Another voice in favor of an American single payer system. Why for profit healthcare is an expensively bad idea.

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.

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