As a Brit, who grew up without ever questioning the notion of health care for all, the circus going on in the Good ‘ol US of Frickin A has me all a little disillusioned about life, the universe and everything.
A heavily modified version of the Big Bad Barack’s health care plan, that aims to make sure every single American can have access to some kind of health insurance coverage, has been been deemed constitutional by SCOTUS, the highest and fairest court of them all.
However uproar from conservative and libertarian camps has gone all loopy over the fact that some (less than 6%) American’s may be required to purchase some form of health insurance or face a fine / tax (it really doesn’t matter what it is). Screaming about freedoms being taken away and being forced to do this, go there and use that can be heard all over the internet and on TV. The fact is, these concerns are annoyances and yes in some ways could be seen as liberty being taken but it just seems like a distraction from the fact that many don’t want anything that could possibly resemble Universal healthcare.
To me that means many don’t want to help their fellow Americans have a life where they don’t need to worry about their health. Instead of picking on every little bit of this bill what about trying to come up with a viable alternative that will provide healthcare to all? So many politicians and their supportive citizen’s have been whining and whingeing without at any point offering a a full plan that can bring a similar outcome as so called Obamacare.
The bill has the main aim to help every American somehow gain access to Insurance. As far as I can see the two main groups of people who are often not able to get insured are the poor and people with pre-existing conditions.
Now as a country I would have thought it would be in everyone’s best interests to help the poor and sick keep as healthy and work-fit as they can so they don’t end up scrounging off other benefit systems.
In the current system a perfectly fine working, qualified person with insurance through their job could quickly find themselves demoted and trapped in a loop becoming a scrounging good for nothing lay-about being funded by people’s tax money. I wanted to share this story (which was actually a comment left on this post from Media Matters) that illustrates the point perfectly.
By kpat 1960 (June 28, 2012 10:43 pm ET)
This is my experience with the healthcare system. First, I was a member of the system, I am a RN (male), I was one for over 10 years. I started out in the healthcare field as an EMT/Paramedic. I was working in Galveston TX as a nurse with full healthcare insurance, when I had a stroke at the age of 47. I was treated and released from the hospital with the expectation of continued follow-up care. I was fired shortly thereafter (losing insurance benefits)and was unable to get the recomended follow-up and I didn’t work for 18 months.
I was living off of my girlfriend and her family. When I had recovered enough to go back to work I found that I could no longer function as a nurse due to the residual effects of the stroke. I had several nursing jobs that only lasted for 6 months or less. I applied for disability but missed a required exam from a doctor because I had a heart attack (and was denied disability).
I told the parasmedics that picked me up that I didn’t have insurance. I was taken to the closest ER,(Baylor Medical Center)not the county hospital (Parkland) as was the correct protocol. It was determined that I would need heart bypass surgery, but the surgeon would not be available for a week, I was required to stay at the very expensive Baylor hospital for a week until the surgeon was available. I asked several times to be transferred to Parkland as they are the designated hospital in Dallas for residents without insurance. I was never given a reason for why I didn’t get transferred and my bypass surgery was performed at Baylor. They are still waiting for me to pay my 75,000 bill.
I have been unable to find work since, as a nurse. I even tried working as a convienience store clerk for minimum wage, but was fired after 3 months, again because of the residual effects of the stroke. I then applied for Disability again, I was finally approved for disability 3 years after the stroke. Under current disability rules I will start recieving Medicare after getting disabilty payments for an 3 years (will start in 11/2013). I have been without any healthcare coverage since 2007.
I am now one of the unemployed free-loaders that the Republicans HATE so much. I wish I could go to work, I have worked since I was 16 and payed taxes. I volunteer for the Red Cross so I can still contribute to society. I get very angry with people who think that everyone on disability or welfare are just lazy and living off the govwernment teet.
Sorry for such a long post and appologize for any misspelled words, never was a good typist even before the stroke
I am having a serious problem understanding why every American is not backing a system that enables everyone to get treatment for any potential health problems. It seems barbaric to me to not want to live in such a society.
I’m not saying Obamcare is the absolute answer. I know there are concerns that it could drive doctors to retire early, cause small business higher health care costs and make health care more general and impossible to find specialists. I know the incentives for people to go through the stress and money sapping of medical school could be reduced meaning less qualified professionals. I know there are other problems that could happen but the system as it is simply is not working and it needs a jolt of change. Many are currently uninsured because they either can’t afford it or the lovely helpful corporations that offer medical insurance are refusing people on the grounds of what illnesses / conditions they have or have had!
Check out Miranda’s take on Obamacare and how it will really affect.
Everyone needs coverage and people shouldn’t be rallying to stop Obamacare and everything associated with it. They should be rallying to find a solution to the issue of how everyone can get the coverage.
Access to health in a country that has a government that collects taxes should be a Right. All American’s should support this Right and if they don’t then that says to me that they just don’t care about their fellow citizens.
Now feel free to rip me to shreds in the comments, c’mon, I can take it!……. Keep the ripping metaphorical though, I don’t have health insurance.