Glad emergency didn’t happen under Obamacare
November 07, 2012 12:40 AM | 23201 views | 18 18 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

On Oct. 10 I was home alone when I had an aneurysm in my aorta rupture. Thank God I was able to get to a phone and call 911. I was rushed to the hospital and underwent emergency surgery. I am glad to say I am here to write this letter. Nine out of 10 people who have this happen at home die. Only half survive the operation. Also, thank God it happened this year and not next. Why do I say this about the timing?

If it had taken place under Obamacare or the “Affordable” Health Care Law, I would not be enjoying this beautiful morning. While recuperating I asked doctors, nurses and other care givers, “If Obama is re-elected and Obamacare is fully enacted, would I have gotten the needed care in time to save my life?” I polled about a dozen professionals. The unanimous answer was, “No you would be dead.”

Why do I make this claim? Simply this. Other “progressive” nations that have socialized medicine cannot meet the needs of patients. Under Obamacare, ERs across the U.S. will be used as primary-care facilities. Read “doctor offices.” This trend has been underway for the past decade. It will only get worse. It was the CAT-scan machine that saved my life. These medical devices are very expensive and are few and far between in socialized medicine counties. Patients can wait days to get a scan. I did not have days. I had a few precious hours.

Here’s a footnote on medical devices. Obamacare puts surtax on everything from a stethoscope to a CAT scan machine. My daughter, while attending a tax symposium, spoke with a tax accountant for the Phillips Company who made the CAT-scan machine that helped save my life about the surcharge part of Obamacare. He said the tax will cost Phillips hundreds of millions of dollars, and that it will be passed on the caregivers and patients.

I am on Medicare. Obamacare has stripped $716 billion out of Medicare.

Finally, I was re-admitted after five days due to possible heart problems. Under Obamacare, the hospital and the admitting doctor would be fined because they are not by law to re-admit patients within 30 days. To quote former speaker Pelosi, “We have to pass the bill in order to know what’s in it.” Who knows what else is in it?

Duke Iden

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Too funny
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November 13, 2012
Wow, now that just seemed desperate.
Marsha Sumner
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November 08, 2012
@ Devlin Adams This comment by Duke

"Other “progressive” nations that have socialized medicine cannot meet the needs of patients. Under Obamacare, ERs across the U.S. will be used as primary-care facilities." implies that if everybody has healthcare then the medical community cannot handle the volume. He implies that if everyone has insurance that means his life will be in danger when all those sick people use the ER. He says he would have died because of Obamacare. I'd say that my opening statement is on the money.
Devlin Adams
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November 12, 2012
Nope, you are putting words in his mouth. Read his letter again, and this time please try to read only what he says and not what you think he says.

The fact that you evidently think socialized medicine is the greatest thing since bottled beer don;t make it so.

And, of course, the health care professionals he talked to do not know as much as you do.

Gimme a break! lol
Diwa
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November 08, 2012
You (along with your informants) come across as somebody with a very poor understanding of the Obama care act. It would have in no way affected the emergency care that you received. I agree the law is not a perfect one and does not align with American views of individualism but please do not attack it with illogical arguments. it only makes you look partisan and unintellectual. blame it for the lack of cost control measures or something probable.
Cap'nCrunk
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November 08, 2012
You asked all the doctors if you would have died under the Affordable Health Care Act and they all said yes? You are a liar liar liar. I doubt you even asked them. They said nothing of the sort. Give us names and written statements to the effect and let us ask them ourselves too. Will they back you up?

As a Republican, you probably aren't even telling the truth about having an aneurysm. It was probably just gas or something, or you just sat at home watching reruns of House and came up with an idea for a story.
MuchMaligned
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November 08, 2012
Duke is an ignorant freaking hillbilly. The words you're looking for are "thank you". Those of us who work and pay taxes paid for your care. Just as we are glad to do under the ACA for the uninsured. Just say thank you, 47 percenter.
Ravdm
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November 08, 2012
First let me say glad your ok.

