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HEALTH CARE, NOT SCARE CARE
My good friend Joe Valenti of Pittston Politics decided to take the path of least resistance today in his otherwise brilliant on line reports. Valenti more than any of us has broken news stories regarding local politicos in the region. He also is a pain in the collective rear ends of the Pittston and Wyoming Area School boards. But today he put on his report an e mail about how American health care will be affected by the Affordable Health Care Act. In short the e mails that were passed to him show the difference among countries who have government run health care programs. There are comparisons of how long individuals might have to wait for procedures. At short glance, it is scary because it looks like the Affordable Health Care Act will delay procedures for the number of people on a program. Here was an example:
Percentage of men and women who survived a cancer five years after diagnosis:
Percentage of patients diagnosed with diabetes who received treatment within six months:
This was a report from Investor’s Daily. It would seem to indicate that we have better health care than nations who have national health care. It would also indicate that if we went down that path our health care would suffer. My question is how?
How will our health care suffer when there are 30 million more people on the books paying?
How will our health care suffer when 30 million more people are using medical services and insurance companies are paying premiums?
How will our health care be less diminished when we tax the deadbeats who won’t buy health insurance and put that money back into deficit reduction?
When this comparison is made it bothers me. We are not Canada who is content to be one of the colonies. We are not England who we broke away from in order to shape our own destiny. We are America. A country that used to be up to challenges of technology and innovation. How can a nation that landed men on the moon and brought them back safely not be able to figure out a health care plan where the majority of Americans are covered? Nowhere in this dubious data that was presented where there reasons why people in other countries had to wait for procedures. This country is more compassionate to its “less thans” than any country in the world. A lot of times we are too generous to a fault and allow our good nature to be taken advantage of. (As a compassionate liberal I also believe in accountability and tracking just what people getting welfare spend their money on). But we will not allow people to die or wait forever to have care. It is not our way. It is not our business model. We do things different here and this latest e mail making the rounds is just an example of the scare tactics being used.
My dog McKinley. Would you leave this dog alone for 90 days without food or water while you go on holiday?
WE ARE NOT FRANCE EITHER
This week on the radio I heard a story about a problem in France regarding a high animal mortality rate. Seems that when the French go on their vacations and leave their homes, they also leave their pets. When they come back, Fifi and Pierre are usually dead from starvation, malnutrition and thirst. In France, it’s just the way things are. In America, we want to string up people who are cruel to animals. We do things here a little differently than the rest of the world. If we don’t let our dogs rot in the summer, do serious people actually think we’d allow a health care system to exist that would harm our citizens?