I am alive right now as a result of our health care system. Back in 2008 I was involved in a motorcycle accident. I was pretty beat up from impacting the road. I was diagnosed with a bruised shoulder, knee and lower back, over the following days I started getting sick and it hurt to move. Then around 11 days later I drove myself back to the hospital, they ran some tests and it came back that I needed an emergency surgery to remove my gallbladder. Normally this operation should only take 45 minutes but because how bad my insides were it took the Doctor over two and a half hour or so. After he told me that most other Doctor would have flanked me open to do it but that he didn’t because he knew that I needed to get back to work as fast as possible and with the cut from flanking me open, I would have been out for of work for a few months. After the operation I had to stay in the hospital for a week to recover, and during this whole time I did not have Health Insurance. In the United States Hospitals are not allowed to let people die because they can’t afford emergency operations and if your poor or low income you can qualify for free or reduced health insurance.
As for the Government fining people for not having health insurance, I’m not behind that, yes I will agree that I should have had health insurance before my accident, but then again at the time I made so little that I qualified for free or reduced cost health care through Massachusetts.
But how about this thought about our Government fining someone for not having health care, what do you think happens if someone refuses or just can’t pay the fine, well they can lose their driver’s license or go to jail,
Or how about prescription medications, I for one am one of the, oh so many Asthmatics out there. And I can’t help but think how crazy it is that I have to have a prescription from a Doctor just so stay alive from month to month, and lord helps me if I want to have a spare for my car or what not. Before the recent addition of a counter to the case my pro-air inhaler, I used to have to fill the sink and bob the cylinder in the water to estimate how much medication I had left. Now I ask you why aren’t albuterol inhalers over the counter medications? This is one medication that I have yet to hear of a recreational use for. For that matter there should be a lot more of these so called prescription medications re-scheduled for purchases without prescriptions.
Now let me ask you this, how American is this, jail for lack of Health Insurance.