Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Is Affordable Healthcare in the USA Strictly For the Rich?

Is Affordable Healthcare in the USA Strictly For the Rich?

As a Canadian, I've been watching what's been going on in the USA with one political party regarding affordable healthcare. I can't help but shake my head. How can so few, mainly old white men, work so hard to deny healthcare to so many.

Not that the healthcare system here in Canada is perfect. Far from it. But people here don't lose their homes or end up in bankruptcy if they fall ill.

And though we do have wait times for some medical procedures, I'll take that rather than no healthcare at all any day of the week.

Almost 3 years ago, I went into the emergency ward with mild but persistent chest pain. After a blood test revealed elevated troponin levels, I was diagnosed with a mild heart attack.

I was immediately put on the "pathway". Meaning, heart meds, blood thinners and a series of tests to determine the damage to my heart. This included an angiogram (A/G).

I live in a community that isn't a large hub. Therefore, four days after being admitted, I was taken by ambulance to a neighbouring community about 2 hours away for the A/G. Then brought back to the hospital by ambulance the very same day.

Turns out that I hadn't actually had a heart attack. I had inflammation of the heart lining. Likely brought on by a blow to the chest during a strenuous workout with weights. Aspirin therapy for about a month cleared up the problem.

I didn't have to pay a cent for any of the treatment. Or the tests. Or the ambulance. It was all covered by healthcare.

It is inconceivable to me that hubby and I might lose our life savings or our house or have to claim bankruptcy as a result of an illness. Yet so many in the USA face this reality every day.

As a member of the human race, someone that truly cares about people, I do have an opinion when it comes to the Affordable Healthcare Act for my beloved neighbours to the south.

Elected officials like John Boehner and Paul Ryan and so many others have Cadillac healthcare themselves. None of them have to worry about their financial status. Yet they would deny healthcare to millions of Americans.

And then there is Suzanne Somers, who has just recently come out against the ACA, calling it "socialized medicine and a ponzi scheme." This from a woman who can afford to travel abroad for any procedure or healthcare treatment needed.

All I see is the rich dictating what the not-so-rich get to have access to. There is something inherently wrong with such a system. I can't help but see the inequity of it all.

And though it's difficult for me to watch the naysayers attempt to deny healthcare to millions, I am also an optimist.

I believe in my heart, my very healthy heart, that there is purpose in what is happening politcally with what has been dubbed Obamacare. I also believe that the needs of the many are going to prevail.
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  1. I too have watched the American GOP party try and block health care for those who most need it. From their cozy protected seats in congress they misinform the public at every turn. They seem particularly obsessed with telling women what they can do with their own bodies.

    1. Disturbing, but purposeful. Perhaps women will rise up in greater numbers when it really counts.

  2. I've seen that before too and I'm honestly sick of the rich thinking that they can tell those who are not rich what to do. When will they stop trying to block the affordable healthcare from those who need it most? I'm pretty sure that the rich don't seem to care about the not-so-poor's health and that makes me mad.

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