Fix it now or it will worsen

Cancer attacks on its own timetable. Bronchitis will not wait on a website to go into pneumonia. Millions of people are losing their health care coverage.

These are the people who keep our current system functioning. The “would-have, could-have, should-have” debate on fixing our health care is still a very important issue, but currently we are in an emergency situation. The people who answer the phone at your doctor’s office or hospital; the pharmacy tech that helps fill your medications; the person who delivers the toilet paper to the offices and hospitals; and the doctor all are part of the team involved in health care.

Medicare and Medicaid take months to pay the hospitals and clinics. My own personal family experience is 180 days for Medicare to pay. The patients who have health insurance are the backbone that assures that the hospitals and clinics can pay their workers, their suppliers and utilities. All these workers have families and bills of their own to pay. Add that to the fear of having a health care emergency or a chronic illness that was covered: consumers stop buying anything but the essentials, tax revenues go down and people lose their jobs.

Our health care system needs to be fixed – whether from the inside or outside is a political debate. The Obamacare rollout is, itself, bronchitis that is rapidly developing into pneumonia. As we must tell the asthmatic smoker who presents with bronchitis to stop smoking, we need to repair our health care system. But that isn’t going to stop the pneumonia that is happening right now, every day, as more and more people lose their insurance. Stat. Call and write Congress, and encourage your family and friends to do the same. Not fixing the problem right now is akin to medical negligence.

Mary Elizabeth Singh

Augusta

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