Archive for July, 2009

No, Let’s Not Change Anything. . .

Posted in Healthcare on July 19, 2009 by Thomas N. Schenden

Guest Contribution from a Concerned Citizen

My wife, who comes from Japan, was involved in a serious head-on collision with a truck while riding her scooter. She woke up in the hospital with a busted-up face, missing teeth, shattered shoulder, cracked ribs. She had to go through numerous surgeries, months and months of rehab. She got good medical in Tokyo, the bill was affordable, and she lives today.

If this happened in America, we would have to get attorneys, fight it out in court, wait years for a decision, they would log-roll and stall. If it was me, we’d lose the house.

Screw anybody that says decent medical is anything other than a good thing. To hell with anybody who barks from his suburban driveway he never even stepped out of. Why does America, which is supposed to be number one, have one of the highest infant mortality rates of any first world country? We’re behind so many supposedly backward nations. I have friends in Canada, and the care they get just as a matter of course is astounding. When I got some kinda Pink-Eye shit last year, it cost me a month down and $400. Ridiculous. My Canadian friend staying with me said it would have been a $30 clinic fee.

It’s disgusting how this idiotic, ignorant underclass has bought such a line of horseshit. These people would rather stick with their own party line and vote against their own fellow citizens rather than support initiatives that would improve the health of our nation. Pathetic.

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Don’t Call it Obamacare

Posted in Healthcare on July 18, 2009 by Thomas N. Schenden

Guest Contribution from a Concerned Citizen

Health care reform? Nationalized health care? Whatever you call it, it’s the next thing in the chain of evolution of our nation and society, another part of the fabric that holds us together and keeps us strong. Other countries have figured out that collective solidarity has better results. Look at our nation like a factory, so it doesn’t come out sounding Socialist and therefore scary. You got a factory (the nation) and it’s productive. Do you invest in new technology, for the future (schools, hospitals) or do you run it into the ground, divest as much profit out of it as possible and gut it…? Should the shareholders get all the profits, for short-term gain? Or do you want to keep it a going concern for generations? We’ve seen the results of Enron-Think and AIG tactics lately, so you can see that the free market mentality of the last twenty years is totally bankrupt. It doesn’t work anymore, it never did, it was just a matter of time before all the effects came to bear such bitter fruit…

Treating the populace like interchangeable, disposable parts is a really stupid, short-term strategy, but using the insurance model in conjunction with the profit motive to monitor people’s health is criminal. My father was in the aerospace industry for decades and had great insurance. When he retired, they were on a HMO plan. My Mom got some kind of problem, she was shuttled around from doctor to doctor, and was even told by certain MDs that they were hampered by the system… Anyway, long story short, she got insufficient care and treatment, which led to dire, catastrophic events and an early, wrongful death. They were paid-in, in good stead, but the profit margins of the HMO would only allow a certain degree of care and oversight. So she’s dead now, another statistic. The lawyers packed up the paperwork and that was that. So, I say to anybody that thinks that health care is and always should be in private, profit-oriented business leaders’ hands… get a life.

This is why a high court in San Diego struck down the right of private companies to build and maintain traffic cameras at intersections: If the company that was doing the surveillance, and issuing citations to citizens, was the same company calibrating those cameras, then the profit motive would be biased towards the company, and the drivers ticketed would just be part of an unchecked revenue stream, without proper oversight.

If we didn’t have the Fed ramming down food-safety down the industry’s throat, we’d still be eating the tainted meat and rotted produce that the Food Safety Act has helped to get rid of. If we didn’t have the Fed issuing guidelines and funds for Interstate Highways building and maintaining, we’d still be driving on dirt roads going through the Southwest. If you want to actually look at it with a clear, objective eye, all our roads and fuels are Federally subsidized. They’re socialized. We all pay extra taxes to build and maintain the roads we drive on. In other countries, the actual cost of driving is much, much higher. Gas costs more, the tolls are exorbitant, parking is outlandish. People have to actually pay more for the privilege of driving. It’s not seen as a “right” like over here. We demand the “right” to buy any kind of car we want, drive it wherever we want, and bitch about having to smog it and pay so much for gas. It doesn’t work that way in most of the rest of the world. The more organized societies get, the more complicated they have to be. It works with all natural organisms, it’s a constant of the universe, a supreme law. So; are we to buck the trend, and defy supreme laws? Or do we look at things rationally and do what we have to do?

America has to start looking at what we do, how we do it, and why, a lot more carefully. The days of felling vast tracts of timberland and getting easy coal and oil out of the ground to burn at will are over. We have finite resources, be they clean water, clean air, natural forests, etc. The idea of digging shit out of the ground, sending it in mile-long container ships to China, to be manufactured into useless consumer goods with a two-year shelf life, only to be brought back to American and ultimately dumped into landfills is ridiculously stupid. The idea that there is always more, just grab it, every man for himself, and too bad for those that fall behind — these are all signs of a weak society. A short-term mindset will not build, or keep an empire. Only long-term management will keep growth steady, and steady growth is what we need, not crack-head instant gratification, free-wheeling banking based on bullshit, an economy based on faked numbers and rampant speculation.

Health care is right there. It shouldn’t be posited as a “right,” it should be seen as a inevitable factor in maintaining the health and wealth of the nation. Long-term gains, for everybody. Better productivity out of the workplace, less absenteeism, less impact on emergency clinics where the costs jump in geometric proportions.

Again, I say good riddance to all those idiots who want to rant about it. They’re on the short road of evolution, let them pass away into the night…