The Best Health Care Money Can Buy
As many know I am totally supportive of Health Care Reform and at the very least a Public Option to allow people to have a non profit source of insurance. Because of this I am on the receiving end of every right wing, wacko, ignorant, racist, yahoo email on the planet. So to save myself time, here is my response to all of them:
Make the rounds of your neighborhood and start seeing the cans to collect for someone's medical care. Great country we have where families hold car washes and collect pennies to pay their medical bills. Then thank Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Wellpoint and all the other blood sucking vampires for the "Best Medical Care money can buy"
Most of the charges such as bumping off grandma are totally false and complete scaremongering put out by a combination of the far right and the more than $2 million per day being spent by insurance companies to fight anything that might cut into their 30-40% profits for providing inadequate financing of the health systems, killing 18,000 people a year, forcing people into bankruptcy with the loss of homes and encouraging divorce so that a well spouse can preserve the family savings while dumping the sick spouse on the tax payer just to be able to survive.
One other item. Have everyone you know check their health insurance policies for the phrase, "Maximum lifetime coverage". Take that amount and divide it by $300,000 which is the yearly cost for cancer treatment. How much time do they get before the insurance company dumps them?
On the Constitutional issue, if this argument were true then there would be no Social Security or Medicare. Now there is a political element that thinks these two things should be wiped out, but I doubt most people (including the ones holding signs and screaming at town halls) are among them. Both of these are based in the Constitutional right of taxation to "Provide for the General welfare". A healthy and secure population is a benefit to the whole of society.
So if you are willing to give up both Social Security and Medicare, be my guest. When you leave there will be more for the rest of us covered by that "Single Payer, Government Run" plan. I'm fighting for decent healthcare for everyone so that people don't die from lack of care or are driven into poverty while insurance companies deny coverage, dump customers, enforce lifetime maximums, and interfere with medical decisions (dare I say "rationing"), not to mention the executives rake in millions in salary and the billions in corporate profits while contributing absolutely NOTHING to the medical care of a nation.
HEALTH CARE FOR ALL AMERICANS NOW
Note that nine of the ten countries have universal healthcare.