I know a lot of people want to see the Affordable Care Act gone. I hear from them that it is not affordable. I hear that they are healthy and don’t need it. Two years ago, we were healthy too. Two years ago, I didn’t think too much about health insurance except how much came out of my paycheck to cover it. That was two years ago. Now, especially now, it is on our minds and affects many decisions going forward. I feel as if we are hindered in our options because they must include health insurance. We cannot lose our health insurance. Our crappy health insurance that argues with us about every doctor decision but in the end shells out thousands of dollars monthly for my husband’s vital medication. You didn’t live with him before he was treated. He could barely function, he was a shell of the person he was. Full treated, he can work and give back to society.
Our health system is not perfect. It was fucked before the ACA, but it is a step toward unfuckery of the system.
I proudly marched next to 2,000 fellow Fairbanksans in -15F and in spirit with millions of others who are worried about the direction our society is heading. One of the women marching yesterday was a 10-year-old cancer survivor. She made the front page of our local newspaper and New York Times in a collection of photos from women’s marches around the world. She is a person with dreams and aspirations, not merely a pre-existing condition as insurance companies see her as. My husband, her, and millions of others that have lifelong conditions are people. I’m happy for you that you and your family are healthy (right now) but have some compassion for those that drew the short end of the stick. Walk a mile in their and their loved one’s shoes. [Seriously, clink on this link and read this mother’s post about her daughter’s sign and her battle with cancer.]