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why I support health care reform

When people meet me, they see a blind person. However, what they don't see is very important.

I am on public health care, and that is a very important thing to me. Without it, I could be bedridden with pain that had not been treated properly--I experienced this for a time until I found out that I could access chiropractic care through Medicare. I would not have gotten my Master's degree because I would have too many seizures to do the work and would not have the medication to control them. Or I could have died from an asthma attack. Health care literally makes a difference inwhether I can function: do daily housework, have even a chance at working, etc.

I am very fortunate. I am eligible for the Medicare/Medicaid system because I have a verifiable disability: blindness. I talk to people every day who cope with debilitating migraines, arthritis, and epilepsy and are not considered disabled and therefore cannot get access to these systems in order to obtain treatment for their conditions. Treatment would make the difference in their being able to work; but they are forced to attempt to work at jobs in spite of intense pain, frequent absenteeism due to illness that is preventable, and most of all put themselves at risk of damage to their brains because of untreated neurological conditions, all in an effort to work hard enough to pay for health care while an insurance company will deny them because their condition is preexisting. It is a situation that most people cannot fathom; but "just work hard and buy insurance" does not work for everyone; and it affects a lot more people than we like to admit.

This is why I supported the health care reform bill. It is not the best answer; but there is never a best answer. We live in a country with 300 million people. No one is going to agree on everything. If you are a person of faith and you are truly upset about the turns you think this country is taking, I would encourage you to take the energy you are using to criticize the government and use it to develop positive solutions through your church. If the church would rise up and be the agent of healing that is needed, we would not need these solutions.

I do think that the bil needs some amending. Fortunately, we live in a country where such a process is possible. Those who decry change as evi should remember that change is only a beginning and that beginnings are often painful but do work for good.


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Mar. 22nd, 2010 10:30 pm (UTC)
Well said. Can I link to this post on FB? I have some conservative relatives who could do well to read this.

Also, I completely agree with you. Public healthcare is the thing that allowed me to go back to school, to get out of bed, to, you know, still be alive today. Yes, there are problems with the system as it is, and there are problems with the bill, but reform is needed.
Mar. 22nd, 2010 10:38 pm (UTC)
linking to my post
'Tis a public post so link away. *smile*
Mar. 22nd, 2010 10:31 pm (UTC)
What is the big controversy over the bill? All the teachers were talking about this in the staff room today and none of us quite get it.
Mar. 22nd, 2010 10:50 pm (UTC)
health care controversy
There are several controversies as best I understand it.

1. funded abortions in cases of rape, incest or endangerment to the mother's life.. Anti-abortionists are concerned this is a slippery slope. I can see it from both sides. Personally, I think that those of us who do not support abortion need to handle our activism in ways besides legisation. We manage to have several million abortions a year regardless of how they are funded. We cannot legislate morality; and if we have millions of babies born because we do manage to legislate it then we must somehow care for them.

2. There is apparently a mandate for everyone to purchase health care; and if they cannot afford it states will be required to subsidize it. This places a huge burden on states, and I think this wil eventually need to be amended. Nobody wants to be required to purchase health care, but everybody wants it available. What people want is choice about which health care they use. (Of course, people with low or no income will get no choices, and that seems ok with the people who are complaining.)

3. People just don't like government intervention in their lives. In the States, we are not used to that and don't want it until something doesn't go the way we want it. Then we whine because the government isn't doing its job. We can't have our cake and eat it too.
Mar. 22nd, 2010 10:42 pm (UTC)
but "just work hard and buy insurance" does not work for everyone; and it affects a lot more people than we like to admit

Exactly. I can't even bribe an insurance company to accept me, no matter how much money I offer them...yet, I don't think I'd qualify to be on disability at this point so my only options are to work myself to the point where I am now -- I work extremely hard. I get insurance, but my health ends up suffering because I can't afford to take care of myself...I gotta take care of that insurance first!!

I agree with you...the bill is not perfect, but nothing ever is and there is room for changes to be made. I hope that this will allow us to give sick people the chance to take CARE of their health...which might even make folks more productive members of society! You never know. :) Crazy things happen when you can actually get the medications you need and see the doctors you need to...
Mar. 22nd, 2010 11:34 pm (UTC)
Really well said.
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