Fri Nov 1, 2013 10:04 pm (PDT) . Posted by:
of daily experience is like a currency not
exchangeable for articles of consumption; it is
not a symbol, but a fraud.”
– George Santayana
How is it possible to solve any problem without
first defining that problem? It is not, and
that is the dilemma in which we now find ourselves.
Six years ago, I wrote and posted a Notmilk column
explaining why Universal Health Care in the United
States could not possibly work. I defined the problem.
Today, our absurd health care solutions have run
amok, dampening the collective psyche of most
American families which grows uglier with each day.
My column of December 11, 2007:
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Universal Health Care is STUPID!
Phony politicians are willing to spend non-existing
dollars and make impossible-to- keep promises in order
to get elected. Every politician with any chance of
getting elected to the oval office has offered his or
her unworkable version of universal health care. This
includes Clinton, Edwards, Giuliani, Huckabee, Kucinich,
McCain, Obama, and Romney. When it comes to these eight
knuckleheads, you are being played for a fool.
Message for those supporting universal health care:
Let me relate to you a true story.
I live in Bergen County, N.J., one of America’ s most
affluent counties. We are sixty or so bedroom communities
for NYC consisting of mostly (y)upper-middle class homes.
The local hospital (Pascack Valley in Westwood) recently
went bankrupt and is now out of business.
Last year my 90-year-old dad fell in a restaurant, broke
two ribs, developed pneumonia, spent three days in an
Englewood, NJ hospital, one day in a nursing home, and
three hours in Pascack Valley hospital where he died.
All of his hospital bills were paid for by Medicare.
My mother filed a wrongful death suit which was just
settled by the insurance company and her attorney. I
attended the settlement conference. During negotiations,
I learned of a new law: Medicare Liens.
Any money paid resulting from such suits must first
be used to re-pay Medicare. It is the attorney’ s
responsibility to escrow those funds. He has a personal
liability to do so.
Anyway, bottom line. The bill for a few days stay in
Englewood hospital was $45,000. The bill for a few
hours stay at Pascack Valley was $15,000. Since he was
brain-dead when he arrived, and since two separate
physicians asked me whether he previously had cataract
surgery (they wanted to harvest his eyes for donation),
they knew he would not survive. Fifteen thousand dollars
were paid for three hours care. I was there for the
entire death process.
No extraordinary measures were used to save his life.
That would have been pointless. He had stopped breathing
hours before he was discovered.
Fifteen thousand dollars for three hours. The fraud that
existed at this hospital before their bankruptcy must
have been monumental. I can safely assume that with
Medicare, this is the rule and not the exception.
Hospitals over bill because they can. Medicare blindly
pays. There is no accounting.
With universal health care, who will pay the bill?
You, you, you, and you. Me too. Are you a subscriber
to the Notmilk letter? In your way, you are beating
the system by remaining healthy. Your reward is to
pay your tax dollars to subsidize the ignorance of
others. Why this burden of paying for a fraudulent
system falls upon your shoulders is a mystery to me.
Our system is corrupt. It will only get worse with
universal health care. We cannot afford to keep
feeding the infinite appetite of this ravenous beast.
A ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Want a free ounce? Send friends and relatives to:
“Things gained through unjust fraud are never secure.”