Thursday, October 3, 2013
Obamacare: Up Close and Personal
I dislike cliches but I'll use one here: Obamacare for our family is "up close and personal."
Without going into too much detail and to preserve her privacy, I'll tell you about how Obamacare has given my daughter a chance to finally take care of her long-neglected health.
My daughter has had four jobs in three years, three of which provided no medical insurance. The one company that did provide coverage left the state. She was covered for only one year. Before those jobs there was no insurance because of the exorbitant premiums, lay-offs, and other extenuating circumstances, which I will not go into for privacy reasons.
During the long stretches of time she was not covered, she had to be hospitalized twice for life-threatening issues. Each time, she had to go to the emergency room--the health care systems that conservatives always state is available for Americans who need it. Those two emergency visits cost well over $11 thousand dollars. Since these two hospitalizations occurred during the financial disasters and job losses of 2008 and 2009, her family was living off of unemployment and whatever her retired parents could send her to keep her and her family's head above water.
Going without regular medical check-ups for years has taken its toll on her health, and she has developed, as a result, chronic conditions that could very well have been prevented with regular check-ups.
Now comes her chance to be able to afford medical insurance through Obamacare, since the job she now holds does not offer it. Now that there is some proverbial light at the end of her unhealthy medical history, our family has had to stand by and watch the selfish, heartless, self-serving members of a minority of a minority try to obstruct and delay medical coverage for my daughter--and millions of other people's daughters, sons, fathers and mothers. Why?
Are the monsters in that minority afraid that people who have gone without insurance will benefit from this opportunity to buy it at an affordable price? Afraid it will be popular? Afraid their constant attempts to ruin the lives of people, such as my daughter, will have a deleterious affect on their political brand?
What in damnation's name is the reason they could give me for denying my daughter the opportunity to buy health care at an affordable price and force her to go another year without coverage and health care?
I'd like one of their fat-cat, insurance conglomerate funded, politicians to answer me that question.
But, I'd also like them to know that their grotesque campaign to deny Americans a basic human right will not succeed.
Right now, the minority of a minority and their hopelessly misinformed followers believe they are standing on principle. But, I ask, what is the principle they claim they are standing for that would deny my daughter, and millions of other Americans, the ability to buy affordable insurance, insurance that could prevent her and them from having to deal with catastrophic health issues.
What principle are they defending?
There's a particular irony in all of this for our family. My parents emigrated to this country of hope and opportunity in the early part of the 20th century. But had they stayed in Italy, and had I been born there and raised my daughter there, she would not have had to go without health care for all these years, because Italy has a better system in place than does the "Hope of the World," the U.S.A.
Bloomberg's chart of the worlds most efficient health care countries lists Italy as #6; the United States, #46.
The U.S. has a chance to become a leader, not a "46er" in delivering efficient health care to her citizens. Do not allow the monsters in the minority of a minority to prevent this.
Infidel753 enlightens us further.