US Healthcare: an oxymoron
It was very exciting to read about Amanda’s grass roots Twitter research. Amanda, you have started an activist conversation that we, the people, need to have. Comments from so many people on what Amanda started touched on a deep and growing moral and economic issue for which we must demand answers: loss of a job means loss of insurance, medical debt, loss of shelter and bankruptcy is not a rarity, unaffordable insurance premiums as the norm for the middle class, poor medical care for the disenfranchised, etc. I will add another observation. Do you know that if you have a very serious mental illness, have MassHealth, and need to be in hospital, you may wait 2-3 days in an ER for a bed? Or, if you have poor insurance, be treated in the ER, and when you are medicated and are saner, sent home? There also were a couple of comments from folks who wanted to know why the US did not have systems of care like The UK and Canada. People want to move to Vermont where there is a progressive move toward single payer healthcare for everybody. There IS an organization in the US committed to healthcare for all. PNHP was started by public health physicians in 1985!
Does anyone wonder why there is no political will in the US? PNHP started in 1985 with the inception of “managed care”, also viewed by many of us as for-profit healthcare. In this case “healthcare” is an oxymoron, isn’t it? A publicly traded commodity on the big board. Shame on us… we are being SO abused as a people. We, the people, need to be at the ramparts: ie, really nagging our local and national politicians, and our investigative journalists… let’s get on this, now.
The Affordable Care Act is a very modest but ambitious beginning. Why would anyone want to repeal it? Maybe because the ACA is not good for business. I think that our President knew it would never happen because of the gigantic footprint of insurance lobbyists; so he took the chance and ran with it. It is now or never, America.