start your day off right…
a little despair and hypocrisy over coffee sets a good tone for the day, right?
The future of healthcare in America, according to Sarah Palin, might look something like this: A sick 17-year-old girl needs a liver transplant. Doctors find an available organ, and they’re ready to operate, but the bureaucracy — or as Palin would put it, the “death panel” — steps in and says it won’t pay for the surgery. Despite protests from the girl’s family and her doctors, the heartless hacks hold their ground for a critical 10 days. Eventually, under massive public pressure, they relent — but the patient dies before the operation can proceed.
It certainly sounds scary enough to make you want to go show up at a town hall meeting and yell about how misguided President Obama’s healthcare reform plans are. Except that’s not the future of healthcare — it’s the present. Long before anyone started talking about government “death panels” or warning that Obama would have the government ration care, 17-year-old Nataline Sarkisyan, a leukemia patient from Glendale, Calif., died in December 2007, after her parents battled their insurance company, Cigna, over the surgery. Cigna initially refused to pay for it because the company’s analysis showed Sarkisyan was already too sick from her leukemia; the liver transplant wouldn’t have saved her life.
and other such horror stories, via salon.
anyone who’s dealt with the government knows it isn’t exactly ideal. anyone who’s dealt with an insurance company–or, horror of horrors, can’t get coverage for some reason–knows a government option (seriously, why do people keep overlooking that?) has to be better than the current system. all this talk about free enterprise and competition and the market is such bullshit–if the insurance companies really thrived on competition, they wouldn’t be so damned worried about competition from the government, which would only drive them to be better. conclusion: they don’t want to be better, they want to continue profiting off the pain of the people.