Thursday, June 25, 2009

Health Care Reform: Way too complicated. By Geniusofdespair

President Obama tried for an hour (on ABC last night) to explain Health Care Reform, as only a Democrat can. Didn't see it? Read it. I couldn't figure it out AT ALL. Barack: You have to make it easier to sell it. Why not just say: It is just like Medicare except A, B and C. People know Medicare. I don't know what you were proposing...a wellness program linked to something else? And now you have to educate doctors? Too complicated. We need a plan and I am all for it but you can't make everyone happy. You are trying to keep insurance companies happy and doctors and whomever else, and it shows in the jello formation of the plan.


youbetcha' said...

National Health care that is like Medicare = more opportunity for criminal activity. It can help our economy in Miami where fraud is a cottage industry.

The Miami US Attorney's Office is reported to arrested and prosecuted in the range of 800 persons for Medicare fraud since 2005. How pathetic is that?

Geniusofdespair said...

Not a good argument. It is such a help to seniors, some corruption is to be expected on so vast a program. Here is the problem now. In reality uninsured people are getting care at hospitals and do not have insurance and the means to pay for that care. Who do you think is paying that cost? You and me. And, they wait too long to get treatment so the cost of the care they need is astronomical. It could have been education, now it is amputation. And it was reported today that Mount Sianai Hospital in Miami Beach is showing losses attributed to treating these kinds of patients.

We still have to treat EVERYONE, it is a matter of how to make it more equitable. That seems to be what Obama is grappling with. Let's give him credit for trying and maybe we can make some sense out of all. Everone agrees it is not working and with my med insurance in the $30,000 range, I can tell you it is not working for this family. And I was just denied Nexium by my insurance.

Chris Mora said...

Protonix worked better than Nexium for me.

Geniusofdespair said...

not so with me Chris...I get big agitation from Blog comments and Nexium is the Big gun.

youbetcha' said...

I am lost. I use the non-label stuff.

I wasn't arguing against health care, just pointing out we will probably get to build more houses off the illegal cottage industry. ;P

heath insurance companies suck said...

I'm so tired of hearing about how "government bureaucrats will get between you and your doctor."

Well, insurance company claims specialists are employed by private insurers to find ways to deny even basic coverage and already get between me and my doctor.

Last year, I found out that my doctor couldn't deal with my insurance carrier, so he dumped them. I was automatically reassigned to another physician. I found out during my company's "open enrollment" period.

So much for being connected to your patient. And enough about "picking your own doctor" since there's no guarantee your private plan includes the person you want to see from year to year.

The actual practice of medicine in this country may be good, but getting there is a horror show. My wife has adult asthma and her insurance company decided last year that it wouldn't cover her asthma control medicine any more, so now we're paying $100 a month for basic care medicine on top of our premium.

Only someone who doesn't have to deal with the insurance companies or has assistants who handle the paperwork and attorneys, collection agents and hospital administrators can say stupid stuff like "government takeover of health care" as if what we have now is a blessing.