As the national health-care debate has reached a fevered pitch, it is disturbing to witness the myths and bald-faced lies put forward by monied interests and parroted by a complicit media. (Makes one long for an old-fashioned liberal media bias!) More distressing is the buy-in by a seemingly paranoid segment of the populace.
Those who dig deeper than sound bites learn that the status quo is where the danger lies, and reform of a broken system is what we need.
While no bills are yet finalized, some current versions contain language encouraging doctors to offer end-of-life counseling to patients and their families. Such language has been twisted into "death panels" by those looking to kill reform. That many seem to believe such obvious nonsense gives one little faith in an intelligent opposition.
For-profit insurance plans will continue to compete in the proposed reform packages, but one should be clear in what they offer to a patient's health, and what their ultimate goal is - profit. It is simple to understand how this is often in conflict with what's best for the patient.
A public option, mandated to cut costs, will help drive down prices, something that is not happening in the 100 percent for-profit system. This will also benefit those who choose - it is called an "option" for a reason - to stay with their current plans.
Claims that reform will cover those in the United States illegally are yet another straw man. Versions being floated contain language that restricts eligibility to those living here legally. Championed by the uninformed, this is a false claim to be ignored.
When people are educated on the facts of what is actually written in proposed health-care reform bills now in circulation, most agree with the language. Debunk the myths and polls show a majority want reform. It will be a shame for us all if the ignorant and paranoid are allowed to prevail.
Andy Corra, Durango