Posts Tagged ‘Health insurance’
Long after midnight, some years ago, I found my son in the fetal position on the floor outside our bedroom door, in intense pain. We rushed him to the hospital. Pancreatitis, it was. He received good treatment. And in some days, he mostly recovered.
That night came to mind just now as I read these paragraphs from Sojourners:
Two weeks ago, Sam* died suddenly. He was only 21 years old, strong and healthy, preparing for a life ministering to youth. Cause of death: acute pancreatitis and previously undiagnosed diabetes. Reason for death: no access to health care to treat the incredible pain in his stomach – until it was too late. The bottom line: While angry protesters disrupt town hall meetings and national organizations spread fear-based lies, lives are lost.
The current health-care system leaves you and me just as vulnerable to lack of care as Sam was. Health-care reform is just as much an issue of justice, of preserving and celebrating life, as it is an issue of caring for the vulnerable. […]
[T]he current system “renders the best health care to the wealthiest, depletes the savings of solidly middle-class Americans, and leaves 46 million with no health-care coverage at all.” […]
[A]t Sam’s funeral there were no angry shouts or accusations. There was only shock and grief among the 400 friends and family members who attended.
Had I been born in a different situation, that death would have happened at my house; that shock and grief at my church. I would still know it today.
How long will we tolerate the fact that profits are more important than lives in America? How did we become so hard-hearted as to turn our backs on the victims of such perversion? What kind of monsters have we become?
* Name changed to protect the privacy of his family.
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- 70% of individuals covered by some form of private insurance still pay on average 43% of their total health care expenditure (iflizwerequeen.com)
Outstanding video: News media anchors express astonishment that GOP leaders (Iowa’s own Chuck Grassley being today’s lead) would be so brazen as to fabricate the “death panel” scare. It’s like insisting “that the earth is flat.”
The truth? A Republican Congressman wrote a provision into one of the House bills calling for insurance payment to be available to people who want to consult their physician about making a living will.
That’s it. The rest is simply made up. There is no government involvement at all.
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- Grassley Wants Political Cover, But Americans Want Health Care (campaignsilo.firedoglake.com)
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The Des Moines Register:
“The will of Iowans and the rest of America is marching steadily toward reform.”
The following is a guest opinion on health care reform by State Senators Jack Hatch and Joe Bolkcom that appeared in Saturday’s Des Moines Register. [I encountered it as a reprint at Blog for Iowa – Monte]
As we head into August, a few Washington lawmakers are standing in the way of health-care reform that America desperately needs. While patients are denied crucial treatment and families go bankrupt from medical bills, Sen. Charles Grassley and a cadre of his Senate colleagues have provoked a stir by steadfastly refusing to support the most essential piece of President Barack Obama’s proposal: a public health-insurance option. We think it’s time for Grassley to start listening to Iowans and work with the president for real health-care reform.
A public health-insurance option would introduce much needed competition into the health-insurance market, extending quality care to as many as 300,000 Iowans, while providing incentives to insurance companies to offer their current customers a better deal. Unfortunately, in a July 30 Des Moines Register editorial, Grassley said he opposes giving Americans the choice of a public option “because it is a pathway to a completely government-run system.” Read the rest of this entry »
I came across this honest piece at the excellent Blog for Iowa. Sounds like it was originally published in my home-town newspaper, The Burlington Hawk-Eye. [That’s beautiful Burlington, left, at the top.]
I had the following published in the Burlington newspaper last Saturday. I offer it here for people to use, distribute further, etc. My essay is a little long and rambling, but I have been silent too long. And we dare not lose this fight.
What sin did they commit? I have no doubt some of them have made mistakes, made bad choices, engaged in illegal or immoral activities in some instances, didn’t get themselves elected to the state house or Congress; but not all 47 million plus.
The time has come, if we are to continue to call ourselves a nation of God and faith and fairness, for every American to have health insurance. My preference is to plop everyone into Medicare whose operational costs are half to 2/3 lower than the private sector, and allow the insurance companies the opportunity to sell all of us supplemental policies as my elderly, now long-gone, relatives purchased for years.
But I won’t say it has to be this way or nothing. More than anything else, I want to see coverage in place for everyone, and for it to be there in as direct and obvious a manner as can be cobbled together. Read the rest of this entry »
In this brief video clip, a host of GOP lawmakers rattle off the words “Lewin Group” to substantiate their woeful stories of the Very Bad Things that will happen if there’s any serious health insurance reform.
Newt Gingrich calls the Lewin Group “respected.” Charles Grassley labels it a “think tank.”
Then CNN calls it “owned”—lock, stock, and barrel—by an insurance company.
Remember how they used to give us tobacco industry “experts” to convince us tobacco was harmless?
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