rinalia (rinalia) wrote,

People, public health care does not equal 'death panel'

"The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama's 'death panel' so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their 'level of productivity in society,' whether they are worthy of health care," the former Republican vice presidential candidate wrote.

The scariest thing is people keep buying that the proposed health care would kill people and that the government is going to euthanize old people. Wrong factor forty five, people. Now, I'm not expert on health care systems, but people who fact check have already debunked this stupid rumor.

But what gets me about this statement by Palin is how much it ignores our current privatized health care system and it's grievous flaws (and the fact it ignores medicaid/medicare, which are, you know, government run health care programs). As it stands now, *I* have to stand in front of a "do you deserve coverage" panel and be denied health care because of 'pre-existing' conditions that I currently don't have and hopefully won't have again in the future. My "level of productivity" is defined by a clinical diagnosis that, for a short period in my life, required medication. The "subjective judgment" is the profit margins insurance agencies and big pharma see when they determine how much of an investment a potential client may require. Now I'm only one of 30% of the people who are denied medical coverage for one reason or another - 70% do get coverage. That isn't a really winning statistic, though.

When a private corporation is using cost-benefit analysis to ascertain whether you or I have the right to be provided basic medical coverage, there is something very wrong.

All of us deserve the option to have health care coverage. All of us. If you prefer privatized health care, then you can keep it up with Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Kaiser, Sutter, whatever. If you want a public option, you should have that right too. The bottom line is you should never be without health care benefits. It's offensive anyone would argue otherwise. And really, the proposed bill is pretty modest and could go farther but won't.

I'm not saying public health care is without issues. Every single system of health care has problems. That said, if private insurance companies and drug manufacturers make it egregiously difficult to get coverage and afford basic medication, when tens of millions of people cannot get coverage, and when thousands are dying annually because of lack of coverage - something has to give. The system has to change. Because this current system? It hurts people, it puts people into financial bankruptcy, and yes, it actually kills people. I'm tired of it and I want a system that allows me to have health care coverage regardless of whether I had allergies ten years ago and needed an inhaler. 
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