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  •  My asthma changed into COPD (5+ / 0-)

    Due to second hand smoke damage as a child, some environmental damage from working in drive thru (car exhaust), and multiple bouts of pneumonia and bronchitis. I went from walking 6 miles a day plus working in a hospital all day to being able to walk maybe a block or two without having to stop and sit and catch my breath. I'm sitting at 60% of lung function and greatly reduced functionality in daily tasks. This of course happened within a year of graduating college as an occupational therapy assistant. So I have a degree for a very good paying job that I can't use, other than on myself. Had I had healthcare for my adult life, the fact that my lungs were worsening may have been caught earlier and I would have been able to afford maintenance meds that could have postponed this. Those meds run over $200/month,  not counting doctor's and specialists visits every 2-4 months to monitor and get the scripts. I was working during that time, but in fast food or retail where I had no insurance even offered (or if it was it was high cost junk insurance).

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Fri May 24, 2013 at 12:07:23 PM PDT

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    •  Ugh. That's terrible. (8+ / 0-)

      I know what it feels like not to be able to breathe... I suffered through a bout of pleurisy back in college. It was utterly miserable. I simply cannot imagine having to live with that on a day-to-day basis.

      Our health care system is a nightmare. I dream of the day when we can trade in Healthy San Francisco for Healthy California, or, dare I say it, even Healthy United States.

      Funny thing: a lot of people in SF who don't have health insurance don't even sign up for Healthy SF until something catastrophic happens. Why? Because they figure it sounds 'too good to be true', and is probably just another crappy program that might give you a few discounts here and there but you'll still end up paying for most things yourself. We've trained people so well to distrust government programs that even when we make a good one, people don't realize it.

      Fortunately, when something catastrophic does happen, it's there, and at least somewhat retroactive.

      •  I get stuff done around the house (4+ / 0-)

        Because I can do a bit, then sit for a half hour, then do a bit more. Can you imagine an employer allowing that kind of work schedule? I would love to be able to work in OT, it's what I've wanted to do for decades, it just took me that long to find a good program that I could get to (most of that we lived out in the sticks, moving into the city I finally found one). Now I've got the student loan debt, no job, not allowed to find a job (I get offers all the time), and we live well below the poverty line while waiting for my disability to progress. Right now I don't have insurance either because my other half's disability is too much for me to qualify (though my kids do). I wish we lived in Cali, I'd snap up that health care offered in a heart beat.

        "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

        by FloridaSNMOM on Fri May 24, 2013 at 01:38:47 PM PDT

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      •  Or they think they will have to fill out (1+ / 0-)
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        Reams of forms that have all kinds of threats of prosecution if they don't do it right.

        Those threats stop a lot of people from getting help when they really need it, just as the Republicans planned it to do.

        Women create the entire labor force. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sympathy is the strongest instinct in human nature. - Charles Darwin

        by splashy on Sat May 25, 2013 at 01:54:09 AM PDT

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