By Rose Ann DeMoro Huffington Post
December 11, 2007
If Dick Cheney were anyone else, he'd probably be dead by now. That's the headline of an ad we - the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee - ran in ten Iowa newspapers this week.
Imagine if you had the Vice President's health history. Four heart attacks, quadruple bypass surgery, angioplasty, an implanted defibrillator, and just recently, an emergency procedure to treat an irregular heartbeat.
Take that chart to Blue Cross, UnitedHealth, or Aetna and try to get coverage or even continued care. If you already have one of their policies, they'd probably drop you like a hot potato or raise your premiums - or if you are part of a group plan, your group's premiums - to an amount higher than the national debt. Or perhaps they'd just demand you re-pay them for your last bypass surgery because they discovered you once chipped a tooth you'd never disclosed on your application form.
France, Canada, and the United Kingdom, all have a lower mortality for cardiovascular disease. They also each happen to have some form of a government-run healthcare system. Bush and Cheney don't have to move to Canada or France, because they already receive that level of care. Do the rest of us deserve any less?
Here's what the system our elected officials get looks like:
Everyone is covered. No one is denied care because of a "pre-existing" condition or because a claims adjustor called treatment recommended by their physician "experimental." Everyone is guaranteed any doctor of their choice. Skyrocketing deductibles, co-pays, hospital or drug charges that do not threaten them with bankruptcy. They don't have to watch 30 percent of their healthcare dollar skimmed off the top so that an insurance CEO can buy another 200-foot yacht.
Our PUBLIC SERVANTS sure know how to take care of themselves, don't they?
How would you like to be able to choose the doctor of your choice and the hospital of your choice, without worrying about the bill?
That's the kind of service our senators and representatives in D.C. get in regards to THEIR health care.
Not to mention the MONEY. Besides the salary of around $170,000.00 dollars per year, senators get an additional sum of nearly 2 MILLION dollars per year for "expenses."
Reps get around 1.5 MILLION dollars per year for their "expenses."
Believe this is money paid in cash, since it's for "expenses."
No wonder they fight like cats and dogs to get and hold on to their posts.
Don't expect to see universal health care discussed in the staged "dog and pony" shows that are the debates leading up to the presidential primaries.
Nope, this campaign the hot button issue is illegal immigration.
Looks like to push polls and focus groups were tired of the old divide and conquer issues of gay marriage, flag amendents and abortion.