I don’t know what else to write about the health care crisis. After seven years of study and writing and advocacy on the subject I am at a loss for more and different words. If I haven’t explained the issue adequately and completely by now, if I didn’t make the case clearly and compellingly in all those articles and leaflets, there is something deeply deficient in my intelligence and my skills, because the nature and dimensions of the crisis, and the simple, straightforward solution to it, couldn’t be more obvious, to anyone who has undertaken a careful, deep study of the problem. If you happened to pass by my very recent article in tribute to the victims of the health care crisis without reading it, please take a minute and read it now. It hasn’t been printed in any mass media publication. It has only appeared on my blog (where it has been visited, if not read, by a grand total of 281 Americans) and just now on the national web site of the truly honorable Physicians for a National Health Program. If, finally, I didn’t say clearly and effectively in that tribute essay, what needs saying and understanding and acting upon with regards to the health care crisis, then I am certainly barking up the wrong tree.
So instead of imposing on you another health care crisis essay, with citations and references, written by me, here are a few choice words from a couple of marvelous physicians who consider their ancient profession (one that long predates any of the “-isms” invented by philosophers, political parties, and the creation of corporations) a calling to prevent and alleviate suffering and serve the needs of the people. Please read their words thoughtfully on the eve of the President’s announced “bi-partisan” Health Care Reform Summit in Washington, D.C., as well as the concurrent Sidewalk Summit, being convened in the cold on the sidewalk outside of the exclusive, comfortable location where members of Congress of both major parties (and behind the scenes, the corporate lobbyists pulling their golden strings) will meet with President Obama. My heart and my mind is with those convening the Sidewalk Summit, and with the victims, past, present, and future, of the health care crisis and the corporate avariciousness which causes it. Which side are you on?
First, the words of Dr. Rene’ Settle-Robinson:
We need Universal Comprehensive Health Care Coverage for ALL.
No fragmented care for haves/have-nots. Best available care for all, withholding nothing that would preserve/improve life.
Universal comprehensive health care negates co-pays, deductibles, prior authorizations, previous health conditions and every other trick in the book of health insurance companies’ fleecing of America that has been accepted by our asleep-at-the-wheel legislative leadership. Universal would eliminate COBRA and the 39% increase in premiums like they just got hit with in California! Why they haven’t been arrested for mass murder I cannot understand. That is the ultimate consequence of either (1) being unable, for whatever reason, to pay health insurance premiums for the privilege of getting your foot in the door, or (2) co-pays, deductibles and everything else they find as a good excuse not to pay for your care after you have paid your hard earned money supplementing what your employer has paid!!!?
Then you are going to die!!!
Which brings me to my final point.
As I see it, health insurance premiums are the most significant cause of our current economic crisis!!!! What business, no matter how profitable, can survive the unbridled escalation of premiums charged to offer employees the impression that they are “covered”.
Universal health care would restore the environment that would allow business to survive and thrive again! People would go back to work. Foreclosures would end and bankruptcies for medical costs would end.
Call it Single Payer, Government run health care, Universal health care, or come up with a new term that violates sensitivities a little less but, do this! Fix this mess and save our America!
Dr. Rene’ Settle-Robinson, in a letter written Feb. 2010, on the eve of the President’s Health Care Reform Bi-Partisan Summit. Dr. Settle-Robinson is a past-president of the Cream City Medical Society and a physician in current practice in Wisconsin.
Now, an excerpt from an unpublished manuscript written by Dr. Glenn Winter:
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.
Dr. Glenn Winter, in an excerpt from his study: “Caring for the Uninsured and Under-insured – A Communication from the Front Lines”. Dr. Winter is an internist who worked his entire career until retirement as a primary care physician at Cook County Hospital and directed the Salvation Army Freedom Center Medical Clinic in Chicago.
ENHANCED MEDICARE FOR ALL – HR 676
EVERYBODY IN, NOBODY OUT
COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH CARE – ONE FOR ALL AND ALL FOR ONE
PEOPLE DON’T NEED HEALTH INSURANCE, PEOPLE NEED HEALTH CARE
ONLY THE INSURANCE CORPORATIONS AND CORRUPTED POLITICIANS OF BOTH PARTIES NEED HEALTH INSURANCE