Why America Needs Health Care Reform
Corporations for profit are deciding your treatment every day!
Private Insurance and Pharmaceutical Companies are the TRUE Problem
STOP THE MADNESS!!! Profiting off of the most vulnerable citizens - the ill!
The insurance industry represents a significant lobbying group in the United States. In 2008, insurance was #8 among industries in political contributions to members of Congress, giving $28,654,121. The leading contributor from the insurance industry was AFLAC, Inc., which contributed $907,150 in 2007.
Working Americans are spending a huge part of their earnings to big insurance companies. Those corporations are the ones who are deciding if your problem can be covered... and they are deciding and telling the doctors how much they are worth. The Pharmaceutical companies are spending YOUR money on slick marketing - they lavish doctors with many gifts to entice them to write prescriptions for their latest drug. They offer the doctors prime tickets to sporting events, expensive gifts, cash for lecturing, and all of their senseless fluff - notepads,pens, toys, etc. to brand themselves to all of us walking through the clinic doors. You see the long tv commercials that are on during primetime - who pays for all of this?
Have you ever been given a prescription for one of these new medications without having health insurance? It's absolutely abominable when you can't treat your child's asthma because the inhalers and treatment are more expensive than letting your child get get bronchitis every 3 months, and then taking them to the pediatrician for antibiotics. True story.
My husband applied for private health insurance a few years back. They turned him down due to his high cholesterol (hereditary), but they approved me and my son for coverage. My young son was denied coverage for his asthma - the sole need he had at the time!
I now have health insurance through my employer. This is the only reason we have insurance, and group insurance costs more because it covers the pre-existing conditions. It really bites that the extra money I work for goes straight into the pockets of big insurance companies. It is a tragedy that America is a country of greed and profit before humanity.
What is your experience with healthcare, insurance and pharmaceutical companies? I would like to hear your point of view.