Health care is a basic human right, not a privilege. For some reason, we’ve allowed ourselves as Americans to be fooled into accepting that one must be blessed with “means” to actuate appropriate health care. As a nation we have failed to realize that our health care system is a barometer of our society’s value for human life.


Thursday, October 18, 2007

SCHIP Vote Today!

Please, call your House Representative and urge them to override President Bush's veto of the SCHIP Bill. Go here if you aren't sure who or where to call to get this done. Hell, they'll even give you a script to read to them there.

Why is this important to me?

My family is important to me, my Gracie is important to me, and should this bill not pass my peanut will lose her Medicaid next year at our re-evaluation. We have private health insurance and secondary Medicaid for Gracie. Due to the fact that she is not considered disabled under federal standards, her Medicaid eligibility is determined by my income. Last year I was $200 dollars under the annual income cap for my family size. My annual 3% will put us up and over this cap. What will that mean for miss Gracie? We will no longer be able to afford her Occupational and Physical therapy. We have private insurance, but seriously, our percentages and copays for therapy would be more than my income could handle (something like $90 a week?).

It really makes you wonder about the current available healthcare system in the United States. Even the people that HAVE health insurance can't afford appropriate care. That's pretty sad.

Outside of my family, this affects so many families. Lower income families, or middle-income families, with no available and affordable health insurance. How is this justifiable? And why is it distorted into some kind of "socialist" movement when we try to insure the health and vitality of our future, our children? It makes no sense to me.

I'm hoping that the House restores my hope in America today. I guess my hopes aren't all that high though.

If you want some more facts, go here.

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