Join Date: Jul 2006
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Non-partisan, researched information up there at the link I just posted.
I'm actually more concerned here that NOTHING is going to be done or that nothing is really going to change. We are here, at a crucial point in american history, where it is so clearly obvious that the system is failing most except the uber wealthy and here I am scared that the special interest groups, lobbyists and insurance companies are going to get their way (aka keep it like it is or only get something lukewarm). Because when you're well off, and have excellent coverage healthcare isn't an issue to you.
I have a cousin that died as a result of his lack of healthcare...and know way too many people that make barely too much money to qualify for medicaid, but can't afford their employer's insurance.
Here we pay very high insurance costs for our family. We're weird, even when we could barely afford it we paid. Sigh. And, that's because we do without pretty much everything but the basics. And, insurance is very high--about $7,500 per year. That's before deductibles, co-pays and co-insurance. Yep--so even if you get sick with insurance you still have to pay a percentage.
Many people at his office can't afford it and go without insurance alltogether. And, I've seen myself, my husband, my sister go without insurance. My sister couldn't afford to pay cobra after she lost her job for the second time. I also have friends who've had serious family tragedies (one of whom was a mom who discovered she had breast cancer when she was pregnant) and the family--not only did they have to deal with losing her...but they had to deal with the enormous amount of medical bills. And, that was WITH having insurance.
I have family and friends in the medical field, I also at one time thought I would become a doctor (still debating here, honestly the system rather disgusts me so I don't know if I will go back to school for it). I actually had all my children at home with midwives (except the accidental UC, though midwife was on her way LOL) and I'm a big believer in evidence based care.
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