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Sticky Wicket - The Health Reform SagaPosted Wednesday, July 22, 2009, at 10:38 AM
Health care reform is needed BUT not at lightning - break-neck speed that is trying to be forced
down the country's throats right now. The issues weren't created overnight and there shouldn't be such a rush to 'fix' something. Sometimes the quick fix ends up costing more in the long road.
I firmly believe the health care and insurances industries are so intertwined that it would take a team of truly gifted, thoughtful and non-partisan folks to muddle through the chaos - and to what purpose? Even if they come up with a solution or a variety of solutions that won't bankrupt my descendants, who would actually pay in the long run? My guess, feeble minded as I may be - is the working middle class of America. I would bet my cost would continue spirally upwards to the point that I could not afford even the deductibles or co-pays.
I am currently covered under a health care plan. One that involves deductibles, co-pays and a bazillion rules of what they will and what they won't pay for. This means that I have to try to make informed decisions on what we can do in regards to our family's health care. But trust me, over the last 15 years when BOTH sides of the aisle have controlled the Congressional doings, I have seen our share of costs and the cost of services go up dramatically due to legislative measures. There isn't any one political demographic to point fingers at. Congressionally speaking, both parties contributed.
I live in rural America. I do have access to good local health care. If I have to have any specialized health care that can't be offered locally in the rural outreach clinics, I will have to drive at least an hour to get specialized health care. I will have to actually drive two hours because despite having a regional hospital close to me, it is across state lines and my insurance company has an issue with that. The issue is what they will pay for and what providers and where the services are rendered.
The sticky wicket as with everything is the almighty dollar. There are those very passionate and gifted health professionals that want their patients to make the best health decisions for their course of treatment. Their hearts and ethical standards are in the right place but truly most of us working class folks have to make our health care decisions based on the pocketbook. I don't have the luxury of 'free' health care. I am not certain that is what we truly need in all the quagmire.
While I would like to offer up a few suggestions, I would not be listened to. No economic (political) clout from my pocketbook. I just want every able adult to have to bear some of the financial burden. My corner of the working class world is getting pretty darn heavy to financially support.
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