I don’t watch Fox News or MSNBC. I don’t read left or right-wing extremist sites. I don’t listen to Rush Limbaugh or whomever his left-wing equivalent would be. So this blog post won’t be about politics because frankly, I try to block all of that out. But here’s what I do know. Health care reform is needed in this country, badly. What’s happening now may not be the complete solution, in fact I know it isn’t, but I firmly believe it’s a step in the right direction. I’ve always considered myself lucky. Lucky because 1. I have health insurance through my employer and 2. because I’m relatively healthy.
A couple of weeks ago, when my doctor prescribed me an inhaler with a spacer for my asthma, I assumed my prescription would be covered. It wasn’t.
And when my husband was referred by his doctor to see a hand specialist for this funky genetic disease he apparently has, that consultation wasn’t covered.
In the last month I’ve paid $400 in visits and medicine that wasn’t covered by my insurance. Stuff that SHOULD have been covered.
Last week, my cousin was diagnosed with cancer. It’s in his jaw, his throat, and in both lungs. He’s self-employed and doesn’t have health insurance. He went to the doctor for a sore throat and came out with a cancer diagnosis. But his doctor won’t treat him because he doesn’t have health insurance. And it’s not like he can go out and get insurance because his cancer is now considered a “pre-existing condition.”
I could sit here and tell you that it’s his own fault. He’s been a smoker for at least 25 years and probably chewed quite a bit too. I don’t know his financial situation (he’s not wealthy by any means) so I don’t know if it was possible for him to get private insurance before. Maybe he could. Maybe he was just being cheap. I don’t really know. I do know that he lost his teenage daughter a couple of years ago when she was hit by a car while trying to help a friend change a flat tire on the side of the road. He’s definitely had his share of bad breaks, and I realize that’s one hell of a understament. But does any of that matter now? No. Because all that matters now is that he’s a 45-year-old man, with a family to support, and he is in desperate need of health insurance so he can afford to fight the gruesome battle that lies ahead. And if this bill makes health care more accessible, for him or for anyone like him, then I just don’t see how something like that can be “bad”?
When I think of people who opposed this bill, and how they’re so afraid of this affecting them – specifically their pocket books – I’m appalled at the selfishness of people. Especially when much of that argument doesn’t even make sense. The passing of this bill will not affect my coverage or how much I pay for that coverage. My taxes will not go up. And if they did? I’d be okay with that too.
I don’t claim to be a very religious person, meaning that I can’t spout off Bible verses or recount old Bible stories, but all of this reminds me of a famous Bible verse. Paraphrasing here:
When Jesus was asked, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” Jesus replied, “The most important one is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” ~Matthew 12: 28-31
I want healthcare. I want it for me. I want it for you. I want it for everyone.