Healthcare Inc. Driving U.S. Healthcare System To The Brink of Collapse.
PBS – FRONTLINE: As the worsening economy leads to massive job losses-potentially forcing millions more Americans to go without health insurance-FRONTLINE travels the country examining the nation’s broken health care system and explores the need for a fundamental overhaul. Veteran FRONTLINE producer Jon Palfreman dissects the private insurance system, a system that not only fails to cover 46 million Americans but also leaves millions more underinsured and at risk of bankruptcy.
For some Americans, life becomes a quest to find and keep health insurance. In 1994, Nikki White, a Bristol, Tenn., native with dreams of becoming a doctor, was diagnosed with lupus, a serious but treatable autoimmune disorder. Too ill to work, she lost her health insurance for several years, but then received coverage from the state’s Medicaid program. Soon, budget cuts made her ineligible for the state program. A few months later, White was rushed to the ER with severe lupus complications and racked up nearly $1 million in medical bills. She finally secured insurance under the government HIPPA law, but her condition was too advanced, and in 2006, at the age of 32, she died. White’s primary care physician, Amylyn Crawford, tells FRONTLINE: “Nikki didn’t die from lupus. Nikki died secondary to the complications of a failing health care system.”
While U.S. banks, insurance companies and investment firms get TRILLION$ in taxpayer bailouts, the taxpayers themselve get nothing. A for-profit healthcare system driven to the very brink of destruction by the same profiteering scum that continue to pile drive the world’s economy into the ground. It is absolutely shameful that Amercians are literally dying from the type of neglect the world has not seen since the dark ages. But then again maybe that’s the point. HOPE? CHANGE?