health care clusterfuckiness
[I'm leaving this sticky because I wish more people would write up their experiences like this! --lambert]
A majority of medical schools recite the Modern Hippocratic Oath either at entrance to, or graduation from medical school. Although this oath is in no way binding, those of us who use physician’s services trust them to adhere to the principals that they once professed to embrace.
I could analyze each part of the Oath, but I would like to focus on this paragraph:
“I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person's family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick.”
This paragraph has no basis in the real world of the “For Profit” medical system in the U.S. Here is a quick story to illustrate. Read more about How the ‘For Profit’ Health Care System Ignores the Hippocratic Oath.
The recent weeks brought a flood of quarterly reports as companies on calendar years rushed to file their 10-Qs with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In that welter of documents, one thing stood out: Even executives are worried who’s going to pay for health care.
I write this at almost 11 pm on Sunday night, the eve of the historically historic vote on the giant clusterfuck I call the Health Whatever Bill. So far, we have seen ample evidence of the fact that the the Democrats will do anything at all to get those all-important House votes; so, despite my not knowing for sure, I have no doubt that it will pass with the Stupakian Executive Order included. For those who have not read it yet, et voila:
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ensuring enforcement and implementation of abortion restrictions in the patient protection and affordable care act
Basically, people in the second fifth (from the bottom) in income get hammered the hardest by their medical bills. And as he observes:
If this is the standard that is being used for the current healthcare reform legislation, this is both a policy and political disaster in the making. Atrios always points out, people have to like this shit. As I noted two years ago, forcing people to purchase healthcare plans which do not provide them the healthcare they need (which is what the above figures indicate) is not popular--nor should it be (does that even need to be written?).
More horrors from MadamaB's mailbox: NOW has weighed in on the Health Insurance Reform Bill. Here's the action they're pushing:
Please send a message to your senators and House member asking them to assure that restrictive abortion language in health care reform legislation be withdrawn, that a strong public plan is included, that age discrimination is removed, that better cost control measures are included and insurance is made truly more affordable for everyone.
Or what, NOW? You're going to cuddle them to death? You're going to stop saying "pretty please?"
I am so tired of these women's organizations not having the ovaries to say, Read more about NOW Namby-Pambies In