>> Monday, March 22, 2010
There were actually some pretty fun, light-hearted blog posts that I wanted to share. I guess the big news lately, though, is the progress of healthcare reform. Since my thoughts about all things health care have been shared before, instead it seems natural to say something about it, now.
I'm going to be totally and completely honest with my thoughts. Which may be hard because I *think* I know my audience and I don't want to alienate anyone or make anyone really mad. But if I don't speak my mind because of that fear, then it will probably just keep me awake all night and I really like my sleep.
OK so in full disclosure, I didn't realize anything had happened. It seemed that any hopes for progress with reform were doomed. And feeling hopeless like I did, well I just quit keeping up with it. Logging on to Facebook today though, wow, yeah that was an experience. It was pretty 50/50 on the response. I won't go into further details about the demographics, but there *was* a couple unifying factors on who felt what way. All in all however, I decided to just not say anything. I posted a funny update about Bethany and logged right off. Said a prayer. Then promptly went outside to do something with the girls.
My thoughts didn't go too far away though. And I think I need to let them out. Not so much about health care situations, cause let's face it...I've shared enough from the medical battle grounds already and if I didn't reach you with that, then I never will. To me it's not about politics or Democrats or Obama or even Pelosi. No, to me it's about the many, many patients I've met either as I've cared for them or as I was treated along side of them. Those people. Which for the most part are just like me...and you.
It was me, it is still me. And many others. I have Medicare now, which is "government healthcare". Well, actually it's my secondary insurance. I have a private insurance as my primary. For as long as they choose to cover me. I learned the hard way that you can in fact be fully insured with a reputable major medical policy. You can pay your premiums on time, every time. Starting off being healthy and then having a catastrophe. Ya know, the kind that "won't ever happen to me". Right.
Try having a *pre-authorized emergency medical admission* complete with heart surgery only to have the claim denied for no.good.reason. It was pre-authorized! That means the insurance company was brought the details of my case, established that it was in fact an emergency and needed to be treated at a tertiary care hospital, and approved it. Then took it back. Leaving me with a bill bigger than my mortgage. Unfixable through appeals.
You don't think that could happen to you? Neither did I. But at the least, I got treated. Way too many, way too damn many, don't get treated. You want to talk about "life" as an issue? Just think about that!
I've rambled on and on about all the other problems that patients have run into on this blog. They run the gamut. Not sure if I ever shared the problems that healthcare facilities have. But think about it this way...if an insurance company reneges on an obligation to pay a large amount of money for treatment, money they can't drain from an unemployed, disabled, sick person...who do you think pays that facility? And I'm not talking about bums who don't work, I'm talking about the person who went to their full-time job one day and found themselves in the hospital the next. Well, everyone does! Have you ever seen the cost of a single dose of Tylenol at the hospital?
Over the past year or so I've paid attention to the comments people make about health care reform. So many are insured through great major medical policies. Their concern? "Well now I may lose what I have!" Um, wow. If you feel this way, let me ask you...do you think it's possible that you may have a false sense of security? And my word, where is the compassion for your fellow humans? Good people...like you?!
The other one that bugs me, "God help us". Hello! God is IN CONTROL ALWAYS. I'll admit to a few "God help us" though, like for example when we started a preemptive war when we already had one war going on. Way to spread our troops thin when they need to be strong. "But they had WMD's-we know it!". Just like some claim to know all about death squads who want to kill off our senior citizens. "Just look! It's on page um, page um, it's right here, no not there, wait maybe here, no. Well, hmm...it's here. Somewhere!" Right.
Sorry for the rant. But. Please. The system is broken. Do I know how to fix it? Nope. But atleast someone's willing to try. I'm sure to have some people "UNFOLLOW!" after this. I hope you don't, really. Though we may have different views does not mean I don't appreciate your friendship, because I do. I appreciate you. I care about you. But for anyone who feels led to dump me after this...I sure as heck hope you are going to decline Medicare when you retire or become disabled and are eligible for it. If you feel that strongly against the government's help and all...
One last thing, and then I promise I'll go back to the fun stuff. I even have a contest planned! President Obama? Yes he is our President. He deserves the same respect that any President past or future deserves. But, for the love, he is a man. Created by God. And that's all I'm going to say about that!