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Health care reform isn't an issue to be rushed

Ouch! The past six years of my life have been filled with frequent twinges of pain. I finally decided to have the elective surgery that will alleviate the aches. I've had all of the outpatient procedures, shots and weeks of physical therapy and now it is time for the big one.

I am going to get some bionic parts for someone just my size and gender.

It has been very interesting learning about the surgery, the hospital where it will be done, and the care I will be getting. Changes have been made in my home to make it easier to get around while I recover. All that is left is my date with the surgeon.

The current emphasis on the health care debate has made me more aware of the insurance I have and the costs that I will be incurring. The surgeon's office has kept me informed about my copayments for medications I need and for the surgeon's fees. I am lucky to have adequate insurance coverage.

I am wondering how my decision to have this surgery would have been affected if the changes to the health care system being proposed were in effect. I selected my surgeon and the date for the surgery without having to get approval or having to wait. My insurance company was informed and all is ready to go.

I know there are many citizens who do not have the luxury of getting elective surgery that will make their lives more comfortable. Many have to make decisions about getting the proscription drugs they need or paying the rent. There is general agreement that health care and the costs of getting treated needs to be altered.

What I find most frightening is the rapidity with which Congress is working to develop health care reform. It needs to be done correctly. It cannot be done without proper funding and it must include tort reform. I am reminded of the rush to the Iraq war because of the possibility of weapons of mass destruction. Maybe decisions would have been different if the government had taken more time to prove there actually were WMDs.

Like a melody that goes around and around in your mind, a fragment of a quote had been nagging at me. The last part of the quote is; "we repent at leisure." I went to my trusted search engine on my computer and I found the full quote: "Grief walks upon the heels of pleasure; married in haste, we repent at leisure." If we hurry through the reform of health care, we will definitely repent and it will be painful.

The author of the quote is William Congreve, an English dramatist and poet who lived from 1670 to 1729. Many of his plays were considered comedic successes. One of his famous lines is; "Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, nor hell a fury like a woman scorned."

In reading more quotes by Mr. Congreve I realized some of his words have significance today. To the majority in Congress: "He who closes his ears to the views of others shows little confidence in the integrity of his own words."

Mary Partington lives in New Port Richey

Health care reform isn't an issue to be rushed 07/23/09 [Last modified: Thursday, July 23, 2009 5:55pm]
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