My Dad Is Looking for a Posse to Help Repair the Healthcare System

My dad has been blogging about his view of the crisis in our healthcare system for two months and is starting to hit his stride.  He’s been setting up the problem and building a base for his thoughts, while starting to recruit “a posse” (he’s a Texan – he can’t help himself) to help out.  My folks are staying with us this weekend – it’s really cool to see how enthusiastic my father has become about blogging.  Oh – my parents are also celebrating their 43 anniversary this week – congrats mom and dad – I can only hope Amy and I have as good a next 30 years ahead of us as your last 30 have been.

  • Denise Vergez

    I would like to join your dad’s posse. Here is a letter I wrote to Kinky about healthcare. If your dad’s interested have him contact me. I’ve been researching healthcare on my own for the last 4 years.

    Here’s the letter, they never responded to it.

    Dear Kinky,

    Please excuse my boldness, but I�m writing this to help with your platform on healthcare.

    I like the �leave no teacher behind,� bio-fuels and the �I�ll sign anything but bad legislation�; however that is not enough to get my vote and the thousands of Texans who are either un-insured or under-insured.

    It is not just about covering the poor. I have found out how a middle-class person can quickly become poor without insurance or with inadequate insurance.

    The Problem
    First I want to make you aware of a few problems in healthcare costs:
    � The un-insured are charged at least 10 times the amount charged to insurance companies.
    A blood test called CA125 cost me $198.50 when I was un-insured and only $22.50 when I got insurance. The $22.50 was before my deductible was met! I could give you more examples but you get the idea.
    � A person cannot get prices before purchasing healthcare services.
    o I had to have major surgery after my health insurance was canceled. So like I do with any large purchase I tried to shop around and called different hospitals to get an approximate price. Impossible! I called 4 hospitals; one hung up on me thinking it was a prank call, two didn�t know what to tell me and would call me back, which they didn�t; and one called me back and told me $15,000 which of course was way above what an insurance company would pay.
    � A hospital official was quoted saying �We have to charge the un-insured more to make up for the discounts we give health insurance companies.
    o Does this seem like common sense to you?
    � Doctors are not allowed to give a discount to the un-insured or under-insured.
    � If I could have paid the rates given to health insurance companies I wouldn�t have lost all my savings, I could have stayed in the middle-class.
    � Where does pricing come from?
    o One ENT I saw charged over $2,200.00 for a Limited CT scan of the sinuses while another charged over $600.00. Since I had insurance at the time each cost me $210.00, again this is without my deductible met.
    o So how much does a Limited CT Scan and other procedures really cost? What is a fair price?

    The Solution (maybe not THE solution but an idea)

    � Allow the un-insured to pay the same fees for procedures given to the Federal Government under Medicare.
    This would cost the taxpayers nothing. It would simply be a Medicare Discount Card.
    � Allow doctors to give the un-insured discounts
    � Price transparency-have doctors, dentists, labs, pharmacies state their prices up front.
    � At the very least make no interest loans or credit cards available for medical debts.

    So in conclusion I have another campaign slogan for you:

    � Leave no Patient behind!

    I would love to hear something back from your campaign or from whoever reads this.

    Give me some healthcare hope and I�ll give you my vote; and campaign my friends and family to vote for Kinky.

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