That moment when you're at the pharmacy picking up your birth control and you hand over your insurance card, and they tell you your copayment dropped from $102 to $15.
And then you realize that, because of the man you voted for sticking up for the basic right to affordable health care, today millions of other people found out that they are going to be able to stop making the choice between food and medicine, and will get to experience that relief too. Thank you, President Obama.
Mitt Romney wasn't always a douche.
Yesterday, I was diagnosed with a sinus infection and a respiratory infection, which triggered my asthma. Thanks to MassHealth, I was able to see my doctor and get prescriptions for two weeks worth of Prednisone, one week of Amoxicillin, and two Albuterol inhalers, all for under $10.
I am a bartender and a server. I don’t make a whole lot of money, and I cannot afford the health insurance offered by my workplace. Before the Massachusetts individual mandate was put into place by Mitt Romney (the same mandate that Obamacare will require, which Romney is now speaking out against), I would not have qualified for MassHealth, and I would have had to pay hundreds of dollars out of pocket for the visit to my doctor and for my prescriptions. But, thanks to Romneycare, I am on the path to recovery, and I didn’t need to sacrifice my gas bill payment, car insurance, or rent to be able to get the care I needed.
So, thank you, Mitt Romney, for putting into place in 2006 the health care reform which I’m sure you would still be supporting today if you weren’t such a spineless, flip-flopping panderer who will say or do anything and sell anybody up the river to get the votes of the selfish right wingers who would rather see people die in the street than give them the opportunity to obtain affordable health care.
“Maybe God sent the person who will cure cancer and AIDS but they died of a treatable illness because their parents didn’t have health insurance. Maybe Miracle Baby would have cured AIDS and cancer, but they had underfunded and overcrowded public schools that served them garbage for lunch and taught Creationism alongside science, and now instead of curing diseases they’re making bitchy billboards.”—stfuconservatives [In response to a billboard claiming that the would-be inventors of the cure for cancer & AIDS were aborted]
Hey, Mittens, what's up?
I told you to stop talking like, months ago. Especially about healthcare type things. Mostly because you’ve never been like most ‘underlings’ that have had to decide between food & medical care & things of that nature. Yet you keep talking.
Mittens, let’s play ‘medical care fuckery of the uninsured’ stories again! I’ve got hundreds of these, but we’ll do the most recent incident. Ready? Here I go!
Yesterday, after not being able to work for 7 weeks due to a broken foot I went to the doctor for new xrays. (Those were around $350.) Once the new xrays came back I was told in the most simple to understand language ever-‘
‘If you had insurance I’d be setting you up for surgery right now. You need surgery if you ever want to be able to dance or do things for long periods of time on your feet again. But you don’t have insurance. And the surgery is many, many thousands of dollars. I don’t know if you can raise that amount of money, or marry somebody with insurance, or well…find a way to have surgery within the next 4 weeks..so I’m going to do the most cost effective thing I know instead of just shoving you out the door for being uninsured. I’m putting you in a different cast, & to save money we’ll meet again in 4 weeks instead of the normal 2 week interval. If you can manage to get surgery at that time, that’s what we will do. If not…you’re going to need to understand it will never ‘heal’ in a way that it was ‘supposed’ to.’
He then went to find which version of a cast was the most economical, & as I started to cry he apologized to me. Not for anything that was his fault, but because I was sitting there with a doctor that knew how effed up the system was for the uninsured.
So while I have almost died multiple times, Mittens, I have a new story. It’s the story of KNOWING I need care, being told I NEED care…but not having it because I’m uninsured. AND THE ER WILL NOT OPERATE ON MY FOOT.
In short-fuck you, Mittens. Stop talking about uninsured people. Unless you’d really like to sit down with a group of us & hear us get real…STFU & GTFO.
“I stand proudly with the growing chorus of governors who reject the Obamacare. Neither a 'state' exchange nor the expansion of Medicaid under this program would result in better 'patient protection' or in more 'affordable care.' They would only make Texas a mere appendage of the federal government when it comes to health care.”—
What if costs were not a factor when my brother had the initial thought to seek health care?
My 50-year-old brother died suddenly on Wednesday, August 8, 2012.
My mother, who lives with me and my family due to health reasons, was speaking to him on the phone a few hours before he died. He had slipped and fallen in the shower earlier that morning and was in a lot of pain, crying. He had to crawl out and eventually up, he said. My mother pleaded with him to call an ambulance to come get him, since he said he was in too much pain to drive himself.
My brother countered that, because he was underemployed, the only available insurance he had and could afford had a $6,000 deductible, an amount he did not have, he said, and an amount that neither my mother nor myself could help him with. He stated that he had already maxed out his *credit cards* paying for health care the year prior to meet his deductible. I overheard enough of this to interject through my mother. “Your brother says get to a doctor NOW.”
When my mother called my brother an hour or so later, he did not answer. We figured he had probably called 911 and had been taken to the hospital by ambulance. As it turns out, he had not been. He was laying dead on his kitchen floor.
I disdain the idea of politicizing my brother’s death, but over the past two days, I find I simply cannot help wondering. What if costs were not a factor when he had the initial thought to seek health care? What if those costs were simply covered by reason of him being a citizen of the country to which he was born and long contributed to? Would the outcome have been different? Would my brother still be alive - to be here to love those who loved him, to continue to be my best friend, to continue to have an important role in the lives of his mother, three nephews, others, and his society? I can’t help thinking, “Yes.”
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