This blog is a combination of a couple I posted back in March when the Supreme court was making their decision. I thought it was timely to repost it. I have edited a couple of things.
As a retired RN who has worked in many areas of health care I have seen and experienced our broken health care system. I have seen and experienced waiting in an emergency room for hours because it is being used like a clinic because lower-income people can’t afford medical care for themselves or their children.
I feel we are being held hostage by the insurance companies who can dictate what our doctors can and can’t do. Since they have to control their costs and make money, people are denied treatments that can save their life. I feel every citizen in this country is entitled to medical care and I think the changes that will and have been started by Obama Care is a good thing. Why is it wrong for people to help buy insurance in a government-run program? The citizens of this country have been paying for all of the care given to the poor to start with. I feel in the long run this can save us money. I can’t see a problem with them getting supplemented insurance at all. Obama Care will also help decrease the Medicare fraud that is perpetuated by the system in place now. Wouldn’t that save us a vast amount of money?
I for one applaud the president for taking the initiative to change our health care system. It is something that should’ve been done long ago. Politics in this country tries to portray this plan as bad or good. As I said, it is a new start. I am not afraid of a new beginning with health care but I know many people are.
I am attaching a Bill Moyer’s video talking about medical lobbyist in Washington. It explains why so much propaganda is spread about anything affecting medicine or drugs.
I have stated before on this blog that I think the healthcare program is a good thing for the people of this country. With the insurance company‘s running the doctors and hospitals a lot of people are not getting the care they should be getting. We are already paying out the wazoo for the uninsured to receive care with the high costs of medical care and deaths that could have been prevented. If the mandatory insurance makes people get insurance who would otherwise just think they can use the ER as an Emergency Room with no thought to how they are tying up the system or the cost to all of us. I think it is a good thing to make everyone responsible for something that might help reshape our medical and insurance system. It is something everyone uses at one time or another.
I do not think only the rich should be entitled to medical procedures which can save and improve lives. As an RN I am not in favor of prolonging life just because it can be. A life needs quality, not just quantity. I think this will give a good start to equal access.
I know how I want this election to go, but I also know it’s in God’s hands. As an American and a Christian I will live with the final outcome. Either way it will be tough on all of us.
That’s my two-cents once again on healthcare. Let me know what you think and why you feel the way you do. I look forward to hearing from you. A healthy discussion is always good.