People don't seem to understand that Obama's plan is not forcing people to have nationalized health care. He is forcing people to buy insurance for themselves or pay a penalty if they do not buy insurance. If people had the money to buy insurance, they would. But we do not have the money.
Anyone who reads me knows that I suffer greatly and am in pain 24/7 from a broken vertebrae, nerve damage in my back and legs, herniated and collapsed discs in my back, and disc degeneration disease (among other illnesses I've had, including cervical cancer). For over 2 years I have not had a single day without excruciating pain. I spend about 45% of my TAKE HOME (net) pay each month on medication AFTER insurance. I have some of the best health insurance offered in our state, and I still pay that much of my take home pay in medication just to take the edge off of the pain I am in every day. Because so much of my take home pay is spent simply on medication, there are other bills (student loans, medical bills, doctors, radiologists, MRI centers, credit cards, etc) which go unpaid each month. I only have enough to survive barely and pay the most important bills: mortgage, car note, utilities. I do not even have insurance on my car because I cannot afford it.
And I cannot get any government, or charitable, assistance at all because they look at my GROSS pay and say that I am slightly above poverty level for a single woman with no children and I do not qualify for any help at all. I cannot file for disability from the government because I am employed, despite being legally disabled, and I cannot quit my job because I need the income and the insurance. Unfortunately, where I work is not going to renew my contract after next month because, you guessed it, my health is so bad that I have to miss work and go to the doctor and have procedures and surgeries on my back. I CAN see their point, but they do not seem compassionate to my situation at all. Is that fair?
Is it fair that right now, or more so after I lose my job, that I will suffer even more than I already do now at the hands of our own government? I always pay my taxes, and put money into the pockets of the very people who will screw me over time and time again when given the opportunity.
It has never made sense to me that we live in a country where people think that we have a "right" to education but do not think that we have a "right" to healthcare. So, they want you to be sure to get a college education so that you can die with a degree from an illness that they could have prevented or treated with some simple health care. The same people who rally against abortion are the very same ones who would let that child die from an illness rather than provide them with any health care at all for free.
Some of our very own policies made by agencies such as the EPA and the FDA are what is making some people sick anyway. It is not normal for our cattle to be pumped up with steroids, fed corn, and then when they get bacterial infections in their stomachs we pump them full of super-antibiotics, all of which ends up in our stomachs and affects our health. Companies are dumping toxic waste into the ground, and the EPA looks the other way as long as they are being paid off OR as long as the "levels are not above xyz." What level of ANY toxic materials is GOOD for them to be dumping into our ground which goes back into our water supply? NONE. But the government does not think that way. Our government doesn't anyway.
I have worked full-time since the day I graduated high school 12 years ago. I worked my way through college - I did not "party" my way through college living in a dorm and having fun with my friends like some people out there right now. I pay my taxes. I do what I am supposed to do in terms of all of that. I do not believe in people living off the system unless it is necessary and I am pissed as hell that some people's abuse of the system is the very reason that I cannot get any help when I so desperately need it. And I am even more pissed that people who know nothing about me, or my condition, would gladly deny me healthcare simply because they think that people should have to "work" for it - and I HAVE WORKED FOR IT. But if they were sick, would they not want some assistance also?
I do not agree with Obama's plan in some ways and in others I do; but I do think that our healthcare industry desperately needs an overhaul before it is too late for someone like me. I am not even yet 30 years old, and I have many more years of being screwed by our government and the medical community, insurance companies, and pharmaceutical conglomerates. Is that right? Would you want to walk in my shoes? Maybe before people start saying no to helping the less fortunate, they should first be grateful they are not in that position and think about what they would do if they were.