There are multiple tragedies that have taken place, but most are not the "fault" of the healthcare system. The daughter was uninsured by choice, one can assume. This is an error many young people make.
It appears that the family exhausted funds on the daughter (understandably). However, was there an opportunity for the daughter to access state funds such as Medicaid? This was not related.
The husband is another of the tragedies. But what health insurance options were available to the family? Could they have gotten a policy with lower deductibles and co-pays? Could they have obtained long-term care earlier in their lives? I am not trying to be cruel, but could better financial decisions along the way have avoided some, if not all, of this financial issue for the family?
What has happened is awful and real. However, if the government pays for all of this, from where will the money come to do so?
It is quite easy to talk of universal healthcare in the abstract, but costly to implement it. It will ultimately require rationing. Is the US ready for that? Canada has it, and not because of the current government. My wife lived there for thirty-five years and can relate horror stories under both the liberals and conservatives. How about this: her father waits in the emergency room for forty-eight hours to get into the ICU! No transfer to another hospital offered.
Rationing is a way of life. In the early '90s Toronto had four MRI machines for 4 million people. Philadelphia, a similar-sized city, had over fifty. Philly may have too many, but Toronto certainly has to few. Why?
Universal coverage may be the answer--but not run by the government, please.
Long Beach, CA
Apr 10 2009 - 3:20pm