Another voice in favor of an American single payer system. Why for profit healthcare is an expensively bad idea.
I came across this blog post and I thought I should share it with you.
Fishing is one of the main reasons people come to Southwest Florida. Most of us need a guide to find the fish.
One morning recently, I met my guide at Blind Pass on Sanibel and set off to fish the mangroves and sand holes. He found the right spot and we caught a few fish. During a lull, our conversation turned to health care. Neither of us had health insurance.
My guide, being self-employed, could not pay for health insurance, which would cost more than the mortgage on his home. He was most concerned about how he would pay for a catastrophic event, a situation he had already met when his wife had two major operations.
We both agreed that Obamacare would help people in his situation, but that a single-payer system would be a better solution.
During 40 years of pediatric surgical practice, I became angry when the insurance companies and HMOs refused to pay for a child’s admission to the hospital the day before an operation. They also insisted on children being discharged while they were still in pain and in danger of complications such as bleeding. A child with a corrected birth defect would later be considered to have a “pre-existing condition” and could not get health insurance.