I recall my beloved wife who died last summer and who handled our bills and taxes, spending many angry hours on the phone prying loose literally thousands of dollars owed to us by our health insurance companies.

Now that bills and taxes are my responsibility I find rarely a day when I don’t receive a bill from a collector for some hospital or doctor. All such are covered for us by Medicare and GHI for doctors. But again and again I have to challenge — with many minutes on the phone to reach a live body — someone to clear up the mess. My heart goes out to others who simply pay those bills that come into their mailboxes. Many people are stealing from us in health areas in a variety of ingenious ways. No wonder our drug and health insurance cons have the highest profits of any of our industries!

In fact the U.S. has a worse health system than any other democracy and a good number of poor nations as well: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/05/opinion/05kristof.html

We are being conned by both the Republicans and the health care profit makers. Our doctors know better. If one is well off and lucky one can get decent care here — given some 98,000 malpractice errors each year. But millions of Americans have no health coverage and 70% of our bankruptcies are health cost related.

Don’t be taken in by the Republican lies!

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/press-releases/2008-releases/republicans-democrats-disagree-us-health-care-system.html

Other nations know full well how dangerous our system is. My family members have studied in several European countries and paid nothing for excellent health care there.

One must see such things first hand to realize how rotten our health care system is.

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent [blind copies]

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