Update: The U.S. House has voted in favor of the Health-care Reform Bill with 219 Democrats voting in favor and all (178) Republican Congressmen voting against the reform along with 34 Democratic traitors. President Obama will soon sign the historic legislation. 🙂
Many Americans are worried that a national health care system with universal coverage would be an expensive proposition for the United States. In fact, a better-organized system, covering everybody, would almost certainly cut our health care costs – after all, every other rich nation’s health care system is cheaper than ours. Americans also tend to believe that the private sector can run a medical system for less money than the government can; all the evidence from around the world suggests the opposite.
– T.R.Reid in The Healing of America, P.24-25
Folks, at long last a bright sunny day has dawned for the American people.
A red letter day, if you ask us.
For far too long, America’s evil quartet of greedy doctors, callous insurance companies, rapacious pharmaceutical firms and mercenary hospitals have collectively killed tens of thousands of people every single year by denying medical care to the sick who were uninsured and couldn’t afford the high costs.
In collusion with their scumbag Republican partners and lobbyists, this evil quartet has massacred far more Americans than Osama bin Laden did on that fateful day in September 2001.
Think we’re kidding?
Harvard Medical School researchers have calculated that every year 45,000 people die in the U.S. because they can’t afford medical care. We wouldn’t be surprised if the number is significantly higher.
The numbers of uninsured Americans are growing and we reckon it should be around 50 million today. Not a small figure for a country of 300 million people.
Citing a World Health Organization study, T.R.Reid writes that in terms of fairness the U.S. health-care system is behind Bangladesh and Maldives. How disgusting.
Such is the dark side of the U.S. health-care system.
Today, the Obama administration took aim at one party in the evil quartet – America’s cruel, merciless health-insurance companies – and placed a big step forward in providing universal coverage.
Obama’s reform bill ends some of the pernicious practices of the U.S. healthcare system that have made life miserable for millions for several decades and killed several hundred thousand Americans over the years.
Here are some key features of Obama’s health-care reform bill (keep in mind that some of the benefits won’t come into effect until 2014):
* 32 million Americans are now expected to gain access to health insurance under the new bill.
* America’s disgusting insurance companies will no longer be able to deny coverage for pre-existing conditions, drop sick patients from their insurance rolls or put a cap on paying for the treatment. For far too long, insurance companies here have routinely denied coverage for pre-existing conditions, abruptly dropped sick members from their rolls, capped reimbursements, jacked up premiums at will and generally made life hell for members. And where do you think all the profits made from such cheap and murderous practices are going? Recently health insurance company Cigna handed out a $111 million retirement package. Yes, that is $111 million.
* Americans must buy insurance in the to-be-created exchanges or face fines (comes into effect in 2014).
* Families making too little money to buy insurance (i.e. earning up to $30,000 for a family of four) will be eligible for Medicaid. Unfortunately, this provision will not take effect until 2014. So expect another 135,000 or more Americans to die in the meantime.
* Tax credit assistance will be available for families (of four members) earning up to $88,000 so that no more than 9.5% of their income is spent on buying insurance. Sadly, this provision will not come into effect until 2014.
* Yes, children can stay on their parents’ policies until they are 26.
Are We Satisfied?
In our not-so-humble view, the best health-care system for the people is something like UK’s National Health Service where the government provides health care to all the people without any medical bills or alternatively a single payer system like Canada.
Unfortunately, there are too many rogue elements in the U.S. standing in the way of currently getting the UK system or even a Canadian-style health-care delivery model.
So, for the nonce we’ll settle for Obama’s reform bill and hope that eventually we move toward a UK or Canadian system.
More Work Necessary
Here’s what Obama’s healthcare reform bill does not address:
* America’s insurance companies still do not face competition in most of the markets they operate in. That is because President Obama abandoned the public option he initially championed.
* America’s doctors are the greediest bastards on this planet. Some of these sick scumbags charge as much as $120 from uninsured patients for a mere 1-minute of cursory consultation. Obama’s bill does not address the high fees charged by doctors for minor procedures and also fails to impose penalties on doctors for refusing to see Medicare/Medicaid patients.
* America’s pharmaceutical companies have raped the citizenry of this country with impunity by charging extortionist prices for their drugs. Why do you think millions of Americans buy the same drugs from Canada, India or elsewhere. Because they are much cheaper. Obama’s bill does not address the high cost of drugs in the U.S. nor does it simplify the process of import of drugs from foreign countries.
* America’s hospitals are sickening and inefficient organizations where emergency room visits even for those with insurance can take five to six hours and the uninsured are charged three to four times what others pay. Obama’s bill does not address the ridiculously high fees charged by hospitals for medical procedures.
* America’s sky-high health-care costs are still not addressed by this bill. Sad. The high cost nightmare of the American health-care system will not change until we bring insurance companies, doctors, pharmaceutical firms and hospitals completely to heel under our boots.
We must have price controls in place at every layer in the health-care delivery chain. No ifs, no buts.
Until the above problems are addressed we would not consider the current health care mess in the U.S. to be completely fixed but today certainly marks a good first step on the road to a civilized society.
By the way, Obama succeeded where that serial philanderer Bill ‘Suck-My-Dick-Monica’ Clinton failed.
As for the ReThuglican Republican pigs, they didn’t even try because they just don’t care for the American people. All these ReThuglican malefactors care about is their corporate benefactors
Folks, decent health-care is a fundamental right of every human.
Not a privilege.
Time all nations recognize it and, more importantly, act on it.