Monday, March 22, 2010

Just My Thoughts on HCR

Let me just say that I don't know the entire bill. I don't even know half of it. I doubt there are many people that can say they have read the whole entire thing. Or even tried. What I do know? Is that as a woman with a lifelong (and VERY expensive) illness; who has had to stop working because she is too sick; who, even with very very very good insurance, has paid out of pocket at least $13k a year on medical bills; who ultimately had to file bankruptcy because of health related expenses; who has lived in fear for the past 6 years on this policy that they would rescind her coverage; you can't tell me that the current system of health care in America is okay. Or fair. Or humane. You just can't tell me that leaving the poor to die because they can't afford monthly premiums is okay. You can't tell me that having our elderly cut their pills in half or not go to the doctor when needed is okay. And you certainly can't tell me that a parent of a child with cancer has to let them die because their policy reached it's cap and the insurance won't pay to save them is okay.

I am quite certain there are aspects to this bill that I won't like. I'm sure that somewhere down the road it will directly impact my families bottom line in some shape, form, or fashion. But you know what? I don't care. Because at the end of the day, no one deserves to live a substandard life just because of their economic status. NO ONE.

Before there were was the Constitution there was a set of laws. A set of laws that folks seem to have thrown out the window these days (why hello racial slurs and spitting in 2010. Way to go, America!). How about love thy neighbor as thyself? Yup, that means taking care of those who can't take care of themselves. It's really not rocket science. Not even close. And if getting help to 32 million people isn't a good idea then you've got much bigger problems ahead of you than your bottom line.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

amen sister!!! trip to the e.r. couple of hundred dollars, cost of a monthly rx $$$ mullah,, not having to worry about going bankrupt and getting decent medical care and advice, priceless

PaintingChef said...

Oh thank god. I thought I was alone. Once you read all the drivel on FB about how this bill is the end of the world, you start to wonder if you are missing something...

I've recently had to attempt to navigate the NIGHTMARE of looking for individual health insurance. For which I was repeatedly declined. Because of a pre-existing condition (infertility) that they weren't going to cover anyway!

It left me more convinced than ever that reform was so very necessary. I think there is a lot of junk in this bill and I think it missed the mark on several spots. And I'm unhappy that a public option wasn't in it. But its an important first step and I'm all in favor of that.

Its time that we all stepped up and treated each other with compassion and dignity. Health care is a right, not a privilege.

Anonymous said...

You put all my scattered thoughts into words...I especially like the "Love thy neighbor as thyself" part....isn't that really what it's all about..."Love one another as I have loved you and love thy neighbor as thyself"?
You go girl! I am proud of you and I love you.
Mom

Naomi said...

THANK YOU!!!!!!
I can't agree with you more fully!!