Newsweek talks healthcare

August 24, 2009

Here’s an excerpt:

“[The] rationing lie sticks for two reasons. One is that people who should know better keep repeating it…

“…The second reason is that the idea of rationing triggers anxiety about the loss of some cherished American ideals, such as freedom of choice about what doctors you can see and what treatments you can get. Although millions of us can’t go to doctors outside our insurer’s preferred-provider list, and have been denied reimbursement for drugs the doctor prescribes (“Sorry, your plan covers only the generic”), or at minimum have waited for the insurance company to say yes (why do you think the nurse is on the phone with them for 45 minutes?), we still harbor the illusion that no one gets between us and the doctor.”

Read the entire article here.

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Very well-said!

This is the best thing I’ve read in months about the healthcare debate in our country. It’s lengthy, but extremely well-written and balanced, including the comments!

Many thanks to Strawberry for generating a “real” exchange of information and opinions!

This American’s Experience of Britain’s Healthcare System

Really good stuff!

Just found this…it is chilling and worth reading in its entirety here.

A truncated excerpt:

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Don’t talk to me about death panels, Sarah Palin….

I’ve been part of a death panel conversation. I know about death panels…

You have no idea what it’s like to be called into a sterile conference room with a hospital administrator you’ve never met before and be told that your mother’s insurance policy will only pay for 30 days in ICU. You can’t imagine what it’s like to be advised that you need to “make some decisions,” like whether your mother should be released “HTD” which is hospital parlance for “home to die,” or if you want to pay out of pocket to keep her in the ICU another week. And when you ask how much that would cost you are given a number so impossibly large that you realize there really are no decisions to make. The decision has been made for you. “Living will” or no, it doesn’t matter. The bank account and the insurance policy have trumped any legal document.

If this isn’t a “death panel” I don’t know what is.

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As for me and my family, we already have a bureaucratic entity between us and our doctor–my insurance company. Not to mention the fact that we pay richly for the privilege of having them NOT pay for almost anything, in spite of the fact that our premiums go up precipitously each year. Small business owners like us are unable to reasonably obtain group policies for our employees, even though we WANT to and investigate our options each year–and this leaves our staff AND us with no coverage unless we buy it in the form of an astronomically expensive individual plan. Or a less-expensive-but-super-crappy-unless-you-are-struck-by-an-18-wheeler-and-end-up-hospitalized-for-months plan-though-if-you-are-just-sick-with-strep-throat-you-are-out-of-luck. What we’re seeing now is a perfect example of “I’ve got mine, so screw everyone else.” No critical thought…no reading or learning about the actual proposal…Just unfounded terror, anger, and vitriol.

Very Christian-like…Real “soldier-of-the-Lord” kind of stuff, wouldn’t you agree?

“Birthers”?!?!

August 5, 2009

Is this a real person? A real interview? Completely overlooking her dead-eyed, embittered appearance, I feel suddenly terrified if THIS lady is heading up an entire political movement. Even sadder, if she is on MSNBC, she has folks on her side. Gross.

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