Sunday, March 28, 2010

If They Only Had A Brain

Tea Party activists and the GOP have already shown that they don't have a heart and the only courage they display is when they are in mob mode and feel they can spit on people without repercussion.

Why are the teabaggers so scared of a single payer system?  Or any system other than the one we have now.?  The VA health care I'm receiving is better than mom's Medicare.  Whenever I go to the VA, my ID card is swiped once and I am checked in for everything and seamlessly move from one department to another.  My records are computerized and every provider has access to the whole chart and the departments work together to provide the best possible service.  Heck, I even have access to part of my records and the IT guys are working to make the rest of it available to me by the end of the year.  I order my drug refills via the web and a few days later they arrive in the mail.  Soon I'll be able to see lab results.  What's not to like?

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about my health and the experience I was having with the VA system.  I cannot emphasize enough how well taken care of I feel. Last Tuesday (3/23) I reported to the surgical unit for a D and C.  My check in time was 12 noon.  I met the surgeon one more time and since I had completed my pre-op testing a few days before, we were ready to roll.  I signed the final consent form and was led into the patient preparation area.  There I met the anesthesiologist and the nurse who would be shepherding me from place to place.

We were having a discussion about what I would use for pain management and the next thing I knew I was wide awake and the procedure was completed.  My doctor came in to tell me that everything looked good and barring anything untoward in the pathology report, I would be a good candidate for a new way of removing fibroids and that I wouldn't have to have a hysterectomy.  Then they called my ride while I got dressed and by 3:30 pm I was home and in my own bed resting up.

The only bad part of my experience was coming home and reading the garbage the GOP was using to whip the masses into out of control mobs.  The lies were unbelievable, unless you were an uneducated teabagger. or enjoy waiting weeks for authorizations from some clerk whose job is to increase corporate profits instead of ensuring that you receive the best health care possible.  I've had a couple of surgeries in my life and I can honestly say that this last one was the most professional and comfortable one I have ever had.  I go back on the 31st for a follow up and then it's on to the next problem.  My neck.

I missed a phone call from the nurse in neurology who said she noticed that I have an appointment on April 1st at one o'clock and would it be okay if she scheduled my EMG test for twelve o'clock on the same day.  I called her back and said that would be perfectly okay with me.

I honestly don't like the health care bill, but it is better than the alternative for 32 million people, which is nothing.  I believe a single payer system would benefit everyone, from the patient to the doctor and the labs in between.   Everyone except the insurance companies.  You would think that everyone would want the experience that I and other veterans I know have had.  But, you would have to have a brain.



  1. You hit a very big nail squarely on the head.

    And may you have a speedy recovery.

  2. Thank you, I appreciate it.