Yes, Schmitt: Your experience is much the same as mine, "usually" in all the years prior to this one. I had never seen or heard of maltreatment before --- then suddenly voila -- several cases in just this one year. I consider these to be severe enough to consider a lawsuit --- a violation of the "persons with disabilities act" & "equal accommodations" regulations.
If I really dug into this subject, some regulation can probably be discovered (I hope) --- to encourage better behavior on the part of our health providers. Just think, that an honest, law-abiding individual can lead a perfect life, they do not drink or smoke, they do not get traffic tickets, they work their way thru college, they do good work at their jobs, & then in their older age, they can be treated like dirt, -- just because they are disabled, or elderly, (& some snippy little office clerk decides to play Gestapo). You can just tell, by the smirk on their face, that they enjoy humiliating or harming an elderly person.
But the most rotten case, was a 63 year old man (a veteran) in a wheelchair, & on oxygen, was turned away in a snowstorm for being 15 minutes late to his doctor appointment, -- & the real "cause" was from unreliable medical transportation.
Since when is being late to a doctor appt, a cause for the "death penalty"? Many elderly & handicapped people rely on regular doctor's visits to stay alive. And a doctor's decision, (to deny entry) - can actually KILL a patient.
It is all another way for the GOP to "get rid of Obama-care" -- which has been their primary objective for 8 years+. They never did approve of it --- like they never liked anything Obama wanted to do thru-out his Presidency. But denying the American people from getting their "voted on & approved" benefits, like Healthcare & Social Security -- is nothing less than TREASON. The GOP violate the Constitution thousands of times per year, & are getting closer to a total "take-over" of the USA government. If the GOP wins any elections this year, we may as well go live in Soviet Russia.
Remember: the KOCH BROS were raised in the USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) when their father, Fred C. Koch lived there, to learn the OIL business from Joseph Stalin (Communist Dictator). Daddy Koch, & at least 2 of his sons, lived in Russia for many years, & learned the oil business. But in exchange, Daddy KOCH had to promise to use all his immense profits from oil, to bring down the government of the great United States. By internal sabotage on many fronts ---including infiltration of the GOP Party, and endless "propaganda" being spewed from many radio stations, & TV channels, like Rush Limberger, & Fox News, -- and this next one is really clever.
They began the John Birch Society (in 1958, with leader Robert Welch, to brain-wash millions of ordinary patriotic Americans, & get them to actually work on "destroying democracy" in their "secret society" which spread millions of propaganda leaflets & brochures each month. They had a National Council made up of American corporate leaders, & most were members of the NAM (National Association of Manufacturers). Very early on, corporate America was busily engaged in the "brain-washing of America" -- by regular meetings, recruiting new members, & pushing propaganda steadily, by any means possible. Claire Conner, was a daughter of a Birch leader, on the National Council, when she was 16 years old. She became a member, & attended most meetings in her own home. Often these meetings were for "recruiting" new members, & fund-raising, -- But GET THIS. -- At that time, one very steady member was her local Catholic Priest.
Claire Conner, has written a very detailed book, telling of her life as a Birch daughter, how it all worked, types of duties that members had to do, (like write their Congressman often) & the problems one had if their father was a Bircher, who became a bit dictatorial. Her life from teenhood, to her motherhood of several children, & later a teacher & a speaker, to tell us all about the Birch Society. (And the newest revival of the JBS, called the Tea Party). An extremely revealing book.
"WRAPPED IN THE FLAG" -- a History of America's Radical Right -- by Claire Conner -- (2013) --
Imagine the John Birch Society "propaganda" message being spread through the Catholic pulpits all thru-out America. It is like GOD told you to join the Birch Society. Their religious ideas would merge with Birch ideas, & soon the JBS would control the whole church's "political choices" - & the John Birch Society is "definitely" radical-right Republican.
Very early on, the John Birch Society got involved with many "Christian Crusades", like Billy James Hargis, in the South, & began to merge Birch ideas with the southern Evangelical types. Gradually these different religious groups grew bigger and had a lot of influence over their assorted congregations. They also spread "Birch" ideas, along with the sermons, & it all amounted to massive brain-washing, of thousands or millions of people, to believe Republican GOP political ideas. It did not apparently occur to them that much of the Birch ideology was down-right ANTI-CHRISTIAN.
For instance, the GOP seems to have a big Love Affair with BIG OIL, & wages endless Wars to acquire more oil wells all over the world. They never stop, searching for OIL and more $$$. On the other hand, Jesus Christ was known as the "Prince of Peace". He is very anti-War, and hates war, & the endless slaughter which comes from Greed. (So, Christ & Big Oil are natural opposites.)
And then there are other churches, like the Evangelical movement, which teach Greed 24/7 and tell you to "pray for money" with every breath. Huge mega-churches are built, with the pouring out of the spirit, which comes from people seeking more wealth. Not recalling that Jesus said, "The love of Money is the Root of all Evil." "And it is easier for a camel to pass thru the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to get into heaven." Therefore, the real Christ would not be always speaking about money, or seeking more wealth. Jesus lived a simple life, having only a few robes & a pair of sandals. They went fishing to get their food. It was a very primitive lifestyle --- no golden palaces, no jewels, no crown.
To pervert the words of Jesus Christ, to build a huge enormous temple to GREED, this is in itself blasphemy. But all of the fabulous golden temples that the GOP have built, surrounded with Porsche's & BMW's, & Mercedes Benzes, are just a waste of money, when they could have been building houses for the homeless, & city parks for the forgotten youth. And even a few "good" schools, to develop the minds & hearts of our upcoming generations. But if the youth really got a "good" kind of education, they would soon "get smart" enough, to realize the "fake Falwell" kinds of churches are nothing but baloney. And so many lives are wasted following a greedy church, that only enriches the millionaire "false prophet" at the pulpit. Most of the "real" churches have the "Dove of PEACE" in a prominent place. The Dove of Peace,-- of Purity-- & TRUTH.NOTE: The mention of Claire's book "Wrapped in the Flag" does not mean that I have written any part of it, and it also does not mean that she has read or endorsed any of my personal writings on this Hub. I just think it is particularly special to be able to hear about the Birch Society, right from an actual member since the 1960's, & her father was a leader, on the JBS National Council. If anyone knows what the Birch Society is all about, --- she does. (God Bless You, Claire).