I'm getting concerned with healthcare reform

@lisan23 (444)
United States
June 13, 2009 5:26pm CST
I read an article on yahoo last night that disturbed me. The article can be found at http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090612/ap_on_go_co/us_senate_disclosures (I cannot WAIT until I can copy and paste...). I know it wouldn't be easy, and possibly impossible, but are there any congressmen or women who don't have ties to the medical industry? I'm concerned because as much as I want healthcare reform in this country, I realize that a lot of the people working on this bill have reason to stuff it full of "pork" and at the end of the day make profit off of this bill. I'd prefer to have people who have NO financial ties with the healthcare industry, and therefore no way to profit off of a healthcare reform bill. But I don't even know if there are any congressmen or women who don't have ties to the industry...
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• United States
14 Jun 09
I read that too and it upsets me too because health care definitely needs to be reformed, its ridiculous that a relatively healthy person like myself can't get affordable healthcare because I don't work but I don't take enough units of classes, so id have to buy it myself but because I have asthma it shoots the rates way up....and this story makes me see why, because we little people have to keep the rich politicians and healthcare companies in the best homes and living luxuriously.....the part I hate most is where they say "Like millions of Americans, several senators took a financial hit in 2008."....it pisses me off that they have the nerve to compare them to people who are struggling and since losing their job, have no healthcare...its extremely hard for me to be optimistic about the future of health care
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@anniepa (27245)
• United States
15 Jun 09
I know what you mean, it seems that everyone in Congress has ties to or takes contributions from the health care industries, insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, big banking and big oil and every other BIG corporation that rapes the American people. I know I intend to keep my eye out for any "funny business" as the debate on health care reform plays out. I'm already worried that the Republicans in Congress will try to do everything they can to prevent any real reform from happening because they don't want the insurance companies to lose any of their huge profits. For what it's worth I heard Chris Dodd on TV today saying there is absolutely no conflict of interest with the work his wife does. He was really quite adamant about it and I'm hoping he can be taken at his word because he faces a tough reelection bid himself next year and health care is one thing he's promised to deliver to his constituents. We've got to hold all their feet to the fire on this and not let them fail to keep their promise this time. Thousands of people die every year because they have no or inadequate health insurance and that's obscene in a country like ours! Annie
• United States
15 Jun 09
Not to mention what happens to the people who don't die but have to have a long hospital stay, when i was 14 and a half I had to be hospitalized for 7 days because I had gotten really sick and could not breathe (thats when i found out I had asthma), we didn't have health insurance :( ,,,,my parents only finished paying it all off 2 years ago, I have no idea what it cost because I felt horribly guilty over it all, so i was too scared to ask how much it came to, but it took my parents almost 6 YEARS to pay it off...for a 14 year old girl who couldn't breathe, sometimes i feel thankful that i was so young because they did give me wonderful care but if i hadn't been a child, who knows? So you are so right about how things need to be different in a country like ours,,,,,but your response that people die from this horrible system really hit home to me,,,,I don't tell that story often but your response that people die from this horrible system really hit home to me ... my parents were the ones who suffered and sacrificed ,,, not me,.. I feel bad trying to make it even remotely sound like a personal struggle,,, it was because I was lucky enough to have parents that would do anything to make sure i was healthy,I guess I'm telling my story so people who find this topic realize how insane healthcare is....and I hope that some parents out there read this and maybe see what could happen if they lose their healthcare, and so why it MUST CHANGE
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@lisan23 (444)
• United States
15 Jun 09
I agree. It would be so easy for reform in the healthcare industry to turn in the wrong direction. I did read that Dodd's wife hired a lawyer JUST to make sure that they don't violate any ethical laws and that they maintain the separation of her business life and his work in congress.
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