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Healthcare Revolution

Back in 1773, the citizens of Boston threw their tea into the harbor to protest the ridiculous taxes on it.  After watching my father suffer from severe head pain that has reduced a full time pastor with something important every single day to not trusting himself behind the wheel of a vehicle, I believe we need a healthcare provider party.  I’ve got a few things I’d like to throw into a harbor right now. 

Now, to be fair, my father’s medical file rivals by War and Peace in length and drama.  There are certain precautions that must be taken.  However, he has been in constant pain for over two weeks and a couple doctors think they know what is going on, but they do not have the correct speciality to make the pain go away.  In order to get to that specialist, he needs to back to his general physician for another trip so he can get the proper referral.  He’s been there so many times in the last two weeks, he is leading in the polls for May employee of the month. 

I can get a pizza delivered to my house at 11pm.  I can buy a lawnmower at 3 in the morning.  I can get breakfast 24/7.  But to get to the right doctor that can read an MRI, it takes 20 phone calls, two other doctors’ permission, a recommendation letter from my local congressman, and a friend on the inside to work the system. 

I think the blame lies at the hands of the insurance companies.  I could be wrong.  No insurance system is perfect, but at least my car insurance company has to cater to me and not somebody over in the HR department.  Just a thought, but what if we quit tying health insurance to our employers, give us the twelve thousand dollars a year that they spend on my insurance and let me go shopping for my own.  Maybe then, the insurance company can actually let the doctors treat me instead of making them jump through all those hoops. 

Sorry for the rant, just keeping it real…


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