Oy, When Health Care Is Sick

GOT HEALTH INSURANCE?

Please don’t take away my Obamacare. Officially known as the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare is part of President Barack Obama’s (my Barack!) brilliant domestic legacy. No matter what mr t and his swampsters plan to do or achieve in their terroristic plans to rid the American people of basic health care, it will remain a historical feat to be celebrated. We had a president who cared about us, authentically. Now, we have shpilkis (knots in our guts, pins and needles).

‘Repeal and replace’ are terms bandied about by the billionaires who now bully our working, huddled masses. The GOP are treating ACA like it’s ISIL. And that’s a problem. My family, we have been a part of the ACA since the beginning. We were there at the launch that admittedly was flawed. The first two years, I was on the phone for 12-15 hours at a time… And you know what? The people on the other end of the line were there to help me. They stayed on the phone too. As a family with medical issues, having a no-pre-existing condition penalty was priceless. As a family that benefits from the subsidies (paid for by taxing the elite 0.1%) in the escalating costs of healthcare and pharma, it’s a must. Obama helped me, my Mrs. and my Little and Big. Such a mensch (truly good man), he is! I am forever grateful for the Obama’s.

mr t, now he is doing his very best to gut the ACA. He says it will be less expensive if we open insurance across state lines. Oh, and get this one, he will allow us, we the people of these United States, to contribute more to our health care savings account (HSA). As if we could… Smart, he isn’t.

What we are beginning to see very clearly now is that the myopic, anemic, and uncaring Ryancouldcareless or tRUMPdoesntgiveashitcare plans will (no big a-ha here) do inconceivable harm to millions of Americans. And yes, this new plan, if successfully passed, will also assist the obscenely wealthy folk, the fat cats, the top 0.1 percenters, to line their pockets with more loot. It is estimated that:

  • Over 10 million people (that’s approximately 9.99999999999 million more than those who showed up to the inauguration) could totally lose their healthcare, including seniors and hard-working families
  • Millions of women, who count on Planned Parenthood for basic health care tests and screenings, will be shit out of luck when it comes to the ladybits department
  • Those of us with pre-existing conditions will be allowed in, but the cost of entry will be unattainable as deductibles, out of pocket costs and premiums climb higher than Mount Chimborazo
  • Big gantse machers (hot shots) health insurance executives will see crazy tax breaks in the hundreds of millions of dollars range, annually
  • Those fat cats that mr t ‘wines and dines’ at Mara Lago on our hard working dimes, will receive tax benefit savings in the mid-to-high six-figure ranges, while us ‘hundred-aires’ struggle and get bubkis (literally goat turds, also means nothing)

Call your representatives. Oh, look, here is the number should you need it, 202-224-3121. Protest peacefully and loudly. Write letters. Attend town hall meetings. Stand up for health care for all of us. Alevai (it should only happen)!

Things may get worse, before they get better. Aider es kumt di nechomeh, ken oisgaien di neshomeh.

We can do this!

Zay gezunt! Be healthy!

 

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68 thoughts on “Oy, When Health Care Is Sick

  1. Thank you for your thoughtful and inspiring writing. I worked for 40 years to maintain healthcare for my family, two of whom at significant pre-existing conditions. My beautiful family was predicted by plan parenthood. I can’t believe what if happening and how it will affect my children and grandchildren. Tragic!

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  2. Unfortunately insurance is already unaffordable for my family. Here in California premiums have doubled since Obamacare and I just can’t pay the $10k a year for Bronze 60 coverage for 3 people I am expected to pay this year. If I don’t have coverage I have to pay a tax penalty, but I can’t afford the premiums. Or if I pay the premiums I can’t afford to go to the doctor or afford to take the time off.

    But, the new administration isn’t solving the problem either. The companies can charge whatever they want, and they are all motivated by not just profit, but INCREASING profit every year. And we all pay.

    Ugh, I need to stop thinking about this or I will make myself sick. And I don’t have any insurance.

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  3. It was a flawed system, but it is much easier to make corrective changes to an existing system then to try to replace the entire healthcare system. He’s a fool to think his system won’t have as many flaws as the ACA. Every large government program has giant flaws when it first gets started!

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  4. I really hope they don’t take the healthcare away. As someone that moved from the UK where we had the NHS to Jersey, CI where we have to pay for healthcare, I really miss our NHS. I recently put off having an operation (it wasn’t an important one) because I couldn’t afford it! #FridayFrolics

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    1. And that right there is a big problem! I choose not to receive botox inh=jects every three months to help maintain my chronic nerve pain in my neck. The co-pays alone are just out of control. But my Mrs., and my kinder, we need to eat and go to school without accruing great debt. Something has to give. We need to care for each other. Stay well my friend, ❤ #FridayFrolics

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  5. Insurance companies are among some of the biggest criminals out there, right with the bankers and oil pukes. There were flaws in how the ACA worked but to scrap the whole thing and spend all this money trying to come up with a replacement that doesn’t say Obama is just so stupid. The richest county in the history of civilization should not have children and struggling families choosing between going to the doctor or eating that week, I work at a hospital and the whole thing makes me very angry

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    1. I hear you loud and clear Jeremy. I am currently choosing to feed my family instead of receiving botox for chronic nerve pain in my neck. It’s a sacrifice I have to make because the co-pays are out of this world, every three months. How as a country we just don’t take care of each other is beyond me. How the insurance companies and the pharma execs just keep getting richer sickens me. We gotta be able to do better than this, don’t you think? Thanks for your comments. xo

