What Have We Become? – Death Squads!?!

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heathcare reformThis is just absolutely ridiculous! That we as a society have stooped to this level is abominable. Shame on us! If this is the only way for some to get their point across with misinformation and the selling of fear, then we should be ashamed. What happened to good old debates? Yes, even then each side would have their own slant, but not a total distortion of the facts.


If we took a poll today, I doubt if 50% of the people could accurately relate what ‘end of life counseling' or ‘single-payer system' means.


Before we even get into that, what's being discussed as healthcare reform is in reality health insurance reform. The insurance companies have run amok. I have no problem with a corporation making a profit. That's capitalism as it should be. But you want to talk about death squads, well they are the real culprits. Insurance companies make life and death decisions about what coverages they will allow us based on the cost-benefit, but not to the insured, to the corporation and of course their good old actuarial tables. Yet, they have deep pockets (profiting from us) and lobbyists so all we are hearing is the rhetoric that they are spewing, which carries very little truth.


Pres. Obama did not say that government would make decisions about who gets care. Actually, quite the opposite. He said, "I don't want bureaucracies making those decisions." He also said, "The point is we want to use science, we want doctors and medical experts to be making decisions that all too often right now are driven by skewed policies, by outdated means of reimbursement, or by insurance companies."


I think it's very important for seniors to have counseling in regard to options, especially when it comes to Hospice care. I used them when I knew it was time for my mother. They were there for pain management and their goal was to make her comfortable so she could pass, when the time came, in her own home, not in a hospital bed with strangers, tubes and machines.


Comparing a single-payer system to socialism is absurd. One has absolutely nothing to do with the other. A socialized health care system is one in which all health care facilities and personnel are owned and operated by the government. A single-payer system refers to the funding of health care, not the services rendered. An example of such in the U.S. is Medicare. It is a single-payer system, not socialized medicine.


The difference between our present single-payer system, Medicare, and that of other countries such as a Canada, is that ours is for seniors and the disabled whereas theirs is a universal health care. In simplistic terms, we are just talking about our system, but on a larger scale.


People! Take the initiative to research what is being discussed instead of listening to pundits. It doesn't take long to Google any of these topics mentioned here. The news is now big entertainment. With the proliferation of all the channels on the television, all these so-called pundits need to attract viewers. The majority can't do that by just giving us the facts & letting us come to our own conclusions. It's about sensationalism, whether it be from the right, left or middle.


While researching this post, I came across a very informative site www.FactCheck.org. It is produced by the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. Want to learn more about Health Care and debunk some of the myths, check it out.


Till next time....Marc It Sold!


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Erik Hitzelberger
RE/MAX Alliance - Louisville REALTOR-Luxury Homes - Louisville, KY
Louisville - Middletown Real Estate

Amen.  I am sooo tired of the rhetoric (both ways), sound bites, and party-line bickering.  We clearly need thoughtful debate, but very few are willing to take the time and engage in it.  If one hasn't read the bill, how does one even know enough to comment upon it?

Aug 24, 2009 06:30 AM #1
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

As Bill Maher said on his show on Friday:  If they had called the Democrats had called this "Medicare for Everyone" there would not have been a problem.

The marketing of healthcare reform needs to be dummied down for those who have a problem understanding the concept.

Aug 24, 2009 06:46 AM #2
Marc Grossman
Marc It Sold! - Longwood, FL
GRI, Greater Orlando Real Estate Broker

Erik - Unfortunately, too many do not take the time to read & only hear what they are being told.  Nor do they look for other viewpoints. 

Jane - Yes, I saw that as well.  I don't know if it's as much of a problem of having to be 'dummied down' as it is of people trying to understand the concept for what it is as opposed to what the 'pundits' tell them.  Therein lies a major part of the problem. 

Aug 24, 2009 10:26 AM #3
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