Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Money and Medicine

Insurance is the problem. Actually, if you'll follow the money you'll realize where the problem is in medicine. You have to look at the big players. The players are the doctors, nurses, technicians, office workers, equipment, tests, drugs, management, hospitals, health departments, and insurance companies. Those are the main players in the health industry. 

Kaiser Report says Romney's voucher plan would cost at least 60% of seniors more money.

Everyone is worried about social security becoming insolvent and complaining about medicare going broke, but President Obama has proposed a plan to keep it solvent for an additional four years. That would give us time for the government to fix the mess we are in now, provided they cooperate with each other and learn to compromise, and figure out how to save medicare and rejuvenate the system. I have no doubt that we could turn the whole ACA , Affordable Care Act, around and ensure every American citizen fair access to a medical doctor whenever they are ill, and for yearly wellness visits to monitor their health and help them control illnesses before they become life threatening.

If congress would learn to work to advance the American people and their needs, instead of working hard to impede the progress of the federal government as long as Barack Obama is president, America could grow and the economy would improve more quickly. Every few years we go through a recession and then the economy starts to improve and it grows again. There is no fear that this recession will last. The only fear we should have is the fear of settling for the pitch of a snake oil salesman trying to profit off the highest office in the nation, while stripping America of her resources and constitutional rights. 

Mitt Romney has promised to deny funding to Planned Parenthood and PBS, Public Broadcasting System, among other things. He is as out of touch with the people and disrespectful of the people who will be affected by his policies as our Georgia Governor, Nathan Deal. I am extremely upset with Governor Deal right now for closing the Georgia Archives to the public. Now you will have to make an appointment to visit the archives and can only have access for a couple of hours.

Anyway, getting back to my idea about insurance, I think it's ignorant giving retired people vouchers so they can run all over the country comparing policies and trying to figure out how to get the most for their dollar, cause the insurance companies are going to be trying to get out of covering people with medical conditions and they are going to be trying to sell people shitty policies, or policies that cost out the ying yang and suck up that voucher money and every penny you have left. The insurance companies are in business to make a profit and they have proven their better natures by turning people with illnesses off of policies and putting caps on lifetime spending on people with serious disabilities that costs a fortune over a lifetime. The only solution is tighter regulations. And control over the cost of medical care and equipment. 

I can never understand when someone wants less regulation and oversight by the government after seeing the mess that was made by too little monitoring over Wall Street and the stock market. Those people play with billions of dollars every day. When you handle huge sums of money all the time, it no longer seems real. It's like Monopoly money. It doesn't hurt near as much if you're gambling with someone elses money and lose it. They didn't care. That's why the stock market barracudas all deserved to be punished. Bernie Madoff shouldn't be the only one spending a lifetime behind bars. They destroyed the savings of thousands of people, and fleeced them for their own gain. Too many people will never fully recover their savings. 

We need to push congress to oversee the prescription drug industry more closely and regulate the cost of newer drugs so that patients who need these drugs can afford them. 

When doctors start making more money on treating and helping patients control their blood pressure and cholesterol and monitoring them more often, it will be a win-win for the doctors and the patients as medical costs come down. Cancer and heart disease can be caught in earlier stages if everyone is able to have a yearly physical. More people will live longer with preventative medicine. That might not be so good for social security but I can guarantee you that a lot of people will be happy to know that they will have a chance to live a longer, healthier life.

I can not stress strongly enough to you how important it is for America to visualise the next 20 to 40 years and the overwhelming need for jobs in the field of healthcare. The American baby boomers are all aging. They will not settle down, without a fight. They have always been movers and shakers and don't take no for an answer. They will be on the move and active, if at all possible. The best solution I can imagine is for our federal government to get involved in inspiring young people to seek some field in medicine. College students will need grants and scholarships to help defray costs. President Obama recommended forgiving the debts of college graduates who work in community service when they enter the work force. That same plan should be accentuated in the healthcare field so that they can encourage the brightest and most passionate students to serve in medicine.

That's my two-cents worth.


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