Thanks to my friend Greg, I am aware of an interesting little political tid bit. Currently, our president is trying to reform healthcare and make it accessible to everyone. Unfortunately the rhetoric and spin being launched on the American people has clouded the view of what is attempting to be done.
The first hypocritical spin about changing the way hippocratic oath is administered (I love playing with words) has to do with “end of life counseling.” By camping on this phrase, spinning it 180 degrees the republican spin machine has successfully solicited from a portion of the American population a gut response (gut because brain hasn’t entered in there yet) of “We have to protect granny from euthanasia.” No one would have thought this on their own, it has been the intentional tactic of the republicans to, once again, scare the American people into a frenzy against something that would actually benefit them i.e. reforming our healthcare system.
Now the funny thing that my friend turned me on to is that the exact and very same language (i.e. End of life counseling), interestingly enough, is found in a 2003 Medicare reform bill sponsored, passed by a republican congress and signed by a republican president. Check it out for yourself from the library of Congress: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/cpquery/?&dbname=cp108&sid=cp108d60yh&refer=&r_n=hr391.108&item=&sel=TOC_2103579& .
Now here is the link to the 2009 bill being proposed.
You will notice that the only difference is that insurance would allow and cover people not yet terminally ill to discuss end of life issues with their doctor before becoming ill, so as to give them opportunity to understand options should their condition deteriorate. Nothing is said about giving granny the push over the edge.
The other big scare tactic is that “government is attempting a take-over of health care.” The only way to avoid this, says the spinners, is to remove a public option from the proposal and keep Government out of the doctor’s office. The funny thing is that our government is already “in the doctor’s office.” There is government regulation and laws that apply to medications, appropriate practices and, yes, end of life issues. If you don’t think so, you are not paying attention.
So rather than having a public option that provides competition to private options, the spinners say “keep it private and keep your world class healthcare.” The irony is that we all have been experiencing for some time in our private health insurance plans the very same thing that is fearfully spun in this debate. I don’t know about you but my coverage diminishes little by little each year, but somehow we continue to pay more for it. And when you think about it, that shouldn’t surprise us, health care companies are in it to make a profit…and how do they make a profit, they do it by reducing what they have to cover and by charging more for what they do cover.
So for me, I would rather pay into a “public option” than line the greedy pockets of some insurance executive. I know…how liberal of me. There was a time (before it, too, was spun) that liberal was a good word and a good thing to be. I still think it is.