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The new-and-improved health care system?

Good morning, Netizens…


Obama’s Health Care Plan seems to have more land mines than the main highway leading to/from Kabul, Pakistan and yet while the Republicans are muttering openly against it, many middle-class to lower-middle class Americans simply cannot afford either the preventive medical care, treatment or the medications they need for good health because they have no health insurance. Then there is even those utterly fear trips to the dentist, which can set a middle-class family into the throes of bankruptcy.


I admit a certain bias when it comes to health insurance. I once had health insurance, the self-paid health insurance that is among the most-costly of them all, but I paid it willing. The minute I had my first heart attack, they cancelled my policy which should be against the law. They eventually closed their doors. Once I applied for a new health insurance premium, however, I had a pre-existing condition, and what was even worse, the cost of the premium, at $710 per month, was far beyond my financial means to pay. The rates for health insurance have continued climbing since that time.


I am a statistic, one of the millions of Americans who cannot afford health insurance. I have two choices: go on welfare or hope someone fixes a badly broken system.


It sounds to me as if the Obama Healthcare System is any improvement. In fact, it sounds suspiciously as if the Health Care Insurance companies wrote it, which is no improvement at all. However, if the Obama-plan is voted into law, we will not have any choice on whether or not to buy a policy.


Perhaps this is best described as, “if you don’t have or cannot afford health insurance now, under Obama-care you will have health insurance but you will not have any choice.”


Dave







 

Fixing the health care system…

Good morning, Netizens…


“I’m mad as hell as I’m not going to take this anymore!”


In this morning’s cartoon, David Horsey demonstrates just a few of the reasons what many working-class and some lower-middle-class Americans seem to be yelling in a series of public input sessions on Obama’s healthcare bill. It also makes a mockery of the high profile interviews Pennsylvania Senator Arlan Specter gave to members of the news media since a meeting he led turned into a yelling contest.


You might think that Specter, having survived over 45 years as a Senator in his state, both as a Republican and as a returned-to-the-fold Democrat, would recognize that when Americans get angry, they simply will not sit down and be placated until their issues have been addressed openly and directly by their elected officials.


Based upon the town hall meetings held in various places throughout the United States, there is little doubt that Americans are angry. The single-payer system proposed by the Obama administration is not acceptable, but then the current health insurance system is unacceptably broken.


What isn’t shown in David Horsey’s cartoon, however, are the number of homes that have been taken over in lieu of payment of delinquent hospital and medical bills, such as are common in Spokane. I have tried several times to obtain some numbers to demonstrate this increasing penalty inflicted on those who cannot afford medical insurance, but surprisingly enough, none of the Spokane-area hospitals seem eager to provide those statistics. Could this be shame?


The other aspect of the town hall meetings are the numbers of people who could not attend, because they are working.


When the cost of medical care has tripled in the face of national average incomes, there is little reason why people are angry.


The incomes of health care CEO’s and the sickening profits of their firms, however, are, as David Horsey points out, quite content with the status quo. THAT has to change before anyone will pronounce the health care system fixed.


Dave

Feel like diving into the pool anyone?

Good evening, Netizens…


As we welcome cartoonist extraordinary David Horsey back from his vacation, he would have us waiting with bated breath beside the Democratic Health Care Pool trying to decide whether to take the big plunge right away. The reason the kid in the front row is busily picking his nose is because, as stupid as he might appear, he knows full and well his generation will be paying for our stupidity.


Of course, before Republicans begin banging on their dinner plates about President Obama’s Health Care Plan, they should be forced to admit they have no plan of their own. Anyone from the Republican Right Wing should also be forced to admit how much money they have received from various health care mega-corporations, underneath the table, of course. Now that could be interesting.


It does seem nobody wants to dive into the pool with the sharks of the medical inflation. Most everyone else are turning up their noses at the ugliness of an unknown health care future that Mr. Horsey so aptly describes for us.


Are you feeling secure about the future of the health care system under the Obama Plan, or are you just as scared as I am?


Dave

Killing socialized medicine…

Good evening, Netizens…


I wondered when David Horsey would get around to pinning the tail for public health insurance on the jackass, I mean the elephant.


Of course, what you cannot see in this cartoon are the tons of money crammed into that poor little insurance company lobbyists satchel, some of which doubtlessly will be slipped to the elephant beneath the table. After all, everyone gets a little largesse in such a grand scheme as killing the public health insurance option, don’t they?


The real issue which David Horsey has exposed, for the sake of those not looking in recently, is that with over 50 million Americans unable to afford health insurance, where do we draw the line?


Take the lobbyists out of health care and put the billions they have spent out of their satchels back into affordable health care for everyone might be a good first step. The real question, notwithstanding, is should the government make health care a right? Or should affordable health care be a privilege for only those who can afford it?


That decision is hanging in space right now, and perhaps there is a chance we may get a decision soon.


Dave

Taking one for the Gipper…

Good morning, Netizens…


Reference to: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/jun/16/va-inspections-still-find-flaws/, also AP


WASHINGTON – Fewer than half of Veterans Affairs centers given a surprise inspection last month had proper training and guidelines in place for common endoscopic procedures such as colonoscopies….


“The random inspections were conducted May 13-14 at 42 VA medical centers around the country. They found that just 43 percent of the centers have standard operating procedures in place and have properly trained their staffs for using endoscopic equipment.”


I believe this is just the tip of the iceberg in that in the entire VA health system there are no SOP’s across the board from facility to facility. Each is run as a small fiefdom paying homage to each incompetent politically appointed Director. Spokane’s is no different. The VA medical system is NOT a Medical System, its a VA system.


Veterans have been taking it up the butt, something that a lot of my friends have been saying for a long time now.


Dave

Where do you stand on socialized health care?

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. 


Dave

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