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      1. my wife and I spend all day taking care of other people, but are swamped with bills for her knee problems and the teenager’s mental issues. We make pretty good money and I honestly don’t know how others would be able to do it

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      2. I used to be in your situ, and wondered the same. Now I live it. Oy. I guess no one said it was going to be easy. 🙂
        We just have to keep on keepin’ on. Thanks Jeremy! xo

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  6. Another really interesting read it must be tough in your country at the moment with so many changes Thanks for linking to the #THAT FRIDAY LINKY come back next week please

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  7. I am so thankful for our NHS. It has it’s flaws. there are long waiting lists and doctors and nurses work long hours for not enough pay. BUT if my child is sick, if I’m sick, I do not have to worry about whether we can afford to feel better. Healthcare is surely a human right. It’s not a luxury or a nice to have, it’s a necessity. Thanks for linking up to #FridayFrolics

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    1. I have so many comments of those of you thankful to NHS. Why can’t our government, mr t, see the value in that and emulate? Oh, because he won’t get richer that way. Thanks, Claire. We will keep fighting! #FridayFrolics xo

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  8. People need basic access to health care. It is such a crime that this is going to be taken away. Because T. has not been in that situation or experience anything like this before in his entire life – he is just doesn’t see the importance of how this implement the people of America. Insane! Thank you so much for sharing this with us on #FabFridayPost .

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    1. This free health care sounds amazing, and everyone is grateful. What a good thing. Why can’t this yutz in-chief look at your program? We need it! Thanks for the read and comments! #bigpinklink xoxo

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    1. Oh Liane! I am really wanting to learn more about the NHS! Everyone is so grateful! We are stressing big time over here… Thansk so much for reading and your comments! #marvmondays xoxo

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  9. Healthcare should just be a human right. I like in the UK and have the NHS, I may have long waiting times, but if I am dying or need emergency care I will get it and will not be charged. I really hope things start to look up for the US. Thanks for linking up #globalblogging

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    1. I think Jo, maybe his agenda runs deeper and a bit more evil. Bannon is running the show, and he is an alt-right supramacist. Frightening. Thanks for reading and commenting too! The NHS sounds wonderful! #mg

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    1. Jess, it is as awful as it sounds. My only hope is that it does not get passed. I am doing everything in my power to get my opinion out! I call elected officials, email them, sign petitions and use my words. xoxo #FridayFrivolity

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  10. I am so glad I live in the UK where we have the NHS. It sounds like a very uncertainty and scary time in the US at the moment, I hope any new changes dont effect you too much. Thanks for linking to #BlogCrush xx

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  11. This is awful! Medical care should be ACCESSIBLE and affordable to all. There are some fields that people shouldn’t profiteering on someone’s else pain and illness but I guess that’s just an idealist feeling. Hope everything turns out well for you and your family and many others in the US.

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    1. Oh El, I agree. It’s a real nightmare we living through. I keep hoping it’s a really bad dream, but it goes on. Health care is frightening. Obama made a system that was good and the ‘other’ party has vowed to bring it down since day 1. NHS is something we need to look at and see if it can be implemented. Everyone speaks so highly of this system. Always lovely t hear from you. xoxo

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  12. It is scary to conceive these changes are happening and although I am from the UK – there is a shift happening with poor service with the NHS to veer us towards private healthcare – which by the way is NOT affordable either…Continue with your proactivity, keep pushing for affordable and fair healthcare for ALL

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  13. The health care plan they’re trying to put out is absolutely horrifying. We should not be going bankrupt for health care or pharma costs.

    Keep calling, keep showing up!

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  14. It’s awful, isn’t it? I’m sure there are flaws to the ACA, but I agree with you – I think it is really impressive that Obama managed to do something. It has always been ridiculous that your country doesn’t have proper universal healthcare. Mind you, the way it is going, we soon won’t either. Countries like the Scandanavian ones, Germany and Canada manage to have effective, properly funded universal healthcare and good economies. Meanwhile, Britain and America don’t seem to be able to get their acts together on what should be a basic and uncontroversial provision in society. Thanks so much for joining us for #FridayFrolics

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    1. We need to share how these programs work in other countries so we don’t hurt millions and make millionaires richer. Universal healthcare is the solution. We need bipartisanship so we can actually help people. It’s scary making. Ty lovely! #fridayfrolics xo

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  15. Very sad state of affairs. We’re in Canada and although I feel our healthcare system doesn’t give good value for our tax dollars, it is nice to have free healthcare. #ablogginggoodtime

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  16. Medical Insurance is outrageous in the States. I cannot believe how expensive it is. We are on an excellent insurance due to my husbands work, (Thankfully) but we still have to pay in so much! I come from a third world country and we have better coverage there… Surely a first world country like America can do better!!! Hoping for the best! #globalblogging

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  17. The whole systems is a big SH*T show, my parents pay 1500 a month for NOTHING. they have to meet a 15000 deductible before they can get care paid for and still have huge co-pay….it’s rididculous

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    1. We need to start having some people who care about people, not lining their pockets. That includes politicians, CEOs, pharmaceutical companies, doctors, hospitals, the list continues…it is pervasive and needs to stop! Thanks for your comments! #BigPinkLink xoxo

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  18. It sounds really awful! I just can’t believe how little regard for people’s well being and health he actually had. I have no insight on this but I’m kind of hoping for a miracle for all of you really. Thank you for sharing with #StayClassyMama

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