Monday, August 24, 2009

Dear President Obama, Senator Feinstein, Senator Boxer and Representative Speier

For years your constituents have written and called you regarding the health care crisis we find ourselves in. Years. For years the private insurers have been denying and delaying appropriate, needed, doctor-prescribed care. For years the pharmaceutical companies have been charging us exorbitant amounts for medicines that are reasonably priced elsewhere in the world. For years thousands of Americans have unnecessarily died simply because no one would see them because they did not have insurance because the insurance companies had declared them un-insurable.

Don't be fooled by the 'johnny-come-latelys' who have recently shown up at town halls complaining about changing the health care system. Listen to the steady stream of Americans you have known over the years and ease their pain.

It's a lot of food for thought to realize that on the same day a few hundred people with health insurance were screaming at their Congressman, a couple of thousand people were waiting patiently, civilly, hopefully outside the LA Forum for a little bit of health care.

The screamers should be ashamed. And Shame will be your names as well if you all do not pass reform with a solid, strong public option. Best of all would be passing the Weiner Amendment that would make Medicare available to All.


Blogger Marcello Jun said...

Congratulations on supporting Universal Health Care. You're not there yet, but progress has been made!

I apologize for commenting on a post from another blog, but they seemed to have shut down further comments there. Was I wrong to infer that you support Mormons who protest against Harry Reid's fireside presentations?

It seemed a tad ambiguous, and a little incongruent with your posts here, so I thought I'd clear this up directly with you!

Thank you for your attention.

9:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am here from another blog also...are we seeing the same healthcare plan? Why should the government decide whether my handicapped child should life or die? You know that is where it is headed. Just like Canada. I'm suprised that as a nurse you would support this.

10:38 AM  
Blogger Sue Cannon, PhD, RN said...

Hi Anonymous, the care your child receives is already constrained by the health insurers (they really are the true 'death panels Thank heavens you can afford a policy that includes her/him. Thousands of your fellow Americans can't. At least if the government does something we don't like we can tell our congressman/woman about it--we can vote in somebody else if we don't like what they've done. You have no such sway with insurance companies. And if you decide to buy somewhere else--your child would be considered a pre-existing exclusion. Until this new health care law. Now if you do have to switch insurance, your child will have to be covered. You can thank ObamaCare for that.

Health care for all is a good thing. Everybody would get the care they needed and it would cost us less---think of buying in bulk, you get cheaper prices right? Well if all 300 million of us are in one health care pool, we have a lot more bargaining power for cheaper drugs, medical equipment and services. AND every provider would get paid for care given to every patient. That doesn't happen right now---hospitals have to charge ridiculous amounts to paying customers to cover those that cannot pay.

Our current system is full of greed and it wastes billions of dollars that could go to actual care of actual patients just like your child.

Care for everybody-absolutely that's want I want. As an RN, it's my obligation to advocate for my patients, all of them. Having something like improved Medicare for All would fill that bill.

Jesus treated all who came to Him (especially the children--'suffer them to come unto me'). We should do likewise.

11:10 AM  

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