The healthcare your family needs is based on medical necessity, as determined by health professionals chosen by you, without interference from health care system administrators.
The healthcare your family member deserves (in today’s lingo) is based on the fine print in a contract with an insurance corporation, the business decisions made by an employer, and the money, status, and family assets remaining that are available to the person needing health care.
The question facing us is, “Should America’s health care system provide health care to families that they need, or should it provide health care that individuals deserve?”
Administration and management of our health care system by insurance corporations, based on business decisions made by employers, is irrational, inefficient, wasteful, and costly. It results in unnecessary suffering and loss of life. The irresponsible and failed administration of health care by insurance corporations has resulted in a consistent decline in health care outcomes for American families since the mid-twentieth century, when compared to the health care outcomes performance of some three dozen other nations of the world. Despite this, Americans now pay twice as much per capita as the health care costs in those same countries. And all those countries provide guaranteed comprehensive health care for all, without the threat of personal bankruptcy accompanying serious illness or injury in the family that confronts American families.
Health care in the United States has become a cruel game of Russian roulette, administered by insurance corporations. Under this corporate control of health care, the employer gets to choose what health care “plan” (if any) to offer your family, and the insurance company gets to choose the fine print, loopholes, exemptions, annual and lifetime limits, pre-existing conditions, pre-treatment approval, acceptable doctors and facilities, acceptable treatment plans, and deductible and co-pay amounts, that may or may not result in your family getting the health care you need, and may result in your family sinking beneath the surface financially.
The irresponsible, failed, and rapidly deteriorating performance of the entire health insurance industry in administering our health care (measured against the yardstick of the best interests of the people), while rolling in record profits, makes one thing crystal clear:
People need health care, but … people do not need health insurance.
Corporations need health insurance, but … corporations do not need health care.
We do not need “affordable health insurance (mandated) for everybody”.
Only the health insurance corporations, their major stockholders and top executives, and the politicians and political parties who get massive campaign “contributions” from them, need that.
What we do need is “comprehensive health care guaranteed for all”, administered in the best interests of the people, and the doctors and nurses and professionals who provide it with integrity.
The stark simple truth (proven here and around the world) is that comprehensive health care guaranteed for all, administered by an American government that is of, by, and for the people (instead of by and for the corporations and the lobbyists) costs less, and provides better health care outcomes, than does a system administered by corporations entirely for their own profit.
That’s right. Experience in America and around the world over the last four generations has proven that providing health care that is “needed” by you (and by everyone in your family, and by everyone in the nation), as determined by you and the doctors chosen by you, on the basis of medical assessment, is LESS costly, just in terms of total dollars spent, than is providing only the health care that is “deserved”, as determined by contract fine-print and by what’s left of what your family owns..
Those who insist that health care should be provided to people on the basis of what a corporate gatekeeper decides they “deserve” must be willing to have the people in America PAY MORE, SACRIFICE MORE, and SUFFER MORE, than we would have to pay, sacrifice, and suffer for a health care system administered to deliver comprehensive health care to all based on medical assessment by your chosen medical professionals. Hundreds of billions more dollars per year!
Why have “our” elected representatives been unwilling to even talk about, much less seriously consider, the one reasonable, relatively uncomplicated proposed solution to the health care crisis – the only one which can and will provide better health care outcomes, true choice of doctor and treatment, guaranteed comprehensive health care for all, better employment opportunities for Americans, AND lower overall financial cost?
The lack of sponsors for HR 676, Enhanced Medicare for All, and S 703 is due to the legalized bribery of campaign “contributions” to members of Congress (113 million dollars last year alone), together with the over 125 million dollars spent by for-profit health care corporations (more than ANY other industry) in lobbying 535 members of Congress in just the first 3 months of this year. They are currently spending 1.4 million dollars A DAY to get and keep the single-payer solution (and now the public option) off the reform agenda. To them, a good health care reform would be to mandate that everyone in the country must buy one of their contracts, while leaving them in charge as the gatekeepers of health care, and the intermediaries between the people and the doctors. That power produces big profits.
Enhanced Medicare for All, “Nobody out, Everybody in”, will, in contrast, end the stranglehold the insurance corporations have on health care. It will end the terrible life-long game of Russian roulette all American families play with the insurance gatekeepers. It will end the shameful waste of massive resources that has made health care costs in America rise to double the average of all three dozen other modern industrial countries that have better health care outcomes than we do now in the U.S.A. It will end the suffering of people who now continue to delay medical intervention and early detection, and who avoid and decline treatment, because of the cost, inability to pay, and fear of destitution.
The HR 676 single-payer solution to the health care crisis simply replaces the very complex administration of our existing health care system by many health insurance corporations, with a single-payer Medicare style administration. We’d have the same doctors and nurses, working for the same clinics and hospitals. One big difference is that with Enhanced Medicare for All, you would actually get your choice of health care providers, instead of the insurance and HMO corporations getting to preselect your choices for you. But that would also end the incessant lobbying and the continuous flow of hundreds of millions of dollars in campaign “contributions” distributed widely, if unequally, among the elected legislators of the United States, and the two major political parties, by the sickness business corporations.
Whether or not we “deserve” the health care we need, no one else will get it for us. Certainly not the corporations and the lobbyists. And very few politicians of the two major parties will step out of line and stand foursquare for truth and the people. American families must now demand the health care we need, and not allow the lies and propaganda to fool us again. Here are eight excellent sources for more information to help us win:
“Health Care – Now!”
“Physicians for a National Health Program”
“Leadership Conference for Guaranteed Health Care”
“Health Care not Warfare”
“National Nurses Organizing Committee”
“Unions for Single-Payer Healthcare”
“Business Coalition for Single-Payer Healthcare”
“Five Myths and Three Principles”
“This ongoing experience of startling significant inequities in our society, particularly brought to my attention in the field of health care, but also evident in education, employment, criminal justice, finance, and other areas, has revealed to me a society and its leaders pathologically unable to face their responsibilities and take effective action, and who instead persistently seek to deny responsibility, hide problems, and blame the victim.” – Glenn Winter, M.D., from: “Caring for the Uninsured and Underinsured – A Communication from the Front Lines”