From Pine View Farm

Why We Need a Single-Payer Universal Health Care System 3

The person who wrote this had health insurance. She got t-boned in a traffic accident–not her fault. First, her health insurance carrier cut her off. Then the other driver’s auto insurance cut her off.

This happens when health care is based, not on caring for health, but on making money for anonymous third parties. (Emphasis added)

So here I am, some 4 years later more than $20,000 in debt and still without a job, a car, or health insurance. I was very fortunate to meet someone special who has helped me out, and given me the time to learn a new career that I can actually physically do.

Now, I am sure I left a bunch of stuff out of this, and if you have questions I will gladly answer them. But here is my point.

Universal Health Insurance doesn’t solve a damned thing. Insurance companies, all types of insurance companies, do what they want. What good is having insurance if they can refuse treatment?

I had insurance. I had health insurance from work, I had insurance for my car. I had disability insurance. I had insurance for my credit cards.

You know what it did for me? Not a damned thing. We don’t need universal health coverage, we need universal health care; where you cannot be told, oh sorry, we’re not going to cover that.



  1. Opie

    February 28, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    So why doesn’t the Democratic Party start their own health program and offer it to people? Why don’t they help people like her?

  2. Karen

    February 29, 2008 at 2:28 am

    “John McCain believes that insurance reforms should increase the variety and affordability of insurance coverage available to American families by fostering competition and innovation.”

    The Republican answer. Leave it in the hands of the for-profit insurance companies. A continuation of the same.

    I don’t know who has the answer, but until the for-profit is taken out of the eqaution, not much help for anyone who needs it.

  3. Opie

    February 29, 2008 at 5:35 am

    OK, so again: if the profit is the problem, what is stopping the Democratic Party from starting a not-for-profit health care program on their own? All they would have to do is break even, and people would flock to it in droves. Why don’t they do it?