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I  am one of the few that would trade the current US health insurance mess  against any socialized health insurance systems – the

Rep. Bart Stupak, Dem (Michigan)

Canadian, the Australian, the French (pick one)- or any of the socialist ones – the British or the Cuban- any day, any time.

Maybe this water-down health care bill that will subsidize private health insurance companies’ profits and smooth out their worst business practices will finally pass.  With no public option that would really make a difference. And as Dennis Kucinich foresaw it, it has to pass, otherwise it will send the US to another twenty years of  social misery. This would bring us back to square one.

What really make me sick are these folks on the Democratic side that further blur the debate on health care on irrelevant issues . Like Bart Stupak, Democratic House representative of Michigan, who is eager to make sure that the bill does not force  private insurance companies to reimburse abortion and respect the sanctity of the unborn life. That’s really a non-priority in this current debate. Private insurance companies do not respect the life of the “born” and that’s why their financial health is so insolent. They could not be happier to respect at least the life of the unborn. It would not cost them a penny.

Is there anything commanding in the position of the pro-life democrats? I believe not. It all boils down to ” if you don’t share my values or my life style, I do not want to pay for you.” The old argument that has been so successful to kill any reform in the past.  If Bart Stupak does not want his wife to have abortion (who does?) it does not have to have it. It remains that abortion is a medical act and as such, it should be covered.

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It is amazing the number of victims one can make on the name of choice. President Obama is trying to revamp the health care system, and the usual suspects – insurance companies, pharmaceutical industry, the American medial association- are trying to sell us the same scary threats: with the creation of a public health insurance, the quality of care will go down, you will not be able to choose your doctor anymore..bla.bla.bla. For sure, these champions of choice do not care about the 47 millions of uninsured Americans, who have given up choosing altogether, nor do they seem to care about the choice of the currently insured. Those are frequently denied care – a medical loss in insurance terminology, or they often face catch 22  choices: I had a colleague at the French Institute who was covered by Aetna. The company was covering for her operation of her hips, but was giving her the choice to pay or not to pay for the anesthesiologist and anesthetics, that Aetna plan was not covering…

In New York State, even if I have one of the best insurance of the country, I have a pre-existing condition: being a non-custodial father, with no-decision making power as to using my insurance for my girls.  Ex-wife does not send me the insurance forms, the periodontist Leifert refuses to do it too even if I pay the bills and for some three years now, I have been ordered by Manhattan Family court to pay for now close to $10,000 in unreimbursed periodontic expenses that my plan covers. Am I too hopeful to think that with a mandatory universal health insurance system, public or not, insurance premiums will finally cover children, even if the policy holder is a non-custodial father?

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