Thank you, exactly! The biggest problem to me is how we let people just fall between the cracks. Chris and I are a great example-when we got married, we no longer had health insurance , because we were not under our parents anymore, and at the time, had both graduated from college. I was without for a month before an individual policy kicked in, and Chris was without any for two months until his coverage began ( that was free with his doctoral program). Since then, I have been without a job for the last 3 months-but luckily for us, we can still afford on one income to pay for my coverage. There are a lot of people out there so dependent on their paychecks that cannot do that-but they aren't technically under the poverty line.
Also, and this has become very obvious to me as of late-Dental is NOT included in health insurance. Chris had to have an emergency root canal, and we did not have coverage at that time-my parents offered to help with the unexpected bill, which they certainly didn't have to do-but I was grateful, because it was so expensive! So many people don't have help or anyone to turn to without getting into major debt with things like that.
After that treatment, we learned what other work Chris needs done and he has an insurance plan now, which helps.
And now, sadly, I believe one of my new fillings is cracked or needs repair- as I have a toothache today.
I can't imagine living with this or him living with the pain he was in just because of a lack of income/insurance. That's awful.