The health-care bill was passed! Amazing. Why do so many people oppose it? Yes, it's socialist. Insurance by its very nature is socialist: many contribute to provide for the the people who need it. School is socialized in the U.S. Why don't anti-reformers raise their arms up about that? How can they support so many tax dollars going to that ludicrous war in Iraq and not support health care access for their fellow human beings?
I watched some disturbing footage the other day of an anti-reform demonstration where demonstrators were throwing fake currency at a man in a wheelchair, telling him to pay for his own health care. What?! This is beyond inhumane. I cannot conceive why anyone would think another person deserves to go bankrupt because of health costs or deserves to be denied health coverage because of pre-existing conditions. It happens all of the time in the U.S. -- even to children. It easily could have happened to me.
How would my parents have provided my medical care throughout my entire life -- all of the CT and MRI scans, hospital stays, surgeries, doctors visits, medications, etc.? I really can't fathom it. Thousands and thousands and thousands of dollars. As if sick people don't have enough to deal with.
Yeah, Michael Moore's presentation of Canada's healthcare in "Sicko" was biased. Our system isn't perfect. The government doesn't cover prescriptions, leaving many without adequate insurance to pay thousands of dollars in drugs. Wait times are huge. Many people don't even have family doctors. Still, we must be doing something right because I'm still here. I was never denied anything. Then there's other government run programs like ODSP that provides income to people who cannot work due to profound illness or disability. They only get about $500 a month to live on.
Of course anti-reformers aren't interested in higher taxes. There's also a strong perception that the quality of health will go to *#&% once the government gets involved. Well, insurance companies will have no cap to charge. Perhaps access will be limited. At least some of the insurance companies' power will be reduced: from what I've heard, people like me will no longer be allowed to be denied health insurance. That's at least a start, right? Changes will take years to take effect anyway. My thoughts will remain with those who don't have access.