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With election day drawing nearer, I want to reiterate my position on the relevant-to-Lyme topic of healthcare reform. Aside from this, I’m trying to stick to the primary purpose of my blog: Lyme Disease/Chronic Lyme Disease.
Please consider ALL the facts when you’re pulling the lever or penciling in your candidate. There is a LOT at stake this election season. Please choose your candidates carefully.
Additionally? If you are a woman or you love one, there is even more at stake in this election. When we think of “Planned Parenthood,” many of us think of teenagers getting pep-talks prior to abortions. We may even think of a basket-full of condoms in a waiting room with some STD pamphlets and back issues of Us Magazine. However, the program helps low-income women access mammograms and other crucial & lady-centric services. We with Lyme, and those we love, deserve every bit of healthcare we can. If we never need these safety nets, then let’s please remember the multitudes of those who do. Many of us are just one more sick day away from poverty. Many of us are on disability — even if we used to be high-income professionals. Some of us have finished high school and struggled our whole lives as waitresses — and can no longer be on our feet for a whole shift or carry heavy trays of dinners. Please remember everyone and how we’re all in this together.
If you do not share my opinion, then that’s fine please be patient as I’ll return to my primary purpose: Lyme Disease. I respect your opinions – all of them – and don’t want to jam mine down your throat.
The primary purpose of this blog was originally for me to vent. Now that I have a following, it is to share information …. AND to vent. So with that in mind, I typically don’t wish to engage in any controversy or pick a stance with anything here.
However …… to us Americans, Obama Care should be of interest on a grand scale.
(Picture from Salon.com)
Let me preface this by saying that I am a Massachusetts resident and Mitt Romney had been my governor. He implemented this same thing here in Massachusetts. It was called Massachusetts health care insurance reform law — not Obama Care. Not Romney Care. And when the Supreme Court agreed to the constitutionality of Obama’s healthcare plan, said Justice Ginsberg wrote “Congress followed Massachusetts’ lead.” (Article to read: http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/For-Mitt-Romney-there-s-no-escaping-health-care-3673075.php)
I am currently a subscriber to Tuft’s Health Plan through my work — as I might have been some years ago before Romney implemented this. I HAVE to have insurance or else I have to pay a tax penalty. (Sound familiar?) I simply have to submit a letter with my tax return, stating I had coverage. As someone with Lyme Disease, I can say that I’m grateful for this. Having insurance is something I might have let slip for myself, as a struggling single Mom. To be truthful, before I had my son, it WAS something I let slip. I saved $200/month this way – and when you live on the fringes of poverty, this is quite a savings. I had some emergency room visits, sure, but I ultimately didn’t pay them. I just couldn’t.
When I was pregnant, I became eligible for Mass Health and my son was covered under it (At that time, I worked for a company that did not offer insurance– they had a staff of six and were not obliged to cover people). Sometime after my son was born, Romney put this Healthcare Overhaul into place. There is a tax penalty to those who are uninsured.
There is another health plan called Commonwealth Care for people who cannot get insurance through their jobs. It is a plan, too, for very small business owners who do not make enough money to shell out $1,000/month on a COBRA plan. Very often the premium is $12.00. Do you think this MIGHT be good for the economy? Do you think a free-lancing person might be more apt to hire an assistant or two? Think of how many people are contractors or wedding photographers or something whose healthcare premiums have now been drastically reduced. They are not struggling. They have enough money for an assistant now and can do a better job so they’re hired again and again. Their business grows. They hire more people.
I was on Commonwealth Care for a while because I worked for a homeless shelter and my pay was pretty modest. Because I could prove that I could not afford the $50/week, they allowed me to be on Commonwealth Care. There were no surprises, no fine print, no enormous bills that puzzled me. It covered most everything except for a modest copay for my prescriptions. Many doctors accepted it, so there was no red tape to wade through to find a primary care physician. I was allowed to see my Lyme Specialist. I have to get a referral before taking on a specialist, but that’s kind of mainstream.
There are no death panels, Sarah Palin! Not once have I known anyone wasting away in a hospital bed who was subject to a government body deciding whether or not they would live or die, whether or not they were eligible for Chemotherapy.
Let me reiterate that I have a job now with affordable health insurance and I qualify for it. I can HAVE Tuft’s. I can HAVE Blue Cross/Blue Shield — whatever is offered. NO ONE is going to miss out on what they already have unless they WANT something else. Obama is giving us OPTIONS. I have noticed that over the years since Romney put this into play, our healthcare industry is growing. They are always hiring for nurses here – and doctors. There are even sign-on bonuses. I remember as a kid the hospital workers were often going on strike, there was often mass lay-offs (and I’m not saying no one ever gets laid off anymore…….)….. one might easily deduce that hospital bills are being PAID now. Maybe people are slipping on parts of it, but it must be better by leaps and bounds. This is good for the economy.
Here is a website that lists projected job growth for Massachusetts: http://lmi2.detma.org/lmi/pdf/careermoves/CareerMovesJOBoutlook.pdf
Notice that hospitals are mentioned as the industry generating the most jobs. Notice how many jobs are coming from insurance-paying sources (medical, pharmaceutical, therapeutic).
There are many places hiring for CNA’s that will PAY you to go to school with the condition that you work for them for a year. THAT is how sought-after many positions are here in Massachusetts.
There have been rumors that this “RomneyCare” has bankrupted Massachusetts. According to FactCheck.org:
As the 2012 presidential campaign gets under way in just a few months (believe it or not), we expect to see an increasing number of attacks on so-called “RomneyCare.” So as part primer and part preemptive fact-checking, this article is our attempt to set the record straight. We found:
- The major components of the state and federal law are similar, but details vary. The federal law put a greater emphasis on cost-control measures, for instance. Massachusetts is just now tackling that.
- The state law was successful on one big goal: A little more than 98 percent of state residents now have insurance.
- Claims that the law is “bankrupting” the state are greatly exaggerated. Costs rose more quickly than expected in the first few years, but are now in line with what the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation had estimated.
- Small-business owners are perhaps the least happy stakeholders. Cheaper health plans for them through the state exchange haven’t materialized, as they hoped.
- Despite claims to the contrary, there’s no clear evidence that the law had an adverse effect on waiting times. In fact, 62 percent of physicians say it didn’t.
- Public support has been high. One poll found that 68.5 percent of nonelderly adults supported the law in 2006; 67 percent still do.