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Democrats Run Away From Obamacare

Discussion in 'American Politics' started by Jeffwhosoever, Feb 13, 2014.

  1. A2SG

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    It's interesting to note that the reasons given for seeking care elsewhere are pretty vague, no details or specific facts are offered. What it sounds like is those who can afford to go somewhere else do, either to get treatment faster or for stuff that isn't available in Canada (experimental procedures, risky untested medication? The article doesn't say).

    But it's nice to know that those who can afford it have more health care options!

    -- A2SG, same as here!
     
  2. Jeffwhosoever

    Jeffwhosoever Faithful Servant & Seminary Student Staff Member Assistant Chaplain Angels Team Supporter

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    This lady I know in England has a horrible back condition with one vertebrae shifted out of alignment and is in severe pain, and the first appointment she could get with an orthopedic surgeon is in September of this year. Rah, socialized medicine. Anyone want this kind of wait in that condition? Of course, if you are a multi-millionaire like Obama, you can afford the premium system.
     
  3. A2SG

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    I know people here who have worse problems, but because they can't afford health insurance, they can't have it treated. Sure, an ER will look at it and give you pain medication, but they won't do surgery unless it's a full-blown emergency. And even then, all they're required to do is stabilize you.

    So, really, for those who can't afford it, which system is better?

    -- A2SG, that English lady may have to wait for her appointment, but at least she can get one....
     
  4. Jeffwhosoever

    Jeffwhosoever Faithful Servant & Seminary Student Staff Member Assistant Chaplain Angels Team Supporter

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    Let's see how our existing government program is doing handing out pain pills.

    One-Third of Medicare Patients Prescribed Painkillers from more than one Doctor
     
  6. A2SG

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    Uh, how does this relate to what I was saying, exactly?

    For the record, I know people with drug issues occasionally abuse the system, both those on medicaid and those who have private insurance. It happens. Health professionals try to prevent this from happening, but due to privacy issues, it can be complicated sometimes.

    -- A2SG, do you have any suggestions that might help the situation?
     
  7. Jeffwhosoever

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    You were suggesting that ERs hand out pain pills as their primary modus operandi of treatment. I pointed out that those on Medicare have a high rate of pain pill abuse.

    How to stop it? It's tough. Education and regulation is what comes to mind. Educate doctors about drug seeking behavior, and regulate it so it is harder to be abused. I know they just moved hydrocodone from Schedule III to Schedule II. As for regulation, when I was in Scouts, I always lined up the narcotics officer to come talk to the boys about it, and they did a great job. One of our parents was an ENT and was enamored by the presentation, because the officers brought in real confiscated drugs to demystify it a bit. But, I'm the last one to want to see people suffer in horrible pain.
     
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  8. A2SG

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    I did not. I suggested that as one possible treatment for those with back pain who do not have insurance, but I never suggested that was their "primary modus operandi of treatment."

    And I mentioned Medicare.....when, exactly? What does Medicare have to do with the widespread problem of pain medication abuse anyway? It's not limited to people on Medicare.

    Regulate them, how? Many pain medications are already regulated, especially those that are narcotics (which are the ones that are abused, not much Tylenol abuse going on out there!). What further regulations do you suggest?

    Also, you might wanna check with the GOP, cuz they're not exactly on board with regulations, as a rule.

    And that affected the problem how, exactly?

    I'm all for education, across the board. But I'm not sure what that has to do with regulation.

    -- A2SG, don't really think mystification of pain medication is the underlying problem....
     
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  9. Jeffwhosoever

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    I was drawing a parallel - you know that - you just disagree with it, but that is OK. I know you get my point.

    Moving hydrocodone to Schedule II was a good move. I've taken that and oxycodone and there isn't much difference. Personally, I've never had any problems with them, but I've know a lot of people who have.

    One idea is to track the prescriptions on a database, so you can only use one doctor for all your pain pills.

    Your turn - what ideas do you have to stop drug abuse?
     
  10. A2SG

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    And what's the difference in regulation between one schedule and another? How does that aid medical professionals in targeting abuse?

    Well, there might be some issues with HIPAA here, but I can see the benefit in an exception for that kinda thing.

    I think some of the problem stems from having such a mish-mash of systems in place, different insurance carriers, different plans, networks, etc. If there was one single health care system, one database that all providers had access to, it'd be easier to spot things like this. If you saw some other doctor, for example, especially if something like pain medication were involved, your primary doctor would be notified. As it stands, if the two doctors are at different hospitals or carry different insurance, one hand won't know what the other hand is doing.

    So I agree, a central database is a great idea to help catch medical abuse. However, I can already see the objections from those who favor privacy over other factors. It's a delicate balancing act, to be sure.

    -- A2SG, though we do seem to be drifting from the issue of democratic support for "Obamacare".... just sayin'....
     
  11. MachZer0

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    We recently saw that in England, elderly citizens were being denied cataract surgery or in the worst cases were allowed the surgery in one eye only. Oh yeah, that's the kind of health care system we need here. :doh:
     
  12. dogs4thewin

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    Today's prisons are pretty good. There are many repeat offenders who break the law on PURPOSE to get CAUGHT for the safety of jail. It also would not be the first time people have broken the law for healthcare. I will not detail the crime other than to say that it would not have been violent, but I have considered that WITH insurance.
     
  13. Ishraqiyun

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    Medical tourism is a growing trend worldwide and isn't limited to Canadians. An estimated 750,000 Americans did the same thing in 2008. Canada receives a good number of medical tourists as well. Americans have even gone to Cuba but that doesn't necessarily imply Cuba has better overall health care services. People with specific aliments shop around for the best buy in that one specific scenario.

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medical_tourism
     
  14. Jeffwhosoever

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    People need to listen more to such cases before they endorse single payer in the US. Sadly, many don't even read US news, much less international news.
     
  15. HonestTruth

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    Yeah, that's what's called partisan delusionalism. :wave:
     
  16. MachZer0

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    In fact, partisan delusion would be believing that Obama succeeding was good for America :wave:
     
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  18. Vylo

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    The mandate, the pivotal part of Obamacare, was indeed a Republican proposal.
     
  19. SolomonVII

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    To make the argument that this is a Republican proposal is just more proof of how Democrats are indeed running away from Obamacare.
     
  20. Vylo

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    This was mentioned from day one.
     
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