I am of the belief (and I’m sure I’m not alone here) that socializing, nationalizing, whatever you want to call it, health care is the absolute worst thing for America, and I feel my story is a good example why.
Nine years ago was the worst summer of my life. I was pregnant and due to other medical conditions, was high risk. I was put on bed rest for the last trimester, even.
I was also on Medicaid. I was limited in which doctor I could see, what medicine he could prescribe, and my caseworker was quite irritated that I was unable to do any work at all. I was a drain on the system, you see.
Now, the worst part of my story wasn’t because of the caseworker. It was some other persons that made decisions they were not qualified to make. There were complications shortly after midnight of the 29th after they induced labor. The placenta detached from the uteran wall, cutting off my daughter’s oxygen and causing internal bleeding for me. The people in charge of monitoring the machines I was hooked up to, made the decision not to inform the doctor. My daughter was born in severe distress, and she survived but eleven days. The severity of my condition wasn’t discovered right away. My complaints of pain went mostly ignored. Simply upping the doses of morphine wasn’t helping, and after six hours, my husband demanded the doctor be paged. When the full picture of what happened dawned on these persons, I was rushed to the OR, and we were told I was roughly five minutes from a double tragedy.
It took seven years and massive head banging against walls to find any of this out. We had to go the legal route to get any information from the hospital. They kept “losing” my records. In the nurses’ depositions we discovered that the hospital’s unspoken rules to save money cost me my daughter and almost my own life. The nurses and aides didn’t contact the doctor when they should have because I was a Medicaid patient. I didn’t deserve the medical attention. This was confirmed when the hospital’s paper pushers were deposed.
Very rarely, in my experience, will a bureaucrat understand unique conditions. They see things in dollar signs. While my experiences may not be the norm, it has the real potential to be that under Obamacare. Eventually, the human factor gets removed from the decision making process, and lives are lost.
Persons who know nothing about the situations should not be making the decisions. This is the real argument against Obamacare.
P.S. I err on the side of caution when it comes to legal matters. It took me six months to make the decision to file in the first place. I simply wanted to know what happened so I could continue to heal mentally as well as physically. If the hospital had been up front about what happened that night, there is a chance (although small if they were honest) I wouldn’t have taken to legal solutions.
P.P.S. Remembering Ianna.