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It's almost like there are these periods where our relationship is smooth and steady, and then there are times when it's like standing on the edge of this gorgeous, wonderful waterfall and just letting yourself drop, knowing that there's a safe pool of water ready to catch you at bottom. You take the plunge and you're in wayyyy over your head, but oh man, it's exhilarating, it's breathtaking, it's just incredible and you feel better than you ever have before and the water is cool and refreshing and exactly what you needed.

Sam is my waterfall.

- LJ entry from 8/2005


Every Human Has Rights

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Jennifer E. Thomas [userpic]
Politics and health care

Snarfed from chrisbert :

Saw this posted anonymously on a board I frequent, and thought it was relevant.

You didn't get mad when the Supreme Court stopped a legal recount and appointed a President.

You didn't get mad when Cheney allowed Energy company officials to dictate energy policy.

You didn't get mad when a covert CIA operative got outed.

You didn't get mad when the Patriot Act got passed.

You didn't get mad when we illegally invaded a country that posed no threat to us.

You didn't get mad when we spent over 600 billion(and counting) on said illegal war.

You didn't get mad when over 10 billion dollars just disappeared in Iraq.

You didn't get mad when you saw the Abu Grahib photos.

You didn't get mad when you found out we were torturing people.

You didn't get mad when the government was illegally wiretapping Americans.

You didn't get mad when we didn't catch Bin Laden.

You didn't get mad when you saw the horrible conditions at Walter Reed.

You didn't get mad when we let a major US city drown.

You didn't get mad when the deficit hit the trillion dollar mark.

You finally got mad when.. when... wait for it... when the government decided that people in America deserved the right to see a doctor if they are sick. Yes, illegal wars, lies, corruption, torture, stealing your tax dollars to make the rich richer, are all ok with you but helping other Americans... well **** that. That about right? You know it is.

Originally posted on http://j3nny3lf.dreamwidth.org - but you can comment either here or there. I prefer HERE!

Borderline symptom of the day: angryangry

I think the #1 reason people are pissed over the health care bill isn't because it is universal health care it is because our government will fuck it up, and they will fuck it up, you just gave a dozen reasons why our government is a complete and utter failure (you left out the recent ones though, like loaning money we don't have to companies that will never pay it back, and this useless cash for clunkers thing that encourages more loans.)

Massachusetts already has universal health care, I am on their plan, and that is why I don't support the country making one. They fucked it up in this state and they'll fuck it up in the rest of the country.

Do you know how it works? They made a few government health plans then say buy health care or we'll fine you. So you can pay money to have health care or pay money to not have heath care. After paying the money I didn't have for the health plan, It took about 3 months to get the insurance card. Then I can only go to their approved doctors, but I have to give those doctors lots of notice because none of them have heard of my insurance. Then when I am done at the unhelpful doctors they send me the bill, not the insurance company, and I have to make repeated phone calls to the bill people telling them to send it to the insurance company but they can't figure it out because they also have never heard of the insurance company and think I am making it up. Then even though it is supposed to cover other things, like prescriptions, it doesn't. So I may still get fined for having insufficient insurance even though it is the only one I can have. At this point I say fuck it, I'll be in pain, I'll be sick. I am not going to the doctors because it is not worth the mess that the insurance causes.

So do I support the government health plan? No, and I think from where I am I have every reason not to trust them on it.

it doesn't have to be - shouldn't be - like the BS there.

it *SHOULD* be like CHAMPUS.

as in, everything, every doctor, every procedure: covered. oh, a few things won't be (purely cosmetic, probably. and, sadly, probably birth control stuff).

CHAMPUS is not messed up. Medicaid and Medicare are not messed up. the VA is not messed up. Medical, in California, is only messed up because *doctors* and other providers can opt out.

which is actually part of the heart of the matter - see, medical providers charge insurance companies more than they charge government programs - partly because the way the programs are designed, there is a built-in cap to procedures, and partly because they know a large portion of the insurance claims will never, ever bill paid, so they *have* to charge more.

and somehow, even though a lot of the insurance claims won't get paid, a lot of providers think that getting more money per procedure balances out getting less per procedure, but getting paid for all of them. i have worked for several providers, and know lots more people who do what i did (insurance billing) and let me tell you - providers would get more from government programs than they will ever get from insurance companies; the cost of re-filing claims alone sees to that.

just because something *could* be bad, doesn't mean it *WILL* and considering how many OTHER government healthcare programs we see that work SO MUCH BETTER than private insurance companies, i cannot understand this level of resistance. at this point, i honestly think it would be cheaper (for the patient) to literally get rid of health insurance, period, and pay *everything* out-of-pocket but without the price-hikes necessitated by insurance companies refusal to actually pay. and say this going into a $30,000 (minimum) surgery this thursday.

I just can't be optimistic on this, I find myself ripping my hair out and screaming over the things the government does more then praising it. I had private insurance up until 2 years ago and never had such awful issues. I just got a bill in the mail saying that even though I went to the doctor on THEIR list I still have to pay out of pocket because I don't have a diagnose yet. I haven't had a diagnose for any health issue I've had since... 4 years ago or more. It would be much cheaper for me to pay out of pocket, and I would love to. I can't because they won't let me.

sad but true


This is the part where I say...

wait for it...


CHOIR, speaking TO!

it's just about perfect. and shows so well...