Weighing in on Health Care Reform

Apr 2nd, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

There has been some reticence in this column to go out bravely addressing some of the issues surrounding health care reform.  It is about time we weighed in.  There are reasons for the delay.  We did not and do not want to be painted with any brush that looks as if we are tea partiers or right wing zealots or those whose ignorance really appears to be a disease and is reaching epidemic proportions.  None of that for us.  Please no screams and invective, obscenities and profanities.  It doesn’t make a point.  It only reveals how way down shallow you can be.

Joining a protest march and yelling, more like a baby with soiled diapers, than an adult with a mature thought  does not suggest a very helpful means for problem solving, reaching consensus or understanding rational behavior.

There are many persons lying in hospital rooms today who are genuinely ill.  They are suffering from  incurable maladies.  Do we scream at them?  There are persons with less than six months to live, children with leukemia, adults with Alzheimer’s, women with breast cancer?  Should we stand outside their windows hurling our hate at their conditions while they hope for assistance in dealing with their disease?

Have we ever been threatened with a life threatening illness that almost assures our demise?  Have we watched as a loved one fades day by day into the dimness of  a soon to come death? Have we ever walked the halls of a nursing home, witnessing the far away look of a wheel chair bound octogenarian?  Have you ever talked with someone who has no clues, no hints, no guarantees that any kind of  medical intervention will make any difference in his or her life?

Now, go ahead gather at your rallies, shout your insults, shake your fist, carry your poster, but remember those who are swollen with disease, aching over pains they can’t stop, looking at the ceiling for there is nothing else to see, worried and afraid because they had little to hope for before Tuesday morning.  Now, they may glimpse hope.  Now, they may struggle through long enough to survive.  Now, their loved ones may not have to cover their ears while the demeaning remarks are made literally outside the hospital windows.  Now, they may feel that there are  those that do care, that do hold some decency in their hearts, that do ache with those who are aching.



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