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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Give Me A Break!

I very rarely ever do two posts in one day, but I just can not stand it. I was just watching a program, where they were discussing whether Jesus would think there should be a public option for health care reform. The guest was a nun, and said basically yes she believed Jesus would think the public option was the correct Christian thing to do. So the host says, oh come on anyone without health care most definitely can get health care by walking into any emergency room in the country. Bull S*** Bull S***

If you have never experienced the indecency of not having health care, then you should have no opinion on the matter period. I would like to know how many of these people who are opposing the health care reform, really just want egg on Obama's face, are just plain cruel, or are completely ignorant. It is awful to have no health insurance, to wonder how you will cover an illness or accident. It is awful to be afraid to let your kids play sports, or climb the monkey bars, because they might break something. Let me tell you what it really means to be uninsured in this country.

1- You go to the ER because you have no insurance, and you know technically they can not refuse you . Technically that may be true but they will make you wait for hours, and hours on end. They call it triage, and it is great, especially if you are the ER, and you hope they just get tired of waiting, and leave. I have personally seen ER's do this to people, who come in for non emergency care. The very first thing they do is ask you for your insurance. If you are uninsured, and can not pay, you will wait forever. If they deem that you do have a job, and can pay, some will request a minimum 250 dollars to just be seen, and that will not include the bill you will get for any treatment they give you. Did you know that the uninsured get charged 2-3 times as much as those who have insurance. It is a nice little racket that goes on. Then if you don't pay they will take you to court, get a judgement against you, ruin your credit, and clean out your bank accounts, and any other assets you may be fortunate to have. That is if you are the working poor, who can not afford insurance. Tell me how can someone who makes 7 dollars an hour afford 400-500 dollars a month for health insurance. I didn't even mention that for profit hospitals can refuse to treat you, unless it is an emergency. They can say if you don't pay, you have to go somewhere else. This is shameful, plain, and simple. So please lets not make the claim that all Americans have access to health care, because it is a flat out lie.

2- So you got to be seen in the ER, if you are uninsured they will do the very bare minimum of testing, if any. They might give you a prescription, and tell you to follow up with your primary care doctor, if you even have one. If you have no money to buy the medicine you will not be able to fill the prescription, to fix the problem you went for in the first place. I guarantee 95% of the time, you will never get a real solution to fix your problem that you visited the ER for. It is a vicious cycle, with no help to anyone at all.

3- So then lets get to the many clinics all over the place. Again the very majority of these are for profit, and the not for profits, are usually under staffed, and care is questionable. I guess it is OK if you are poor, that getting subpar care is better than no care. Again this is the rich trying to keep the poor in their place. That is absolutely what I think. They don't want to go to their pristine doctors, and sit in the same office with those poor people, who can not afford to be here, and I am paying for them. Why don't they just say what they really mean?

The wealthiest country in the world, kind, caring, charitable, giving, religious, yet as a country as a whole we can not even decide that making sure everyone has affordable health care should be a goal to obtain. I think it is shameful, sad, elitist, and even disgraceful.

Are all you Democrats, really gonna let the Republicans throw egg in Obama's face? This is all this is to them, a way to make Obama fail, to retake control. I didn't even vote for Obama, but I agree so much with everyone having affordable, good health insurance.


Laura said...

I was talking to my husband the other night about the same thing. I have heard people say that if people don't have health insurance they can just go to the emergency room. I agree with you on your analysis of this. I have been there myself when I had a miscarriage. They gave me medical treatment, but I was rudely treated by the hospital staff. Then was billed a huge amount for the service which I was not able to pay. By a loop hole of the fact that my husband did not know my social security number to give them and I was, well to put it lightly not in the condition at the time to give it to them myself, they could not take legal action. It is not that I did not want to pay, but our situation at the time was at the point that we had a hard time just making the bills. Well it is a long story. At this point, I still do not have insurance and have not even been to a doctor since that episode which was back in 1998. It is not that me and my husband do not work hard. We do. If we were to pay the $400 to $500 or so a month premiums for insurance then we would not have food.
I am not a religious person, but more of a spiritual one. I just think that having access to healthcare is a moral and compassionate thing that all Americans should have the right to.

Melissa said...

It is sad that the insurance companies are being made the bad guys, which they are, but the hospitals, and clinics have their own fair share of the blame. As you said people are treated rudely, and looked down upon, when they have no right to treat them that way. What happened to caring compassionately for those in need? Ask them what their mission statements are, and then see how many really actually follow it.

A Lil Enchanted said...

I so agree Melissa... everything you said is very true. And they are all spouting flat out lies about Obama's plan. It just makes me sick to hear what these people are claiming and that so many people are believing the lies.

A Lil Enchanted,

Melissa said...

I am simply amazed by the whole thing.

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