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Friday, June 6, 2014
Open Letter to those that aren’t fond of Obamacare.
I understand your displeasure and
your unhappiness of the situation. Yes, as the President said the project didn’t
go as smoothly has he had planned. The idea was simple, make health care a
fundamental right for all to have and to allow those that couldn’t afford it be
able to afford it. The idea came from many countries that already have this
system in place like Morocco, South America, China, India, Israel, Austria,
Finland, Demark, France Germany, Greece, Ireland, Iceland, Canada, Mexico, and
many others. Check the link if you want the full listing of countries (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_health_coverage_by_country)
I know that your premiums have gone
up as well. Some 500 dollars and others even more than that. I know it’s a joke
at parties for those that can afford or have been given from their employer’s
health care coverage. I’m happy that you have it really I do, but you are all
missing one thing in your jokes and your polite jabs at the program. The
program was designed for people like me.
I am a college graduate with a BA in
psychology. I am currently going back to get my AA and then moving on to get my
BS in Health Information. I was let go from my full time position about four
years with only TWO days left on my medical coverage. I had no time to stock up
for a year on meds due to a condition I was born with.
I had hoped that it would be a swift
process finding a job and being able to get back on a health care program to
continue my visits. What I had hoped and what had come to be are two separate
things. I went two years without a job, and the money for unemployment had run
out. I wasn’t lazy, I was far from letting the system take care of me.
I had spent those two years sending
out I’d say roughly 4 to 5 THOUSAND applications and resumes. I didn’t stop,
and I pressed on after each rejection and every time I didn’t hear back from
someone. I managed to get a part time job at Panera. Sadly I could only get
health insurance if I worked full time and they weren’t looking for full time
I needed a job so I took what I
could get. Mind you, I am a single mom and I am going to school. When I applied
and was hired at my second job, again no health benefits, I was elated that I
could at least employed to help boost my income.
I have and still do look for full
time work, but so are many others. The standards for full time work has
changed. My bachelors is no longer a stepping stone I had once banked on to get
a good job. I’m going up against those with masters and doctorates now. The
huge market crash is still rippling through the job world and for those that
don’t see it, I’m glad you don’t have to go through with this.
What does this have to do with Obamacare?
Obamacare is allowing me to back to see a doctor again. Allowing me to be able
to get the health care I need and surely miss. I will be able to maybe see a
dentist and have my teeth cleaned again. I will be able to get checked up and
will be able to handle, possibly, the fees that come with seeing a doctor
Yes, I will be on medicade and it
will be a miracle to find a doctor that will take it. The fact is with the
jokes and the side comments that ignorant people make, you have no idea what
you’re hurtful words are doing. You’re slamming down our hope, and our chance
to feel ‘normal’ again. Our chance to see a doctor and to be cared again within
the medical field.
Do you think we enjoy being
unemployed? Do you think that we like not being able to see a doctor? Do you
think we don’t get panic attacks when we get sick and wonder who will see us
because we don’t have insurance? How scared we are to think if this cold
develops into pneumonia, how will I get the medicine to save my life?
Maybe if you got out of that tightly
taped up box of yours and looked around you, you’d see me. You’d see the
hundreds and thousands of me looking back at you. Your fellow man, your peers
that have the same education as you and are down on our luck. You’ll see
mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, and cousins trying to make
it and trying to survive with what they have. Stop being so selfish and just
thinking about yourself.
Oh, and one little fact for you. For
those that think that the money you’re putting into your medical insurance is
being reserved for you and all of your bills. It’s not. It never has been. It
works just like your auto insurance does. You pay in, while the insurance is
paying out others and they pay for you. So why should you pay for others when
you’re just paying for yourself? Well you’re already doing it, same concept
So please have a second thought to
slamming Obama care, and other assistance programs. You’re not just making a
punch line, you’re really punching someone’s hope, self-esteem, and life line
in the gut. You’re being a bully and a snob. If the shoe was on the other foot,
if you were in my place, how would you feel?