Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Another life destroyed by America's fucked-up health care system

Is the Phil Gramm crowd still going to insist America has the greatest medical system in the world?

Well, are they???

Now yet another disastrous story has emerged, this time involving a Florida woman whose arms and legs had to be amputated because of a faulty diagnosis that slowly led to septic shock. In fact, she wasn't even tested until 16 hours after she got to the emergency room.

This happened because of a greed-driven health care system that puts the bottom line over even simple medicine. Hence, the greed symbol for this entry. Anyone can see that greed - especially by insurers and HMO's -forms the foundation of much of the modern American health care industry.

After her limbs were amputated, the woman sued the doctors. However, she didn't prevail: Although it was clear one of her doctors was at fault, the jury couldn't figure out which one, because the physicians kept blaming each other. As a result, the judge took the rare step of ordering a new trial, as evidence of medical negligence was so overwhelming.

It really is now or never, isn't it? If we can't have health care reform this year, I don't think it'll ever happen.

(Source: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iMSQh864URvJYaZ8uO-9LJQH0AKwD98FUT380)