On The Soapbox - Health Insurance
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
I don't like to be controversial on Sparkpeople, but my conscience dictates that I must speak out on an issue that can, if things go the wrong way, cause many of us to be doomed to a life of poor health.
The United States of America, unlike most industrialized countries in the world doesn't have a national health plan. There are people who say that when governments get involved with paying for health care, it gets rationed. Some special interest groups are now running scare ads on TV pointing to other countries that have national health care and inferring that treatment is delayed by government bureaucracy.
As we all know, in our present system, health care is doled out by private, for profit insurance companies. How many of us have had an insurance claim rejected by a private HMO? One of the scare tactics being used is to tell people that the government will not insure people in the 50 to 65 year old age group, because they are statistically in the poorest health. Under our current system of privately insured health care, in states that allow a practice called medically underwritten health insurance, the insurers can deny insurance, based on your general health and age is a big factor.
Some people say that health insurance is a luxury, not an entitlement.
I am a firm believer in WWJD and believe that The Lord wouldn't want anyone to be denied health care based on the ability to pay.
We need a government run, single payer health insurance option now.
There is a bill known as The Conyers/Kucinich US National Health Insurance Act (HR 676) currently under consideration. Please contact your elected officials and voice your support.
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