Aw, y’all knew I leaned to the left.
Posted by wendy on 2012/06/26
I find it amazing and kind of sad that a great many people who are freaking out over the affordable health care act are people who will benefit from it. As many of you know, I have had the dubious “privilege” of (“paying over 1/2 of my monthly income for”) COBRA. I have had a catastrophic illness that devastated me financially–because when 1/2 your income goes to COBRA, and the other half is covering your mortgage and food–how do you cover a $1200 co-pay for a SHOT–a shot that you have to have every other Friday for 6 weeks, no less? (and I will be paying for it for a very long time to come) And, here I sit now–COBRA has run out, and I’m a risky bet at best for other insurance companies, and my employer is a new company and cannot offer insurance yet (we don’t have enough employees), so what’s a cancerchick with no insurance to do when her tamoxifen prescription is about to run out and she’s due at her oncologist for her next PET scan? I honestly do not know. (Although, in my case, I’m moving to England. Buh, bye.) (ETA: although, I’m not moving for the health care–I’m moving for M. I should have made that clear. hahaha!)
I was reading an excellent article this morning regarding the GOP’s lack of a contingency plan in the event that the SCOTUS should overturn the ACA this week and the author linked a couple of stories that hit home for me–Eric Richter, whose wife sewed him special pants to accommodate the large (cancerous) tumor growing in his leg, Wendy Parris, who walked around with a shattered ankle for a few years. I realize there are many people out there who think Eric and Wendy probably deserve what happened to them (HI, HEARTLESS DOUCHEBAGS!! May you NEVER know what it is to feel hopeless and alone. It’s not fun.), but you know…I’m going to step out on a political limb and say does it matter? My plant closed at the very same time I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I had a good job, but I didn’t have thousands of dollars tucked away ‘just in case’. I’m thinking not many of us actually do. I’m thinking the majority of us are only a paycheck or two away from financial pain. And a prolonged illness is financially devastating. I know because I have been there.
At what point do we step in? At what point do we realize that we are a village–we are a society and that we all have a responsibility to help our brothers and sisters? I’m not saying we should make sure every household has its own Xbox or that we should all get to wear designer clothes, but I am of the mind that access to affordable health care–the right to, you know BE ALIVE, is something that we should all have. But, pre-existing conditions are a very scary thing to our country’s poor, frightened insurance conglomerates. I get Wendy and Eric’s situation–I understand it–because I’m in it, as well. The ACA will help save lives. And, the alternative could be devastating.
I have a facebook feed full of taunts and jeers with regards to our current administration. They want to know how the ‘hope and change’ bit is working for me. (oh hey, btw–it’s worked pretty well–when Republicans aren’t acting like a group of petulant schoolchildren, at least) They call me names, they say I’m stupid. These are the hypocrites who nearly always demanded that even if we didn’t agree with Bush, we should ‘respect the office of the Presidency”, but will not afford the current administration the same. These are people who also like to post inane pictures professing their great love of Jesus–and the passive aggressive–‘hey, if you love him, you better post this picture as well, but you probably DON’T LOVE JESUS, so most of you won’t”. (and we all know how I feel about passive aggressive facebook posts.) Hey, guess what? Jesus would NOT approve of you clapping at the thought of someone dying because they don’t have health insurance. I don’t recall Jesus ever once pulling out a whip and tossing any good Samaritans out of the temple. Jesus was not a capitalist. I am rarely judgmental when it comes to religion, but–hey. Take a close look at your life. If you’re spewing “every man for himself” in the same breath as “I’m a proud Christian!”, THEN YOU ARE DOING IT WRONG.