Thursday, February 21, 2008

Christine on the Issues: Health Care

While some think there is a health care crisis, others feel that health care is not a right, and if you can't afford it, well, c'est la vie! Some want competition - lots of competition. Others simply want it to be readily available.

So, here's where Christine's brain lands on health care:

I don't care if it is ever labeled as a "right" or not. Yet, personally, and in my heart, I am willing to sacrifice for my family so that everyone has access to health care. Now, some are rolling their eyes and saying things like, "Well, you'd be singing a different tune if your kid had a rare form of cancer, and you didn't have access to the absolute best, brightest and finest."

I've thought of that. I've played out the worst case scenarios in my head. I don't want anything for my family that isn't available to someone else's. My children are no more valuable than their children. My husband and myself ... we deserve nothing more than anyone else in this nation.

Now, where my heart has landed still doesn't give a black-and-white answer on health care. There are many different approaches and ideas on how to make it more accessible, affordable, etc. I don't want people denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions. I want people to have access to preventative care. I want medications to be affordable.

Poverty and illness go hand in hand. The poor continue to become more ill and the ill continue to become more poor. While accepting care is still a basic choice, there are many, many (MANY), who are denied that option entirely because of a myriad of factors.

I want health care accessible to all, and I'm will to make sacrifices for my own family so that it is possible (seriously - and I don't say that flippantly, but with extensive prayer and thought and research). It's not a popular approach, but it's my personal conviction, so it's also where my vote will gravitate.

(photo by daniel wildman)


sarah true said...

what do you mean by sacrifices for care to be accessible to all? i agree just was curious a/b specifics.

Amie said...

I don't know what the heck the solution is to health care. I think there will always be some folks that will have the means ($$$) to get top of the line care, most who will get mediocre care, and finally, the poor who will get either zero care or be seen when things are at their absolute worst (usually with early intervention...could be much better served). It's something that we should ALL have...but what's the solution??? Your heart is so in the right place on this. =)

Kim said...

To be completely honest, the health care conundrum is the top reason why you couldn't pay me enough to live in the United States instead of here in Canada. I love universal health care! I love that I can truck it to the ER if something goes wrong and I can get the care I need without the fear of the bill that will come. I love that I can choose a family doctor, OB-GYN, or midwife and that I can choose a homebirth or a hospital birth and none of my choices has anything to do with what I can/cannot afford.

It's a feeling of peace that is wonderful - knowing that my basic health care needs can be taken care of if I take the step to reach out and accept.

Heather said...

I couldn't agree with you more Christine! This has been on my heart for a while now too. I wonder why those who have the best healthcare coverage feel so strongly they deserve it, but others less fortunate don't. The day they lost their cushy jobs and had to take a sick child to the ER, and be faced with being turned away, would be a day of an enlightenment for them indeed. In a country so great as ours, healthcare coverage should be a non-issue and a right of every US citizen.

MommaJen said...

great post! this is the biggest issue to me in this election year. I don't think it will be easily fixed, but the poor will continually get poorer until they have the access they need.

nursegirl1994 said...

Thanks for opening your hear to this subject. I was touched by this quote of yours:

" I don't want anything for my family that isn't available to someone else's. My children are no more valuable than their children. My husband and myself ... we deserve nothing more than anyone else in this nation. "

As a nurse who has worked in a community hospital for 14 years, I have seen rich and poor come for care. I am a labor and delivery nurse. Let's face it, a women has a right to delivery her baby how she sees fit... lay midwife, Certified Nurse Midewife, MD, etc and to have it in the hospital or home. I get that! There is NO REASON for ANY WOMEN in America to show up at a hospital and say, "I had no prenatatal care" and then have a poor outcome from lack of care. I still see this happen all the time. We even have a wonderful clinic in our city for women with no insurance, no money, etc. People just don't know it is available to them. That is sad. have seen some very poor outcomes from women who thought they had no assistance , no help available to them. In America, that should never be the case!
Okay, thanks for letting me vent.

sarah true said...

I sooo agree with all you ladies who posted. I just had a baby in November and we have medical insurance. I can't believe how little the insurance company pays for as much as we pay each month. I get fired up just typing about it! Thank God, we have Jesus. He knows all about our debt and can cover it all.

CC said...

You only need to work for about a week with some of my low-income children to have your heart melt for these kids with nothing. I look in some of theirs mouths and see prevalent decay. Several are sent home daily for lice. It breaks my heart. And even if/when these kids qualify for children's health insurance, their parents still have the same issues at home to deal with and no insurance to help. :(

Anonymous said...

Wow. This is a tough issue. I agree with everything that has been said so far. Ever since viewing "Sicko" I have been wanting true universal health care. I have to say that I am very disappointed in all the presidential candidates health care plans. All of the plans proposed still include the health care companies. I know that the health care companies provide a lot of jobs for good people, but couldn't we get most (if not all) of those people equivalent jobs working for the government if we had government funded universal health care? We have a few programs set up like universal health care (Medicaid, Medicare, CHiPS, etc.) that we (American's) do very well. Why can't we expand upon those? I don't know why people shy away and have such negative views of government funded universal health care.

Good Post!