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You know, I did really like President Obama's speech on healthcare, despite the interruption by Organized Stupid. I thought that the President seemed well-informed, intelligent, and caring. And that's a good thing. He seems to know about at least some of the abuses going on, and wants to stop them. Great.

The main thing I worried about after the speech was this simple little thing: Even if we manage to pass the bill he describes and even if those of us like me who desperately need to get to sign up for the public option (which isn't guaranteed because my employer does offer a junk insurance plan), we have to wait FOUR YEARS?!

I don't know about you, but I know people who can't wait that long. I might be lucky and survive for four years without an anaphylactic attack. The average anaphylactic reaction rate for an adult with food allergies who is careful is once every two years, but it's possible to go four.

How long can someone who's having diabetic attacks last? I know a guy who's having them now. He also has junk insurance that only covers emergencies, if he's lucky and they don't drop him for getting sick. I told my family about this, most of whom (mother-in-law, father-in-law, and my own dad) work or have worked im medicine. I also mentioned that I thought, though I wasn't sure, that diabetes is one of those things you do desperately need to get ahead of as soon as possible so you can control it.

They all agreed with me.

So even assuming the rosiest scenario possible, that the Republican opposition is all taken away by the Gods at the last minute and that the Democrats don't show their usual jellyfish spines and cave in to stupid conservatives' demands...none of this takes effect for four years.

Anyone else know someone who can't wait four years?

I'm sure there are people who can't wait that long. I'm also sure that the interim plans the President mentioned are far too expensive for those of us who desperately need help but can't afford it.

Does anyone know how many people will die, waiting for the healthcare reform they voted for?

Look, I'm not knocking the idea of reform or being hopeless. I think we have a real chance to pass this stuff. But I also think it's not enough. I'm afraid that I will die before it's passed.

Oh, sure, if I want to become homeless I could go to an emergency room with my next anaphylactic reaction. But since we already have enough debt as it is, I've actually considered just not telling my husband if I have one and my antihistamines don't work.

I really do think we need to work, in addition to working for the public option and doing all the good stuff that the Firedoglake affiliates tell us to, to make sure more of us don't die while we wait for the insurance reforms to kick in. I know I'm not the worst off person out there. I know far too many of us have died as it is waiting for health care reform.

Just something to think about. Push for the public option, sure. Also think about pushing for real coverage until it passes. We really do need it. We've waited long enough for it. And enough Americans have needlessly died already. I don't think we need to sacrifice more of them.

Thanks for reading. And until I return, please, y'all take care of each other. *

*The Rev. Welton Gaddy, State of Belief

Originally posted to birdsneezing on Mon Sep 14, 2009 at 12:24 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    Reality has a well-known liberal bias.

    by allergywoman on Mon Sep 14, 2009 at 12:24:15 PM PDT

    •  i carry and epipen (1+ / 0-)
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      and antihistamines. its about 80 bucks and is cheap insurance at that. you might consider getting one.

      i don't get the four year thing either. seems like it could get set up faster. but then i can't make much sense out of the "exchange" concept either. what are the wonky specifics here that makes this a winner idea?
      is it a winner idea? i dunno.

      •  Once again. No, I can't. (0+ / 0-)

        I would have to see an allergist and get a prescription for one in order to buy one. Now, can you forge me a prescription? If so, I'll take it; otherwise I might as well try the black market because I HAVE no prescription and no way to get one.

        Reality has a well-known liberal bias.

        by allergywoman on Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 09:23:06 AM PDT

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  •  I have a question re: being dropped (0+ / 0-)

    I'm one of the many millions without insurance. I don't have an extra $1000 per month to pay for this. Thus, I don't know some of the details.

    I've read about people being dropped because they've gotten sick, or for some other reason.

    When that happens does the insurance company return all the premium money? That is, if I pay $1000 a month for 8 years and the insurance company drops me, do they send me a check for $96,000?

    If not, isn't that some sort of criminal activity on its part?

    •  No they do not return your money. (1+ / 0-)
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      Their argument would run that you had the ability, had you needed it, to have access to insurance. That you did not use it is irrelevant in the eyes of the law.

    •  The 1k per month is insurance (1+ / 0-)
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      against your sickness risk that month.  It cannot be applied forward.

      Each of those months you used up your risk for that month.  The insurance company took on the risk that you could have had a very expensive illness during that month, for which they may have been liable for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

      "Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others." - G. Marx

      by Skeptical Bastard on Mon Sep 14, 2009 at 12:55:16 PM PDT

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    •  If you're single, you won't be paying (1+ / 0-)
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      1000 per month. That's the estimate for a family of 4. And all the bills, including Baucus's, make it illegal to drop you for getting sick, having a pre-existing condition you didn't report, etc.

  •  4 years, but with subsidies to help inthe interim (2+ / 0-)
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    pdx kirk, amk for obama

    As long as the time is spent successfully setting up and testing out the system and there is none of that trigger BS, then I don't see too much of a problem.  Also, it would be awesome if the Kucinich amendment were retained, which makes it legal for individual states to set up single payer.  This would finally allow Massachussetts to buck Romneycare and embrace a more stable, more effective system of universal coverage.

  •  Working for the public option (2+ / 0-)
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    Munchkn, nottoosureanymore

    feels like the last election.  All our hard work and what do we get for it.  A lukewarm Democrat that is providing socialism for the corporations. the elites...actually believe that society can be destroyed by anyone except those who lead them? - John Ralston Saul -

    by Silverbird on Mon Sep 14, 2009 at 01:16:51 PM PDT

  •  I must admit (0+ / 0-)

    with some embarrassment, that I did not realize there would be a four year delay, even if something got passed.


    "So if you want a symbolic gesture; don't burn the flag. Wash it." - Norman Thomas

    by mieprowan on Mon Sep 14, 2009 at 08:32:01 PM PDT

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