcare reform.  In it, I focused on the cost of insurance for anyone not insured through their employer, or with a pre-existing condition.  One reader, Lisa Alkana, made a very good comment, on what to me, seems like a basic human right.  Her comment was so good, so to the point, in fact, that I felt it important to bring it to a top post.

Lisa Alkana:

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.

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

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.

8 thoughts on “When a comment on Healthcare Reform becomes a post.

  1. People are uniformed and lazy.

    How else can anyone explain why 53% of Americans believe that there will be government death squads and a takeover of health care.

    Clearly, the 53% have not had to deal with elderly parent health care, a lengthy illness or poor emergency care.

    The real issue is poor communication. Once again, the Democratic party has no idea how to communicate. Public option, death squads catch on. How about Medicare for all, save money on health care costs, more money in your pocket?

    Clear communication, a clear message works at home work and business.

    Keep posting!

  2. One more example of why we need health care reform: I know of a case where a young man diagnosed with chronic kidney disease received hemodialysis for several years. Due to his kidney disease and the life sustaining hemodialysis required three times a week for 4 hours each time; maintaining a job, with insurance, was not possible and so the financial responsibility for his treatments were paid by medicare. A few years ago he was fortunate enough to receive a kidney transplant. This wonderful gift may it possible for him to find employment and with that insurance became available. When recession hit his job was cut, thus insurance went poof. Immediately he went to his medicare office to apply for assistance. Anti-rejection medicines are extremely expensive and without insurance coverage and a job to pay for them the medication necessary to protect his new kidney would soon be unavailable. The medicare personnel informed him he was not eligible for assistance because he was able to work, even though the employment offices were unable to offer him any work. Cut to the chase: He lost his kidney due to rejection. He is know back on hemodialyis, paid for by medicare, unable to work, and extremely depressed. Health care reform: if the government has to step up and help cover the cost for someone like this young man I say–go for it. At least his young man would still be part of the working force that pays taxes so that others who can’t work could receive help.

  3. Brian — there is an active disinformation campaign, intended to create fear-mongering sound bites…and you are hitting on a good point. The communication about the real issues has to overcome the negative portrayal of healthcare reform. I read the section that was misrepresented as leading to “death panels” and it was nothing of the sort. The section referred to establishing counsellors to aid seniors navigate health care planning and assist with the creation of living wills.

    Mary — I almost cried reading your comment. How sad to read about bureaucracy effectively “killing” this young man…and almost sadder for the kidney donor, whose generosity in death is not appreciated sufficiently to keep it in the body of the man whose life was saved by that donation. A point very well made.

  4. Oh…and true to form, every time I write about health care reform or anything pro-Obama, I get a handful of new subscribers and about the same number who take themselves off my subscription list. I’m as far from right wing conservative as a person could be, yet I’m still a subscriber to many conservative publications as I’m always interested in differing opinions.

  5. The Supreme Court has traditionally inteepretrd the Commerce Clause very liberally. Congress can legislate something which affects interstate commerce, even if it is not interstate commerce in itself: the Court upheld a farmer being prosecuted for growing wheat on his own farm for his own consumption, in violation of federal wheat quotas. While you may consider the healthcare law against the spirit of the Constitution, legal precedent is not on your side.As far as the Amish go, they would likely be exempted from the provision. The Amish are also exempt from Social Security tax, for example, because they do not use Social Security as part of their religious beliefs. Was this answer helpful?

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