And there are some, like our friends the Republicans, who are worried health care reform will hurt insurance company profits. Now that’s getting your priorities in order.
David Obey remembers visiting his younger sister in the hospital years ago. She told him she wanted to die by Friday. His sister, who was battling cancer, and her husband had been laid off from their factory jobs, and their insurance was set to run out that day. The thought of leaving her husband and children with a pile of medical bills terrified her. "She died on Friday," Obey said.
Obey's interest in health care reform didn't begin in his sister's hospital room. When he was a boy, Obey watched his father come home after an emergency appendectomy with both arms paralyzed, which left him unable to work. His father gradually regained use of his arms. "That experience showed me you're just one accident or one disease away from economic catastrophe in this country," said Obey, who calls the fact that 50 million Americans don't have health insurance a "moral outrage."
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Rep. David Obey's Health Care Story.
Republicans continue to BS the public about universal health care, claiming such a plan would ration care. That supposes care isn’t already dramatically rationed when people decide they can’t afford to see a doctor, or get a checkup for preventive care or are denied coverage from an insurance company rationing how much they pay out. The system is all about rationing. And from this failed system, with an endless list of personal tragedies, people have had to endure poverty, suffering and unnecessary deaths. Take from Wisconsin’s own Congressman, David Obey. The Journal Sentinel had this: