**45,000 Americans Die Each Year Due To Lack Of Health Insurance.**
But Fox News claims that no one in the U.S. has ever been denied health care. Here are just a few examples proving them wrong:
- Twelve-Year-Old Died In 2007 From Abscessed Tooth After His Family’s Medicaid Lapsed.
- Seventeen-Year-Old’s Insurance Revoked After He Tests HIV Positive.
- Woman Denied Coverage For Breast Cancer Because She Wasn’t Diagnosed At Correct Clinic.
- Woman’s Double Mastectomy Denied Over Disputed Acne Treatment.
- 9/11 Responders Without Insurance Face Inferior Coverage For Sustained Injuries.
This is what Republicans are fighting to preserve.
This is what Republicans are fighting to preserve.
I am, as most of you following me know, an author. This means I am self-employed. (No, you don’t get insurance coverage from your publisher.) I am also single, so I do not have a spouse employed at a large company whose insurance I can be folded into.
I have medical insurance. I pay through the nose for it, and it’s awful; virtually every time I get a prescription filled, the pharmacist makes a comment about how it’s the highest copay they’ve ever seen on that medicine. Thank God I am in generally good health, and thus far have not had to test how long my insurance company would stand by me if I needed cancer treatment, or serious surgery. But virtually no one stays in good health forever. (Really the only way to avoid that is dying young and suddenly in some sort of terrible accident, which is not a scenario I wish for.) I have little trust in my insurance’s good-faith dealing in a situation where I suddenly am costing them money instead of paying it into their coffers.
Last year, I tried to purchase another insurance policy — a better one, with a larger company that I thought might treat me better. Like I said, I am generally in good health. For this policy, I was willing to pay an amount of money per month that adds up to more than half of my mortgage. But for good health care, I’d pay it.
I was denied. Why? For three weeks, some months before, I had taken an antibiotic to clear up an infected scratch. The antibiotic was a generic. The cost for the entire bottle = $11. That made me too risky.
Some people read these horror stories and think they’re just cherry-picking for political purposes. However, I live with the constant knowledge that this is something very, very likely to happen to me if I ever have the gall to be a mortal human being and get sick.
The current system is broken. All I ask is a fair chance to buy a product, and the market denies me that chance at any price.
I view the current standoff as nothing short of the Republican party telling me that, as a law-abiding, taxpaying citizen of the United States, because I do not work for a large company, if I get seriously ill, I deserve to die.
A few years ago, a friend of mine was determined to quit her retail job. She had a better job. A job that paid better, hours were better, better everything. I told her, stay on at the retail job. Just part time.
Because her new job didn’t offer health insurance. And having watched my mother die of cancer, having seen the astronomical bills for her treatment, I was terrified of not having insurance.
I was at Disney, in line for the Haunted Mansion when I got the text that she was in the ICU. That she’d been diagnosed with a congenital heart defect and needed a pacemaker. She was barely thirty.
And my first thought, my very first thought was, “Oh, God, please, please let her still have insurance.” It was a prayer, an honest to goodness prayer, and I do not pray often. But I stood there, too far away to do anything else.
And when you are told that your friend might be dying, that she might never be well again, that hell, I might never see her again, your first thought shouldn’t be, “How is she going to pay for this?”
No one should ever have to think that.
i was born with a weird condition that happens to 1 in 100 people apparently, but didn’t find out until i was 21. if people are being denied based on far less than that, i would have a chance at getting coverage. right now i’m on a plan that allows me up to $400 in doctor’s visits a year, and that’s it. there’s no prescription coverage, and if i break a bone or have something more serious than a cold i’m fucked.
this is why we need healthcare reform, and this is why i’m glad the president hasn’t caved to those assholes’ demands. the house republicans are holding the country hostage because they don’t want people to realize how shitty we’ve really had it for so long.
Yeah the last couple years I’ve been fending for myself since I stopped being covered by my mom’s plan have been rough and scary, because I simply don’t have any insurance at all. This means I can’t afford even the most routine dental care, mental health treatment or copays on my meds (and it’s going to be a bitch to find someone to prescribe me more or different ones), finding out why I get ripping pain in my chest four or five times a month… and if I break a leg or get the flu, I’m screwed. I sweated through a ball-shatteringly scary mystery sickness last winter with a few cans of soup and tylenol, knowing that I didn’t have a choice: even getting looked at by a doctor in a hospital would have been a month or two’s worth of rent. If it weren’t for people constantly fighting for Planned Parenthood to stay open I’d have had absolutely no recourse for birth control, either.
And now with the government shut-down, getting my ID changed from CA to IL is going to take so much longer (not to mention how backlogged the foodstamps program around here is going to be which means every spare dollar i’ve been hoarding is going to be sunk into the grocery bill instead of seeing movies or going out with friends or buying anyone presents for the holidays) and I hate these teabagging asshole republican monsters so much.
I want the Republicans to give me one good reason we should maintain this status quo. One good reason. Because I want to understand why this collection of rotting old men thinks it’s a good idea, a necessary idea, something worth shutting the government down for, to keep this the way it is.
An anti-choice graphic.
I always enjoy when anti-choicers produce propaganda that shows how they really feel about women*: they view us as inanimate, inhuman vessels. We don’t even incubate, because incubation assumes a far more active role than anti-choicers would allow us to have. No, to them, we are tupperware. Hollow, unfeeling, storage containers for preshus widdle babbys that will one day burst forth and, having been born, no longer require any concern from the forced birth movement.
This is so true! And so aggravating!
the grocery list
jess sometimes wonders how the hell she spends so much time with these guys without going crazy. also cas is a mischievous little fucker, dean acts like a 12 year old, and sam is 300% done.
Dean: “Oh my God, Cas! You’re embarrassing me.”
Cas: ”Don’t be so dramatic, Dean. It’s not like they don’t know about our sex life.”
Ahh!! This is so amazing!!!
I just fucking cried and I’m not even in this fandom waht have you done to me you little shits
I can’t even. Seriously.
he fucking bites his lip i hate him
I imagine that girl died in that moment.
Yes. Yes I did. I’m now a ghost blogging from Valhalla
I think I’d die on the spot…
OMG NO DEAN’S PATRONUS WOULD BE A TIGER
and he’d think it’s so awesome tHAT DORK
The Patronus charm can only be conjured using a happy memory.
You see the problem?
no not really
YOU MADE IT HAPPY YOU GO SPN FAMILY YOU GO