It is so disturbing to see news articles about people being denied health coverage that could have saved their lives. Is making money really more important than someone’s life? How do you put a price on that?
Michael Moore’s movie Sicko reminds us of the health insurance industry, whose job it is to deny paying for as much medical care (known as “medical loss”) as possible. What I liked about the movie was the more spiritual approach that Moore took to this upsetting subject. I mean, aren’t we or shouldn’t we be responsible for each other?
In the face of powerful people and institutions that do everything they can to make us feel seperate, powerless and fearful, I feel that mutual love and the understanding that we are all connected will truly be our salvation. OK, so this sounds alittle bit like a sermon, but I do think that with this up-coming election, we as a nation need to come together and make sure this huge issue of healthcare gets addressed. Lets face it, healthcare now occupies 16% of the American economy, and is projected to reach 20% by 2010. Nearly 50 million of our citizens are uninsured, and a larger number are under-insured.
Unless we bear in mind WHY we’re pushing for reform, which is to take care of each other, we will lose again in trying to change a system that is already very “sick”.
Lets hope that in the future, we won’t see news articles of families suing health insurance companies due to lack of coverage, but rather health care systems that are helping to save lives for the good of all.
AP – The family of a 17-year-old girl who died hours after her health insurer reversed a decision and said it would pay for a liver transplant plans to sue the company, their attorney said Friday.