Friday, July 31, 2009

Health Care


I think that there should be a substantial fine for television news program hosts who do not tell the truth. Right now Lou Dobbs is being raked over the coals for his daily attack on Obama's birthplace. Katy Pilgrim sitting in for Lou Dobbs actually gave proof that he was born in the United States. The following night Lou Dobbs (who apparently does not watch his own show) was back to alleging that Obama was not born in the United States.

One of my students this week told me that he did not want his medical records to be sent to Washington under the Obama plan. I explained that under HIPPA the only way that could happen is if the student gave his permission for them to be sent to Washington. Only the patient and his or her personal physician has access to medical records. No one else. I asked him why he believed that they would be shipped to Washington and he told me that Bill O'Reilly said it on his show. If that is true then shame on him.

I realize that the whole issue is very complicated but the simple goal in the Obama plan is to have universal access to health care. It is not socialized medicine. It is not the Canadian plan. It is not the British plan. It merely means that everyone would be under some sort of health care. If you have insurance then you will keep it. You will not be required to go to a doctor that you have not picked. You will keep your insurance. You will keep your doctor. It is for the men and women and families without insurance. It will give them the opportunity to get insurance.

Currently people without insurance go to the emergency room. A visit to your family doctor is about $100. A visit to the emergency room is probably over $1000 depending on the problem. Right now if someone can't pay then we all pay. Those costs are folded into your bill and my bill. That is why an aspirin in the hospital costs $7.50. The bill of the people who cannot pay is included in every hospital bill.

Also there is no plan to provide health insurance to all of the undocumented foreign workers. That will remain the same. Both education and emergency health care are provided to everyone regardless of their ability to pay. I can't believe how the racists of this country have taken this one to the people to convince them to oppose the health care plan.

I personally do not believe it will ever pass but at the same time I think the issue should get a fair and impartial hearing in congress and with the people. Lou Dobbs, Bill O'Reilly, Glen Beck and all of the other television reporters who perpetuate myths should check their facts. If they oppose it then that is fine but please tell the truth.

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