We needed health care reform when I was a baby.
My grandma Maudie, an artist, and grandpa, a distinguished college professor and zoologist, spent every dime of their retirement money on grandpa’s health care despite having Blue Cross. The early high blood pressure meds drove him insane. After discovering gangrene in one leg, the only place for surgery was the Navy hospital. By the time he died, grandma had $85.00 a month to live on when her rent was $62.50.
We needed health care reform when I was a kid.
My other grandfather worked hard and made a little money for the time. Mother would have died in 1948 from colon cancer. Grandfather’s money paid for surgery in 1948. His money paid for my appendectomy at age 13 in the 1950’s. It paid for his own prostate cancer surgery in the fifties. It twice paid for mother’s breast cancer surgery once in the 1960’s and once in the 1970’s. There was still enough to pay for my father’s jaw cancer surgery in the 1966.
That money also provided a nurse so grandfather, father,and mother could be cared for at home as long as possible. Imagine where this family would have been without those monetary gifts from grandfather. Imagine too, how good medical care would have helped grandma with a terribly ill husband at home, screaming in the bed next to her, at night.
I needed health care reform as a young adult.
Although office visits were only $14.00 in the sixties, I couldn’t’ afford them. Having a baby was $125.00. I couldn’t afford the doctor much less another $125.00 hospital those in pre-birth control pill days. When a child was ill, only in the direst of conditions did we call the doctor. Again, my grandfather’s money paid for a week of hospital observation when a child’s fall led to seizures. His money paid for my gallbladder removal too….the bill was $5,000.00.
In the 1960’s, we had Free Clinics in our city. Anyone could go. No longer. Today at colleges, there are student health services. There were none when I was in college the first time with two small children. They are a gift from the gods to young folks in school now such as my daughter.
I need health care reform now that I am an elder American.
I was attempting to be an economically functional citizen with all my assorted ills. I didn’t sign up for Medicare when I became eligible because my husband had excellent medical coverage through his work. My husband was laid off his job June 30, and thanks to a mid-1990’s program, COBRA, we were told we would have medical insurance at $400.00 a month…later $1300.00. It finally began this week. I was down to one high blood pressure pill by the time it became effective.
It’s time we find another solution. We need to follow the better medical models now available like that of France or Canada. Arguing at forums, urged on by PAC’s and insurance companies, is not the solution. Taking action is. I wish everyone could live in physical comfort getting the medical care they need at a price they can afford. This needn’t be a dream for American families today.
What would have happened to my grandma and grandpa’s lives if they could have afforded better medical care.
Check these links out: Information to help guide your Health Care Reform thinking. Stir up those little grey cells.
Compare medical bills by country
10 Awesome Things that would Happen if Health Reform Passes.
Health Care Reform: An online guide.