Healthcare – Very personal business
There are few citizens in America that don’t have a real passion and genuine concern over the issue of healthcare in America. We may disagree as individuals on the methods of delivery for services. Or disagree on who and how to pay for Healthcare. There is definite disagreement on what we need to do to “fix” healthcare. But either way the fact cannot be denied, this topic arouses deep concerns and genuine stress in many Americans, and rightfully so. This is our healthcare, our lives. It is our insurance coverage against unforeseen events. Insurance against natural life tragedies and to foster medical triumphs. This issue hits every American at the front door of their homes, in their bedrooms, bathrooms an d into our very heartbeats. Healthcare is not a political issue. It is a personal one…
Americans want a functional, efficient, and affordable healthcare system.
A system that allows all Americans to receive basic health services, without the government using their involvement to legislate hindrances to our basic freedom and liberty. We want the language of the law simple, clear and easy to understand and navigate. Accepting anything less is beneath the dignity of our constitution and stature as a nation and a free and innovative people. We are learning that our elected officials don’t seem to find that as important as the voters do. They have delivered garbage and on this point, both parties are equal in blame and should be equal in shame.
BTW-Who are these clowns we’ve elected to office?
Viewing our political landscape is like watching a bunch of immature spoiled kids being given control of the candy store with no adult supervision. Stuffing themselves with goodies with no regards for anyone but themselves. Giving no regard for the till, inventory and future viability. It is what nearsighted immature people do. These politicians, using healthcare as a political tool pretend to be in a philosophical fight. When in reality they seem to be in agreement that government healthcare is now the law of the land and they desire it to stay that way. The voters will be damned.
The Republicans are now enjoying a majority in both houses of Congress. The House and Senate passed multiple repeals of Obamacare with ease during Obama’s tenure as President. Knowing full well that Obama would veto them immediately as they hit his desk. These same politicians who had seven years to put a plan together to deal with repealing Obamacare when and if an opportunity should arise where a President would sign a bill, have sold the American people out. Choosing blatantly to back out on the campaign promises made to voters.
Case in point, the same bill that the GOP is bucking right now in the Senate and won’t even debate on the floor is the same one they passed under Obama (Bill vetoed). These elected representatives are now complacent on repealing Obamacare. For a fact the Democrats indeed may have taken us as a country waist deep into socialized medicine and deserve the blame for starting this mess. But the GOP, despite being given a clear mandate by winning a majority in both houses and the Presidency by running on a consistent platform of Repealing Obamacare, refuse outright to do just that, Repeal Obamacare. Despite Trump signing executive orders to allow them to do it right out of the gate, they refuse to keep their campaign promises.
Many GOP members are now showing their true colors and there is a feeling of betrayal among Trump supporters. Not a betrayal from Trump but from the Republicans who campaigned on repeal. The only saving grace for them keeping seats in 2018 is possible SCOTUS picks in play. Both parties have shown contempt and ignored the voters wishes regarding healthcare. Sacrificing not only the quality of our care but altering the very core of our country. No one can deny that before Obamacare was put in place the healthcare system needed an overhaul bigly.
Obamacare wasn’t a solution, it was a scam to get us on the path to single payer healthcare in America with only politicians and industry hacks profiting while Americans suffer horridly. There was never an intent to solve the issues related to Healthcare and health insurance.
It is even more clear now that the relationship between our politicians, big pharma, the ADA, AMA and the insurance companies has become a very bad deal for America. We must unite as a people on this one issue. We cannot afford on multiple levels to let them get this wrong. This is the only issue to big for us to let it fail.
The Democrats conned and swindled us into this Ponzi scheme. A very dark and twisted web of lies were needed to get it passed, a stark reality to ponder. In light of the fact as well that the Democrats never intended for Obamacare to survive or be sustainable or even cost effective make the lies a bit disheartening. Also knowing the Republicans are now in on the scam and will not remove the full mandates in Obamacare is equally as sad and infuriating at the same time. The sobering reality is the stark understanding we are gaining with regards to the immense depth of corruption in our political system.
We ask ourselves, why create such a monster as Obamacare? Why not repeal it now in light of the facts its harm far outweighs the benefits? The reality. Obamacare was designed purposefully to have exploding costs and to become entrenched in the economy so deep that the affects of it would be too massive to reverse course. The ultimate intention and objective was to get us started down the road toward a single payer healthcare system. You may or may not like the idea of single payer healthcare. I vehemently oppose the idea of single payer healthcare ran by the U.S. government. Just spend some time looking at how V.A. hospitals are run in our country and you will see all you need to know about government run healthcare. Single payer is for suckers. But as I always say, everything is open to debate. Without such debate these politicians and the lobbyists will continue to lie directly to our faces knowing they never plan to keep any promises made to the voters. Our Republic relies on an informed public for its success. Let that sink in…
We as Americans believe in the right to life.
