Health Care ReFAIL

July 23, 2009 at 3:42 pm 4 comments


So, I’m gettin’ all déjà vu-ey over this whole health-care reform issue because I gots a bayud feeling whatever version of this pitifully lame mockery of health-care reform initiative makes it to my boyfriend’s desk – it’s not going to end up providing any actual ‘reform’.
I know it. You know it. Reconize.

I mean, no doubt — the needs are there.
You simply can’t argue that something must be done to help the more than dental46 million uninsured Americans.
::: For those keeping score — that’s nearly 15% of all Americans — more people than in all of Canada or Spain and twice as many as Venezuela or Australia. That’s a lot of people, people!!! :::

Nor can you argue that the cost of health care has put those with so-so insurance on the medical skids and those with nice plans think they’re all fine and dandy because they aren’t the ones paying the hidden costs (all you so-sos are) and they’re basically sheilded from the suffering of their poor, uninsured neighbors.
::: And don’t even start. It’s a no-brainer. Yes. You should care about your
neighbors. :::

O’Baby says whatever bill is brought before him must broaden coverage, slow long-term cost increases and be deficit-neutral (mmm hmm) — all of this in spite of an expected price tag of more than $1 trillion over the next decade. And he wants it paid for without increasing taxes on the 95 percent of Americans who earn less than $250,000 a year.

Superbly scary pricetag aside, it might not pinch that other 5% quite as waitingmuch as they think to ante up considering they take in more than one-third of all pay in the U.S.

A new Wall Street Journal analysis of Social Security Administration data from 1979 and 2006 revealed the inflation-adjusted after-tax income of the richest 1% of households increased by a gargantuan 256 percent, compared to measly 21% for families in the middle income quintile.

They received “nearly $2.1 trillion of the $6.4 trillion in total U.S. pay in 2007, the latest figures available,” the report states. And those compensation numbers “don’t include incentive stock options, unexercised stock options, unvested restricted stock units and certain benefits.”

So, I’m sorry, but you’ll have to forgive me if I don’t rush out to get my boo hoo on for them right away. This ‘caste’ing of American society is a little too ‘fall of ancient Rome economy’ if you ask me, which you didn’t but it’s my blog so nyah nyah nyah nyah.

Oh but it doesn’t matter anyway.
I mean, for starters, the various and sundry versions of versions of the plans making the rounds through Congress include some of O’Bossyboss’ ‘must haves’, but – according to the Congressional Budget Office — none of them do enough to slow health care cost increases.

SHOCK!

Add to that the harsh reality that nothing will ever change until and unless the government stops pretending that insurance companies are in the healthcare business.
Here’s a lesson kiddies: Insurance companies are in the profit industry. They do not provide health care, they don’t usually pay for some of it.

Bottom line? The whole reform issue is scary. It’s a thorny bush no one’s wanted to prune for, like EVER!
And, while it’s perfectly natural for rank and filers like you and me to fear making a big change like this, it’s also wholly unacceptable for the people representing me you us to flap and squawk and click their heels about the work, the sacrifice, the harship of it all … and in the end do nothing of any consequence.

The current system is rotting the country from the inside like a cancer … and cancer doesn’t discriminate.

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4 Comments

  • 1. Tjras  |  July 25, 2009 at 1:54 am

    Cancer does not discriminate. Insurance companies do. Every day. They discriminate when you start to suck their profits dry.

    Every ounce of your treatment comes with a price tag. And once you are 2+ years into your diagnosis, you start paying attention to how much that alcohol swab costs that they used to clean your arm before drawing blood. (No shit, it’s usually $0.50 to wipe your friggin’ arm! Don’t believe me, check your next medical statement from the doctor’s office). Your insurance company will negotiate that $0.50 down to about $0.30 so, hey look at the bright side, you got it on sale, right?

    At the first diagnosis, they (insurance companies) tell you not to worry because “they’ve got your back”. They tell you how to work through this confusing system of doctors, oncologists, radiologists, pulminary specialists, OBGYNs, etc. – and those are just the MDs you deal with prior to a final diagnosis. But they tell you, “We are here for YOU. Don’t worry about your cancer diagnosis….We are your advocate.”

    After a couple of chemotherapy treatments that total a mere $27,000 a pop…. (Yes, that’s right, I said $27K for an infusion of chemo. Multiply that by 5 treatments a year. And we’re not even talking about radiation, the doctor’s cost to talk to you and look over your chart, PET scans, CT scans, MRIs…..or the mighty pricey band-aids)…

    Insurance companies suddenly aren’t so friendly when you don’t understand their “explanation of charges” statement.

    Once your total liability for that insurance company starts to rise, as it does with disease, they don’t have your back anymore. Not so much.

    But the hardest part is when you hear about some great new drug that fights cancer, that is your next best bet….so your doctor schedules your treatment….but wait, now your bad-ass insurance company says, “nope, we ain’t paying.” So, you call, write letters…even your doctors appeal the rejection….stating that because the cancer has spread here and there, you are a prime candidate for this approved new chemo, that you NEED this treatment to fight your disease, etc.

    You finally get an answer from the insurance company, explaining why they won’t cover this amazing new drug…..

    Their answer, “I dunno. We just can’t…..”

    Hmmmm. Ok. Let’s move on to the next issue.

    It’s time for scans. PET scans, CT scans….all those wonderful scans that show if cancer is progressing or if you are responding to treatment.

    Insurance company says, “Nope. Ain’t gonna do it.”

    Why? “Because we don’t wanna…”

    But isn’t this what you approved for the last 2 years to see if treatment is working?

    “Yep. But we don’t have to, if we don’t wanna anymore…”

    In other words, you my dear friend, are costing us too much damn money and it’s time to let you go even though you’ve been paying outrageous premiums for the last 20 years. We can’t save everyone…Geeeesh. We need to start making our billions on some other poor soul….

  • 2. lifeisacookie  |  July 26, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Right fucking ON Tjras!!!
    You could not have summed it up better. I totally feel you – having been there (and being there) myself.

    The question is — what do you think can be done? Seriously — you are in an extraordinnarily informed position … what do you think?

  • 3. newsbird  |  July 28, 2009 at 1:38 am

    how do you think the government can step in and afford to give those treatments?
    real reform can only come if we get more doctors SO THEY HAVE TO COMPETE FOR PATIENTS
    this idea that private health insurance needs comeption is OK but how much will we pay for it? I think private insurance will have to fial and millions of jobs will be lost. Maybe when 25% of epople are unemployed then Prez Obama is done with his agenda. He wants us all dependent on the frigging government.,

    Congress is considering to leave union negotiated health plans out of any possible tax to pay for this monster care.

  • 4. lifeisacookie  |  July 28, 2009 at 10:47 am

    An interesting point but I’m not sure we’d settled on a government-backed plan entirely (we meaning LIAC 😉 ) but I don’t disagree that having to work for your clientele just like any other business could prove wildly beneficial for the medical industry. I mean, it IS a business, after all … right?



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