I really hate to get political because it is so easy to offend people. But I can't keep my mouth shut any longer.
What the hell is the matter with healthcare reform? OK, that didn't come out as delicate and polite as I wanted it to. But it's what I've been screaming in my head for months and months.
Let me tell you some stories...
How about the pregnant woman who had her company's health insurance change mid-pregnancy and then couldn't get coverage with her obstetrician because he wasn’t covered under the new insurance? True story. I worked with her.
How about the single mother who was beaten up by her children’s father? She didn’t have insurance and didn’t have a caring employer, so she worked all day. I heard about her because I was the family counselor at the day care. She had to walk past my office to get her kids. She could barely walk, was holding her side, and explained that she wasn’t going to the hospital because she wasn’t able to drive herself down to Cook County Hospital to get medical care. I called the nearby hospital and got them to agree to treat her.
When I was the executive director of The Peace Center—a social service agency that worked with people who were homeless—I saw more than one family lose their housing because they were struck with a devastating illness. These were hardworking people who struggled to pay all their bills. Even though people without insurance regularly pay more than people with insurance. People often lose jobs because of an illness.
I’m getting a little miffed when I see all the older Teabaggers doing the protesting. Aren’t you getting Medicare? Don’t you already have a government health care plan in place? Why would you take it away from others who need it as much as you do?
Is there anyone in America who truly believes that the system we have in place now is working? Sure politicians don’t care…because they already have a government plan in place that covers them. And, it’s become painfully obvious that politicians do not believe in paying bills; I’m assuming this from all the education cuts being made in my state because the state is in arrears.
So I beg you, call your representative today. Let her know that some sort of health care reform is needed.