Thursday, August 13, 2009

Death Panels? What a joke!

I LOVE this bit of commentary from the Seattle Times the other day. Spot on!

Resist mob rule; get informed

What a joke ... a death panel! Where have people been for the past umpteen years? Are they not paying attention to what's happened around them? Do they not realize that the insurance companies have had "death panels" for a long time?
Denying people insurance due to "pre-existing conditions," refusing to pay for special procedures, driving people to court to sue in order to get lifesaving procedures for cancer and other life-threatening diseases -- Americans need to wake up.
Stop yelling irrationally and start asking the right questions in a dignified, democratic manner. It's absurd to follow these Internet rally-hounds without asking first who's behind it? Mob rule is wrong and we should be resisting it by being smart and well-informed.

-- Rosanne Cohn, Redmond



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Collin Kelley said...

There are some SERIOUSLY misinformed and generally stupid people showing up at these health care town hall meetings. As I said on my blog, it's Republican fear-mongering and a willfully distorting facts.

Peter said...

Post Deleted: has left a new comment on your post "Death Panels? What a joke!":

I don't know. I guess I'm a small-government person. I don't understand why they don't just provide for the 20 percent of people without health insurance and leave the rest of us alone? Why do they want to take over everyone's health care? I think it's disingenuous of Obama to say that "you can keep the health care you have now" because most companies will jettison the care they provide if 1: the government penalizes them by taxing it or 2. they have an excuse; the government will provide health insurance so we don't have to. It's an unintended consequence. I'm terribly afraid that the government would manage health care worse than the current horrid HMO system. And, since I'm a difficult patient with several rare conditions, well...I don't think the new system would be great for peeps like me.
But I'm interested to hear what you have to say about it. You work with Medicare - I know that's not an ideal system. You work with Washington State's health care for people who make below a certain amount - how is that coverage? Is it helpful? Is it horrible?

Peter said...

To the below commentor:

Think about it: the only reason some people have compfy health coverage that they enjoy and don't want to change is because THE INSURANCE COMPANIES HAVE CUT OUT the low income and the high risk and the pre-exisiting condition folks. It is the worst form of selfishness and rationing and downright evil.

Since you asked:

If I had my way, I would eliminate the age restriction on Medicare, and let everybody be covered under it. One fell swoop. Single payor, universal coverage, no disparities, no inequities, end of story. Then I would cut back salaries on overpaid specialists and technicians, and use that money to pay primary care docs more. It would attract more (and better and brighter) folks into primary care, and eliminate the overuse of so much unecessary technology. We'd all be healthier for it.