According to ProCon.org.
46.3 million people in the US were uninsured in 2008 according to the US Census Bureau. In 2007, health care expenditures totaled $2.2 trillion – 16.2% of the US economy. Health care is the largest industry in the US, employing more than 14 million people.Proponents of the right to health care argue that it would stop medicalbankruptcies, improve public health, and reduce overall health care spending. They say that no one in the richest nation on earth should go without health care. A June 12-16, 2009 poll shows that 64% of Americans say health care should be a right.Opponents argue that using tax revenue to provide health care to all Americans amounts to socialism and would decrease the quality and availability of health care for those who work hard to get medical coverage. They say it is not the government’s responsibility to guarantee health coverage.
Well, I’m one of those who are uninsured. Why am I uninsured? My husband’s employer decided to change their health insurance provider and when they did the prices more than tripled. It went from around $58 a week for the both of us to $150 a week, and the deductible went up to $10,000 per person. Most people’s medical deductible is around $1000-$2000. Hell, we can’t afford the $150 a week much less that high ass deductible. So we don’t have insurance.
And right now I am pretty sure I have the flu. I am drinking orange juice, taking over the counter flu medication, and blowing my nose constantly (I’ve gone through one whole roll of toilet paper in the past 24 hours by myself–forget getting Kleenex–it’s just too much trouble and why bother when the soft toilet paper works just as well). I’ve considered making myself a nice hot toddy, but I don’t think my stomach could handle it right now.
So instead of talking about the government’s ideas, or what is working in other country’s, I thought I’d talk about it on a more personal level.
Soon, we’ll have to find some kind of healthcare coverage, according to the new law that takes effect in 2014. I should have the right to healthcare coverage. Everyone should. But should I be forced to, and penalized if I can’t afford it? If it means buying groceries or paying for health care coverage which am I going to choose? I’m going to choose to provide my family with food first. It’s a basic necessity. So my husband has been searching for a better job, not just for better pay, but for better benefits.
My parents are both on Social Security. They can barely afford their basics, so when they have to go to the DR it is a big deal, and they do have to go. My dad sleeps with oxygen at night because he has sleep apnea (his oxygen is expensive and Medicare only covers a portion of it, and they can’t afford the supplemental that aids Medicare. Yet my parents are both from the 40’s and worked their whole lives.
I need a hysterectomy. Can’t get one until we have health insurance. And forget getting private insurance–pre-existing conditions, ie, the need for a hysterectomy would mean that they wouldn’t cover the surgery. So why bother?
I read several other people’s posts, some who live in the US, and some who live in other countries, and I was amazed at the differences in the posts. So I’m going to suggest that some of us in the United States read some of the posts from people who live in other countries… Eye opening, at least it was for me.
- Daily Post: Right to Health (linesbylinda.wordpress.com)
- Daily Prompt: Right to Health- Canadian Style (marilyndavies.wordpress.com)
- Right to Health: Govermental Sector (smileyface80.wordpress.com)