The funny thing about this health-care reform is for the last 3-4 years, we’ve lurched from one pseudo-disaster to another. Just think about it. We’ve gone through the socialized medicine craze – “this is nothing but socialized medicine, do you want to be Canada or France?” We have gone through the “President Obama is thwarting the will of the people” phase. Last week, we decided to enter the “Obama lied to the American people” phase. President Obama did say on multiple occasions, that “if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.” That was simply not true. It was never true. What the president should have said was that if you have decent health insurance and you like it, then you can keep it. If you have crap, I’m sorry, but that’s not going to be acceptable anymore. Unfortunately, qualified statements simply don’t play as well with the American people as these definitive clichés.
Many Americans are finding out that they simply cannot keep their health insurance. I remember reading somewhere that this woman was very upset that she was going to lose her health insurance which cost her approximate $650 a year. Unfortunately, upon examination, she really didn’t get covered for anything. She was playing $650 to get nothing. (Like many Americans she said that she liked her policy, but she had never used it and didn’t know that it covered nothing.) This is the crux of the problem. Many insurance companies were selling health insurance at some nominal price that really didn’t cover almost anything. I saw the other side of this coin on multiple occasions. I have had patients in the hospital who sustained significant injuries only to find out that their insurance would not pay for rehabilitation, cognitive therapy, physical therapy, almost anything that they really needed. I’ve seen patients and their spouses on the phone desperate to talk to anyone who had answers, only to find out they’re going to get the runaround, again. Continue reading Clinging to Garbage Health Insurance Policies
Early this week, the former Three’s Company star, Suzanne Somers, decided that she needed to enter the healthcare debate. I’m not sure what her qualifications would be. Maybe because she is a fitness guru… that qualifies her as an expert. Okay, I’ll go with that.
She starts off with a statement that is guaranteed to upset or excite half of her audience. She writes, “First of all, let’s call affordable health care what it really is: It’s socialized medicine.” Seriously, is that the way we are going to start the conversation? That’s just about as subtle as that line from Saturday Night Live – “Jane, you ignorant slut.” The word “socialized” is associated with badness in the US. It embodies all of the bad of government. According to WikiPedia, Ron Paul’s #1 source for information, “socialized medicine is a term used to describe and discuss systems of universal health care—that is, medical and hospital care for all at a nominal cost by means of government regulation of health care and subsidies derived from taxation. ” Continue reading Suzanne Somers and her break with reality
My good friend Kurt Eichenwald has nailed this one, again. He pulls no punches. ObamaCare is a patch. It basically helps moderate-income Americans get health insurance coverage. That’s it. How can you be against that?
From Kurt Eichenwald:
Last week, I wrote a lengthy piece to refute the Republican lies about Obamacare. This week, I am going to write about some of the truths.
Let me start by acknowledging: Obamacare is not perfect. Neither is Medicare. Neither is Social Security. Or capitalism. Or your household. Any large system—whether proposed by Republicans or Democrats or any other circus barkers—will have flaws, many of them unfixable, that cause bumps and starts. If we required perfection in all things, we wouldn’t even have a military. Demanding such unrealistic performance is a prescription for overall failure as a nation—as a wiser person than me once said, the great is the enemy of the good. Continue reading The Truth about ObamaCare