Now, to completely disagree. You would have had all the car as you experienced. Nothing really would have changed. If you are a republican or dem and do not like Obamacare that's your opinion and right. The fact stands that over half tgecountry does and as we all know majority wins. I am only saying this to make a point. It is pointless to try and fight the health care act at this point. With Obama winning again the last chance of stripping or even stopping it went out the window. I for one believe it will be a good thing overall for this country. By the way, I am a doctor and see many good benefits to the plan. I will also say with 100% confidence that if your case is brought to our hospital you would not have died because of obamacare. That is simply not true. Sorry but you are getting very bad views and opinions. Ravdm
ponchai
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November 08, 2012
I'm a retired US Army officer living in Thailand. They have socialized medicine here and it is cheap and fast...got an MRI faster here than I would have in the US. England spent 10 minutes of the Olympics opening ceremony with a tribute to their dreaded national health service. But never mind that, OBAMACARE is not a single payer system. It mandates that everyone who can afford it buy private health insurance. No free-riders getting emergency room care paid for by everyone else. Insurance companies get a bigger market to reduce the cost of covering the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions. This was a conservative idea started by the Heritage foundation. Embrace it, it is here to stay.
warren knapp
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November 08, 2012
surely you jest. This is just another example of Romney/Ryan/carl rove lies. Please go out and get the truth before you state total balony.
mikeSt
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November 08, 2012
I lived and worked for nine years in the US and I love the USA. However, there is a serious misconception about "socialized" healthcare in the media and the population of the US. I now live back in Germany, with "socialized" healthcare. I had an emergency January past year and got an MRI immediately. There are at least as many doctors and high-tech medical devices here as in the US. I had to wait for specialists in the US as long as here. AND: I wonder were the US-media (especially FOX) gets its information from. There are myths abound! For example, state health insurance in Germany is NOT tax-financed. I pay around 700$ per month for it. Thank you! You can call it "socialized" because it is progressive, that is the wealthier pay more premium. In the US I had private insurance and there were caps on payments per year for treatments and medication. Not so in Germany. And nobody gets turned away due to cherry picking because of pre-existing health issues! Look at the life expectancy in 1st world countries: The USA does not fare that well. I am sorry, but I think you would do well with "obamacare".
Sydney Blyther
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November 08, 2012
What a bunch of nonsense!
George Middleton
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November 08, 2012
Duke, you must understand that when you make statements without clearing them through Kevin Foley, you are classed as a low information voter, particularly if the statements are, in any way, relecting negatively on the community organizer in chief.

Foley is his local bootlicker.
anonymous
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November 08, 2012
Duke has been partially and incorrectly informed, and chooses to believe the worse, taking information only from similarly poorly informed people. He seems to ignore the actual facts, which are widely available. By ignoring facts and truth instead of taking the responsibility every citizen has to inform him or herself accurately, he remains in a state that can only be described as: ignore-ance.
oops77541
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November 08, 2012
Your story is pure BS. I had a similar incident with heart failure. I was put on Medicaid because I had no insurance. I was treated with respect and dignity and received the same care as those with insurance. However, others with insurance had to fight their insurance companies to get the follow up meds they needed. The administrators of Medicaid made sure I got the meds my doctor prescribed. By the way, I worked my whole life, since I was 16, and paid my taxes regularly. Unfortunately, the company I was employed by didn't provide insurance. And, the guy who owned the company I worked for, he was the leader of the local tea party!contyre
East Cobber
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November 07, 2012
Well Duke, if anything good can be said about your health issues, is that you had impeccable timing...
Kevin Foley
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November 07, 2012
Nonsense. You'd have gotten the same care under Obamacare.

The $716 billion didn't come out of Medicare benefits, Duke. And Paul Ryan's budget had the same cuts. Look it up and become a high information voter.

Marsha Sumner
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November 08, 2012
Seriously, Duke! You are on Medicare so you deserve to have top notch medical care but all the people who can't afford insurance and are too young for Medicare should just die so you can live. I'm going to bet that ER nurses and doctors are smart enough to know when someone is critical and needs immediate care and who can wait. Here is my footnote, poor people without insurance are already using the ER as their doctor office and we are paying for it through higher medical cost. Before everyone jumps on my case, I have worked at the same company for 29 years, I have insurance and I can afford medical care. I, however, have some empathy for those that are less fortunate.
Devlin Adams
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November 08, 2012
@ Marsha I am not sure what letter you read, but nowhere did Duke make any claim that remoetly relates to your inane opening sentence.
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