Sunday, February 13, 2005

I hate the system

The system. The man. I hate it. Or maybe I'm just selfish. I hate that we (Americans) don't all have access to health care. I had health care one year from my job in grad school. But then the second year, due to budget cuts, our health care was taken away. So I bought a private plan. I thought it was a waste of money afterwards, like I basically handed the people a thousand dollars "just in case" anything happened to me, but nothing ever did, I just had a security membership card in my pocket for a year. Now, after that, I decided "why waste the money?" so I decided to wait it out til I got a "real job" to get health insurance. Just a few more months, I keep telling myself. This past week my husband and I were both sick with something. He went to the doctor earlier this week. "Tell me what we have," I told him in a hoarse voice. Thankfully, it wasn't anything serious, just the common cold I suppose.

Now, I have had these horrible chest pains. All day. And when I look at the medical web sites, the say to call 911 immediately if you have severe chest pains. Maybe I'm just being paranoid. Hopefully.

I've been using the free clinic in town the past several months. It's worked, since I haven't had any serious problems. Like, once I had a bad reaction to some ant bites. They helped me, they were great. But I still remember on one of my visits there, there was this young guy, maybe 19 or so who came in on crutches. "I heard you guys help out people who don't have health insurance," he said to the lady at the front desk. "Yes, we do...what do you need?" He told her he hurt his knee, and wasn't sure if he pulled/sprained/broke something. He didn't have any insurance and needed someone to have a look at him. The nurse informed him that the clinic didn't have x-rays and "really couldn't help him." He was sent away. He hobbled out the door, and I just remember feeling so bad for him. I still wonder what ever happened-will he have a lifelong problem with his knee, that could have been easily prevented with the proper care? But what could I do? Nothing.

So I will wake up early in the morning and call to make an appointment with the clinic. But will they turn me away because they don't have x-rays, or other equipment needed to help me?

I'm sure lots of people (ahem, like Republicans, I'm just being honest here) would blame me. I should have bought my own health plan to "take care of myself." It seems so rational, to lots I'm sure: You work, you get health care. But there's so many loopholes that are overseen. I work, I don't get health care from my job. I worked hard, I'm smart, I did the college thing. Didn't I abide by all the rules? Yet, here I am worried that I'll be turned away, not able to receive proper care that could be detrimental to my health.

I'm not trying to worry anyone here, I'm sure it's nothing serious. I'm young and healthy! But is it really so "radical and liberal" to think that everyone should have access to health care?

I remember in Michael Moore's Stupid White Men, he said he wished something bad would happen to the politicians and/or their families. Not in a malicious way, but because until it happens to you, you don't realize a lot of problems that exist. It's so easy to get stuck in your own comfortable little world.


Blogger jimbo said...

I agree with you. I can't understand how the government of a non-third world country (like our own)can allow our health care system to become third world.

Keep posting.


7:35 PM  
Blogger friday said...

on the first day of class i made my comment about wanting to get universal health care in america...the guy to my right patted me gently on the back and replied softly, "good luck"...

9:13 PM  
Blogger Andrew James said...

Look my dad sells health insurance and if you think 1000 dollars is a lot your wrong. I could have been a lot more so you can just shut it. Oh and you are selfish. I bet you've never been in a leadership role to experience what it is really like. Also don't complain about things just to complain about it. If the nation really wanted healthcare by the government for everybody it would have happened. The government has tried to do this before and it has never worked which is why my dad has 3000 plus clients. All of the state health care programs that are "free" go under because when people don't have to pay for it then abuse it because it is of no value to them.

I agree with friday "good luck" it'll never happen. This is because people will take more than their share. The previously mentioned reason for why nation wide free health care wouldn't work is also the reason for why communism has never and will never work.

10:13 PM  
Blogger sylence said...

well, andrew, aren't you just a little ball of joy? as you may have noticed on previous posts and comments, when others disagree with something the author has to say, they express themselves in a thoughtful and civilized manner. they do not just tell the author to "shut it" or accuse the author of never having done something. that's a lot of what i like about this blog: the decent and friendly conversation. in the future, i would like to hear what you have to say, but i would like to hear it without the false accusations and malacious words. if you knew the author like i know the author, you would think twice about posting comments like the one you did.
sidenote: ice, if you want me to delete my comment, i will. i just couldn't sit back while you were under attack. sorry...

10:29 PM  
Blogger friday said...

dear andrew james,
you are most certainly NOT agreeing with me...did you happen to know that one of the biggest reasons the US has never gone through with UHC is simply due to the fear of is true...i have a research paper that proves it, complete with a resource list...want a copy? i understand your hmmm, frustration...UHC would surely result in a great number of lost jobs for people such as your dad...but seriously Andrew, no need to get angry on a blog...after all, it is acakai's blog, a place where acaakai can voice all issues...see the internet is, for the most part, a free speech need to get hostile...and by the way, anyone can walk into an emergency room and get taken care angry that this is the type of option that people abuse Andrew...and be angry that, in all honesty, insurance companies could give a damn about a person's health situation. i recommend asking your dad about that one.

10:43 PM  
Blogger Last Girl On Earth said...

I guess "Mr." James has never been self-employed. Never had to shell out half of his salary to pay for his health insurance. Never had to deal with the fact that insurance companies inflate the price of insurance if you are not part of a "group plan". I guess his Daddy is helping him out and always has. BAHHHH ON MR.JAMES!

Anyhow, Happy Valentine's Day. Come on over and check out my evil Valentines Song!

6:51 PM  
Blogger acakai said...

Mr. James, I think just surfed over here and will not read any of these comments, but I highly suspect that because of his comment that $1000 is not a lot money, and his referalls to his dad, that he just is not quite an adult. My guess that anyone who works and has to pay bills will say that $1,000 is indeed a lot of money (and I don't remember saying that it was "a lot for health insurance" but rather, I payed it for nothing!)

And sylence, as always, you rock. Thanks for the comments. I would never delete them. I want to hang that one on my fridge! Friday, I totally understand what you were saying. How neat your wrote a paper on it! (wow, reason #368 to love friday, can the list get any bigger??!!)

Last Girl on Earth, thanks for your comments, I will go check out your V-Day poem!

9:00 PM  
Blogger friday said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

1:56 PM  
Blogger friday said...

damn, i'd like to hear the other 367 reasons..mind typing them up for me sometime? i could, quite possibly, add them to my resume.

1:57 PM  

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