A Healthcare Argument Part One

Here is a series of emails that has been sent around concerning the healthcare legislation. I found them extremely interesting and that both sides had valid points. Names have been changed for privacy.

Let’s talk about health care for a moment. It is time for some of us to start speaking up rather than allowing the lily-white screamers on the
Right to completely have the floor.

Health care is good. It takes care of us when we need medical attention. Without our health, we are nothing.  And it is morally wrong to deny health care to the needy poor–those who can’t afford it. We are talking about men, women, and children whose lives depend on it.

Passage of a health care bill this year is vital to this country whether it is a perfect bill or not–and most certainly perfect it will not be, but let’s get something on the books and iron out the wrinkles later. There are 535 lawmakers in Washington who love nothing better than to pass amendments.

You have heard about the standing “uninsured,” but this group is not the whole of it. Every day in this rich country of ours thousands are losing their insurance coverage every day that rolls by.  Spend just a few hours in a hospital to have a hernia operation and get a bill from that facility in excess of $10,000–not to mention the bills that come in from the surgical team and others. Or, spend five to seven days in a hospital for a major illness and get a bill from that stay for $100,000.  This is us. Having Blue Cross only for the latter charge, I negotiated the hospital down from $30,000 left owing to $20,000–so long as it was cash on the barrel head.  What if we had not the means?  Care denied or charged to the public dole?

A young professional in the family (in his early 40’s)  was let go from a lucrative position due to the depressed economy. His health insurance with the company is due to expire. He has been denied coverage by insurance companies he has approached because (1) he had two benevolent polyps removed after a colonoscopy; (2) his 6-year-old son was not insurable because he had too many head colds; (3) his wife was also determined  uninsurable even thou her health is good.

The Arcadia, Ca., police department recently sent letters to its retirees that if they wanted to keep their coverage they would now have to pay the premium themselves ($1500 a month).  Where do you go for coverage at 55 to 64 years of age or more? Who wants you? And how many can absorb this cost?

We desperately need a health care system that sensibly addresses the needs of the people. Reform of the entire system is the right way to go. It will take a lot of work, a lot of tweaking, to get it right. For decades nothing has been done–except to ignore the problem or turn our heads the other way. Special interests are working their asses off to insure that nothing gets done. Too many people have their fingers in the tilt.

It’s time–it’s past time–to do something about it……………..Lewis


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