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Sat., May 16, 2009, 11:07 a.m.

The Saviors of the Health Care Swamp…

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

Good morning, Netizens...

Can we agree to terms that health care, such as most of us know it to be these days, is a swamp? It is infested with all manner of dangerous creatures, and one can lose their life trying to save their life. People no longer die of ailments; they die because of a lack of health insurance, a malady that continues to increase misery and anguish, and the only outward signs is that in the swamp of health care, there are large crocodiles waiting for the unwary.

David Horsey, however, captured the essence of the meeting of the Health Care Tzars the other day, and stated they were going to solve our health care crisis. You'll pardon me for saying it, but yeah sure. You did notice the crocodile on the left has his fingers crossed, didn't you?

Of these four slithering beasts who crawl on their tummies, I submit the insurance companies have done more to eliminate providing health care to those who cannot afford it than the others combined. If you are healthy, and relatively well-to-do, health insurance is both affordable and, given a stable health history, quite accessible. However, having said that, the minute you file a claim for a long-term illness, your medical insurance goes through the sky, past the point where you can afford it.

The unanswered question is how naïve is President Obama? Does he really think that the four crocodiles of Insurance, Pharmaceutical Companies, HMO's and for-profit Hospitals are going to actually drain the swamp we call health care? Or are they simply going to perpetuate the status quo, guaranteeing themselves a fat future while people continue to suffer?

Normally the folks that run the health care system here in Spokane prefer to remain nameless and faceless. At least now we have names for both them, the Pharmaceutical Companies and the HMO's. They are called the Four Crocodiles of the Apocalypse and they are going to drain the swamp we call the health care system.

Are you impressed? I'm not.


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