Health Care

Connie Schultz, columnist at the Cleveland Plain Dealer and wife of Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio, had a column last Sunday on her personal experience regarding health care.  It is a very good read on multiple levels.

Here is my comment to her column (there were well over 400 comments):

I have read a lot, but certainly not all, of the comments here.  First, I am glad that Ms. Schultz has the courage to share this story with us. My dad, like hers was a life-long union member. But I have no idea how that may have affected our family as I was growing up.

Some sicknesses/diseases are probably preventable.  I totally believe that smoking (anything) will effect one’s health in a negative way. I also believe that Trans Fats and High Fructose Corn Syrup contribute to both the weight gain in America and obesity and that obesity causes many more health problems than can be justified in a rational system.

But, it is a “free country” and if people want to abuse their body, that is their right (snark).

On the other hand, there are many diseases that are hereditary or just the result of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Asthma, hypo (and hyper) thyroidism, hernia, tooth decay, glaucoma, diabetes are just a few of the situations that even the most assiduous health “nut” can fall prey to.

I have been on Medicare for the last three and a half years.  My experience with the health care system in the U.S. did not change when I became eligible for Medicare.  The only thing that changed was that the U.S. gov’t became the primary PAYER of my medical bills. I do not see anything that President Obama and the Congress are proposing that will change that.  The federal gov’t is not going to get between me and my doctor.

Socialism may (or may not) be a bad word.  But the concept of everyone having lower cost health insurance coverage (like most of Europe does) seems to be one of the primary purposes of government.

Regarding some of the complaints about the President’s plan, I cannot tell if the commenter’s are ill-informed or just don’t like the President.

Comments such as this by hafvm

Keeping my current program you say is fine under the Obama plan? Well that comes out of one side of Obamas mouth, THEN out of the OTHER side comes the current system is BROKEN! So keeping MY CURRENT PROGRAM means I am keeping a BROKEN program.

Is disingenuous, at best.  The President has said, repeatedly, “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it.”  But for the 47 million with out health care insurance, for the people that have had to file for bankruptcy because of health related bills and for those that had their insurance cancelled because of some expensive sickness, the system is broken.

As for me, with all of the best health care coverage in the country, why should I care, you might ask?  Because we are all in this together. And we need to do better for those in the most need.

Regarding this whole issue, I don’t know if the White House is at fault for not explaining the problem they were trying to fix or whether people are easily led by false prophets or whether mindless TV shows (I’m thinking Reality Shows) have got their attention or whether the American public is dumber than a box of rocks.

I can see that thar Big Pharma and the Health Insurance Companies have a lot to lose here, but c’mon folks, open your ears & think.

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