we are a system of maximizing profits and not of delivering affordable healthcare?
we have public fire police transportation and social security. how would it look like if we had to fight our own fires, defend ourselves individually and pay tolls at every road and street?
we are hostage to health insurance.
we have the uninsured paying the hospital bills for other uninsured.
The insurance industry, pharma and hospitals have the upper hand. They want to fill the beds fast.
We need health reform we do not need big government running it , there will be a way, we do not need to rush into it, how is it all going to be paid for? Other countries have tried naturalised health care I have lived with it ,it does not work.,we will get reform it will be better but its really what the People want not a left wing government with an agenda..
If we cannot have government run health care, then do away with medicaid, medicare, social secuity ssi, welfare, free baby care, all government run programs. Then NO ONE can complain it is a socialistic society, big government and all that. Ask them people on any of those programs if they want it to go away! NAH! Only if it costs the other person and not them! Get a brain people!
That includes govmnt grants, student loans, wic, etc. When your employer quits carrying health insurance, lets see how long you think you can wait when its one of your kids getting sick and not getting healthcare. Of course, without government intervention, your local hospital can no longer see you without healthcare insurance and without all those government socialized programs, yer screwed? or dead, take your pic
Our healthcare costs have been rising at a rate much faster than any other cost of living in this nation as well as compared to other industrialized nations. Yet we have millions of people who cannot get health insurance coverage for a multitude of excuses by these insurance companies. People know that all it takes is an illness or giving birth, getting labwork, Xray, ER, mental illnesses to name just the top of the iceberg, can all lead these uninsured people to financial ruin.
Right now people who are lucky to get their healthcare insurance paid for by their employers, can be easily thrown into the group of uninsured simply because their jobs have been cut and they are now without a job and without health insurance. They may be dealing with many health issues that are life threatening if left untreated. Some hospital ERs have refused uninsured patients, because it costs them too much money to treat these people. Yes, the hospitals who do treat all patients, insured and uninsured is no answer. You see, to recover the charges incurred by the hospitals for those who can't pay, the hospitals charge those who do have insurance, even higher fees for services through the patient's health insurance costs. Well, the health insurance company needs to be making profits too, so they increase the cost to the people and businesses buying into the insurance program. Many people cannot afford even these fees. It is a vicious cycle. The ones who come out on the losing end are the uninsured, the small business who must pay MORE for the exact coverage the BIG companies pay LOWER premiums for because they can buy in larger blocks. Something is wrong with this picture!
Now lets look at Medicare. The government has given most or all hospitals in this country yearly grants of money to cover the costs of the number of patients of those on medicare that each hospital treats. Hospitals also must run with some profits to keep their doors open. With Medicare, the hospitals don't want Medicare patients admitted, to fill their beds, use their medicine, laboratories and imagine departments surgery. Why? Because they want to keep as much money to the hospital from these government grants, so patients are sent home early, still too sick to be released and frequently are right back because they are too ill and should never have been discharged in the first place. Some very sick elderly, who actually needed to be admitted from the ER are sent back home. Being too ill to be at home, they are taken back to the hospital by family, social services, neighbors, and only then are they admitted.
There are many citizens on disability. Contrary to what some like to believe, it is not because they are lazy, stupid, don't want to work just want to live off the government handouts. Those who look down on disabled people, should learn how much THEY would get should they become disababled, and find out that their living standards sharply decline with what they would have to live on. It is no invitation to wealthy living in our costly nation. Plus there are tight guidlines that are met to be eligible for disability.
The former administration, who believes in privatly run operations, hired a company to handle the government payouts on insurances. It actually cost more for this private business to do this job, than had the government just done it themselves.
While there are those who fear the increase of government's involvement in our healthcare issues, remember that our healthcare corporations in this country amount to less than four. That isn't healthy competition to keep prices under control and make access to health insurance affordable, and for many even available. For reasons like this our government is looking and moving toward solutions that will make it possible for every American citizen to have some method for obtaining healthcare insurance and be able to keep it if they lose their jobs, or start a new job.
If you are not part of the solution, then you are part of the problem.
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