Last night I watched “Sicko” with the Husband; he was watching for a class. I watched and worked. And became increasingly angry. I went to bed before it was over, because I simply couldn’t take it. The bullshit is astounding. Yes, Michael Moore is a liberal filmmaker. Yes, his films are biased. But no, I don’t think that invalidates his point.
The evils of socialized medicine? Death panels? If you believe this bollocks, you are an idiot.* Plain and simple. Want to see a death panel? Take a look at your insurance company.
Dr. Linda Peeno is well known as an HMO Whistleblower. A decade ago, she testified before congress. Here’s what she said:
I wish to begin by making a public confession: In the spring of 1987, as a physician, I caused the death of a man. Although this was known to many people, I have not been taken before any court of law or called to account for this in any professional or public forum. In fact, just the opposite occurred: I was “rewarded” for this. It bought me an improved reputation in my job, and contributed to my advancement afterwards. Not only did I demonstrate I could indeed do what was expected of me, I exemplified the “good” company doctor: I saved a half million dollars.
I contend that “managed care,” as we currently know it, is inherently unethical in its organization and operation. Furthermore, I maintain that we have an industry which can exist only through flagrant ethical violations against individuals and the public.
- Over the last decade, employer-sponsored health insurance premiums have increased 131 percent.
- The cumulative increase in employer-sponsored health insurance premiums rose at four times the rate of inflation and wage increases during last decade.
- A recent study found that 62 percent of all bankruptcies filed in 2007 were linked to medical expenses. Of those who filed for bankruptcy, nearly 80 percent had health insurance.
- Contrary to popular (American) opinion, Canadian public opinion polls continue to show strong support for publicly financed, universal health care in Canada.
Maybe our nation will find its compassion, the one true antidote for its health care identity crisis.
*Probably, some of you hate me for this. Probably, I’m OK with that.