This old hat that I've got on
This old hat that I've got on,
The crown of him is gone,
And the brim is all gone to asunder.
John Conyers aptly describes our current health care-less system as "the current non-system of health care run by profit hungry insurance companies."
Non-system indeed; it is like a shirt with more holes than cloth, a hat with no crown or brim, nothing left to reform. It's not just the greed, it's the patchwork nature of everything. And of course, it's those far from the centers of power who suffer the most. Look at this story from Chillicothe in southern Ohio, i.e. Appalachia. The writer has just been informed that she must change either her doctor or her health insurer:
Humana and Aetna have been around for years and have good reputations as insurance carriers to my knowledge. Why, when we have such an excellent medical facility here in Chillicothe, must Ross County residents drive to surrounding counties for medical needs? Why do we need all that construction in Ross County to enlarge a facility that is not serving all the Ross countians who would prefer to use a local health care facility?
I looked online for the Mission Statement for Adena Health System and found the following on their Web page at www.adena.org, "you can rely on Adena Health System to always be here for you. We're not just committed to doing everything in our power to help you get well and stay well; we're dedicated to seeing that you always get the best care available. Anywhere. Always. It's our promise."
Anywhere? Does that mean sending us to Circleville, Hillsboro, or Washington Court House?
And it's all for the grog, the noggin noggin grog,
It's all for the beer and tobacco,
I spent all me bloomin tin on the lasses drinkin gin
And across the western ocean I must wander.
You might as well drink it up as give it to your insurance company; it's probably better for your mental health.