From Pine View Farm

OR Rations 11

One of the most bogus arguments against a national health care system is that it will lead to “rationing” health care.

Surprise! It’s rationed already.

You got money, you got health care.

Otherwise, otherwise.

Outraged family and friends are blaming a medical insurer’s heel-dragging for the premature death of a California teenager who died awaiting a liver transplant.

Nataline Sarkisyan, a 17-year-old from Glendale, Calif., died Thursday just a few hours after her insurer, Cigna Health Care, approved a procedure it had previously described as “too experimental” and that dozens of Sarkisyan’s supporters protested at the Cigna’s headquarters.



  1. Opie

    December 21, 2007 at 4:19 pm

    Why is the Democratic Party not fixing this problem? Why don’t they start their own affordably priced health insurance company and underprice the greedy ones?

  2. Linda

    December 21, 2007 at 4:24 pm

    One word – Veto

  3. Opie

    December 21, 2007 at 5:20 pm

    Veto by whom? I didn’t know outsiders could veto the actions of the Democratic Party. The President’s only veto is over Congress. He has no power over what the Democratic National Committee does.

  4. Frank

    December 21, 2007 at 5:42 pm

    The platform committee isn’t schedule to meet for a while.

    I suspect that, by the time it does, the disaster that passes for health care in this country will have come to a head like the noxious boil it is, and that, by then, the only persons standing in the way of reform will be the fat cat insurance executives who cause private healthcare insurance to run a 20 to 30% overhead, as opposed to Medicare, which runs a 1% overhead.

    Opie, this thing’s getting ready to explode on the political scene.

  5. Opie

    December 21, 2007 at 7:17 pm

    But if the DNC decided to start a health insurance company, what would the platform committee have to do with that?

  6. Karen

    December 22, 2007 at 8:48 am

    Why not get rid of the ‘insurance companies’ who always look to the bottom line for profits, & set up something that takes care of all? Then there wouldn’t be articles in the papers that show a 50% better chance of surviving cancer with insurance than without it?

    Take out the profit margin, improve everyone’s situation!

  7. Opie

    December 22, 2007 at 10:58 am

    But Karen, that’s my point… if taking out the profiteering is the answer, the Democratic Party doesn’t need Congress to do that. All they need to do is start their own non-profit insurance company. People would leave the private insurance companies in droves and sign up for the DNCHA (Democratic National Committee Health Alliance; I already have a name for it). They already have the people and the brains – why do they need to wait for a government program?

    And if they can’t do it on their own, then why are we supposed to think that they’d be able to do it once they’re elected?

  8. Karen

    December 22, 2007 at 11:50 am

  9. Opie

    December 22, 2007 at 2:06 pm

    But all that link takes me to is more legislation, which still begs the question: why do the Democrats need legislation to fix the problem? Why can’t they just start their own non-profit insurance program?

  10. Frank

    December 22, 2007 at 6:57 pm

    The problem won’t be solved without a national solution.


  11. Opie

    December 22, 2007 at 7:39 pm

    And their service couldn’t be nationwide?