I agree...why can't we do better?
This past spring, the lobby guy at McDonald's was having stomach problems. I know him because I meet a friend there for lunch 2x a week. Johnny was 55 and a veteran, and worked construction for years, until a stroke blinded him in one eye. He and his wife both worked 50 hour weeks, yet made too much money for medicaid. His local doctor wanted an ultrasound test, but he did not have the money. He later died in the hospital, after discovering liver cancer.
We have to do something in this country to change the health care is handled.
Look at Canada. Not a perfect system, but I have yet to meet a Canadian that hates their system.
But if we continue to listen to the HC lobbyists, and the special interest groups that run fear based commercials against a national health care system, we will continue to see the massive problems we have today. Those problems are getting worse by the year.
The hospitals love to say "We aren't making any money!!!!" When was the last time you saw anyone from hospital management that was poor????
It sickens me to know that life times of hard work and savings can be eaten away in weeks in a hospital stay.
Wanna talk about redistribution of wealth? Look at the HC industry. They have been sucking us dry for years and years, and the redistribution of wealth has all the money going to the health care industry.
For instance, my grandfather worked all of his life and raised 10 kids to be successful. When he died, the estate was worth about $100,000, which was just enough to cover his last 2 months in the hospital.
A guy in our town had a wife that needed a heart transplant. That guy worked 50 hours a week at a factory, and took another 40 hour job at Walmart. Yet, no matter how hard he worked, he is destined to be poor forever and ever because of the HC bills he faced. This is a consumer that will probably never buy a house, a new car, have a credit card, just because the HC industry broke him, and his credit is ruined. What did we gain there?
In fact, getting a major illness in this nation usually means poverty for that individual, unless they have great insurance.
The HC industry, as great as it has become, is taking this nation for a ride.
The HC industry will charges absolutely as much as they can and have learned that they can get rich by soaking the wealth out of those of us in need.
It is time to get this nation back on track, and we should start with the health care industry.
I am sure I will get my head bashed in for posting this opinion.