The terrible news? “In the Long Drive to Cure Cancer, Advances Have Been Elusive” This is a front page story on Friday, April 24th from a New York Times front page last week. The article went on to outline the discouraging research: “As other death rates fall, cancer’s scarcely moves.”
Unfortunately for me, it was also the same day I received news from my cancer doctor that I was being removed from Revlimid, one of the cancer drugs considered by many to be most effective against my type of cancer, “multiple myeloma.”
I’ve not yet received an explanation about why I am being removed or what will be recommended to take its place, but, as one can imagine, seeing such an article pointing out that, in the search for cancer treatment, virtually nothing is working, put me in a bed of discouragement more painful than my usual period of several days
Healthcare-NOW continues to push forward for national healthcare – for healthcare that will provide healthcare for every single resident of the United States, and yes, – a goal that is well within our reach now.
Thankfully, President Obama has continued to pronounce his support for this goal without barriers to anybody as he makes his daily priority listings for the goals of his administration. He knows that this goal is well within our financial reach, and that achieving this goal would cut hundreds of billions of unnecessary expenditures (now going into the profits of commercial interests) from our costs as a nation – as he mentions often – the only way to get our economy in check. It is the perfect way to save the U.S. economy while providing healthcare for all of our people.
Unfortunately, from Congress, we only hear continued and increased support for the commercial interests – both insurance and drug industries — leading the pack with their plans for getting the U.S. government to provide more money for their profits. I wish it were true that the Republican opposition to national healthcare was really a support for a less costly, more effective, healthcare system. But, unfortunately, the Democrats and the Republicans are both supporting the plans that are most profitable to the commercial healthcare industry.
We have poured, and continue to pour, hundreds of billions of dollars into research and trials, new drugs and old, creative new ideas, and other ideas that have, as their only real purpose, the delivery of more dollars to creative private entrepreneurs.
In my view, there is only one conclusion: our efforts must continue to be, overwhelmingly, in support of all healthcare for everybody – not just an outpouring of billions to new research and ever- more- pervasive “disease-cure” trials for one or another major or exotic illness.
We must also be very careful not to pour more billions into the pockets of health maintenance organizations, AARP, and other money-making enterprises that have found ways to get Medicare dollars. Our vision needs to continue to be one that provides Medicare dollars for everyone for the illnesses that they are currently suffering and for preventive care, public health, and other real healthcare needs.
And today, as I sit in front of the computer and every other national media outlet, overcome by overriding fears of swine flu, it is quite evident that we must have healthcare that serves everyone, with no exceptions – single payer with no monetary bypasses to the profit-makers.