I know life is not fair. I know that all of us are not entitled to the same things in life.
But when I think of those things, I tend to think in terms of material things – houses, vacation homes, cars, recreational opportunities, etc.
Access to affordable health care should not be one of those things people are excluded from. Affordable health care should not be relegated to those whose employers pay substantially more for health care for their employees. Heck, affordable health care should be just that – affordable – regardless of your health insurance status.
Our health care system is broken. And it seems the people who don’t understand this are those that currently have health insurance that makes their health care affordable to them.
Try being the person who spends a week’s paycheck on one doctor visit – plus another week’s paycheck on any tests, blood work, biopsies, etc. that may be needed.
Try being the person who forgoes preventive or well care visits because those costs may be the difference in what foods are purchased that week.
And any of us can be in these situations. In 2010, even when employed but with no health insurance, I avoided going to get checked out because of my fear of the costs associated with it. Because I knew paying my mortgage and having a home was necessary also.
Those are not the types of choices we should be forced to make.
Our health care system is broken. And it seems more are interested in keeping it that way than are interested in acknowledging that and finding a solution to fix it.