US Health Care

Note: This blog weas originally posted on my web site on November 7, 2009. Since it is a bit of old news, I’ve decided to disable comments.

Well, it’s November and the health care reforms in the US keep on moving at a snails pace.

I pity the million in the US who don’t have any health care or who are about to lose it after their benefits are finished after they are laid off and haven’t found a job in months. Something like an estimated one in seven Americans have no health care benefits. Many more are paying for benefits but aren’t getting their moneys worth.

While I doubt if everything in Michael Moore’s movie Sicko is one hundred percent accurate (maybe accurate but overdone or interpreted differently  in some cases), it does show you the problems they do face in the US that Canadians (and in fact most developed countries) don’t have.

If true, take the guy in Sicko who was told that he couldn’t get both fingers cut off in an accident re-attached. One would cost $12,000 and the other was $60,000. He took the $12,000 as it’s all he could afford. Or in the case of others who would get the run-around by their HMO for crazy reasons until it’s too late.

Even US military personnel were denied coverage because of their mental issues occurred before getting into the military even though the military let them in and the issues they faced only came out after they came back from a combat role. Last I heard, I think the military has some type of psych evaluation before accepted.

A good chunk of the fault lays on the Republican politicians with the help of a few Democrats. Various organizations including the American Medical Association and the American Association of Retired People have endorsed the bill. But many politicians are getting some [hummm] kickbacks to block the bill. You would figure it would benefit the kickbackers.

There was a video shown on the news (maybe on CNN?) with a politician in front of the current version of the bill. Looks like a few thousands of pages thick. I wonder if they read it all or had some poor assistant do it.

Yes, Canadians do have to wait in line – sometimes for months – but it at least won’t bankrupt us or force us to make decisions we want to make. A recent poll stated that 90% of Canadians are happy with their health system – even with longer wait in lines for tests.

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