Healthcare-Now!, an organization working to push for a National Single-Payer Healthcare System has an ongoing petition to convince Congress to pass the National Health Insurance Act (HR676). Currently, this legislation is the only one that will create a national, single-payer healthcare system. Like me they seem to have the same opinion on healthcare, “We see healthcare as a human right, not a privilege tied to the ability to pay.”
Part of Healthcare-Now!’s petition process includes the option for signers to include personal stories of how they were let down by our current healthcare system. One of these accounts left me particularly depressed. I’ll include it below, but if you’d like to see it on their site you can do so here.
Dear Speaker Boehner:
My husband died in 2003 due to lack of care for diabetes and cancer after we lost our health insurance. There were times we couldn’t get insulin and no churches or private agencies could help either. We lost our home, our business and eventually him, because the only jobs I could get didn’t offer health insurance, but I made too much for him to qualify for Medicaid.
We finally had to separate and he move to another state that had better Medicaid, but the damage of not having had care had already taken it’s toll. He lost a leg the year before dying, and was in misery for 8 years while dying. He didn’t deserve this. He had worked HARD since he was 12, as have I.
I only recently qualified for medicare having gone for 12 years with no care due to a lack of insurance. I have chronic illnesses that will cut my life short, but even worse, I will not be productive during this time, whereas had I gotten care when I needed it, I would still be working today. We who need health reform and insurance are not lazy. We just don’t come from the same world you do…white, privileged male.
How many more of these stories are we going to have to hear before we start caring, caring about the wellbeing of our country as a whole, caring about our parents, our grandparents, our friends, and our neighbors. This story is one of many, the petition is full of other disheartening stories just like it. Families filing for bankruptcy due to medical bills, a community clinic physician discussing the numerous times he’s seen people dying with no way to seek treatment, on and on and on. This needs to stop!
I happened to be reading comments on a news article about healthcare the other day when one particular comment caught my eye, it was cold, selfish, and heartless and I pray there aren’t many others that feel this same way. I can’t remember the specific wording of the comment but the gist of it was, “Natural selection, if these people can’t afford healthcare than we’re better off without them.” OH MY GOD! What the hell is wrong with this person. This isn’t ancient Greece, we don’t have to toss people in to a canyon that don’t fit in with the definition of a supreme race. That’s essentially what this person was saying. I’ve always wanted to ask someone like this if they’d be willing to kill someone, I’m guessing they’d say no, but with an attitude like that they’re willing to kill by inaction.
Somethings got to give, and it better be soon.
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