Can I just ask who these people are who are showing up at these town hall meetings on health care and getting so ragingly angry that they have to be removed by force?
Does ANYONE really believe that we have the best health care system in the world? That it can't be improved upon? Where do these people get their information?
Have they never lost the job that gave them health insurance and had to try and find insurance on their own? Have they been able to afford it? Have they ever tried to run a small business and buy health care for their family without the help of an employer? Have they ever tried to maneuver the Medicaid System for a friend or family member who is terminally ill and can't afford either health care or a facility to care for them during the final months or years of their lives? Have they ever had to pay for a colonoscopy or mammogram or MRI or ECG or medication without insurance? Have they ever lived in fear of becoming ill or injured without insurance? Do they know that in Canada EMT's have years of classroom and practical training instead of the shorter training our EMT's get? Do they know that people actually go to other countries for health care because not only can they not afford it here but that the health care is BETTER in other countries? Do they not know that our infant mortality rates are scandalously high? That we rate below Cyprus and Slovenia? That only the wealthy in our country or people with incredibly great insurance can afford fertility treatments while in other countries, they are free or very affordable? Have they never tried to get new insurance with a pre-existing condition? Have they ever been turned down by a doctor because he or she does not accept Medicare or Medicaid?
Do they not realize that the Medicare they're going to depend on or ARE depending on is a government-run agency? Do they not know that we spend twice as much per person on health care in this country than any other industrialized country and far more of our citizens have NO INSURANCE AT ALL?
Who are these people?
Have they never sat in an emergency room, in pain and in fear with a serious illness which could have been treated cheaply and easily with a medication if it had been taken care of at an early stage but that the visit to a family physician for that treatment was just too expensive?
Do they not realize that we DO pay for the medical care for the poor already, only in a very inefficient and expensive way?
Do they not realize that insurance companies have more to do with the health care they get than their own doctors do? That doctors could charge less and actually practice more medicine if they didn't have to spend so much of their income and energy dealing with the crazy, insane job of trying to collect money from insurance companies?
Have they never been told by a doctor that he recommends a treatment but that insurance will not pay for it?
AND WHY DO THEY THINK THAT SOCIALIZED MEDICINE IS "AN EXPERIMENT" WHICH WE CAN'T AFFORD TO TRY?
For Christ's sake. They've got it going on all over the world and it works fine. Or at least better than what we've got.
WE DON'T EVEN HAVE A SYSTEM! We have insurance companies and drug companies.
That's our system, baby. That's our so-called system. And trying to find a place within it where you feel safe and provided for for a price you can afford is ridiculously and insanely hard.
So again, I ask- who ARE these people who are so happy with the way things are?
And what's their point if the best they can come up with is that one of the plans Congress is working on actually provides for Medicaid to pay for a visit with a doctor if you want it to discuss end-of-life issues which everyone should damn well be discussing and getting on paper in a legal fashion anyway? And who better to discuss it with than a doctor? And your family, of course.
Okay. I have a lot more I could say about this but I won't. Not tonight.
I just wish I knew who these people were. And what country they live in because it sure doesn't sound like the country I live in where health care is neither cheap, easily available, or easy to understand.
What is the deal?
Could it all be traced back to, oh...I don't know.
THE INSURANCE COMPANIES AND THE DRUG COMPANIES?
What do you think?