Uninsured Fresno Woman Has Heart Attack: Thinks it Might be Better to Die

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    i received this video from one of my nursing journals and felt the need to share it with all of you...

    "uninsured fresno woman has heart attack: thinks it might be better to die, carolyn is just one of the people nurses and the campaign for a healthy california has talked to about healthcare. carolyn knew she was having a heart attack but was afraid to go to the hospital."
    Last edit by Blanca R on Jul 9, '12
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    Thanks for sharing this, Gitano. It just makes me wonder how many people go through similar situations but never have the chance to share their stories. There has to be a way to improve access to health care in the United States. I find it disturbing that many people become more enraged when asked to assist people achieve health care than when asked to foot the bill for wars that have cost us hundreds of billions of dollars. I think many people have their priorities backwards in this country. We should be sending our own people to the hospital, not people halfway around the world.
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    Quote from kabfighter
    thanks for sharing this, gitano. it just makes me wonder how many people go through similar situations but never have the chance to share their stories. there has to be a way to improve access to health care in the united states. i find it disturbing that many people become more enraged when asked to assist people achieve health care than when asked to foot the bill for wars that have cost us hundreds of billions of dollars. i think many people have their priorities backwards in this country. we should be sending our own people to the hospital, not people halfway around the world.
    it was my pleasure, in addition, i remember my great-grand-mama' saying "in order to help others, first help yourself" that's how i feel about our health care...just saying
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    great video!

    It's a shame what people have to go through ... what's scary is that there are many people who feel the same way ... healthcare is just too expensive
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    While this woman's story is heart rending, the point that the crowd that buys into talk radio - a large and growing segment of the US - will take away from it is that in the end, the woman got the care she needed and had a a highly successful outcome to boot, thus validating their oft repeated claim that the US has the best health care system in the world. This will be seen as simply being another example of alarmist radical-liberal hand wringing.

    Changes need to be made to the US health care system. The ACA, or Obamacare if you like, is at least an attempt to address problems like the one this woman faced. It's a far from perfect fix and frankly, not the way I would try to do it if I were in charge, but at least it's a serious attempt. The extremely vocal "repeal Obamacare now!" crowd had complete control of things from 2000 to 2006. What happened when they ran the show? We got Medicare Part D, which did little to address serious health issues and much to bolster the bottom line of big Pharma - and on the taxpayer dime, aka corporate socialism.

    My guess is that the coming Romney administration will not move forward on any serious reform of health care, and certainly not one like the Heritage Foundation Consumer Choice Health Plan - the basis for RomneyandObamacare (ironically, the Heritage Foundation now appears to be embarrassed by their 1992 plan and have removed it from their website - you can get an archived copy of it, and the two bills introduced in 1993 by Republicans based on the Heritage Foundation ideas here: http://healthcarereform.procon.org/v...ourceID=004182 ).

    Wave hello to Doc Brown and Marty McFly - back to the future we go.
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    Quote from gitanorn
    it was my pleasure, in addition, i remember my great-grand-mama' saying "in order to help others, first help yourself" that's how i feel about our health care...just saying
    i think you missed my play on words there regarding who we send to the hospital

    i hope that i'm never in a position in which i'm without health insurance. if people want to keep spouting that we are the greatest nation on the planet, we need to step up our game a bit. it seems like we're the laughingstock of the developed world because we can't take care of our sick and prevent illness.

    if other countries can make workable systems that cover all people, shouldn't the "best" country be able to do it even better?
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    Quote from kabfighter
    if other countries can make workable systems that cover all people, shouldn't the "best" country be able to do it even better?
    trust me i understood you perfectly what you meant and i agree with you 100%, we should be able to take care of our own
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