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Kathy-Ellen Kups is the breast cancer blogger for Everydayhealth.com.

Equal Health Coverage For All Americans

In a nation where equality is the foundation of the Constitution, equality of health-care coverage needs to be the main priority in creating reform. Now that Congress is taking on the role of drafting legislation about health care, it can either cement the imbalance of care or ensure equal access to every American. As our government determines who will participate in providing insurance coverage, it must also determine who will be covered. If the insurance companies continue to pick and choose their customers, we will continue to see inequality in care that taxes a system already burdened by late-stage diagnoses and emergency treatment usually sought by the under and uninsured.

Legislation that ensures equal coverage to all Americans regardless of socio-economic status will ultimately lead to a stronger and healthier population. Any company that participates in providing health insurance must be held to the same responsibility as a public system to provide equal access to all their coverage. This won't change the health care that is provided, it will enhance it. Doctors and facilities will be relieved from meeting benchmarks of health and affordability dealt out by insurers. Administration costs will be reduced and health-care costs will be brought under control. Facilities themselves would profit from being able to offer additional services deemed a luxury to those who can pay out of pocket.

A trip to Johns Hopkins Hospital a couple of years ago gave me my first glimpse into private suites, gourmet food and spa treatments. I couldn't afford them but it would have been nice to have had the opportunity to throw up the best food money could buy.

Equality must remain the hallmark of American ideals. When a woman is told she is covered for a biopsy but not an MRI, we have inequality. When a man works two jobs but can't afford access to new treatments for a sick child, that is inequality. All Americans deserve access to the best care and the security of health coverage that is uncomplicated and equal to the best offered.

By Kathy-Ellen Kups  |  June 8, 2009; 12:21 PM ET  | Category:  Health Care Reform , Insurance Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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WEROWE1 wrote: "illegal immigrants need a place to go other than the emergency room." They sure as heck do, JAIL then HOME! Why didn't you turn these people (Stealing health care) in to the proper authories? Man up hero, and then we all wouldn't be footing the bill now.

Posted by: majcsmith | June 21, 2009 12:36 AM
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Health care is a responsibility not a "right". I have friends who are all for Single payer (someone else) Government plans. Their house is 3 times the size of mine, they have two cars (BMW & SUV), their three kids go to private school, and they take overseas vactions (learning experiences), which is the only time they aren't updating their multipule computers, blackberrys, cell phones, and latest God knows what new electronic must have. They could live a wee bit less grad and buy their own darned insurance or vote for the Dems who'll send the police to kick in my door and shoot me in the head when I dare not pay my taxes and resisit. Most people who support Government health care aren't poor. They are lazy and greedy.

Posted by: majcsmith | June 21, 2009 12:30 AM
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somewhere along the way we all need to stop focusing on health insurance and start focusing on health care.
if we remove the insurance companies as the 'middle man' between patient and provider, we will remove 35% of health care costs and 50% of the time providers spend on book keeping.
additionally - how much stress is caused to patients trying to get reimbursements and referrals from insurance companies who's main objective is profit , rather than patient care?

Posted by: boblesch | June 17, 2009 10:23 AM
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do not side with big business and the insurance companies and pers drug companies.....side with the AMERICAN PEOPLE AND BARACK OBAMA .........THAT IS THE REASON HE WAS ELECTED...WHEN IT COMES TO HEALTHCARE IN OUR COUNTRY.

Posted by: STANTONCAROL | June 14, 2009 8:36 AM
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Thanks for the article but again this offers no specific recommendations. What about this important problem related to "coverage for all Americans": coverage for travelers to the USA and illegal immigrants. Certainly illegal immigrants need a place to go other than the emergency room. I dated a Mexican last year for a short time and her brother had epileptic seizures. He would go the the emergency room for that. Is the bill collector going to be able to collect from him? Not sure. That would be a good story for your newspaper.

Posted by: werowe1 | June 9, 2009 8:54 AM
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