I have know idea how you find what you do; but THANKS!!!
Hey, tpt/ny, Twitter is an awesome source. Are you Tweeting yet?
Thanks, SYD. I’ll check it out.
Sorry, I’m not Twittering.
SYD, I read your link…GREAT!!
I’m a nurse also!!
BJ “Free-us-Now. posted my Healthcare post. I’d love to share it with you “if” your interested??
Drop me a line!
Here it is; I hope you like it:
Universal Health Care, a better plan
Posted on August 27, 2009 by freemenow
Contributed by: TPT/NY
Please accept my condolences on the loss of Sen. Ted Kennedy. I heard a quote from him about missing the “Good” while striving for the “Perfect”. Hopefully, you’ll see this as the “Good” plan on the way to the Perfect goal of; “Universal Health Care”.
To Any Interested Parties,
I have sent this to many across the political & private spectrum. Personally, in my 25+ years as a Registered Nurse, I have worked in all aspects of Healthcare; at one time or another. Often times I’ll find myself, frequently arguing with Insurance Companies (politely of course); regarding “Pre-Authorization” on medications; trust me I know where some of the wholes are. I COMPLETELY agreed with the Hillary Plan of 2008 / not the one of 1993. Unfortunately, it seems the Democrats are working towards bringing the 1993 plan back. Although, I ALWAYS supported her efforts, then & now; I was never big on the “Single – Payer – Option”. A person can “Believe” in Universal Health Care; and NOT be for “Public-Option”.
Currently, I am close to starting a “GREEN” business & would like to be able to provide Healthcare for (hopefully) my future employees. I am a registered Independent since about 2006 (formally a Democrat); I consider myself to be: “Politically Neutral”!!
Why is Congress” / taking a “TOP-DOWN” approach on Healthcare; instead of a BOTTOM-UP”? If they want to try out “A PLAN”, then try it on their own taxpayer provided; “Congressional Insurance” Program, then GET BACK TO “US” the Taxpayers; with the Pro’s & Con’s they discovered. This way “we” can make an informed decision about our own and our family’s future.
Until then, in my opinion as a RN /Taxpayer, they should take some “Serious a Steps”, towards achieving “Universal Healthcare”, by creating conditions that would “fit for many”. I believe the below plan can be “Deficit Neutral”.
*1- Utilize the already existing “Pre-Tax” for medical expenses accounts. Many already have access to them, through their employers. “If” someone is self or un-employed then a program can be set up through their personal bank accounts.
*2- Adopt “for all” The “Flex-Credit System”, used successfully by MANY employers.
Expand on that & encourage ALL Full & Part-Time Employers, Retirement Benefits Providers, Unions & so on, to give people credits instead of product. Now they can take these credits & go into a “POOL of Providers” like the Congressional Plan does. People can now manage their own Healthcare; based on the needs of themselves & their families. **If someone does not have enough credits; then they can go into a Government program. There is an AMAZING facility, I’ve dealt with, and that is worth looking at (details upon request). They managed to serve those less fortunate financially; with grace, dignity, and fairness, while providing them with access to the BEST medical care in the area.
*2a – The Market Place would then help to control costs; just like with other industries.
*2b- People can get what they feel they need for themselves & their families.
Spouses can now “Pool” their credits so if “1″ person works P/T they can contribute their credits & “off-set” their families “Out-of-Pocket” costs. Currently, many are not accessing their part-time benefits, because having “2″ insurances within “1″ family can confuse the pay-out by the Primary Insurance plan. A place like “Wal-Mart can now “give” people “Credits” & not feel the financial Burden of providing the full service.
As with, Car Insurance…The More in…the Lower the overall costs.
My personal opinion of “Single Payer” is this: Just like “AT&T” BEFORE the MCI’s came along; I don’t trust too much control to any one entity!!!! In the mean time as an “insider” they can be encouraged to start this TODAY:
Pass a “Best Practice” Law protecting doctors to use their Best judgment when ordering tests &/or treatments, for someone. Something like the “Good Samaritan Law” that protects medical providers who come onto a scene of an accident.
-Get Regulatory Agency’s to “Encourage GREEN & Time Management” steps. This also can work instead of: Cap-n-Trade
-Right Now, all directives add “Paperwork & People Power” to the Medical Community; thereby increasing costs.
-Insurance companies should be encouraged to continue to “Regulate Expenses”, HOWEVER, NOT at the RISK of “INFRINGING on CONTINUITY of CARE”!!!!
Any “Pre-Existing” Medical Treatment between Doctor & Patient MUST be HONORED & RESPECTED…PERIOD” i.e.; “If” there’s a medication that is working “LEAVE it Alone”, even if it is not included on you discounted list.
“If” there’s any changes by the DOCTOR; then go ahead & do the Pre-Authorization thing.
Below is a quote from an article someone sent me about Tom Daschle “still” working with the “WH”:
August 23, 2009
Daschle Has the Ear of the White House and the Health Industry
by DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
“To address doctors’ fears of lawsuits, Mr. Daschle and his collaborators proposed a “safe harbor” from legal liability for doctors who follow certain rules. Mr. Obama took up the idea in a mid-June speech to the American Medical Association”.
This is very much like my above comment about a “Good Samaritan” type law to protect MD’s from fearing using their “Best Judgment”; when working with patients.
In closing these are my PERSONAL Opinions.
A Very Concerned Citizen
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