Thursday, February 12, 2009

Want to See Rage? Let's Talk Healthcare

True confession #1: Today I visited BlogHer.com, read a post by one of its political conservative contributing editors and went into full-scale rant. I seethed, cursing at least twice. Here is the beginning of my relatively tame opening before I said what I really thought:
Deaf ear to this one:
I'll admit that I didn't even bother to contemplate your conservative objections, and anyone who comes along and wants to wag a finger at me for my stubbornness and lack of openness on this one, wag your finger until you die. I'll dance at your funeral. (Read the rest but you've been warned. I removed the original comment from BlogHer b/c I hurt somebody's feelings, but I stand by every word I said.)
True confession #2: I am totally unrepentant. I said what I think and nothing's changed. However, I did see an interesting article at CNN about negotiating your healthcare with a hospital or doctors if you don't have insurance. Some of the advice comes from a plastic surgeon, Dr. John Di Saia, who found himself in the embarrassing position of not having health insurance when he busted his elbow.

In addition, here's video on the same topic of health advocacy.


The rising number of layoffs which are resulting in more people not having healthcare insurance seems to have prompted these healthcare stories. (Link to CNN article, "No Health Insurance? Get Help Here.) CNN also has tips from the "empowered patient."

7 comments:

Aftercancer said...

I still haven't figured out what happened over on BlogHer but it was this piece that introduced me to your blog. Rant and Rave on, it's nice to have company :)

Vérité Parlant said...

Thank you. I'm a BlogHer CE so I have be nicer than the average bear to idiots.

Vérité Parlant said...

And, being honest enough to admit you don't want to hear bs is a no-no these days of tit for tat debate.

Megan said...

I don't see anything wrong with what you had to say in your comment. First of all, you're absolutely right.

I've had my own run-ins with the health insurance industry, who I rank right up there with used car salesmen. Though they weren't as serious as your issues, they involved real money that I did not have and coverage that I was entitled to but which they did not want me to have.

I appreciate that you took the high road in this circumstance and just know that I for one support you.

Vérité Parlant said...

Thanks, Megan. I appreciate your comment and support tremendously.

msladydeborah said...

You are going to make me go over to BlogHer and see what was originally posted. I certainly could give a few lessons on what life is like for the uninsured.

I was laid off of my job. Without any health insurance whatsoever. I was offered the opportunity to purchase coverage. The monthly premimum was so high that I had to bypass it.

I read your comments. I do not see anything that is beyond reasonable in your remarks. I often restrain myself from making comments on BlogHer because I know that what I really have to say will be taken as less than polite.

Vérité Parlant said...

Thanks Msladydeborah: I think people who have not personally had a medical crisis or have loved ones who don't have insurance during a period when they also do not have healthcare insurance can be a bit too glib about the topic.

What's more insulting to people who don't have insurance is that those who object to a federal insurance program and also have access to health insurance themselves seem to have no real solutions to helping people who work hard, but earn too much to get Medicaid and aren't old enough for Medicare. These are people who also don't earn enough to pay for special tests or even a brief stay at the hospital. In America we're talking millions of families.

I think it's ironic that these people would be offended at the figurative language "I'll dance at your funeral" when they're really saying "I don't care if you people die" each time they object to healthcare reform and offer no alternatives. They tell us that philosophical objections to government healthcare are more important their our lives.

But you're right to use restraint. Sometimes I have to come to my own blog and expand my thoughts because I know there are folks who would use what they think I said on BlogHer as an excuse to make even more outrageous comments. It's most obvious in political discourse where for all you know you may be dealing with a political operative.