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Getting Political

Published April 2, 2014 7:48 PM by Jason Marketti

If multiple Presidential administrations can find money for wars and conflicts to participate in, certainly there should be money available to feed, house, clothe and provide basic medical needs to the poor who live in the United States. When America can provide billions of dollars in aid to other countries but lacks basic health services to large groups at home, I scratch my head and wonder where the priorities are. Please look into the shanty towns and tent cities across America and ask yourself whether the people living there need medical, food and housing aid too.

I've read about how hospitals will airlift foreign patients to their native country once they're stable enough to be transported because it would cost the hospitals too much to care for the person. The person's country of origin may not have the medical infrastructure to provide adequate care for the patient, but that doesn't concern the hospitals because they're looking at cost of care. I'm not sure if social services get involved but transporting patients like this does not seem like an ideal "next level of care" situation to me. And this practice of transporting people is legal under our current system of government.

If the 7 million people who have enrolled in "Obamacare" decided to disenroll tomorrow and not pay the fines imposed, do you think the jails and court systems could handle all the cases? And by enrolling, are Americans accepting and agreeing to the new rules and costs for insurance? If a law says I have to do something that I don't agree with, either the law is flawed or I need to rethink my position. There have been several people throughout history who have instituted social change and brought attention to laws that needed to be updated or were simply wrong laws to begin with. Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Cesar Chavez come to mind in a non-violent, more peaceful way. They each recognized a situation that needed to be reformed and took action. Are people like this still in existence? Maybe that group Anonymous with the Guy Fawkes masks comes close.

With all this revolutionary talk, someone might think I've been reading books that were once banned or gearing up for a Che Guevara-style attack. I've simply been studying our current health system and recognize there needs to be a change. The first changes would be to eliminate any cap on therapy services and allow more than 20 visits a year for OT, PT, and ST services, which most insurances have as their limitation. I wonder if I could get 7 million followers who agree with me like the government did, although I don't pass laws forcing people to do so.

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1 comments

I am new to the PTA world and found your website and enjoy reading your entries. I graduated last May and feel like their is so much to learn so I thought about starting my own blog/website. I can't seem to find to many sites out there that are dedicated to PTAs and I would like to start one that would provide information for seasoned clinicians to rookies like myself. If you have any advice I am all ears. Thanks and look forward to seeing new post on your site.

Jerry

Jerry, PT - PTA, Outpatient/SNF/Inpatient April 8, 2014 9:40 PM
Roanoke VA

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    Jason J. Marketti
    Occupation: Physical Therapist Assistant
    Setting: San Jacinto, CA
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