posted on Oct, 28 2008 @ 11:25 AM
I think it's about time this came out into the open...
Most people simply do not get into serious trouble intentionally. While too many do indeed live on credit way too much, there is usually a trigger of
some kind that launches them into bankruptcy or default. This trigger can be any number of things: divorce, job loss, family expenses (like a distant
funeral one has to attend), or yes, unexpected medical bills.
I personally know one poor soul who was at one time on top of the world. He owned a nice little place back in the country and was making pretty good
money. He still makes good money, but now most of it goes to pay for medical bills for his wife (and yes, she was insured, just not enough) and to try
and save his daughter from bankruptcy by not allowing her car to be repossessed. In order to cover these expenses, he went for the only route
available to him to get the money needed: he took on a huge mortgage. Now he scrapes by, struggling every month with that house payment, at the mercy
of the collapsing housing market.
Medical science is no longer about healing; it is about profit. Now I don't begrudge someone who has gone through the rigors of 4 years of pre-med, 4
years of med school, internship, and licensing/insurance requirements (not to mention overhead costs of a doctor's office) from making a huge income.
They took the long hard road and should be rewarded for their investment in knowledge. But their job is not to treat, but to heal. And every elderly
person I know, along with a large percentage of the adults I know, who have seen a doctor in the last few years are now on a schedule of regular
visits to several specialists and are taking several pills per day. They were fine before they entered that doctor's office. No one can make me
believe this is necessary to maintain health. If it were, we would have died off and become extinct many many years earlier before the inventions of
Drugs are regularly prescribed with almost no thought behind them. I am sure I could go to any doctor around and ask to be placed on any of a number
of drugs and be granted the prescription. Ritalin has become a substitute for discipline in schools, regardless of the reports that its (ab)use
typically leads to more disruptive behavior later on (which usually means the patient (victim?) has to have more sedative medications on a regular
basis to remain free in society). Chantix, a new 'wonder drug' used to stop smoking, is now becoming recognized as having frequent side effects,
including dementia, hallucinations, and loss of ability to concentrate. The reason it came under close scrutiny? It was given to truck drivers with
no mention of these side effects!
All of these drugs have one thing in common: they cost a lot of money and must be taken continuously. I have even seen drug commercials on TV where it
was stated that stopping a medication for heart disease caused heart attacks! So the patient (victim?) is now locked into a never-ending payment to
remain alive that will compete with other expenses or savings. We all, save for those precious few individuals who usually have the title 'CEO',
have a limit on our potential income. That means every dime spent on one thing takes away from something else.
What happens then when someone has burdened themselves with a nice house, fine car, and the luxuries of modern life, all complete with the monthly
payment for it, in the great American spirit of capitalism and materialism that we are told by the MSM is our due on life, and we are then advised by
a doctor, someone who is supposed to be interested in saving the most precious thing we have (our very lives), that we must either accept a new major
cost into our budget or die? We accept that payment, out of fear of death. We wind up suffering for the rest of our lives financially, and more often
than not end up destitute and a statistic in the repossession/bankruptcy records.
In my opinion, there is nothing more despicable than someone who threatens death in order to make a profit. Where is the difference between
threatening someone with their death to gain money from the sale of a drug, or threatening them with the same outcome at the point of a gun if they
don't cough up the money in the cash register? The former is legal. I can see no other difference.
It's one thing to make a profit on a drug that satisfies a need. It's another thing totally to make a profit from a drug where the need is
fabricated through deceitful practices or through pure unadulterated fraud by a trusted professional. The first is an example of the American Dream;
the second is theft. If the same percentage of the population who are subjected to this legal theft were held up with a gun every month, there would
be no need to uncover this story. It would be the headline in every newspaper and TV news show in the country.