Especially when it comes to our personal lives, healthcare plays heavily into the modern version of that important and essential pursuit of that right. It is time for America’s individual citizens to put aside personal prejudices, political ideologies, and anger. It is time to force our politicians to debate on the floors of both houses the issues of healthcare, taxes, and corporate overreach. It is a time in which we should vigorously examine the issues in depth and in public. This is a a grand and amazing time with so many opportunities for growth if intelligent debate and civil discourse can be achieved. This is an all hands on deck issue. We should expect nothing less but greatness from our elected representatives in these times. Not this sham representation that we are getting now.
Coverage, Care, and Costs
There are three main separate issues regarding healthcare and insurance that are important for us to note and that need debate now. They are not the only important ones and by no means the whole picture, but they are key to beginning the discussion because they are pillars on which effective change in healthcare can be built.
I will only list the areas with a brief description. In later blogs we can expand on the specifics of healthcare. For now I am commenting more on the present situation we are in and what we can do to move forward in a successful direction.
Insurance coverage is an important piece of the “healthcare” issue. It needs to be discussed separately before it can be brought back into the larger discussion. There is a tendency to intertwine coverage and care. This should not be the case and only leads to a cluttered and confusing debate.
Doctor visits, medications, emergency treatments, preventative medicine and all the services we have become used to are important. Various plans offering various services need to be debated. What is selective, what is paramount to maintaining essential and basic health? It is imperative that we make sure we discuss adding services and non traditional services that can lower the costs of care. These are sensitive topics to discuss but we must be adults and have the conversation. The type of care we expect or demand directly affects the costs of healthcare.
The costs of healthcare services are out of control. I doubt anyone would argue against this point. I recall when my son was in a car accident years ago. He went to the hospital in an ambulance. At the hospital they x-rayed his head, performed a cat scan, put some ointment In his eyes (scraped in wreck), and a triage unit spent about 10 minutes with him. He was in emergency room for a total of about 5 hours. The cost for the entire process, $20,000+. This is in my opinion is the first and most important topic to deal with.
Demanding action for America
There is a point at which the “We The People” decide under no uncertain terms that action must be taken. A point where we demand that our representatives do their job. A point we realize that we need sensible, non emotional debate about healthcare on both floors now. It is in our best interest for this this moment in time to be that point. We need media talking about the reasons we got in this mess, now. Highlight the good, the bad, the ugly and don’t hold back. Vet all ideas and ensure that all pitfalls and dangers are discussed. It will never be perfect but that is no reason to not strive for perfection regardless. We must collectively do some adulting and make this happen the right way, the American way.
Healthcare is too important, too personal, too impactful to the freedoms and livelihood of each and every individual American for us to not unite in the spirit of honesty. To work for the good of ourselves as a people and a country for our posterity and our future. We need to have a spirit of patriotism, respect and decorum for ourselves in this country. Similar to the way it was after 9-11. When Americans were civil and unified. How quickly that dissipated. Contact your representatives, your media outlets, speak with your friends. Speak about the solutions, the issues, the problems. We must stop politicizing this issue. If we don’t do something now we will have single payer healthcare in the next 5-10 years and there will be no turning back. The race is on!
Ultimately We The People, are the answer to the problems America faces. We must be the ones who #engage and are the solution. We must be the persistence that leads to a better America for all. We are America, we lead the way. It is up to us to innovate and design an efficient and affordable healthcare system. Whatever background, economic status, or political affiliation you are is irrelevant your health is important to you. All voices must be heard on this topic. Our agreements outweigh our disagreements, and our need to have this issue resolved far outweighs any need for a “party” to control the topic completely. We must work together now, or forever be torn apart.
The greatness of unity… A Christian’s perspective
There is a passage in the Bible that recounts the story of the tower of Babel. The people of the world all came together and worked together and began making a tower. As they worked their plans it became clear the tower was going to reach the heavens. God, saw this and noted “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them”. He confused their languages and scattered the people’s among the lands. I’ve always had various thoughts on this passage. But one thought always struck me as the most intriguing.
Within us is a powerful greatness given to us by God, displayed in our unity and that is so powerful, it even gives God, the creator and benevolent giver, pause and concern for it’s measure… I think it’s pretty damn cool that together we are unstoppable. I hope we can unify and create a new and uniquely American healthcare system. It is the only way to stop the race to single payer healthcare that our politicians and special interests have begun.
Antonio Belladonna– The Radical Covfefe 7-21-2017