Monday, September 14, 2009

Rush is Wrong...

"There really isn't a crisis in health care in this country."
-The Rush Limbaugh Show, 6/18/09

Yeah, tell that to the people I personally know who often have to choose between putting food on the table and obtaining needed health care. We can reasonably disagree on the best way to solve the crisis but to state that there isn't a problem is disingenuous at best and a self-serving lie at worst.

If you'd like to send a message to Mr. Limbaugh about this issue, click here. This will take you to the Sojourners site where you can read more on the issue and send a letter to Rush Limbaugh.

"So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors, for we are members of one another." -Ephesians 4:25



La Belette Rouge said...

I cannot believe all the people who have their hands over their eyes and fingers in their ears and pretend this crisis doesn't exist. It makes me crazy!!!

Deanna said...

It's pretty hard to imagine that there is anyone who doesn't know someone affected by this crisis. I think some people simply don't want to think about it.

Anonymous said...

"I personally know who often have to choose between putting food on the table and obtaining needed health care"

Really, name one!!!! It is nice to see the old argument 'someone' who has to choose between say food and (dog food, rent, gas, heat, beer, tabacoo..... or my favorite health care)

I do love it though.


Deanna said...

Dear Anonymous: I don't feel comfortable giving out other people's names in my blog without their permission but perhaps a few brief descriptions would suffice.

1. Divorced mom of 4. Kids have insurance through father (didn't for quite awhile and things were even worse then) but mom doesn't. She has numerous health issues that really should be addressed but it took her months to pay off her last pap smear so she just does without care.

2. Divorced mom who no longer qualifies for Medicaid after her youngest turned 18. Again, numerous health issues, including the need for expensive anti-depressants.

3. Young, single woman going to school full-time and working an almost full-time job (low paying). We helped her out with food several times and a doctor in our church helped her out with some much-needed medical care that she would not have been able to afford.

4. Young married couple struggling to make ends meet. We counseled with them so we know precisely what their financial situation was. When she accidentally became pregnant, she then qualified for Medicaid and of course, health care for the baby.

When I worked as a hospice nurse, over 1/3 of our patients had no insurance. When our hospice first opened here, they had a policy of taking everyone, no matter whether they had funding or not. When we consistently topped 30% charity patients, the head office changed the policy and we could only maintain a load of 10% charity cases. Others were put on a waiting list. Our local regional hospital has a similar situation with unfunded patients and very nearly went bankrupt about a year ago.

So, yes, I DO personally know of these situations.