The Need for Health Care Reform

All it takes is nine minutes of your time to watch this video as a way to understand why we need healthcare reform in the US.  We cannot return to the way things were in 2007-2008 as Mitt Romney says he will do if elected president. Romney has pledged he will repeal Obamacare if elected.  What does that mean?

“The percentage of people without health insurance in America in 2008 was not statistically different from 2007 at 15.4 percent. The number of uninsured increased to 46.3 million in 2008, from 45.7 million in 2007.

“The number of people with health insurance increased to 255.1 million in 2008—up from 253.4 million in 2007. The number of people covered by private health insurance decreased to 201.0 million in 2008—down from 202.0 million in 2007. The number of people covered by government health insurance increased to 87.4 million—up from 83.0 million in 2007

“The percentage of people covered by private health insurance was 66.7 percent in 2008—down from 67.5 percent in 2007 (Figure 7). The percentage of people covered by employment-based health insurance decreased to 58.5 percent in 2008, from 59.3 percent in 2007. The number of people covered by employment-based health insurance decreased to 176.3 million in 2008, from 177.4 million in 2007.” Source: Census.gov

Someone has to pay. For those without health care or those with health care that are denied care that may save a life, some will pay through death. But, if you are one of the top 5% of rich Americans, this is something you do not have to worry about. Mitt Romney’s net worth is estimated at $250 million. He doesn’t need health care reform or even health care insurance. He can pay cash for any health care he or his family needs. What about you?

Health Care.gov says, “As many as 82 million Americans with employer-based coverage have a pre-existing condition, ranging from life-threatening illnesses like cancer to chronic conditions like diabetes, asthma, or heart disease.

“A pre-existing condition is a health condition that exists before someone applies for or enrolls in a new health insurance policy. Insurers generally define what constitutes a pre-existing condition. Some are obvious, like currently having heart disease or cancer. Others are less so – such has having asthma or high blood pressure. While insurers generally determine the presence of a pre-existing condition based on an applicant’s current health status, sometimes a healthy applicant can be deemed to have a pre-existing condition based on a past health problem or evidence of treatment for a particular condition.

“One in Two Americans Has a Pre-Existing Condition … and Up to 86 Percent of Older Americans Have a Pre-Existing Condition.”

As for me, my health care provider is the Veterans Administration (VA), because I served in the US Marines, fought in Vietnam and returned home from the war with a service rated disability. However, less than 7% of all Americans are eligible for health care through the VA.

So, for me it doesn’t matter if America has Obamacare or not, but I am thinking of those I love: my wife and children who have to rely on the private sector and could be denied health care by an insurance company. If that happened, I would have to watch them suffer and maybe die when they didn’t have to. That is one BIG reason why I will not vote for Mitt Romney.

In fact, the VA medical system is a socialist program, and we who served paid for it by risking our lives and health to fight for our country.

Discover  Sick of Motor-Mouth Politicians  and learn why it is important to vote.

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Lloyd Lofthouse, a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran, is the award winning author of The Concubine Saga.

His latest novel is Running with the Enemy. Blamed for a crime he did not commit while serving in Vietnam, his country considers him a traitor. Ethan Card is a loyal U.S. Marine desperate to prove his innocence or he will never go home again.

And the woman he loves and wants to save was trained to hate and kill Americans.

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5 thoughts on “The Need for Health Care Reform

  1. I am not sure I will ever get to the bottom of the healthcare thing in America. I am sure, when Americans look towards Australia (compulsory superannuation) or New Zealand (no common law right to sue in the event of accidents) they might be puzzled about how things have been put together.

    But you make the case so clearly and so eloquently – why do so many people feel so strongly about a policies that are often against their own interests?

    • “why do so many people feel so strongly about policies that are often against their own interests?”

      In America we have a conserative/libertarin media machine that hates all socialist policies and anything that becomes a government run program. They mostly use conservative talk radio shows and the Fox network to push that political agenda and these programs broadcast continuous propaganda, misinformation and false statements about what most in the US call Obamacare. In addition, there are Super Pacs where super wealthy conservative/libertarian billionares spend millions ($800 million during the 2012 election) of his or her own money to fight something they do not believe in and/or hate for whatever reason. These Super Pacs buy media time and present political advertisements that are more misleading and issue more false statements to build fear among the most gullible and ignorant Americans to defeat anything these Ameican billionaries, for example two of the Koch (pronouced Coke) brothers, do not agree with.

      • Good, thorough answer. Harsh on some of your compatriots I think?

        But yes, the money in the politcal media machine is distressing these days.

        I’m pleased to have stumbled over this blog!

      • Harsh, yes. Justified, yes.

        To understand why such harshness is actually tame (to my thinking) you may want to go see the new Spielberg film on Lincoln, America’s 16th president. After you have seen how divided (mean, hateful, etc.) the elected representatives were in that US congress, then—to have a better understanding of politics in America today—multiply that divisiveness by about a factor of ten. After the 2012 election, some conservatives in the US called for a Civil War and petitions are circulating in the states calling to secede from the union. So far, Texas has the most signatures but one city in Texas, Austin, with a large liberal population is also circulating a petition to succeed from Texas and remain part of the Union.

        http://www.examiner.com/article/texans-petition-to-secede-from-the-union-surpasses-100-000-signatures

        Today, the US has many more factions in its political circus. For example: neoconservatives want to spread American style democracy to the world through war and death by using the US military to force political change in other nations. President G. W. Bush’s war in Iraq was the result of this political agenda. And neoconservatives believe it is okay to lie to the people if it serves some greater purpose according to the political agenda of the leaders of the neoconservative faction. Then we have the fundamentalist, evangelical Christians that want to ban gay marriage, make sure women have no rights over their bodies (the abortion issue) and focus on teaching creationism in the schools over the science of evolution while all sex education is banned but teaching abstinence is not banned.

        These two groups are responsible for electing G. W. Bush. The 2000 election was so close that Bush won by two Electoral College votes. Bush needed 270 and he had 271. In his 2004 reelection he won by 286 Electoral College votes. By contrast, Barack Obama won with 365 Electoral College votes in 2008 and with 332 this month and it was an election where we saw more money spent on misleading ads and more false statements were made during the presidential and vice presidential debates than in previous elections.

        American presidents are not elected by the popular vote of the people but by the Electoral College that has 538 members. Each state has Electoral College votes based on the number of representatives it has in both houses of Congress and in 48 of the states, all of the Electoral College votes in those states to the winner of that state’s popular vote. All voters that votes for the losing candidate are then disfranchised–meaning that their votes do not count. In two of the states, the Electoral College votes are divided according to the popular vote. In fact, in 2000, President G. W. Bush lost the popular vote to Al Gore by about a half million, but won the Electoral College by two.

        Anyway, I digress. To see what I mean, you may want to read these posts about the 2012 debates. I relied on fact checkers to see who exaggerated and lied the most, Obama or Romney. At the end of the “Ranking Romney and Obama: who is the better candidate?” there are links to other posts I wrote about the debates and the election.

        https://lloydlofthouse.org/2012/10/27/ranking-romney-and-obama/

        Then there are American billionaires that use great wealth in an attempt to influence elections through fear and emotion by deliberate exaggerations and lies fed to the public in a barrage of advertising. The two Koch brothers are just one example.

        https://lloydlofthouse.org/2012/04/26/discovering-the-four-koch-brothers-viewed-as-single-page/

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