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It’s been a year or so since I blogged, so I thought I would write about something that is not very controversial, health care.  I am on the fence with this one. I use to be completely opposed to it. However, realizing one day that I was being completely hypocritical, I had to step back and re~think my position. Why a hypocrite you ask. Well, that’s why we’re here, I’m gonna tell ya!

Until 2001 we had health insurance through my husband work. That year he began a job with the school district, and although they have amazing coverage it was going to be more a month to cover me and the kids than he made a month. We were strapped financially. I had thousands of dollars in medical bills from a car accident and his pay had been cut in half or more. We decided to do something that I said I never would. I applied for health insurance for my kids through Health & Welfare. I had to set my pride aside. Ok, fast forward to 2003. Everyone had insurance but me, Rickard was covered through work, the kids Medicaid. In September of that year I found a lump in my right breast. Can you guess what my first thought was. If you guessed “I should see a doctor” you are wrong! My first thought was “OH SHIT, I don’t have insurance!” I even waited a couple of weeks to tell Rickard. When I did and he said I needed to see a doctor, the first words out of my mouth were, yep, I don’t have insurance. I did finally get a mammogram through the Susan G. Komen foundation. I was lucky, I had a cancer that had a Medicaid program and we were poor enough that I qualified for it. So, for 5 yrs. of surgery, doctors, treatment, follow~ups, I was covered by government health care. THANK GOD! I don’t know what we would have done. It would have ruined us if we had to pay for that.

So why are you telling us this, you may ask. Well to paint a picture of where I am coming from in regards to the subject of public, free, socialized, whatever you call it, health care. I still have my concerns. I’m not convinced that the new bill is the answer, however, there needs to be an answer. Families are losing everything because of insufficient or no health care.

Here is my experience with government being in charge of my and my kids health care. They pay a fraction of what is billed therefore few health provider will take it. Sometimes you have to see 2 or 3 doctors when only 1 was needed because of referral and the such. The latest is that Medicaid has no money until July, so my kids who have cavities can’t go to the dentist because Medicaid will not pay until next fiscal year which is July. If I am to be honest,   I see huge potential for failure. I just don’t see how it can work. I hope I am wrong. I hope that people who can’t afford health coverage will be able to have peace of mind that they will be able to take their child to the doctor, or that an elderly person won’t have to choose between food and meds.

These are just a few of my thoughts and rambling on the subject!  🙂

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