Thursday, August 13, 2009

Are You A Murderer?

I went to a Women's Health Clinic the other day for my annual check up. While in the office, I noticed another young woman who came in for a doctor's appointment. She went up to the secretary and informed her the she was in the emergency room the other day and was later referred to the clinic. The secretary gave her a new patient packet for her to complete. I didn't think to say hello cause I realized that she was a little uncomfortable. Therefore, I periodically glanced as I watch her complete her nervously complete her paperwork.

The young lady completed all the forms that was required of her and then gave them to the secretary along with her id card. However, even though she was told over the phone that the referral was free, she was denied service due to lack of health insurance. She was told that she had to come up with $60 dollars for a routine physical at the Women's Health Clinic. She told the secretary that she did not have the money and was turned away.

What is the one job that will be in constant business and position until the end of time? Doctors and medical staff. After watching this young women turned away, I wonder how many more women, children, and adults are turned away from receiving adequate health care.


Percentage Uninsured Among the Non-Elderly

Population by Race and Ethnic Origin, 2007

Source: SHADAC estimates from the Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement, 2008

The about chart shows the percentage of people without health insurance. I am quite sure that now, in 2009, the numbers are a little higher. Why do we put so much attention into combating AIDS, HIV, Cancer, H1N1, and so many other diseases? What is the point of bringing various health issues, even the minor and treatable ones, when we can help everyone?

I have to admit that I thought President Barack Obama was in fantasy-land when he thought of giving everyone insurance. How much is this gonna cost me? This is what I thought. The truth is does it matter. You have some people in this world that want to die. More than likely, they will accomplish this by jumping off a building. However, you have a lot of people that want to live a long and healthy life.

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

We are not upholding the constitution to "promote general Welfare and insure domestic Tranquility". We are killing people by turning people with no health insurance away. We are killing ourselves because we have people among us that my have contagious or non-contagious illness living amongst us. We have a divided Congress that chooses to worry about money over life. What do you choose? Are you a murderer?

You can help by taking 5-minutes of your day to write a letter to Congress. Tell them how you feel about health care in our society. Keep it simple and to the point. You don't have to type it out. You can just write legibly if you choose.

The best letters are courteous, to the point, and include specific supporting examples.

Addressing Members of Congress

To Your Senator:

The Honorable (full name)
(Room #) (Name) Senate Office Building
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator:

To Your Representative:
The Honorable (full name)
(Room #) (Name) House Office Building
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Representative: