If enough people think of a thing and work hard enough at it, I guess it's pretty nearly bound to happen, wind and weather permitting.~ Laura Ingalls Wilder ~
Let's talk health care. (Why not? Everyone is doing it.) Everyone needs care and what we have isn't working.
In my former life, I had health insurance through domestic partner benefits. When that relationship ended, I was able to go on COBRA and then to a "portability policy"--which means the coverage is not nearly as good and the premiums are not much less than COBRA, but the insurance company was required to offer me something.
In the meantime, I started looking for coverage through other companies that might cost less and cover more. They all rejected me. I hadn't used my insurance (except for an occasional chiropractic adjustment). I didn't have a disease nor was I on medication.
They all rejected me because my Body Mass Index (BMI) was too high. That's right. They rejected me because I'm too fat.
Now, I admit I weigh more than I want to and I have to shop in the fat girl catalogs (people who shop in those catalogs can call them that--people who don't can't). However, I can still sometimes buy things that fit me from regular catalogs, too. The insurance companies? They think I am too fat and they rejected me...because they can.
What we need is health insurance reform. Everyone needs to be able to have / afford health care. I don't really care how that happens as long as the new system works.
As long as the "for profit" insurance companies can pick and choose and reject whomever they want, and the "for profit" insurance companies write the legislation that their lobbyists then push through the system, we will not have care for everyone. The "for profit" insurance companies make the laws and the profits. Who pays? We do.
I am not a huge fan of paying taxes--at least not to support the war machine--but, I don't mind paying taxes that buy me services and support my well-being. Enter health care. As long as the only option is a "for profit" insurance company, I will continue to pay more and more in health care costs and premiums to maintain their profit. Not my health.
Don't kid yourself. We will pay for health care one way or the other. What do you say we try doing it the kind, compassionate, humane, neighborly way?