Public anger over health care misdirected
By Ray Hanania
I remember when I was young, someone tried to sell me a health care policy and I shrugged my shoulders
The insurance companies have always been the bad guys. It’s about money, not your health.
So, they design policies that provide coverage to people who don’t need it, and historically have denied coverage to those who do need it.
They get away with it because for many years, when pension payments had no limits, hardworking people with built-in healthcare coverage from their jobs or their unions didn’t have to care at all. All they had to do was flex their political muscle to stack their benefits at election time. Who cares the cost to society.
The bottom line is that society is the big loser. Society pays through the nose when a young person without health insurance is diagnosed with cancer? Or, when they are injured in an accident that doesn’t involve someone else’s auto insurance?
Yet beyond even that, the health insurance companies have spent millions on figuring out how to exclude people from coverage.
There really is only one solution, but no one has the courage to pursue it. That is national healthcare and the elimination of private healthcare insurance. We need one national health care program. Nationalize and takeover the health insurance companies, and make health care payments “even” across the board.
Let the government pay the cost of healthcare. Eliminate the insurance companies. Make every American pay a tax into the national fund for healthcare.
Imagine a world where everyone gets the same coverage? No one is denied healthcare because the insurance company decided not to give it to you.
So many Americans who were covered under company insurance with, for example, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and then lost their jobs were told by BCBS that they didn’t qualify for coverage because they had preexisting conditions.
Humana is just as bad. All of them are just as bad.
There isn’t one good company.
But I know how people get when they get old. We live in America, where the streets are lined with gold and opportunity is always knocking more here than in other foreign countries. Where people eat for pleasure, not survival and the biggest health problem we have is overindulgence and obesity.
Old people, including me, don’t want to lose what they have. They hate change. And in today’s world where Baby Boomers are the largest American constituency, I can see how old people don’t want to worry about the foolish young, or the disadvantaged poor.
But as a real American, that’s exactly what we should be caring about. Not ourselves, but those in need.
What goes around, comes around. It’s called Karma. How you treat others in need will eventually come back to bite you in your derriere. Or maybe to be more accurate, in your wallet if not in your health.
Be a true American. Be generous. Be kind. Give the needy a helping hand, not just around the holidays, but when you don’t have to do it. When you’re doing it just because it is the right thing to do.
(Ray Hanania is an award winning columnist. Reach him at www.TheMediaOasis.com or on Twitter at @RayHanania.) — City & Suburban News-Herald. Hanania is also the managing editor of the Arab Daily News online.
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Hanania covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).
Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at www.ArabNews.com, and at www.TheArabDailyNews.com, www.TheDailyHookah.com and at SuburbanChicagoland.com. He has also published weekly columns in the Jerusalem Post newspaper, YNetNews.com, Newsday Newspaper in New York, the Orlando Sentinel Newspapers, and the Arlington Heights Daily Herald.
Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media. In 2009, Hanania received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. He was honored for his writing skills with two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild. In 1990, Hanania was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times editors for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
His writings have also been honored by two national Awards from ADC for his writing, and from the National Arab American Journalists Association.
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