How Perverse is America’s Healthcare System?

The United States of America is touted as one of the best developed western countries. Yet, the USA is still a little “backwoods” when it comes to its healthcare system. The “captains and kings of industry” are still pulling the strings. Many people go year after year without healthcare in The United States of America. With the November 2008 presidential election on the horizon, healthcare will be a “hot topic” for debate.

Employee Retirement Income Security Act or ERISA is at the center of controversy right now. “The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) is a federal law that sets minimum standards for most voluntarily established pension and health plans in private industry to provide protection for individuals in these plans.” “Employees participating in retirement and health benefit plans are granted several important rights by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). Among them are the right to: disclosure of important plan information, a timely and fair process for benefit claims, elect to temporarily continue group health coverage after losing coverage, a certificate evidencing health coverage under a plan, and recover benefits due under the plan.” Proceed with caution when choosing a healthcare plan.

According to the AP article “Employers use federal law to deny benefits” found on Yahoo! ERISA, which is supposed to protect employee benefits, is providing benefits to employers by shielding them against lawsuits. That’s a shocker. What is that old saying “money talks and bullsh** walks!” It’s walking all the way to the bank with the hard earned money of the American people.

Wake up Americans and take a stand. We the people put time, tears, and hard work into our careers. It’s no wonder that Americans suffer from heart disease, stress can do a lot to the human body. Recently, Denmark was named the “happiest” place in the world. For those Americans who would love to have a plethora of vacation time, peace, and happiness, perhaps Denmark is the place to live. To learn more about the happiest places in the world, read this study by LiveScience on Yahoo! Also, view this video from CBS’ 60 Minutes. College students, you may want to pay close attention to this video.

Comments

  1. Roberta gigi's says:

    YOU ARE RIGHT OUR HEALTHCARE SYSTEM SUCKS. WE PAY SO MUCH MONEY FOR OUR BENIFITS AND MEDICATIONS YET GOD FORBID YOUR DOCTOR FINDS SOMETHING WRONG WITH YOU AND YOU NEED AN EXPENSIVE TEST THAT CAN MEAN YOUR LIFE OR DEATH YOUR HEALTH INSURANCE HAS THE SAY IF YOU CAN HAVE THE TEST OR NOT .A LOT OF PATIENTS THINK THIS IS THEIR DOCTORS DOING BUT IT ISN’T THE CASE 9 OUT OF 10 TIMES. ALSO WE PAY BECAUSE PEOPLE ABUSE THE SYSTEM TOO BUT GOING TO THE HOSPITAL INSTEAD IF THE DOCTOR FOR SIMPLE HEALTH PROBLEMS .MEDICINE IS ALSO A BIG MONEY MAKER IT COST THE PHARMASUTICLE COMPANIES PENNIES TO MAKE SOME MEDS THAT HAVE HIGH PRICE TAGS ON THEM. CAN YOU SAY POPLUATION CONTROL?

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