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We Can Swap It Out (Guns for Healthcare)

I will forever remember November 11, 2011. Not because on the calendar it’s 11-11-11. It was the day that changed some things. That was the day my wife was just walking back into her job after going to her rig to get something and BAM, she falls on the floor. Nothing in the way. Nothing slippery on the floor. Just BAM!! On the floor she was. I know this because it was videotaped by the company security camera. For falling, she got an ambulance ride, a dislocated knee, and a fractured ankle in which doctors have since put in a plate and 7 screws. Her hurting herself wasn’t the frustrating thing to her. The rehabilitation isn’t the thing that she’s tired of the most. It’s the insurance company.

Oh yes, the great insurance company that after she fell, instead of really having time to recuperate, she was on the phone every 2 weeks trying to figure out where was her money so we could pay bills. The great insurance company when a company issued nurse came with us to a doctor’s appointment and told them that she needed a home health nurse for a while, they said NO. The same great insurance company that are now trying tooth and nail to NOT pay for her knee surgery that she is going to have to have even though you clearly have videotape evidence that she fell in HER PLACE OF WORK ON THE CLOCK.

Now, I get there are people out there who try to screw over the system. I understand that. But not everyone is doing the same thing. Do insurance companies think that people are so hard up for INSURANCE money, that they would fake an injury just to lay up in the shack hurting for 70% of their earnings? How very smug of you insurance companies!  But of course you can be smug because you got everybody over a barrel.

You see, you know people need you. You know it’s cheaper to pay a premium of 500 dollars a month to you than for someone who doesn’t have you, which would run them roughly 3000 dollars a night at a hospital. Why can’t have a health system based on this premise:

Sounds pretty darn simple. American spends a lot of money on the military (less we forget 2 wars) If we can put guns in the hands of 18 year olds and tell them to go and kill someone who has done absolutely nothing to them why can’t we provide them and their families with this

Seems like everything would be right with the country if that was to happen. And lets not forget the doctors. We’re always talking about how everyone should earn their own keep. Really work for your paycheck.

But yet we’re afraid. It’s too much like right. We’re afraid of the minority. We’re afraid of the 1 or 2% of people who make up the health insurance business. We’re afraid of pissing off “someone.” Who that someone is is whoever is allowed to sit back and watch as people in this country get sicker and sicker because they can’t afford to pay for healthcare. Who that someone is are the greedy fat cats who keep lining their pockets with money by telling people NO who really need the help to get well. They would rather stand back, pay less taxes, collect fat checks, and go buy a big mansion in a place they couldn’t pronounce or even knew existed 2 weeks ago than to pay more in taxes, still live the same and everyone get the help they need. They would rather spend money investing in a tank, aircraft carrier, or stealth bomber than spend almost the same amount of money covering everyone in this country with healthcare. I’m not knocking Obamacare, but what I am knocking is the fact that people put greed over health. And that we as a nation can come up with the best and brightest ideas for the dumbest things, yet we can’t put 2 minutes of hard thought nor rub 2 nickels together to save our people and get them healthy. We’re all about the gun battle and flexing our superior muscle over some country. Yet we seem to be lagging behind in the basics. I’ll make a deal with you America: Guns for Healthcare. We can swap it out. And this time, we can do it at the same time because I somewhat know you.

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2 thoughts on “We Can Swap It Out (Guns for Healthcare)

  1. Excellent post. I think Sicko is a very important film, and one which everyone in the 99% should see. Say what you will about Michael Moore but he gave a very compelling set of arguments here about the way health care is viewed, financed and administered in America.

    I will make one little note of caution, however: It all depends on where you are and how it is set up. A couple of examples – my husband was born and raised in Scotland, and his entire family still resides there. When my mother-in-law was diagnosed with lung cancer she had some issues with scheduling care visits, and was often unable to see both her GP and her cancer specialist right away. We in America would not want to be made to wait that way. It is not a perfect system over there, even though it is free, and when you do not use private insurance you are at the mercy of the same issues that often plague other public services like railways and road repairs: you must wait when there is a high demand for it.

    On the other hand, I also have family in Norway, and their health care is both free and excellent. Not all government-provided systems are efficient, but it is possible to do it right and hopefully we can consider the best models from around the world if we ever get serious about substantive health care reform.

  2. Thanks Chris! I totally get what you’re saying. I know that everything can’t be perfect with any system, but I just wish this country would try to do more than just the bare minimum when it comes to health care. If we can put people on the moon and all these other great things, why can’t we put our heads together and come up with some thing that would benefit everyone no matter what walk of life you come from. If my taxes were raised and I got free, sufficient health care, I’m cool with that. And I’m also cool with if I still had to pay a premium, just a little less, to get better care along with government run health care, I’m cool with that too.

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