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

It's Complicated

This June we celebrated my father-in-law's 90th birthday. He and my mother-in-law, who is 86, are two of the most vibrant, active people I know. They belong to two bowling leagues, shovel their own snow and do their own lawn cutting and maintenance, even though they may need a break or two before it gets finished. They travel often and make sure they each walk on their treadmill every day. She survived breast cancer and he survived a heart attack. They don't take their good health for granted; it is something they work at every day. Fortunately, because my father-in-law was a federal employee, they have had the best health care for most of their lives -- perhaps this contributed to their present good health. Medicare is something they value, but they do have supplemental insurance to cover the gap. Like most seniors, they are concerned that health-care reform will affect what they have.

Their concern may be valid. The current proposal for health-care reform seems complicated at best. Most cost savings we have heard about comes at the expense of Medicare without specific information as to how it will actually affect access to health care through Medicare for seniors. Seniors aren't getting the answers they need. Town hall meetings aren't working. I hear the stories about congressmen being shouted down and organizers disrupting meetings. Fear mongering needs to be exposed. When people such as Sarah Palin warn Americans that they will stand before a "death panel" to determine if they will get treatment, things are getting a little ridiculous. This is America, this is a democracy, we don't euthanize seniors here.

It is my conviction however that there doesn't need to be two or three systems. The current proposal needs to be revisited. Old people, young people and in-betweens need access to a one-payer universal health-care system, period. Universal health care doesn't discriminate in other countries, why would it have to here?

By Kathy-Ellen Kups  |  August 12, 2009; 6:27 PM ET  | Category:  Health Care Reform , Medicare Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Health -care should be free for all, and paid for with the taxes. Society becomes more wholesome, more serene, and spiritually healthier, if it knows that its citizens have at the back of their consciousness the knowledge that not only themselves, but all their fellows citizens, have access, to health care, free at the point of care.

Why are people being scared away from what is only after all-humane and civilised. Medical health care in this Country is a commodity, its only the USA that sells insurance and its citizens’ lives’ . Why is insurance the only available in option to people. No wonder we are the laughing stock of the world when it comes to health, we set-out to make money out of illness’ and a persons misfortune to have a disease like cancer.

Whether you are young ,old , super-fit or infirm, recovery from any illness is always quicker if you do not have the stress of worrying how you are going to pay for treatment or your insurance. Stress is a major part of overcoming any illness, in most cases it’s the reason people lose there lives during illness, they simply have more to contend with than the illness’ itself.

Posted by: Gyp-Illinois | August 15, 2009 12:01 PM
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