Five Things I Know To Be 100% True About The Health Care
The Healthcare Bill passed on March 21, 2010 amid much furor from the Right and much rejoicing from the Left. People were shouting “Kill the Bill!”, while others were praising reform. I don’t know if it is a good bill or a bad one. I don’t know if it will sink or save America – and either do you. What I do know are the following five things to be absolutely, 100% factual about health care.
There Really Are Death Panels.
That’s right! Sarah Palin was correct; there are death panels. However, they aren’t the secret government plan of killing off our parents and grandparents. They are the insurance companies, themselves. The names of these death panels are known to us all: United Health Care, Aetna, Wellpoint, Humana, CIGNA, and Healthnet. These are the companies that have made billions of dollars as they nod whether your treatment is covered. These are the companies that hold the keys to life and death.
I Already Know Who Doesn’t Love Me, Baby!
I am not sure if the government wants us to live longer. This whole thing could be some wacky way of making sure we all die early, yet I know one thing: The insurance companies DO NOT care about your welfare. They are businesses and the goal of a business is to make money. By paying for your care when you are sick is counter-productive to the insurance companies. They want you to buy into their healthcare plans when you are young and healthy and have no problems. When you get older and sick, they want to dump your coverage – because you are costing them money. In an ideal world, you would just give insurance companies money from the time you were born and then, die quickly at the first sign of sickness.
I Can’t Lose What I’ve Never Had.
We’ve all heard people complaining that with “Obamacare” we’ll lose the ability to choose our own doctors and medications that we take…but waitamintute! I don’t know about you, but I’ve never had that ability! When I got sick, I would check my insurance policy, see if I was covered by the doctor I want to go to and then proceed if the insurance company agreed to pay for that doctor. If my physician prescribed me a medication that was not in “the formula”, I either didn’t get it or paid through the nose for the cure. This has been the way things have worked since I first got insurance.
No One Did Anything About Health Care Before This Reform.
George W. Bush was never for a National Health Care plan, but from the 2000 election, he was claiming that there were problems inherent in our current system that needed to be addressed. However, in the eight years that the Republicans held the White House, nothing was done to stop the health care problem. In fact, both parties stood by doing nothing but lining their pockets with insurance and pharmaceutical monies. The stance taken was to do nothing at all. Our health care system has only worsened over the last decade. Doing nothing only gets nothing done. So even if the Health Care Bill is the wrong thing to do, it is better than our old policy of doing nothing while we watch the decline.
My Insurance Bill Rises Every Year Without The Health Care Reform.
A big complaint I hear is that our insurance costs are going to rise. Here’s some news: My insurance costs have been rising every year for quite some time! At least if they increase this time, I’ll know that someone who wasn’t covered before now can go to a doctor, instead of running to the emergency room where the costs – still coming out of my taxes – aren’t as expensive as a hospital visit. The government already subsidizes hospitals for uninsured patients. Wouldn’t it be better to have people go to a doctor and insurance covers a $100 bill, than going to the hospital with the government subsidizing $200? Maybe it is just me…
Feel free to weigh in on this. I know everyone has an opinion and it is good to hear all sides of the story. Let’s hear what you have to say!