Sometimes news just presents itself in your own life. So it is with national government health care. At this point you would have had to have been living in a Vietnamese tunnel not to know that a debate about health insurance is raging.
I think, from my own life, I have a peek into the future if we have government health insurance approved.
My wife has rheumatoid arthritis. First of all she has had her blood pressure medication changed twice by the government to “save money.” In both cases she was already under good control and in both cases the change caused a lot of monitoring; it took a lot of the doctor’s time not to mention wasting my wife’s time. Since the savings on blood pressure was in the pennies, compared to the doctor’s time it was a joke that the change saved money; yes Franken, it was a bureaucratic decision not an “insuracrat” decision.
Now if an insurance company had arbitrarily changed my wife’s medications we could have appealed to the Illinois Director of Insurance on an extremely simplified form. The insurance would have to prove why they changed it and it usually is easier just to leave well enough alone. With the government there is so much red tape and, pretty much the same people who changed the medicine review the decision it isn’t worth the fight.
However that isn’t the main reason I’m writing this article.
My wife began to have sleep apnea. As a result she took a test and it confirmed that she was waking up numerous times and that she was as sleep apnea people tend to do, discontinuing her breathing.
The reason that my wife has Government insurance is that she is disabled.
The government advised us they would not pay for the sleep apnea machine because her sleep apnea was “not serious enough.” We asked for their guidelines and they have none. The decision was arbitrary.
Now to get the machine (if we get it at all) the medical supply company and the doctor will have to take extra time to “explain” to the government why a woman who has severe rheumatoid arthritis and sleep apnea needs a sleep apnea machine.
Once again, if this were private insurance we would be able to appeal to the state.
Anyone who takes the time to study Medicaid knows better than to want more governmentally controlled health insurance. In some cases their idea of “treatment” is to let the person die and I am not being melodramatic.
If my wife does not get this machine and I cannot come up with $3,500, her life could be at stake.
If you make the wrong decision with respect to Obama’s health plan, so could yours.