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Monday, July 09, 2007

Mrs. Happy Housewife - Why Michael Moore is a Sicko - Contra by Retro Housewife

Mrs. Happy Housewife - Why Michael Moore is a Sicko -

Contra By Retro Housewife

It is easy to criticize Michael Moore for his left leaning agenda, but the points he makes in the movie Sicko, are worth considering. The reality is that the health care system in the United States is absurd, ineffective, far too expensive and basically a luxury good.

Companies are making money hand over fist and people are dying and going without medical care while CEOs of "health care" companies earn compensation in the millions. They earn this compensation by denying services they have agreed to provide in the first place.

I personally would like to see a system where every American citizen had access to medical care. I believe that is the moral thing to do. That was my bleeding heart liberal part of the argument.

I would also like to see a system where every American contributed to the costs of providing medical care. How much each person contributes, I will leave up to the politicians to debate, but health care insurance should be mandatory. Why? Because everybody ends up using the health care system at one time or another, but not everybody pays for it.

Think not?

Just check out the emergency room waiting room at any hospital in the country. Most people occupying the chairs are not on the verge of death, rather they have no insurance and use the emergency room as their regular doctor.

Think that doesn't contribute to the high cost of health care?

If you look at our current system through the eyes of an economically minded sort, you should wonder what extra administrative costs are built in by having each medical provider maintain their own set of records, and each health care provider i.e. doctor trying to navigate numerous billing systems, policy plans, exclusions etc. Does that sound efficient?

Also, it is incredibly stupid to tie health care to your place of employment. You lose your job, you lose your health care. Double whammy. Sure you can go buy insurance yourself, but then you run into all of those "pre-existing condition" exclusions. So we have diabetics interrupt their treatment while they look for a new job? Or maybe we make them sell their house to pay for medical care. Suddenly, losing a job has just gone from a setback, to a major disaster.

Have you ever stopped to consider what the costs are from such instability in society? They're huge. I am not a huge fan of government involvement, and if you have a viable alternative I would love to hear it.

You say "Socialism and socialized medicine are just a way for the Government to play Mommy to take care of us and protect us from ourselves." In this case, it is protection from the current system that you require. You have health insurance you say? Just wait until you need it someday only to find out you are for some reason not covered, or the treatment you need is denied. What then? Maybe you have lots of money and could pay for treatment yourself. Maybe you would sell your house. That is just the sort of stress you need when trying to combat serious illness.

And in case you consider yourself an Erin Brokovich type, try fighting for justice while you have cancer or some other horrid illness. In reality what will happen is that you will just "go away". See, dead people don't complain much.



Anonymous said...

I HAVE cancer and I can personally tell you I have had to learn how to circumvent the health care system in order to have my treatments covered properly. Thank God I had doctors who would also work "around" the system as well or I would have had serious problems.

How sad and shameful that a cancer patient has to play a deceitful game with insurance companies instead of feeling confident and assured that the insurance coverage promised will be there when it's truly needed.

And yes, I really could do without the added stress when I am fighting for my life.

Grace said...

I think every American should see this movie!! Great post.

Mrs. Happy Housewife said...

Hey! Finally got a chance to come over and check out your linked post.

One point I think you missed is the effects malpractice insurance and lawsuits have on medical costs. I have had three really good lawsuit situations in recent years but I did not sue because I looked at the doctor's intent. Human error is always possible. Of course, I'm not talking about doctors removing the wrong foot or anything like that. That is absolutely grounds for a lawsuit.

You may remember that case from the news a few years back. That hospital is the closest to me but we don't go there. That's also the same hospital that back in '86 had my grandmother wait 17 hours to be seen while she was having multiple strokes. Guess who goes there? People with no insurance or on government medical programs. No point there I just find it an odd connection.

It is silly to have health insurance tied to jobs. And I have had to go without medical coverage with a major illness. As a child, my asthma required nebulizer treatments three times a day. My dad lost his job and the breathing machine was repossessed. I was one of those using the emergency room frequently. Not because we had no insurance, though we didn't, but because we couldn't afford the machine. Poor as we were, though, we paid our bill.

Then, there was the year we had insurance but my pre-existing condition meant I had to go without coverage for my asthma. Every month my parents picked up $1200 of medication for me - paid for by credit cards. So, I do understand what it's like to get the short end of the medical stick here in America. There are many problems and change needs to happen but I don't think the answer lies with the Cuban, British, or Canadian medical model.

When my son got shot with an arrow in the eye back in March, he received incredible medical care and emergency surgery from a team of over a dozen doctors and three anesthesiologists. When he developed a cataract afterwards, he waited only a week for surgery. I just can not imagine that scenario playing in Cuba and, from the many tales of woe I've heard from Canadians and British, I have to wonder what would have happened there.

My original post was about the Brooksville pharmacist who is giving away antibiotics. I wish more people with the ability to do so much good would do so.

Retro Housewife said...

To Anonymous
I am so sorry to hear that. I wish you all the best in dealing with your illness!


Anonymous said...

I live in a country where we have a public health care system. Everyone is required to pay a levy except for low income workers who are exempt. On top of that people who earn well are expected to have private health insurance and are provided with tax incentives to do so. This helps to prevent an overload on our public system. Our private health care providers are rarely accused of not paying what they said they would and are fairly closely regulated/monitored. We have good access to emergency and elective medical care as well as to medication, psychiatric services etc. The system is not perfect and people complain about this and that but even conservative governments don't dismantle it because access to quality health care is, and should be, seen as a basic right.

Anonymous said...

From American thinker, (or should it be stinker)
we see the most abhorrent attitudes to social welfare wrapped up in self-satisfied, self-righteous victim blaming language designed to prevent good social policy from evolving as it should. America is going down the plug hole and it is these non-thinkers who are taking you there. Cheers