Heath Care is all you hear about on the news lately. I agree that we need to reform heath care. For example, I have a lady who works with me and her son fell out of a tree and broke his arm around the elbow. She took him to the ER they took X rays and put the whole arm in a splint and told to go to the bone doctor the next day. They also did not give him any pain medication. The boy cried himself to sleep that night because of the pain. At 8:00 the next morning, she started to call the doctors. She called four different doctors before she found one that would let her pay a 100 dollar down-payment You see she has insurance, but the boy had not meet his 1000 dollar deductable and all the other doctors wanted the whole deductable before they would even see the boy. Most people do not have an extra 1000 dollars to pay off their deductable. I understand a doctor needs to make a living, but where was the compassion and feeling for this young boy. All they wanted was the almighty dollar, both the insurance company and the doctor. This needs to change.
Now what has been proposed to fix it is also scary, mainly in the area of right to life. First, the bill has provisions for family planning (their words), but they are not defined. In addition, they have said publicly that the bill does not have abortion in it. This is true. However, there have been three attempts to amend the bill to say that no taxpayer’s money will be used to fund abortions and every time the amendment has been defeated. Under family planning, they are now funding Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers; therefore, we would be paying for abortions.
The above is almost predictable, but what really scares me is what they are saying about the elderly. At the age of 65, the patient must have a health care review to discuss heath care options, not with the doctor, but a state counselor, and every 5 years thereafter for the rest of their life. This counselor is going to try to keep the state’s costs down; they are not an advocate for the patient. In states that have doctor aided suicide this will be one of the options and will be the cheapest. You do not think this will happen, I hate to tell you but it is already happening. The state of Oregon already has a state run program. There is a man who is 53 and has terminal cancer, the state refused to pay for any chemo but did offer to pay for a lethal dose of Morphine. The state’s position is that he will no longer be a source of income for the state, so why should they pay for expensive treatment to keep him alive a little longer.
To me this is very scary. I posted a few weeks ago about how we need to learn from history especially what the Nazis did. This proposed bill is very close to what happened in Nazi Germany. The mentally ill and handicapped were sent to the camps and killed because they were a drain on society. We are about to repeat a terrible part of our history.
We must remember that everybody was created in the image of God and that they have the right to live even if they are a drain on society.
Please check my facts, I got most of this from a Focus on the Family broadcast, but there are several different groups that have information on the Heath Care bill, please become informed.