What strikes me about the joint insurance company/GOP strategy is that they are comparing Obama’s efforts to fix our broken health care system to Nazi concentration camps and simultaneously calling Democrats socialists and communists. Obviously, they’re out of intelligent arguments to resort to use of the scariest labels anyone can think of.
For those who cling to the “we have the best health care in the world” I’d like to have them watch the following Bill Moyers program, where 20 year health care executive Wendell Potter discusses the push back by the insurance companies.
I’d like to have them speak to women who are routinely turned away from life saving surgeries, i.e. mastectomies, chemo, etc. simply because their insurer drops them from coverage the minute they have to fulfill the terms of their insurance.Â Imagine finding out that, at the last minute, your insurance company decides it will not pay for your surgery and that they are dropping you like a hot potato just because you need to use the coverage you’ve been paying for. It happens all the time.
I have many friends who have had this experience. I know of people who have had to mortgage their homes to pay for their medical care because their insurer won’t cover that treatment. These patients haven’t done anything wrong besides getting sick. The insurance companies will find the flimsiest of excuses to drop a patient once it becomes clear that the patient will cost them anything.Â They way our system works today is immoral. For the GOP and insurers to try to scare voters into thinking that national coverage would be worse is obscene.
If anyone is killing our elders because their care becomes too expensive…if anyone is killing off our citizens because the medications and care is too expensive, it is the Insurance Company, HMO, AND the GOP who are more interested in making money than actually providing care. I pray that our electeds stand strong against these special interests and pass a single payer option.
How many more of us will go bankrupt or die because the insurance companies have carte blanche to take our money without providing real care? How many of you will have this experience before the system is fixed? Call your Representatives and tell them not to cave in to the mob tactics being used by the Insurance companies, their lobbyists, and the GOP.
Let them know that you understand that they care more about the insurance company stockholders’Â bottom line than our lives. Let them know that you will not stand for it anymore.