As a healthcare provider I feel very strongly about today’s Daily Prompt. Thankfully, I have already blogged about this topic to some degree in an old post on my previous website. Some segments of the mass media attempt to convince the world that subscribing to universal healthcare and certain presidential candidates will immediately turn America, land of freedom, into the former Cold War, Ivan Drago Soviet Union of our worst communist nightmares.
These are the same people proclaiming how they will flee to Canada to avoid the socialistic rigors of universal health care, because America is “becoming a commie, socialist wasteland” while at the same time fiercely defending social services like medicare and social security (gimme a break guys, it even has the word social in it!). Is everyone making moronically ironic statements such as these, no, but is it common enough to cause concern. Yes!
Just spend five seconds googling the phrase Obamacare and moving to Canada and you will see what I am talking about. Even Mitt Romney fell victim to this irony when he praised Israel’s healthcare system (like Canada, they have socialist healthcare) while visiting overseas. Before you begin criticizing Romney for making this mistake keep in mind just how easy it is to make.
Most of the industrialized world, especially those countries with the highest rated healthcare, have socialized medicine. If you don’t believe me and you somehow think my references are “too liberal” for you, then check out The World Health Organizations official 2008 report. Fact is, if you go to just about any other industrialized country within the European Union and Asia to praise their much higher ranked healthcare system you will likely fall into the same trap.
Small list of non-communist countries with universal healthcare and higher rated medical care
France – entirely socialized and currently number 1 for healthcare worldwide
Other social services we all freely enjoy:
No one wants to get rid of any of these things so why do we not care just as much about the most personal thing any of us will ever have to contend with, our own health. Before both of my parents passed, I was their primary caretaker and the constant struggles I have had with their own insurance issues exposed me to how bad our healthcare situation in America really is. Privatizing healthcare is a horrible idea.
Insurance companies and privatized medical companies only care about their own bottom line. They will do whatever it takes to keep from paying something they feel is unnecessary. Despite having both Medicare and Tricare for life through my father’s lifelong service in the military my parents struggled with their medical care coverage. If both of my parents who had Tricare, Medicare, and privately purchased long term care insurance had trouble then how much more does everybody else. A lot!
A close friend of mine is going through similar problems with his own family as they struggle to escape the nightmares of middle class healthcare coverage. They did not have long term care insurance and his father is unable to get medicare, but is severely disabled with an early form of Alzheimer’s disease. He is total care, but they can’t provide the care he needs without putting themselves in bankruptcy.
I know from personal experience that Medicare will only cover 100 days in a skilled nursing facility and you are then responsible for thousands of dollars worth of care each month. Few Americans can even afford thousands of dollars for their own mortgages. How in the world is anyone supposed to afford this without additional insurance. Fact is, they can’t.
Our elderly population is some of the poorest in our nation and this is due largely to the excessive cost of medical care. Every insurance company has a cap and once you pass this the buck is on you. We seem to be treating dollars and not disease. Why has our country come to this? Why do we hesitate to pay for the one thing we all need the most? These are questions we all must answer as we cast political preferences aside and attack this bipartisan problem head on. What are your thoughts? Leave a comment below!