I have finally found some free time! Yesterday I lay in bed all day with debilitating stomach pains, so I didn’t feel like doing anything. Today, however, the pain is being controlled by a complex drug and food cocktail that I invented, so I find myself coherent enough to write a few sentences. The paramount theme I’ve been knocking about in my head today is health insurance. I have none. I haven’t been to the doctor since my youngest was born almost six years ago. These aggravating pains have made me wax nostalgic for the days when I had insurance.
My years of coverage were few, because each year the premiums went up, the deductibles went up, and coverage went way, way down. Somehow, even whilst paying huge portions of our income on premiums, it seemed that nothing was covered. No well-check ups, no immunizations, no random sick visits, no prescriptions…eventually we had to decide to cut it out. We just couldn’t afford it. Thankfully, my kids are covered, as is my husband, through his work. I am the one left out in the cold at present, dreading the next pang of my restive belly.
Fast forward to now. I am trawling the internet for medical advice. Do I have gastritis, ulcers, gas, ulceritive colitis…the dreaded CANCER? I could afford a single doctor visit. At least, I have some credit left on my overused charge card. But I know enough about medical issues to figure that it’s probably something that could be fixed by some OTC Prevacid, so I drove over to CVS and got some. If the pain doesn’t subside, and I MUST go see a professional, I know that could lead to upper GIs, barium X-rays, endoscopy, and god knows what other tortures. TESTS. That means $$$, am I right? And then, DIAGNOSIS. What if it’s bad? Oh, lord. It makes me sad that I think of the costs of cancer before I think about being scared of dying.
And so, I’m sitting here waiting on my Prevacid/Gas-X/Pepto smoothie to work miracles. Waiting on my Obamacare…I ran my numbers, by the way, on Kaiser’s calculator. Family coverage would be QUITE DOABLE if it’s accurate, which makes me very excited. I just need to NOT DIE until then. I am sick and tired of being sick and tired. All of these maneuvers to block, defund or strike down Obamacare need to stop. People are sick. People are hurting. People are scared. No one should sit at home and drink questionable drug smoothies unless they WANT to! And there is my disjointed rant for today…BURP.
EDITED TO ADD: Check out my friend BTG’s blog that dispels a few myths about Obamacare. He works with disadvantaged folks, so he has an informed perspective on the challenges many people face when it comes to jobs, the economy, and health care.