I know that so many of you have different opinions about this new health bill being passed but I am seeing something very familiar throughout the comments concerning it: many of you are against it and this new bill is leaving you feeling very unhappy. For so long I was right on board with the idea, well at least until I found out that the voting occurred this weekend in a very secretive and sneaky way. Seriously, what is up with that?
Not even sure I want an answer because I think I know.
I'll also state this to be fair, I didn't vote for Obama. I didn't vote at all, actually. I took a backseat to the craze and honestly for the life of me, couldn't decide. I could NOT pick either candidate. I didn't like either one of them. So, with that said to a few other people in the past year and a half, people give me the stink eye at times and I've even heard a "well how dare you have an opinion then".
And in a way, they're kind of right.
How dare I have an opinion about someone and something that I didn't vote for.
But now things are getting tricky because none of us actually voted for this health bill to be passed. No one asked US what we wanted and no politician, including the president, followed through with the original agenda- the agenda that put the president in office in the first place. Many of my friends are feeling cheated and used. I agree. I kind of feel strange about it because I actually started to like Obama..well, last year. I would always defend him against the naysayers and state, "well, would you want his job??"
And now, this health bill is going to affect our family dramatically. And I'm scared.
Currently, we are very VERY lucky to still have Medicaid for the children and us parents. Our Medicaid (shhhh!!) should probably have been cancelled once Rick began working in December but I won't say anything if you don't. I need that surgery coming up and I can't pay for it,..so uhhh... yeah.
But here is where I am terrified.. there is eventually (whether it be 4 or 5 years from now) going to be a shortage in doctors, nurses, and surgeons which then in turn creates a much longer wait time for your appointments. I mean let's be real here, I have to schedule Natalie's heart checkups at least 3 months in advance for her to get seen by her primary doctor- the cardiac doctor that knows her best (which, let's face it, is always the safer bet). And then soon it's going to be a much much longer wait. For any person- child, adult doesn't matter- this is going to create a huge problem in getting the proper care within a proper amount of time. Like I told one friend all dramatically, this is going to be a matter of life and death.
Heart checkups, for example, are very crucial to the development and good health of a CHDer. Without them, well..I'm afraid to say.
What about someone waiting for a prognosis for cancer? for aids?? for autism or anything that requires something other than a doctor just writing you a prescription for narcotics? Here ya go Mr.Smith, take some Oxycontin and you'll be just fine! Now have a large tumor growing out of your head? oh sorry for that 1 year wait. Actually, Mr.Smith would be very lucky to get even an apology.
And let's say that the shortage of doctors doesn't occur, a very surprising outcome, then what happens to the type of care that people receive? I hate to say this, but it's all going to go the shitter. Just ask anyone from Canada or England.
"And within three months of the law’s taking effect, people who have been locked out of the insurance market because of a pre-existing condition would be eligible for subsidized coverage through a new high-risk insurance program."
Now the idea of this sounds great and if it worked and was affordable, amen. But let's face it, with no cap on what these insurance companies can charge for services, is this going to help? Why are two Motrin pills costing people $400 in the ER??
I'm the last person to be pessimistic about anything, but this doesn't have me convinced. And I still don't know what the impact would be for life insurance, because to date, Natalie can never purchase a life insurance policy because she is "high risk". And will it even be affordable?
And what is up with the fine for not having health insurance?? Seriously?? You will actually be penalized for making the choice to opt out of health insurance. What's next? if you cross the street and get hit by a bus you have to pay that bus company money because it happened??? What exactly does the government want to insure? I'm very confused with this.
I don't think this bill was really thought through. I don't even think the president himself understands everything in this bill. So at least then I'm not the only one confused.
This whole thing is a mess...