Okay guys, it's time for your weekly/biweekly/when I get incensed and post something about it reminder to please please PLEASE contact your congresspeople/representatives and let them know you support them supporting reform.
Here's an easy way:
How does this fall under WTF Wednesday, you ask? Today, it stands for Win This Fight. If the insurance companies win, the rest of us will lose - now if we could only get the opponents to understand that the "rest of us" includes THEM, we might get somewhere.
It comes down to the simple fact that if you, say, slice your finger open with an enormous knife because you were being dumb and not taking the avocado pit out with a spoon like a normal person, you should be able to go to the ER without fear that even though you *have* insurance, the deductible and copays are such that you'd rather wait and see if it stops soaking through the paper towels on its own.
Wouldn't it be a better world if, ya know, you got kidney stones (just for example) and could just take care of them even though you didn't have any health insurance, and do what needed doing without worry that the cost of the scans and medications might be so prohibitive as to be financially crippling?
Wouldn't it be wonderful if people could just go to the damn doctor when it was clear they had the flu, instead of just drinking Theraflu and hoping for the best because the insurance they do have is so inadequate that they know a trip to the doctor to get Tamiflu or whatever will set them back $300?
And hey, it's October. Breast Cancer Awareness month, ya know? And wouldn't it be fantastic if every woman knew that if God forbid they developed breast cancer, they could count on the fact that they would be able to have a fighting chance, no matter what their income level and insurance capabilities?
These are simple things here. Nobody's asking for free facelifts, or to not have to contribute. Just that we have a safe, adequate, fair system that assures *every citizen of this country* the right to the basics - a doctor when we need one, medications that do all sorts of wonderful things if we require them, and the ability to have those things without giving up the ability to, ya know, eat and pay the mortgage.
Please, even if you feel like nothing you do will help, believe me it will... they need to hear from us. The opponents, the ones who've either been taken in by the lies about this reform or are just afraid of losing their big paychecks, are calling and writing *every day*, I can guarantee it.
This is for YOU, for all of us.. Even if you have health insurance, don't believe for one minute that going on as usual won't affect you, because it will, even if it's just that your premiums will continue to go up and up and up disproportional to your income.
I know, this was a ranty post, and I assure you I will quit with the soap-boxin' (not nearly as cool as beat-boxin') as soon as it's over, but for now...
For now, it's time to go to the mattresses.