Until March 2009, did you ever realize what kind of trouble there was in the "health care" industry?
Had you ever heard of all these miserable people losing their homes, being forced to wear their sister's teeth, and having a sore throat to the point of doctors making more money to have their tonsils removed?
I was reading an article at The Cleveland Plain Dealer's online presence, Cleveland.com tonight which discussed team Obama's latest heart-string puller; a woman named Natoma Canfield of Medina, Ohio, a self-employed cleaning person who, according to David Axelrod and Robert Gibbs, wrote a letter to President Barack Hussein Obama describing how her insurance premiums had skyrocketed, forcing her to choose between her health care insurance and her home.
Seems President Obama will be meeting with Ms. Canfield tomorrow in Ohio, if she is able. According to the Plain Dealer article, "Canfield is unsure she can do it. She is sick and is undergoing medical tests. She said it's unclear what is wrong."
In the words of the President, Let me be clear: I feel for Ms. Canfield, and I wish such situations never happened. This sounds like a terribly difficult situation, and I sincerely wish Ms. Canfield the best. But can somebody please show me where in The Constitution it states that we will not have to make difficult choices in life?
However, this is part of the ongoing fallacy that is the team Obama health care debate. Every aspect of Obama's plan is emotional, and on the facts they fall short
Thirty million uninsured - certainly we can do better, but the fact is that the problem is not the uninsured, it is the cost.
Preexisting conditions - again, it is terrible that people with preexisting conditions have difficulty being covered by insurance companies, but isn't it possible that if costs were lowered across the board insurance companies might be willing to take greater risks?
'Evil' Insurance company profits, they claim, are sky high - sure, if you consider 3-5% profit margins to be sky-high profits. Certainly the millions of dollars of profits gives an appearance that the 'evil' insurance companies are raping their customers, but when you consider the extreme costs they incur, in addition to their absolute necessity to be solvent, such a margin is rather minuscule. Most restaurants operate at a 15% profit margin, many retailers operate above 20%.
What most amazes me is that since this debate began a little more than one year ago, I am actually hearing about premiums escalating. I never heard anything about this before Obama's election. To be honest, it seems as if the insurance companies are reacting to the debate with a sort of self-preservation; they realize the need to make as much as possible now, because soon through the implementation of ObamaCare they will be driven out of business.
All this brings me back to the article at Cleveland.com, where a commenter said, "This health care think reminds me of this...
I never knew we had such troubles, until somebody made some up!