Do I not understand something? Is there really a Harvard Study that shows 44,789 Americans are dying each year, because they have inadequate access to healthcare? That means 122 Americans die each day because the healthcare bureaucrats value their money more than your life! Does the “all” that “liberty and justice” are for, exclude the sick and the injured? Aren’t children, beginning workers, injured workers, and people with what insurance company doctors refer to as “preexisting health conditions’ worth saving? Can’t we afford to save these peoples lives? This is just a bad dream. Right?
I have a daughter who was injured while working for the state of Minnesota. The repair of her injury was not one that her insurance would cover, and therefore her doctors refused to refer her to have it repaired. In order to save her life, I found a facility that would repair her injury at a cost of $30,000. The surgery took 45 minutes and it worked fine. Had I not come up with the money, she would have been one of the 122 Americans who die prematurely each day. As it was, she silently suffered one second at a time for at least an extra three years. This was an insured worker who was hurt doing her job.
This daughter is mother to a ten-year old girl who had to watch her mother’s three-and-a half-year torture. She was put on medical assistance, because her mother couldn’t work. We took her to urgent care because she was doubled up with abdominal pain. They sent us to emergency, where they did tests and sent her home with instructions to return if the pain got worse. It got worse and we returned. They repeated the tests and they prescribed her medication, and they said to return if the medication didn’t work. We went home and she took medicine. It made her violently ill. The pain was even worse. We returned to the emergency room. They did more tests, found the problem, and prescribed medication. The pharmacist said that there was a mistake, that this prescription was ten times the normal adult dosage. The pharmacist called the hospital, and they adjusted the dosage to one appropriate for a child. She got better, but we got a letter from the insurance company stating that they would not pay the hospital bill even though physicians had directed all three trips to emergency.
9/11 was a tragedy of epic proportions. 3,000 people died and will be missed forever. It would be hard to believe the inhumanity if we had not seen it with our own eyes. The millions of us who saw it know that we must do our best to protect our country from such unconscionable acts. We must also protect against secretly occurring unconscionable acts. One of those unconscionable acts is the denial of healthcare. If a person gets sick or injured, and if their insurance declines to pay or if they have no insurance, the ill person’s family is impoverished and the deserted patient suffers or dies prematurely. In this country it seems that, to the healthcare system, to the government, and to the media, people who are impoverished this way are invisible.
There are at least 30 countries around the globe whose citizens believe that people should be taken care of, even if they are poor. People around the world wonder how Americans can responsibly preside over nuclear weapons if they aren’t responsible, even to their own citizens. The healthcare system has full governmental permission for its systemic abuse and its cover-up? The media garners inordinate amounts of its income from the broken system and shades its activity from the light of truth. It divisionally focuses on highly visible, unusual acts of criminal behavior because it is easy to see the victims, and it is obvious that those responsible are nothing like us.
Every 25 days another three thousand people die because they were disallowed access to the healthcare system, and they became ill, or they were injured? Their passing is carefully concealed by demeaning the victims and creating mountains of paperwork to create the illusion that there is no malfeasance involved. Cleverly hidden among the good, hardworking, conscientious professionals who “first do no harm,” are those who are paid well to do harm, and will take a financial hit if they resist. The healthcare profession is either unable or unwilling to divorce itself from this assault on the vulnerable.
As roads are available to a driver, healthcare needs to be available to a patient. Corporations want to unethically retain control of the medical establishment. From a business standpoint, there is no competition in healthcare delivery. It is a monopoly. That is the problem. Healthcare delivery has to be invisibly accessible to the public. As with roads, healthcare is expensive, but roads pay for themselves many times over. We would have a poor economy without them. Universal healthcare will pay for itself and give us a badly needed shot at economic health and dignity.
Healthcare needs to provide everyone the best cures possible, based on science and compassion. Businesses should receive appropriate payment for appropriate services. They should not be paid for the refusal of appropriates services or the administration of unneeded services for profit. Doctors need to be free to administer treatment and refer patients to achieve a cure as scientific humanitarians. Their incentive for personal gain should be based on their success at increasing the health of their patients, not their patients’ premature death or prolonged suffering. Patients are not customers. They are vulnerable and need protection. Thousands of doctors and lawyers cash in on their licensure to deny healthcare, in order to increase insurance company and medical profits and their own income. Others use their license to negatively influence patient disempowering legislation. Our government and business ”leaders” are holding us hostage to the broken system.
Please wake me up. Tell me that America is a place where her “tired and poor huddled masses” heal and achieve happiness and good fortune. Where people fight for justice. Sometimes they even die for it. I hope you wake me soon because in this nightmare, science and compassion don’t exist, and a lot of people garner wealth by being selfish, pushy, stupid and mean. Every day 122 people are dying, and nobody seems to care. So many businesses are tricking people that it is hard to tell if they are providing service, or committing crimes, or both. If Liberty and justice isn’t for all, it isn’t for anyone. If everyone can’t have “Liberty and Justice,” it doesn’t exist.