Health care in the US. Again.

24 Apr

I couldn’t let this pass without a mention.

Earlier this weeks, there were smallish headlines on msnbc.com about an insurance company which deliberately cancelled the policies of women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Of course, the company covers its ass by using secondary reasons as justification, a practice that “will soon be illegal” but has always been unethical and is definitely inhumane.

It is also a well known phenomenon:

That tens of thousands of Americans lost their health insurance shortly after being diagnosed with life-threatening, expensive medical conditions has been well documented by law enforcement agencies, state regulators and a congressional committee. Insurance companies have used the practice, known as “rescission,” for years.

People who are gravely ill are forced to choose–to fight to live, and often incur debt in amounts larger than all their lives’ earnings, or… let themselves die, often without dignity, always without hope.

I do not believe, for a moment, that the health care law recently signed by Obama will solve all issues. It will probably solve only a minor percentage, and it will face challenges that will, in all likelihood, try to reduce whatever good it accomplishes.

It is, however, a step in the right direction–however much public opinion and politicians dragged their feet to take it.

As Ann Aguirre so eloquently said, “Running health care for money is beyond immoral. If it’s for profit, it’s not for people.”

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