I have debated for several days whether to tell anyone what has happened to me. Then as I read more about the debate on health care I find it more necessary to talk about it. I took a job a few months ago that paid a little bit more than my last one. I knew I would have to wait again for my health insurance to kick in. As many of you know working independently had left me without insurance for many years.
I started work in December of last year and my insurance took effect March 1st. A few days later I received a notice stating that I had some sort of “Pre-existing condition clause.” I wasn’t sure quite what that meant since I hadn’t made a claim or anything for many, many years.
Three weeks later I had a stroke that left my left artery going up my neck completely blocked (affecting my right side of my body) and my right side blocked so much as to need surgery. I was lucky in that only my right hand was effected, my right leg––some, and my ability to read and write. I have difficulty reading and spelling some words. My hand and much of my other problems are slowly getting better. After a stroke the brain has to go through a healing process and, unlike the heart, surgery is delayed for 3 weeks.
Friday I received the first “denial to pay claims” letter in the mail due to a “pre-existing condition.” This left me with an empty feeing in my stomach with the thought that none of my hospital bills will be paid, but what is even worse is the possibility of not receiving the surgery needed to keep the other side from closing off. It is blocked somewhere between 80-99%. A few days later I received the massive hospital bill where much of it was paid. Had the stroke hit me 3 weeks earlier or Anthem considered this “pre-existing” none of this would have been paid. As it is the remainder will likely break us. Even then I was lucky. There are over 50 million people not so lucky.
As the debate over healthcare continues, those of you who do not have the capacity to understand that the insurance companies, health care systems, and pharmaceuticals have been raping us for decades while convincing the ignorant masses that somehow because we live in the U.S. we have the greatest health care in the world. Let’s see:
The World Health Organization’s ranking of the world’s health systems 3/31/12 1:54 PM
| NAMES | COUNTRIES | COUNTRY RANKS | GEOGRAPHY | CLIMATE | GEOLOGY | COUNTRY CODES |
The World Health Organization’s ranking of the world’s health systems.
3 San Marino
18 United Kingdom
26 Saudi Arabia
27 United Arab Emirates
36 Costa Rica
37 United States of America
41 New Zealand
48 Czech Republic
Let me make this clear we are 37th in health care while #1 in the world in cost. That doesn’t just make us twice as bad as Colombia and just above Slovenia, it means we are paying far more to be 37th. In fact, we are paying more for health care than Great Britain, France, and “OH my” Canada and getting less for it.
(Reuters) – Americans spend twice as much as residents of other developed countries on healthcare, but get lower quality, less efficiency and have the least equitable system.
“Britain, whose nationalized healthcare system was widely derided by opponents of U.S. healthcare reform, ranks above the U.S. in quality while the Netherlands ranked first overall on all scores.”
Now to put a face on it (without cost since most are too stupid to do the math) we are 42nd in adult male mortality rate, 43rd in adult female mortality rate, 36th in overall life expectancy, and 39th in infant mortality. Much of the children’s problems are due to the adult’s lack of health care. It is bad enough those vote for killing adults sooner, but to do this to defenseless children, and then do it in the name of Christianity (those leading the charge against “Affordable Care Act”) will one day be answered for.
When Christ was faced with the multitudes how many did he feed? All of them. Did he ask them for anything? No, he just feed them all. When Christ was faced with one affliction or another did he ask for anything, did he turn any of then down? No, he just cured them all. Why? Because it is Christ-Like.
The last few years being hit hardest, is surely to increase the mortality rate, undoubtably among children, in the wealthiest nation on the planet. So, pretty much every time you have a thought about national health care, every time you support a politician that vows to tear down a system that sees equality in humanity in what most other countries see as paramount, every time you think about it for just a minute someone without health care dies. Probably a child.
There you have done it again.