I copied these excerpts from my colon cancer support group forum, perhaps it will make some who view universal healthcare as the road to socialism take another look
I lost everything, but I had a double whammy! My spouse got throat cancer in 05 and died the end of that year. I took care of him, so we had little to NO income. Before I was Dx in 09 with colon cancer, I tried so hard to keep up with bills, but it ended I could not even afford a lawyer for bankruptcy. A home I lived in and loved 'Gone' bill collectors hounding me daily, even for my deceased spouses medical debts!
I hate this Country for that fact! Other countries with Universal health care lose nothing and if more Americans realized what was happening to so many of us I believe they would protest and not allow ones with devastating diseases to lose all they have worked for all their lives'
44 years of us both working for our American Dream (all gone)
Had we not got Cancer we would have been like the others that 'Still Have their American Dream'
I was back to work only a few weeks after my resection. No choice, I need to pay my bills. Two surgeries in a years time has really set me back. Yes, I have good medical insurance coverage but still the co-pays were hard to keep up with. Disability pay is less than what I would normally get and since I live paycheck to paycheck, a cut in pay has been a real blow.
I'm a single parent with 2 children still at home. I haven't come across too many others who are in the same situation......it seems as tho most of the folks here have a spouse for financial....or at least emotional support.
I hate to whine when deep down I know that I'm blessed but what an awful choice to have to make......death or financial devistation.
How does one cope?
Stories like this break my heart. I talk daily with many who have similar stories. Contracting cancer is devastating enough, but the cost, if you don't have health insurance, often leads to bankruptcy and the loss of everything you have worked for. Even with current health insurance it is costly......many cannot work while going through chemo and lose their income and/or have no job to go back to. It's easy to sit in our cozy homes and not think about people like these women going through such heartbreak and loss, easy to say we can't afford to have a program that takes this burden off them, that they don't matter to this country. Too easy, walk a year in their shoes and then tell me that healthcare is a privilege, reserved for those who can afford it and not a right of every citizen in a country such as ours?? Tell the one woman's children that mommy can either take care of them, or she can be cured, but she cannot afford both.
These are the people who fall through the healthcare traps......many have health insurance, but the co-pays and deductibles, for such a long and costly disease leave them broke. If you don't have insurance, because you couldn't afford it, or because you couldn't qualify for it, or because you lost your job, then before the federal assistance kicks in they will take everything you own. If you think it can't happen to you, think again.......no one thinks they are going to have a devastating illness, yet it happens, and it can happen to anyone, at any age, at any time.
Thanks for listening, you may now go back to fighting over all the petty stuff here, and forget people like this live among us.