Letters to the Editor, Dec. 6
Insurance companies not to blame
To the Editor:
Today, the primary news report is remodeling the healthcare in this country. It seems all politicians want to pump up the healthcare system as they did with the banks and American name car companies.
Every news program is devoted to this gigantic overhaul, but no one yet has given the primary reason for this healthcare problem.
All, to date, lay the blame on insurance companies, but this has always been a bogus excuse, in my opinion.
As physicians', hospitals' and clinics' costs keep going through the roof, and then insurance companies continue to reduce payments for medical obligations just to stay in business. If the U.S. shores up this healthcare problem with money it doesn't have, we will definitely be worse off in the future.
Medicare continues to shrink due to exorbitant physician and hospital fees and if it continues, the U.S. will definitely be out of the Medicare business.
There is one up-side to this. With Medicare gone politicians will no longer be able to borrow or steal out of it to support "something else." It's also said but truer than rain this is the same reason our Social Security system is in grave trouble; borrowing and stealing!
It was rumored, at the time FDR while signing Social Security into law was looking up at his constituents and made this statement, "Sometime in the far off future some 'pipsqueak vandal' will come along and totally try to wreck this wonderful project I've enacted." Well...we all know who that was!!
As far as the healthcare dilemma there's one remedy that has been overlooked. Physicians' and hospitals' must be "rolled back" somewhat and "capped" in order to be controlled. Switzerland has by far the best healthcare system in the world, and this idea is incorporated into their system.
Under the present governing system pumping money into our healthcare without control is utter nonsense. This will be an open invitation for physicians and hospitals to continue raising their already exorbitant fees, thus bleeding the money away and further lining their pockets. The government won't discuss it, but I wonder how much of the stimulus money was stolen and squandered at the expense of the taxpayer.
If doctors and hospitals were "cost controlled," the insurance costs and co-pays would definitely come down, and at the same time we certainly can't leave out the 'big fat Pharmaceuticals," who constantly remind us that high costs of drugs benefits the citizen with money for research. It's all about U.S. greed. Now keep this in mind. When you see "someone's" itemized hospital bill with a pair of latex gloves at the cost of twelve dollars and a five hundred milligram Tylenol pill at six dollars, it's bad.
J. Augustus Woodward
Writer thanks all who saved her life
To the Editor:
I would like to thank all of the people who had a part in saving my life on November 18, this year. I called 911 on that day when I thought I was having a heart attack. A wonderfully patient and concerned lady answered the call and spoke in a calming voice which reassured me. She instructed me what to do and asked some vital questions, which gave me hope. She had mestay on the phone until help arrived She was marvelous!
Within minutes, a police officer came and with my neighbors' assistance were able to comfort me. My neighbors are Delores and William Green, wonderful people whom I love.
The paramedics arrived quickly as well and were able to stabilize my heart on the way to Heritage Medical Center. The team of doctors and nurses saw that I needed more specialized help and I was airlifted to Nashville, where doctors there could perform additional tests. Within two days, I had a pacemaker implanted and am now feeling much better. I would not be alive, I feel, without the quick and professional response of our local emergency personnel. We should be proud of them. I am.
I also want to thank my niece, Delores Donegan, and her husband, Johnny Donegan, for coming to my side while still at Heritage Medical Center. They have been very supportive and loving throughout this whole ordeal. Times of trial bring family members closer together.
I also owe a debt of gratitude to brother Geoff Gieseman minister of the Fairland Church of Christ, who came to my side while in Nashville. His prayers and support mean a great deal to me. Christianity is alive and well at Fairlane Church.
All of you who took good care of me should know my deep appreciation and my respect and love for you. May God richly bless each of you.
Jesse Taylor Rees
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