A visit from my daughter recently found us talking about our No. 1 problem. She has worked for United Health Care (Ingenix) for the past eight years. In 2007 her health insurance deductible was $1,500. Now in 2009 it rose to $2,900. All employees must use the company, they stipulate.
Wendell Potter, vice president of Cigna, the fourth largest health insurance company, resigned because he'd seen too much dirt pulled on the unfortunate by the insurance giants. For 15 years he flew in a corporate jet and associated with the upper class millionaires until he and his company had played a role in the death of that little girl waiting for a liver transplant because they said the cost was too high. Potter, while visiting his father in Virginia, also accidentally stumbled on a health fair being held at the fairgrounds in Wise County, Va. The pictures showed hundreds of people who drove from all over the southern states to get there. Scores of doctors, nurses, dentists, all volunteers treating the sick, using cattle stalls and tents to separate people, some had no privacy at all. Hundreds of teeth were pulled and filled and hundreds of people treated by doctors free of charge. Potter said he had no idea this country was in this dire need of care. he said he would like to bring a plane load of health care executives down there to see for themselves the need for change in this country. (PBS Bill Moyers 6-24-09)
The U.S. health care is behind Rwanda, Africa. Remember the genocide of a million people there 15 years ago? Thanks to the Bill Clinton and Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, Rwanda now has national health care for all its people. Shame on us. (PBS Now 9-11-09)
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