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Mon., May 11, 2009, 4:50 p.m.

Where do you stand on socialized health care?

David Horsey,, (The Spokesman-Review)
David Horsey,, (The Spokesman-Review)

Good afternoon, Netizens...

David Horsey's cartoon of this morning directly addresses the rising issue of socialized health care in this country, and originally I was going to try to speak to the pros and cons of socialized medicine. The deeper I looked into it, the worse the vision got. We in the United States are purportedly one of the most wealthy countries in the entire world, and yet we fall consistently behind when it comes to delivering affordable health care to middle and lower-income families. There are lots of reasons this is true, but perhaps the biggest of them all are lobbyists who have the powerful persuasion to steer our elected congressional members the direction they want them to go.

The single objection I envision when comparing the United States health care system to Germany, let's say, is that most new breaking-edge medications, treatments and disciplines originate here in the United States, and nowhere else. We are the pill-packing, machine making autocratic physician to the world. Otherwise, why do the foreign countries of the world continue sending their children to the hospitals and specialists in the United States? That's because they lack most of the innovation that we traditionally have had here in this country.

On the other hand, there are too many tales, including a few right here in Spokane, where indigent health care patients have lost their homes to the massive collection agencies that lurk behind the scenes at our hospitals and clinics. You don't have any money and you are dying? Sure, come right on in and we'll fix you right up. If you've got any assets that our people can find, we'll make them our assets in exchange for treating you. That's the way the system, at present, works, and it is wrong.

Besides, who are the pinhead administrators who organize and legitimize million dollar advertising campaigns for hospitals? Take the money the administrators would save and invest it in free/low-cost clinics for the indigent and low-income families.

I cannot help but wonder. Would socialized health care guarantee everyone, regardless of their income, quality medical care? If so, I'm for it. I'm a statistic: too sick for low-cost insurance and too broke to buy it. 


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