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The right to life and health insurance

January 26, 2012

He waits. and waits. and waits some more.  The pain is throbbing so much he is in tears.  Yet he will wait another two weeks before seeking any medical attention.

What he hats about going to the doctors:  the long lines.  The long waiting in the doctor’s office.  Even though he arrived 20 minutes early, he will be seen an hour later.  The minutes ticking away.  Finally in he goes to the medical room to be seen.  Again he is waiting.  Another 30 minutes.  He is fidgeting at the door, telling the doctor he has to go pick up the kids at the door.  The doctor tells him “there are two more patients ahead of you, please wait.”

Out he comes. No health insurance.  Pays $40 for the visit.  Gets his prescription filled out the pharmacy next door.  Total visit costs: $70.  Four hours spent waiting.  No appointments available for two months.

The health care system in the U.S. needs a major fix. From lack of access to preventative care and the high cost of medical treatment, there are many health care problems facing Americans. The website Health Care Problems says, “The problems with health care are affecting many Americans: the uninsured and insured, the unemployed and working, children and retirees, single individuals and families.”

Rather than the insurance companies thinking about profit and the government thinking about money and votes, both need to start thinking about the people. People are becoming more conscious about procedures.

The Gettysburg Address says it best, “That government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” If the government wants to survive, elected candidates have to rely on voters to find solutions that are plaguing our world rather than worrying about how they are going to win the next election.

The other day I was browsing Facebook when I came upon the following picture:

 It makes me upset and want to cry at the same time. The health system has come to this. Many argue that if everyone had health insurance that there would be more of a wait in line at the doctor’s office. Getting preventive care on time whenever we can would actually make people more productive.

Car insurances are required by law for everyone who owns a car. Under MICHIGAN VEHICLE CODE (EXCERPT) Act 300 of 1949, Section 328, (2): an owner or operator of a motor vehicle who fails to produce evidence of insurance under this subsection when requested to produce that evidence or who fails to have motor vehicle insurance for the vehicle as required under chapter 31 of the insurance code of 1956, 1956 PA 218, MCL 500.3101 to 500.3179, is responsible for a civil infraction.

It is time to put our money where our mouth is and get everyone health insurance and start taking care this country’s citizens.

One Comment
  1. January 29, 2012 12:02 am

    Maybe the government will fix health insurance, and maybe it won’t. In the meantime, this person should look for a free clinic – there are a lot of them around, or a federally funded health center, which would be cheaper.

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