Native Americans Against Obama- Perfect Timing
It seems Obama is planning to push through his health care by July 31, 2009. The two videos below are examples of what all Americans Have to look forward to. We know all about socialized health care. The tribes, fight a continuous battle for money to provide health care for our people. We wait, and wait, and wait. If you want to see our future, look to our present. This should be a wake up call to all americans. Many of our people cannot get the dental care they need, due to goverment tie ups. And holding the purse strings of the tribes health care is the government.
Our Health care depends on the money the government gives us. So, in many cases, health care depends on money.
I would like to share a story with you. I did not write it, but it rings so true, and should open the eyes of all of you…
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|Phyllis Doyle Burns
BellaOnline’s Native American Editor
Native American Health Care Not Good Enough!
They walked into the building. The long halls and no sense of direction did not help them to find what they were looking for.
Finally they located a room that looked promisiing. They walked in the room and probably 30 heads turned to stare at them. Still they weren’t sure where to go but finally found the reception desk…. Empty! They could hear people in the back talking but no one was there to wait on them. It took a while of standing there but finally a rude woman came and snapped at them. Asking them what they needed. It wasn’t long before she told them to follow her and took her to a tiny office the size of a small closet. The air was stuffy and there were two chairs for them to sit on in the stark small room. The receptionist demanded to know where their papers where explaining that they could not be seen without proof of their right to be there. That too many people tried to get in without proof.
This sounds like a chapter in a drama but it’s real life. This is the reception awaiting people at a Native American hospital close to my home. This is the reception people get when they try to get medical care in underfunded facilities. What else can we expect when things aren’t updated, funded and following guidelines? This is a serious problem. People aren’t being taken care of in a lot of these hospitals and clinics like they should be and it is time to do something! Now there are several really good facilites but they are the exception rather than the rule unfortunately. For many their just simply is a lack of the funding needed to take care of people as they should be.
If you are in an area that needs better health care, write to your tribal government and ask that the hospitals and clinics be looked at and updated. Ask that they request more funding for better services for you and your children.
Native Americans have the right to quality health care but aren’t getting it in many cases. This issue has been known for many years but things aren’t getting better at any speed. The difference between Native American clinics and hospitals and general hospitals and clinics is amazing. The waiting times for appointments are longer. The ability to do tests and proceedures is lacking and the care in some cases is also lacking because of the need for more doctors, funding, equipment and better facilities.
A great article to read for further information on this issue is here – http://www.metrotimes.com/editorial/story.asp?id=9067. It’s not because we have poor doctors, or poor receptionists. It’s because they are trying to provide what health care they can with what they have. And what they have is not enough. It’s not enough for your children, your parents, or my sister and neice whose experience I just wrote about. My neice is a registered member of the Choctaw Nation but the health care system was disappointing in their ability to take care of things. I hate to say this but it’s a reflection on the broken promises of the government. Unfortunately it’s something we’ve seen over and over but it’s time for people to write to their government. At least make their voices heard and not be a silent sufferer anymore.
According to the article listed above Native American’s expected life span is nearly five years less that the rest of the population of the United States. Absolutely NOT acceptable statistics! My voice will be heard but it takes many voices to get the attention that is needed to get things moving.
This is just my opinion on the state of health care for Native Americans today. You know what it’s like. I want us to all have the same life span, the quality health care and the promise of a better tomorrow for the children. Write to your government and tell them what you want.
For further help in locating your government officials the site below has contact information for all.
THE COMPLETE LIST OF E-MAIL ADDRESSES & FAX NUMBERS FOR CONGRESS, SENATE & GOVERNORS BY STATE http://www.conservativeusa.org/mega-cong.htm